ALBANY, NY – Today, a coalition of over fifty advocacy groups representing small and large businesses,
developers, insurers, builders, contractors, municipalities and taxpayers issued a joint letter to Governor Cuomo
and his top budget staff urging for the inclusion of reform of New York’s “Scaffold Law” in the FY 2014-15
The Scaffold Law, which dates back to the 1885, holds contractors and property owners fully liable in lawsuits for
gravity-related construction injuries, regardless of partial contributing fault by a worker. Scaffold Law lawsuits,
which represented 16 of the top 30 settlements in New York in 2012, are responsible for escalating insurance and
building costs across the state, according to coalition members. The letter states that these costs threaten the
viability of many small businesses and impose millions of dollars in costs on taxpayers.
“The Scaffold Law is the standard-bearer of New York’s dubious anti-business reputation,” said Mike Durant,
State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
New York is the only state in the nation where such a law is still on the books.
“Reforming the law is plain common sense. Evidence shows us this will create jobs, stimulate the economy, and
reduce costs to taxpayers,” said Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.