Reformers Undeterred by Cuomo’s Comments

Today, two dozen supporters of Scaffold Law reform issued a letter to Governor Cuomo, disputing his claim that reform was not a top priority for businesses. “Scaffold Law reform is a priority for the entire business community because it impedes economic growth, drives up the cost of doing business and property taxes and hampers our ability to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.” Crain’s New York reported on the development, saying:  

Opponents of Labor Law 240, also known as the scaffold law, are redoubling their reform efforts in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments to Crain’s last week that nothing can be done to alter the law this year.

A broad coalition of business groups, construction firms and real estate developers are engaging in a multi-pronged approach that they hope will result in changes to the law.

They are urging Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who emphasizes a pro-business agenda, to take a harder stance on the scaffold law, which they argue drives up the cost of building in New York. At the same time, they are lobbying legislators, particularly members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian caucus, to reconsider their support for the scaffold law. 

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