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Yesterday, over one hundred advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge lawmakers to support common sense reform to the New York’s Scaffold Law. Among them were contractors, builders, small business owners, developers, lawyers, and municipal officials. Attendees traveled from all corners of the state, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, to make their voice heard. The feedback from attendees on legislative...
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Today, Habitat for Humanity of New York State announced their commitment to reforming New York’s antiquated Scaffold Law. Joining the coalition for Scaffold Law reform, Judith Nelson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity New York State, stated – “We cannot be the only state to have this law. It does not make anyone safer...
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The Daily News Editorial Board recently published an article in favor of Scaffold Law reform. An excerpt: “The major problem with the law is that it imposes absolute liability “for elevation-related injuries on contractors and property owners engaged in construction, repair or demolition work,” according to the LRANY’s website. “Absolute liability means that the contributing...
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The Watertown Daily Times recently published an article in favor of Scaffold Law reform and highlighting it’s hindrance for Northern New York contractors. An excerpt: “Under New York state Scaffold Law, a construction worker’s carelessness is, without exception, an employers’ expense. But this isn’t news for private or government contractors, and the state is no...
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As we enter this new year, a new voice has joined the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition. The Capital Region Chamber is the hub of business in New York’s Capital Region. With a goal of economic prosperity for business members and our community, joining the coalition’s fight for reform could not be more fitting. The Chamber...
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The Watertown Daily News Editorial Board published an article favoring Scaffold Law reform for relief for northern New York businesses. An Excerpt: “The state Scaffold Law costs New York taxpayers about $785 million each year, despite the fact that the average number of incidents involving scaffold-related injuries has declined. It’s also increasing the cost of constructing...
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Today, The Journal News published a letter written by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York‘s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins. This letter focused on the opportunity for Scaffold Law reform to become a reality in the wake of the Sheldon Silver conviction. An excerpt: “If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature are serious about...
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The Gotham Gazette recently published an op-ed written by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Thomas Stebbins. This op-ed focuses on the recent conviction of Sheldon Silver and the necessary reforms which must now be advanced now that his influence is no longer ruling Albany. Stebbins highlighted the need for Scaffold Law...
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The Post-Journal out of Jamestown, NY recently published an editorial highlighting the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition’s statewide push for the counties across New York to pass a resolution in favor of reforming the antiquated Scaffold Law. See excerpt: “County legislatures across New York, including those in Chautauqua County, are calling on state legislators to reform...
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City & State recently published an article spotlight focused on the Scaffold Law reform efforts. See excerpt: “New York’s Scaffold Law, a provision that was put in place decades ago to protect workers at construction sites, has divided state lawmakers for years. The law, known as Labor Law 240, holds construction companies and developers fully...
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