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This week, Insurance News Net’s Mark Lungariello reported that New York’s construction and business groups are nor giving up on the fight to reform the Scaffold Law. “New York construction and business groups are continuing the fight to repeal or amend the state’s Scaffold Law despite the increasing likelihood they are fighting a losing battle....
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In today’s Times Union Capitol Confidential, Benjamin Oreskes provides an update on Mary Ellen Belding, whose business was nearly forced to close because of the Scaffold Law. It was another losing year for the business groups that want to see New York’s 129-year-old Scaffold Law reformed. One of them is Mary Ellen Belding, the owner...
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In today’s Albany Times Union, Wilem O. Rijksen of the American Insurance Association argues that Scaffold Law reform opponents’ calls for more data is a thinly veiled diversionary tactic. The Times Union’s endorsement of the status quo regarding New York’s antiquated Scaffold Law is problematic like the law itself (“Long story short; Resist industry pressure;...
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In today’s Henrietta Post, Ron Santelli from Canandaigua questions Governor Cuomo’s political abilities. “I was quite hopeful when Andrew Cuomo ran for New York governor last time, as I thought he would be a good one based on his performance as attorney general. It turned out, however, that Mr. Cuomo has proved to be a...
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Tonight, Rochester’s News 10 WHEC airs a segment on the Scaffold Law’s impact on small businesses and the economy, and the Governor’s 180 degree turn on supporting reform. Jobs are critical to the state’s economy. One law that makes it very difficult for construction companies to compete and create those jobs is the Scaffold Law....
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Today, the New York Daily News reported that New York City will create 39,500 public school seats over the next five years. Unfortunately for students, teachers, and taxpayers, the NYC School Construction Authority’s insurance bill will jump by $150 million because of the Scaffold Law. That’s $150 million that could be used to build new...
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In today’s Crain’s New York Business, Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff and Lou Colletti, Co-Chairs of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses, urge the legislature to act on reasonable Scaffold Law reform. The expression “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” seems appropriate for the current debate in Albany over New York’s misnamed scaffold law. While...
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Today, the Utica Observer Dispatch editorialized in strong support of Scaffold Law reform. Latest estimates are that the final cost to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River at Tarrytown will be between $3.9 billion and $4.8 billion. Kieran Lalor, a Republican Assemblyman from Fishkill, says that because of New York’s Scaffold...
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Matt Pepe, Executive Director of the Building Contractors Association of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, writes in the Westchester Business Journal that the Scaffold Law sends a powerful message about New York’s business climate. It’s getting to the point you don’t know who to believe. A classic example aired on the radio recently. One spot...
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In today’s Albany Time Union, Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, highlights the steep costs of the Scaffold Law on taxpayers and public entities: The absolute liability of the Scaffold Law drives up the cost of nearly every public project in the state. This is not opinion; this is...
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