New York lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu recently indicated that he would consider reforming the Scaffold Law. Wu, a Professor of Law at Columbia University is currently running alongside gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout as a more liberal alternative to Governor Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul.
Asked by host Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom about his position regulations on small businesses, Wu responded, “One thing that’s interesting about our platform and my beliefs, in some ways I take very de-regulatory positions especially toward small business and in some ways lean to the de-regulatory side.”
When Arbetter asked about Scaffold Law reform, Wu said, “I might do that.”
Those four words speaks volumes.
When one of the most liberal statewide candidates – a law professor and Harvard graduate – indicates a willingness to advance reform, it’s clear the issue transcends party lines. And why shouldn’t it? Reforming the Scaffold Law would allow all parties to get their day in court, create jobs, stimulate the economy, and save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. How’s that for a win-win scenario?
That’s why the Democratic Assembly Majority Leader supports Scaffold Law reform along with Republican colleagues across the aisle. And that’s why over a dozen newspapers have written editorials supporting reform (no paper has editorialized in opposition), including the Buffalo News, which called the Scaffold Law, “…a shocking and intolerable deviation from any recognizable concept of justice.” “The obvious fix” says the New York Daily News, “is for state legislators to dump the Scaffold Law…”
Reforming the Scaffold Law isn’t – and never has been – about partisan politics. It’s about righting a fundamental wrong. We can all agree that jobs, safety, and justice are worth fighting for.