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The Times Union published a letter to the editor from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s executive director, Tom Stebbins: As the paper of record in New York’s state capital, we were surprised to read the Times Union’s opposition to a federal fix to the Scaffold Law, “Scaffold Law N.Y.’s business,” Feb. 4. No...
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The Lockport Union-Sun Journal published an editorial in support of Scaffold Law reform: Unless you’ve been stuck on a desert island, you probably know that New York state has a national reputation for its high taxes. That dubious distinction has never deterred Gov. Andrew Cuomo or his economic development team from touting the Empire State...
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the Albany Times Union published an op-ed by Senator Fred Akshar (R-Colesville) and Assemblymember John McDonald (D-Cohoes) calling on Governor Cuomo and their fellow legislators to prioritize Scaffold Law reform as the state budget negotiations move forward. Text of the op-ed is available below and can be viewed online here. As state legislators traveling our...
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The Albany Times Union published an editorial on Sunday February 4, 2018 that urged the New York state legislature to reevaluate the Scaffold Law. Unfortunately, the editorial did not support Rep. Faso’s attempt to push the issue in Congress: [I]n one rough indicator of the law’s effectiveness — the rate of fatal falls in the...
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LAWSUIT REFORM ALLIANCE APPLAUDS MOVEMENT OF REP. FASO’S INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION ACT Committee Decision on Federal Scaffold Law Reform Bill an Important Step in Ensuring Infrastructure Dollars Go Further WASHINGTON, DC – The House Judiciary Committee today favorably reported a bill introduced by Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) called the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017. The bill,...
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Following a committee vote approving the bill and sending it to the full House on Tuesday, the New York Post published an editorial supporting Congressman John Faso’s federal Scaffold Law reform bill: An insane, New York-only law ties the hands even of do-gooders like Habitat for Humanity as they try to build affordable housing here....
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“Common Good, the nonpartisan reform coalition, released Oct. 17 an analysis of New York’s obsolete, 19th-century Scaffold Law, which finds that it could add $300 million needlessly to the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project. For the analysis, a Port Authority official estimated that the planned $13 billion tunnels under the Hudson River, just...
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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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