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Adam Morey
News 12 Westchester reports that on Friday, business leaders gathered in the shadow of the new Tappan Zee/Mario Cuomo bridge to call on elected officials to fix the only-in-New York Scaffold Law. “The scaffold law, which holds construction companies 100 percent liable for injuries such as falls, added between $200 million and $400 million to...
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At the end of July, Crain’s New York Business ran an article about how New York’s Scaffold Law increases insurance costs on all construction projects in the state: Documents from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board meeting last week show that insurance costs on East Side Access, the decade-delayed effort to link the Long Island Rail...
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Crain’s New York Business published an op-ed from Common Good’s David Choi about how the Scaffold Law increases the cost of public infrastructure projects like the planned Gateway tunnel: Fixing New York’s decrepit infrastructure is a high priority and includes crucial projects such as the $13 billion Gateway rail tunnel project under the Hudson River....
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Law week’s Scaffold Law Reform Lobby Day was profiled in Habitat Magazine with Jason Schiciano, the president of a Westchester-based insurance brokerage telling the publication that he joined advocates at the capitol because he is determined to persuade the legislature to fix the law.  “I feel like each time I’ve gone up, more of the legislators are aware...
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According to a report from Insurance Insider, Nationwide has decided to withdraw from New York’s excess and specialty line brokered construction insurance due to the state’s unique Scaffold Law. “The main driver is New York Labor Law section 240/241 and its impact on claims against controlled insurance programs (CIPs), or ‘wrap-ups’ as they are more commonly known. The...
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The Albany Times Union published a letter from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Adam Morey in response to comments made by personal injury trial lawyer Daniel Santola: Personal injury attorney Daniel Santola’s March 15 letter (“Scaffold Law freeze would repeat past failure”) misrepresents the history of the Scaffold Law and the argument employed is not...
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The Daily Caller has published an op-ed written by NFIB/NY state director Mike Durant that explains the need for a bill introduced by Rep. John Faso that would exempt federally funded construction projects from Scaffold Law liability: Congressman John Faso, a Republican representing New York’s 19th district, has taken a bold step and introduced legislation aimed...
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Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York executive director Tom Stebbins was quoted in an article at Governing about how the Scaffold Law leads to increased costs and project delays. He discusses the impact that reforming the law through Congress will have on work site safety: The federal legislation targets New York’s 1885 Scaffold Act, which...
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The Times Union published a letter to the editor from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s executive director, Tom Stebbins: As the paper of record in New York’s state capital, we were surprised to read the Times Union’s opposition to a federal fix to the Scaffold Law, “Scaffold Law N.Y.’s business,” Feb. 4. No...
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The Lockport Union-Sun Journal published an editorial in support of Scaffold Law reform: Unless you’ve been stuck on a desert island, you probably know that New York state has a national reputation for its high taxes. That dubious distinction has never deterred Gov. Andrew Cuomo or his economic development team from touting the Empire State...
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