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Scaffold Law Reform Belongs in the 2020 Executive Budget!

Dear Governor Cuomo,

Thanks to your leadership, New York is weathering the COVID-19 public health crisis. However, a new budget crisis looms, exacerbated by the loss of revenues due to the pandemic. State and municipal budgets have been decimated, and the financial outlook is bleak. Our infrastructure, once the envy of the world, is saddled with the twin crises of higher costs for sanitation and lower revenues from ridership and tolls. Our schools, many already in need of repair must now shift their facility and maintenance dollars to manage the new reality of the
pandemic.

Fortunately, there is an easy fix to a state law that would annually free up millions of dollars in state and municipal budgets, save hundreds of millions in infrastructure costs, and release an estimated two hundred million a year in education budgets across the state. The fix is simple. Put New York’s liability laws in line with every other state and every other country in the world. Fix Labor Law 240, also known as the Scaffold Law. Use the budget process to change the standard from the current, outdated absolute liability standard to a moreequitable and modern comparative negligence standard.

There are oceans of data supporting this fix. There is no data supporting the current broken system.

You have expressed support for reform. We, the over 75 member organizations of the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition urge you to put those words into action. Put Scaffold Law reform into your 2021 Executive Budget. Now is the time. We cannot let special interests hold our state and municipal budgets, hostage, any longer. We stand behind you and urge you to finally fix this law and bring New York into the 21st Century and help us recover and heal from this terrible pandemic.

See the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition;

href=”https://www.votervoice.net/LRANY/campaigns/69199/respond“>Click here to make your voice heard.

Want to stay informed about reform efforts?  Send an email to info@scaffoldlaw.org with the subject “newsletter” to receive monthly updates.

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Now is the time to make a difference! Tell your legislator that you want Scaffold Law reform. New Yorkers have borne this burden too long, and we need change to bring jobs back to the state!

The Scaffold Law should be reformed to hold workers liable for their fair share of fault when they act negligently, refuse to use safety devices, or are impaired by drugs or alcohol. This common sense reform would restore balance to the legal process and ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

Contact your lawmaker. Click here to make your voice heard.

Run a business or organization? Email us to sign our letter of support.

Want to stay informed about reform efforts?  Send an email to info@scaffoldlaw.org with the subject “newsletter” to receive monthly updates.

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Absent legislative action at the state level,
NYS Congressman Chris Jacobs has taken the issue of reforming the Scaffold Law to congress.

Read more about these efforts here

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Legislative Memos in Support: