The Syracuse Post Standard: Changing Scaffold Law Would Aid Development

Today, The Post Standard shared a letter written by LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, this letter is following Governor Cuomo’s recent tour of the state-funded economic development projects in Syracuse.  Tom explains the how this funding is partially wasted due to the ‘Scaffold Law’.

An excerpt:

“To the Editor: 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent tour of the state-funded economic development projects in Syracuse was a welcome reaffirmation of his administration’s commitment to Upstate New York. However, much of the state’s investment in the region will be wasted due to unnecessary laws that drive up the cost of both public and private development projects. 

Among the most onerous laws is Labor Law 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, which automatically holds contractors and property owners fully liable in lawsuits for elevation-related accidents, even if the worker was intoxicated or ignoring safety training. Not surprisingly, New York is the only state to have such a law. This law is the reason construction insurance rates in New York are the highest in the nation by over 300 percent, which drives up the cost of public and private development and keeps many firms from hiring new workers.”

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