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Organizations that represent contractors and mayors in New York are urging Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to override a key construction law in New York for the Gateway Tunnel. The groups — the New York Conference of Mayors, the Associated General Contractors, the General Contractors Association of New York and the Minority & Women Contractors and...
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The Buffalo News is right to raise concerns about traffic safety and marijuana legalization in New York (“New York doesn’t need a marijuana bill that lets impaired drivers off easy” March 19). In addition, the state’s push for legalization should raise concerns about job safety on construction sites, especially here in New York, where intoxication...
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ALBANY – Legalizing recreational pot may seem like a done deal in New York, but opponents say the fight is not over yet. They gathered Monday to explain why they believe lawmakers should vote no. “I say to our legislators, if you vote yes on this legislation you are voting to harm my child,” said...
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A lawsuit reform organization on Monday called for a last-minute change to the bill legalizing adult-use cannabis in New York, arguing the measure needs to include changes to the state’s Scaffold Law. The concern is driven in large part by impaired people using marijuana and then working at a job site where injuries can occur....
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Opponents of legalizing marijuana in New York made a last-ditch attempt on Monday to stall the issue, saying concerns still remain over a handful of areas, including the ability to detect when someone is driving while impaired by the drug. Democrats could vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on legislation introduced over the weekend to...
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Albany: When it comes to marijuana legalization, legislators in Albany should not only update the state law that forbids driving under the influence, but also amend the unique Scaffold Law to account for the reckless behavior of impaired workers. The only-in-New-York law holds contractors and property owners 100% liable for height-related worksite injuries even if...
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Business groups in New York are cautioning that the legalization of cannabis products in New York could lead to safety and insurance issues at construction sites. The warning from a coalition of organizations representing contractors, builders and other business entities comes as state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are considering a legalization measure that would...
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Construction groups are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to consider including Scaffold Law reform in any measure to legalize recreational marijuana. As lawmakers near a deal on recreational marijuana legalization, marijuana-related injuries on the job could create huge issues for contractors and drive up the cost of construction, industry representatives...
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The National Association of Minority Contractors, New York Tri-State Chapter, this week joined the chorus of advocates calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use the Executive Budget proposal to reform New York’s unique construction liability law, known as the Scaffold Law. In November, the Citizen’s Budget Commission and affordable housing groups wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo stating that...
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You’ve heard the warnings from voices throughout the city, including on these pages: With the COVID pandemic having throttled entire industries and devastated incomes, millions of New Yorkers are way behind on their rents. When moratoriums lift and bills come due, expect to see a flurry of evictions. As the dark clouds gather, there are many...
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