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October 2017
“A battle to repeal an obscure New York law protecting construction workers appears to be gaining momentum, with backers saying the 19th-century measure is typical of the reasons it’s so difficult and costly to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. But a legal institute at New York Law School says that’s bunk. Earlier this month, the nonprofit Common...
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LRANY’s Adam Morey recently had a letter published in the New York Daily News in response to a piece opposing changes to the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “The Scaffold Law has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with enriching trial lawyers, no matter what Voicer Gary La Barbera says. A Cornell study...
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“New York’s Scaffold Law holds property owners, employers and contractors strictly liable for all gravity-related construction accidents. Enacted in 1885, it is among the oldest laws in the state and an ever-present reminder of the need for New York to modernize its laws to reflect new realities. Every other state in the United States has...
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“Common Good, the nonpartisan reform coalition, released Oct. 17 an analysis of New York’s obsolete, 19th-century Scaffold Law, which finds that it could add $300 million needlessly to the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project. For the analysis, a Port Authority official estimated that the planned $13 billion tunnels under the Hudson River, just...
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“As officials race to find funds for a new cross-Hudson train tunnel before the existing one fails, a nonpartisan group has ID’d up to $300 million that could be saved right off the top — by ditching the state’s Scaffold Law. The move might even make the tunnel’s construction safer for workers. Common Good says the law,...
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“A group that backs changes to the Scaffold Law in New York in a analysis released Tuesday found the law is adding as much as $300 million to the cost of the Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey. The $13 billion Port Authority project has been a top priority for Gov. Andrew...
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“A multi-billion dollar plan to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River could be even more expensive because of a 19th century liability law critics say drives up liability insurance costs, a group looking to repeal the law warned Tuesday. The so-called Scaffold Law holds contractors and property owners liable for construction “gravity-related...
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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017** Contact: Adam Morey amorey@lrany.org 518-512-5265 Common Good Releases Paper on New York’s “Obsolete, Inequitable” Scaffold Law Law Could Add $300 Million to the Cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project “classic example of obsolete law, and is indicative of a problem with American law generally” NEW YORK, NY –...
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“A regulatory reform coalition that works to “simplify bureaucratic structures” unveiled a paper today that portrays New York’s “Scaffold Law” as outdated, costly and as an impediment to infrastructure improvements. “For too long, New Yorkers have lived with the unintended consequences of New York’s Labor Law §240, a 19th-century statute commonly called the ‘Scaffold Law’...
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“New York is suffering from outrageous costs of living, and doing business. A combination of cripplingly high taxes, and complex overregulation have citizens fleeing much of the state. One of the many culprits contributing to this crisis is New York’s unique “Scaffold Law”, a law over a century old but one that’s still causing trouble....
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