Judges Can Update an 1800s Relic

This week, the Albany Times Union published an editorial written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, calling for Scaffold Law reform.

An excerpt:

“The new judges appointed to New York’s highest court have an opportunity to bring a measure of reason and fairness to the state’s controversial “Scaffold Law.”

The only-in-New York law puts a heavy burden on the state’s construction industry and is sure to have multi-billion dollar implications for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed infrastructure projects.

According to the Port Authority, the liability costs on one joint New York-New Jersey bridge project are more than doubled on the New York side. Affordable housing advocates and disaster relief organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, recently pointed to the law as a hindrance to their efforts within the state.”

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