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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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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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LRANY’s Tom Stebbins: “We’re not looking to repeal Labor Law 240. We just want to reform one section.”  Stebbins explains: “We’re looking for comparative negligence. We want to keep the law as it is, but add: ‘Nothing in the law shall absolve the plaintiff of culpability for his own injury.’” Read Full Article  
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Governing magazine produced a report that exposed New York City pays more in lawsuits than the nect 19 cities in the report – combined. The Scaffold Law is part of this problem: “Then there are things like the “scaffold law,” which holds contractors and property owners 100 percent liable when workers fall from ladders or...
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The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors joined the fight for Scaffold Law reform, filing a resolution for change: • Resolution No. 5: Repeal of the state’s Scaffold Law or reform to include a pure standard of comparative negligence. The law currently imposes strict liability on employers and owners of buildings if a worker falls from...
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The Staten Island Adnance published a letter written by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Adam Morey pointing to the Scaffold Law’s affect on disaster recovery rebuilding. An excerpt: “Amy Peterson, head of Mayor de Blasio’s Build it Back recovery program, is right when she says the cost of construction in New York has...
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The BNC Agency recently published a blog entry noting business groups continued push for reform. “New York’s 120-year-old Scaffold Law severely limits development in the state, costs taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, drives up insurance premiums, and profits only trial lawyers, all while doing nothing to make worksites any safer. That’s long been the opinion...
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