Is New York Really Open For Business?

Matt Pepe, Executive Director of the Building Contractors Association of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, writes in the Westchester Business Journal that the Scaffold Law sends a powerful message about New York’s business climate.

It’s getting to the point you don’t know who to believe.

A classic example aired on the radio recently. One spot on the dial was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, telling listeners that in the Empire State, “We’re open for business.” Then, in what sounded like the very next commercial on another station, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was heard barking about big skies (with the help of a $1 million Texas Economic Development Council campaign), as he tried to lure businesses away from New York to the Lone Star State, using New York’s litigious atmosphere and impact on business as a negative.

Job creation and job poaching all in a New York minute, literally.

I really want to believe Gov. Cuomo, but something just doesn’t ring true about the new New York message.

If there is one persistent topic of heated debate today it is over New York state’s preventable injury law known as Labor Law 240, Scaffold Law. 

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