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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 This risk is especially high in New York state because of our outdated Labor Law 240, also...
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Let your voices be heard! Contact the Governor and let him know that Scaffold Law Reform belongs in New York’s 2020 Budget! Use our VoterVoice Platform to send him an email: https://www.votervoice.net/LRANY/campaigns/69199/respond Write him a letter: The Honorable Governor Cuomo Governor of New York State New York State Capital Building Albany, New York 12224 Give...
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By Rick Herman, CEO Rochester Homebuilders’ Association Imagine a roof worker sawed a hole around himself on the job, fell through and broke his leg. Let’s say the construction company he works for trained him beyond all requirements, provided safety equipment and had an expert patrolling the worksite to warn of danger. Is it fair...
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Crain’s New York Business published an op-ed from Common Good’s David Choi about how the Scaffold Law increases the cost of public infrastructure projects like the planned Gateway tunnel: Fixing New York’s decrepit infrastructure is a high priority and includes crucial projects such as the $13 billion Gateway rail tunnel project under the Hudson River....
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Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York executive director Tom Stebbins was quoted in an article at Governing about how the Scaffold Law leads to increased costs and project delays. He discusses the impact that reforming the law through Congress will have on work site safety: The federal legislation targets New York’s 1885 Scaffold Act, which...
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The Times Union published a letter to the editor from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s executive director, Tom Stebbins: As the paper of record in New York’s state capital, we were surprised to read the Times Union’s opposition to a federal fix to the Scaffold Law, “Scaffold Law N.Y.’s business,” Feb. 4. No...
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The Lockport Union-Sun Journal published an editorial in support of Scaffold Law reform: Unless you’ve been stuck on a desert island, you probably know that New York state has a national reputation for its high taxes. That dubious distinction has never deterred Gov. Andrew Cuomo or his economic development team from touting the Empire State...
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the Albany Times Union published an op-ed by Senator Fred Akshar (R-Colesville) and Assemblymember John McDonald (D-Cohoes) calling on Governor Cuomo and their fellow legislators to prioritize Scaffold Law reform as the state budget negotiations move forward. Text of the op-ed is available below and can be viewed online here. As state legislators traveling our...
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