Month

November 2014
In today’s Syracuse Post Standard, Business Council of NYS CEO Heather Briccetti writes that the state’s infrastructure spending would go further if the Scaffold Law were repealed. The Scaffold Law drives up costs on every public and private construction project in the state. The law, which sets forth safety standards for construction, excavation and demolition...
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In today’s Times Unions, LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins writes that the Scaffold Law is diverting millions of dollars from our educational system. New York voters approved the $2 billion “Smart Schools Bond Act” for school construction and technology upgrades. Sadly, much of that money will be wasted due to a law that only exists...
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Recently in the New York Law Journal, Harry Steinberg argued that the Scaffold Law has been expanded and misinterpreted to the point of breaking: I write to address Brian Shoot’s construction accident litigation column, “Myth of the Intoxicated but Victorious Plaintiff,” (Nov. 14) in which he once again tirelessly defends Labor Law §240(1) against any...
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This week, Bloomberg Businessweek writer and author Paul Barrett attended the annual meeting of the American Tort Reform Association, where Scaffold Law reform advocates presented on their efforts in New York. “In what was indisputably the most lively presentation of the entire conference, the Reverend Jacques DeGraff of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction...
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