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This week, the Press-Republican published a letter to the editor from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, pointing to the drag of the Scaffold Law on Governor Cuomo’s recent $10 million economic development grant for Westbury. An excerpt: “Until Gov. Cuomo champions systematic reform of New York’s legal system, much...
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Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, wrote a letter to the editor published in the Press-Republican  pointing to the drag of the Scaffold Law on Governor Cuomo’s recent $10 million economic development grant for Plattsburgh. “…One of the greatest examples of how New York’s broken legal system wastes taxpayer dollars is the...
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Following an interview with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, and the Business Council of Westchester Executive VP and COO, John Ravitz, Westchester Magazine published a piece highlighting the Business groups strong support of reforming the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “A 19th century New York law has come under fire from the...
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In an article published by City & State on Cuomo’s new state construction monitor, AGC NYS’s President & CEO called to the need to reform the Scaffold Law. “Elmendorf said if Albany wanted to really contain the cost of public projects, it should reform the state’s construction liability standards, known as the Scaffold Law. Elmendorf...
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Crain’s New York Business published an opinion piece from BTEA’s president Louis Coletti pointing to the barrier in the cost of construction and the Scaffold Law as a driver of those costs. An excerpt: “Most simply, cost reductions can come in the form of scaffold law reform that will drastically reduce the cost of general...
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The Albany Business Review recently published an article reviewing the results of a Sienna Research Poll that highlights the desire for change in our civil justice system by New Yorkers. An excerpt: “The results show New Yorkers support altering measures like the Scaffold Law, said Tom Stebbins, executive director of Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New...
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The Empire Center’s EJ McMahon wrote a letter to the editor published in The Poughkeepsie Journal calling for legal reforms, including the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “Legal reforms — like updating the antiquated Scaffold Law — translate to mandate relief for all aspects of our economy. Doctors, patients and public institutions are directly impacted by...
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New York’s leading business groups wrote a letter to Cuomo’s business climate panel calling for various reforms including Scaffold Law reform. See excerpt: “Still reeling from a budget that included a minimum wage hike and paid family leave, employer groups have laid out some priorities for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business climate panel. New York’s leading...
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Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solution Blog shared a recent ruling against a Scaffold Law claim in a case where an employee disregarded specific instructions to replace a manhole cover over a manhole which he later fell into. See excerpt: “Scaffold Law did not apply to accident involving fall by contractor’s employee into uncovered manhole while performing...
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A recent ruling by the state Court of Claims brought some sanity in not further expanding the already over stretched ‘Scaffold Law’. The New York Law Journal reports the ruling that the state will not be held liable for a workers injury from 200-foot-high Heldeberg Escarpment at John Boyd Thacher State Park, calling the the escarpment...
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