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Phoebe Stonbely
**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that works to “simplify bureaucratic structures” unveiled a paper today that portrays New York’s “Scaffold Law” as outdated, costly and as an impediment to infrastructure improvements.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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“State and federal legislators are trying to get rid of the troublesome Scaffold Law that still holds contractors and property owners completely responsible in construction incidents. Federally, Rep. John Faso introduced legislation that would go around the Scaffold Law, requiring a comparative negligence standard – rather than New York’s standard of absolute liability – for...
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Jeff DiStefano – Chairman, CEO, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. “I was in disbelief when I read the editorial about Congressman John Faso’s effort to provide long-overdue relief from New York’s notorious Scaffold Law (“An attack on worker safety,” Sept. 24). The editorial states, “the contractor and property owner are deemed liable if proper safety measures...
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Jolie Milstein, NYSAFAH “It is no secret that New York faces an urgent, statewide housing crisis that affects millions of low- and middle-income families — but many are unaware that one of the major obstacles to addressing this crisis lies in an obscure law that exists only in our state. Known as the Scaffold Law,...
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‘A recent Times Union editorial makes three key errors about the Scaffold Law: 1) it characterizes reform as an “attack on worker safety,” 2) it claims that reform is about “fattening profits” and 3) it makes the unsubstantiated claim that “drunk workers or employees ignoring safety measures” are mere “hypotheticals.” Each of these assertions is...
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“As business leaders here have been emphasizing, New York has the diversity, universities, transit network, walkability and culture that Amazon wants. What could go wrong? One factor that rivals will raise against the city is that housing, commercial rents and construction costs are high here. That is why this page has called for measures that...
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Lewis A. Dubuque – Executive vice president, New York State Builders Association “I am writing to respond to the editorial “An attack on worker safety,” Sept. 24, which is critical of Congressman John Faso’s proposed federal legislation regarding New York’s outdated scaffold law. This editorial touts the scaffold law in New York as an important safety...
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Kristina Baldwin – Vice President, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America “New Yorkers should not get sidetracked from real Scaffold Law reforms that will help reduce construction costs without compromising workplace safety, as proponents of the current law attempt to divert attention from actual solutions. The approach outlined in a letter from New York State AFL-CIO...
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