February 26, 2015
Statement from Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins on Governor Cuomo’s Comments on Tort Reform
Governor Cuomo recently noted that tort reform legislation never gets passed by the legislature because, “There are little secrets that never sit right.” These secrets are plain to see. New Yorkers are well aware of the outsized financial influence of the personal injury lawyer lobby, which spent well over a two million dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions last year alone. Unfortunately, the identities of the clients of lawyer-legislators remain shrouded in secrecy. We commend Governor Cuomo’s efforts to bring transparency to lawmakers’ sources of outside income and urge him to take on needed reforms to trial lawyer golden eggs like the Scaffold Law – the personal injury lawyer lobby has had their finger on the scales of justice for far too long.”
-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely | PStonbely@lrany.org | 518.512.5265
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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.