FOR RELEASE: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
CONTACT: Phoebe Stonbely (518)708-3578
Carl Zeilman (518) 221.6989
ADVOCATES TO GATHER AT STATE CAPITOL TO URGE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE TO REFORM NEW YORK’S CENTURY OLD SCAFFOLD LAW
Law limits progress on protecting public from natural disasters, better schools, roads, bridges, and hospitals while contributing to double-digit unemployment
ALBANY, NY – Hundreds of advocates from various professions will gather at the State Capitol in Albany, NY on Tuesday, February 12 to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and Legislators to take action and reform the unfair absolute liability standard of century-old Scaffold Law. Attendees will hear from several scheduled guest speakers who will discuss the provision of the Scaffold Law that drives up to cost of every public and private construction project in New York because building owners and contractors are held ‘absolutely liable’ for “elevation related injuries,” regardless of the facts of the case or the real liability for the injury.
Scaffold Law Reform advocates are supporting bi-partisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and Senator Patrick Gallivan (A.3104/S.111).
INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:
WHO: Advocates in support of Scaffold Law Reform
(Please see attached list of local advocates available for interview, starting today)
WHAT: Scaffold Law Reform Advocacy Day
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
8:30 am – 2:00pm
WHERE: EmpireStatePlaza Concourse
Meeting Room 2
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