Groups Call for Scaffold Law Reform

In today’s Leader-Herald, Jason Subik covers a recent meeting of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, where LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins called for reform of the Scaffold Law.

Mike Peters has owned a roofing business for 20 years, but until Thursday he’d never heard of New York state’s “Scaffold Law.” He was, however, aware of the sky-high cost of liability insurance for his business.

“Roofers insurance is very expensive. That’s why we’re here,” Peters said.

Peters, along with seven of his 13-member crew, all wearing gray sweatshirts with red lettering that said “Mike Peters Construction,” sat at table at the Holiday Inn munching bagels and sipping coffee while they watched Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, give a presentation arguing for reform of the controversial law.

The breakfast event was hosted Thursday by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Mark Kilmer said reform of the Scaffold Law is one of the top legislative priorities of the chamber.

“This law costs every property owner, every business owner, any person who’s involved in any type of governmental office; we all pay as taxpayers for this very old and obnoxious law,” Kilmer said.

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