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“While Cuomo included in his executive budget early voting and other reform proposals to update the state’s antiquated voting laws, he put little public effort into championing the issue and none of the reforms made it into the budget that was passed. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are interested in reforming the “scaffold law,” which holds contractors strictly liable...
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TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK JOINS FIGHT TO FIX THE SCAFFOLD LAW Expansive court decisions attract new members to the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition ALBANY – The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) is the latest advocacy organization to join the coalition in support of A.5624, a bill introduced by Assemblymember John McDonald (D-Cohoes) aimed...
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“Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, on Thursday said he was happy to see the court’s decision. ‘Thankfully, the court rejected the notion that wet stairs are subject to the state’s absurd Labor Law 240,’ he said. ‘If we were to apply this ridiculous statute to stairs across...
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“Assemblyman John McDonald has introduced what his office describes as ‘a concise and comprehensive bill aimed at modernizing the liability rules’ under the state’s perennially controversial Labor Law 240, otherwise known as Scaffold Law. Scaffold Law, which has been interpreted as placing ‘absolute liability’ on employers for gravity-related workplace injuries, is strongly supported by labor...
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Yesterday, civil justice advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix the only-in-New York Scaffold Law, and highlight the law’s impact on taxpayers and local governments. The lobby day presented an opportunity for the coalition to unveil new branding, a new website, and, most importantly, new legislation sponsored by...
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POLITICO New York published an article focused on the Scaffold Law Reform Coalitions continued push to fix the law and the new legislation leading the charge. An excerpt: “Changing New York’s Scaffold Law is one of those issues that comes up every session – and dies a quiet death every time. But opponents of the...
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Advocates for Scaffold Law reform are gathering in Albany to make the case that municipalities cannot afford the additional costs that come from it. Two of the advocates joined Susan Arbetter–Steven Dyki, a defense attorney with NYC law firm Russo & Toner, and Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday February 14, 2017 CONTACT: Phoebe Stonbely (518)708-3578   Municipal Costs the Focus of Scaffold Law Reform Day NYCOM Urges Lawmakers to Fix the Law Advocates: “Cost billions and causes injuries.” ALBANY, NY – Civil justice advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix the...
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You Can Still Contact Elected Officials With Our Virtual Lobby Day! If you are unable to make it to the Scaffold Law Reform Day at the Capitol, don’t worry!  We are providing you multiple virtual vehicles to help you contact your elected officials and still make your voice heard! Twitter:  Hashtag: #SLRLobbyDay2017 A list of Twitter Handles for...
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The New York Law Journal published an article this week written by Senior Vice President Claims for Aon Construction Services Group, Julian D. Ehrlich. The piece focused on the current confusion in the courts regarding partial falls through small holes and the application of the Scaffold Law. “Recently, a long-simmering rift has widened within the Appellate Divisions regarding...
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