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Kate Hobday
Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) announced the introduction of the Infrastructure Expansion Act (H.R. 8222) this morning at a press conference in Hamburg, NY.  “The Scaffold Law is an outdated 19th century law that burdens our taxpayers and hurts our ability to provide critical infrastructure for New Yorkers across the state. Today I am proud to announce...
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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...
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As construction work resumes across New York, contractors are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to freeze parts of the state’s controversial scaffold law. Otherwise known as Labor Law 240, the scaffold law puts absolute liability for workersʼ injured in a worksite fall on contractors and property owners when it is found that proper safety measures weren’t...
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June 21, 2020 With the renewal of construction activity across the state, the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition (SLRC) and the New York City Special Riggers Association (NYCSRA) have sent an appeal to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to use his executive authority to issue a moratorium on the “absolute liability” provisions of the “anachronistic and...
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Business and construction groups are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant a 12-month moratorium of the Scaffold Law as the real estate industry manages the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. “In the coming months, our state will struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. Businesses will go bankrupt, putting more strain...
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With the renewal of construction activity across New York, the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition (SLRC) and the New York State City Special Riggers Association (NYCSRA) have sent an urgent appeal to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to use his executive authority to issue a moratorium on the “absolute liability” provisions of what they describe as...
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June 19, 2020 Business and construction groups are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant a 12-month moratorium of the Scaffold Law as the real estate industry manages the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. “In the coming months, our state will struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. Businesses will go bankrupt,...
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February 18, 2020 “There are surely legitimate claims from the Hudson Yards site, that said there is equally assuredly claims that are driven by the scaffold law,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York which is pushing to make changes to the law. “It drives a massive amount of...
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February 18, 2020 In her Feb. 9 column, Sara Foss did a nice job of outlining some of the potential dangers of legalizing marijuana, like car accidents and vaping-related illnesses. However, she missed one significant risk: workplace injuries. This risk is especially high in New York state because of our outdated Labor Law 240, also...
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