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September 2017
“A decades-long effort to resolve what’s been called “the most significant issueˮ facing New York State’s construction industry, could be in sight. Upstate Congressman John Faso last week announced the introduction new legislation called the “Infrastructure Expansion Act,” to relieve what he called the negative effects of the State’s Scaffold Law. Otherwise known as Labor...
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“Since corrupt New York has failed to fix issues in New York, people like Congressman John Faso have championed issues to help fix upstate. Issues like the SAFE Act, county-paid Medicaid and now the Scaffold Law. Faso has introduced a federal bill to fix the Scaffold Law in conjunction with the Senate bill Introduced by Sen....
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John Faso – Congressman, 19th District “The editorial (“An attack on worker safety,” Sept. 24) grossly mischaracterizes the intent and effect of my legislation regarding New York’s absolute liability statute dealing with gravity-related construction accidents. The proposal would, on federally funded projects, pre-empt state laws that impose absolute liability with a comparative negligence standard. Since the...
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THE STORY A state law that dates back to the earliest days of Manhattan skyscraper construction is still on the books and adding millions of dollars in costs to New York State real estate development. The Scaffold Law assigns “absolute liability” for any gravity-related construction accident on the contractor and property owners, regardless of any...
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“Officials in Columbia and Greene counties said New York’s law on liability for gravity-related injuries sustained on construction jobs results in higher costs for capital projects. U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, recently announced he is introducing legislation that would change the standard for federally funded construction projects requiring comparable negligence in cases of workers getting...
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ALSO: State Senate Bill Introduced by Senator Akshar (S.6876) to Match McDonald Legislation (A.5624) This week, joined by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), Habitat for Humanity, MWBE contractors, and other construction and business organizations Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) introduced H.R. 3808, the “Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017.” The proposed legislation would...
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Rep. John J. Faso “Residents of New York state continue to flee in droves, seeking jobs and lower taxes. The problem is worse in upstate New York because our area has been hit hard with job losses in manufacturing in recent decades and Albany imposes crippling mandates — state programs and regulations paid for in...
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September 19, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Phoebe Stonbely pstonbely@lrany.org 518-708-3578   DIVERSE GROUP OF ADVOCATES RALLY BEHIND NEW FEDERAL BILL TO FIX SCAFFOLD LAW Reform of Only-In-New York Liability Rules Crucial for Disaster Relief, Infrastructure Modernization, Low-income Housing (Albany, NY) – The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) today joined the New York...
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The New York Post Published a letter from LRANY’s Adam Morey calling for Scaffold Law reform following the recent natural disasters. An excerpt: “In the wake of devastating natural disasters, lawmakers in both Washington and Albany have much to learn (“Sandy’s rebuild a warning,”Sept. 14). While congress looks to reform the flood-insurance program, New York’s...
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A letter to the editor from LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely calling to Cuomo to now focus on fixing the broken Scaffold Law now that the Tappan Zee Bridge project is complete. An excerpt: “With the first span of the newly constructed bridge, Gov. Cuomo is reminding New Yorkers that many said he’d never be able to...
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