As New York Businesses Reopen, Scaffold Law Opposition Heats Up

It’s a longstanding and epic struggle, with billions of dollars at stake. No, it’s not the latest reality TV show. It’s the New York construction industry and its ongoing battle with Labor Law 240, otherwise known as the Scaffold Law.

And today, the stakes are higher than ever.

As already struggling businesses slowly begin to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, they need all the help they can get. That’s why business and construction groups recently sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting a 12-month moratorium on the Scaffold Law.

Signed by Associated Builders and Contractors, the New York State Builders Association, the Capital Region Chamber, the New York Federation for Independent Business, and more than a dozen others, it was an ominous warning. Current civil unrest, bankrupted businesses, the strain on public services, and other factors could send the economy spiraling into a full-scale depression.

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