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Phoebe Stonbely
A piece written by LRANY’s Adam Morey was published in the Buffalo News this week. The opinion piece noted the financial drain of the antiquated Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “If our elected representatives are truly serious about updating the state’s aging infrastructure, they will need to provide the proper funding – and commit to spending...
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“A group of Democratic lawmakers hoping to take down the state Scaffold Law are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to join the fight by addressing the measure in his 2018 budget proposal. In an open letter to the governor on Sept. 8, seven Assembly members argued that the Scaffold Law should be reformed. The statute requires...
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Alison Cooper – Regional Vice President, American Insurance Association’s Northeast  “Reforming New York’s scaffold law will enhance, not erode, worker safety. Since the 19th century, scaffold laws held construction contractors 100 percent liable for any gravity-related workplace injury, regardless of the injured worker’s negligence. Meaning, even if a worker chose not to use safety equipment properly...
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“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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