Month

May 2014
In today’s Crain’s New York Business, Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff and Lou Colletti, Co-Chairs of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses, urge the legislature to act on reasonable Scaffold Law reform. The expression “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” seems appropriate for the current debate in Albany over New York’s misnamed scaffold law. While...
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Today, the Utica Observer Dispatch editorialized in strong support of Scaffold Law reform. Latest estimates are that the final cost to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River at Tarrytown will be between $3.9 billion and $4.8 billion. Kieran Lalor, a Republican Assemblyman from Fishkill, says that because of New York’s Scaffold...
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Matt Pepe, Executive Director of the Building Contractors Association of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, writes in the Westchester Business Journal that the Scaffold Law sends a powerful message about New York’s business climate. It’s getting to the point you don’t know who to believe. A classic example aired on the radio recently. One spot...
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In today’s Albany Time Union, Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, highlights the steep costs of the Scaffold Law on taxpayers and public entities: The absolute liability of the Scaffold Law drives up the cost of nearly every public project in the state. This is not opinion; this is...
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Mary Ellen Belding is a small business owner that New Yorkers can be proud of. A lifelong resident of New York, Mary Ellen spent thirty years in the construction industry before opening her own business, Structural Remediation Services (SRS), five years ago. SRS is a 100% woman-owned union contracting business specializing in concrete and masonry...
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As Crain’s New York recently reported, support for Scaffold Law reform has brought together groups which have been on opposing sides of many issues in the past. The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff and Lou Coletti tangled over the hiring of minority, nonunion contractors and other matters for years—Rev. DeGraff as a social-justice advocate for several...
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