Yesterday, almost one hundred advocates braved the winter weather to gather at the state capitol to urge lawmakers to support common sense reform of New York’s Scaffold Law. Among them were contractors, builders, small business owners, developers, lawyers, municipal officials, and advocacy groups representatives. Attendees traveled from all corners of the state, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, to make their voice heard. According to several attendees, support for Scaffold Law reform among legislators was stronger than ever, with the departure of Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker spurring renewed optimism.
During the morning briefing, attendees were addressed by Senator Patrick Gallivan (R, Elma) who has been a champion of Scaffold Law reform since taking office in 2011. Gallivan stressed the importance of supporters continuing to push the issue with their senators and assembly members. Louis J. Coletti, President & CEO of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, also addressed the crowd in the morning. “Trial lawyers have become the ‘fourth branch of government,” he said. “We have more data than there is snow outside, we need to make this push now!”
After the morning session attendees split up into regional groups and had the opportunity to share their stories with their legislators and educate them on the issue. Many lawmakers, expressed support for reform, and the efforts elicited commitments of support from members who had previously been undecided on the issue.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and our generous sponsors for their help in making this day successful. Without your contributions, none of this would have been possible.