March 3rd, 2015
Scaffold Law Reform Advocates: Moya Bill a “Diversion”
Statement from Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York in response to Assemblyman Moya’s Scaffold Law “transparency” legislation:
Assemblyman Moya’s “transparency” legislation is nothing but a poorly-disguised diversionary tactic. Our coalition of over 60 organizations, representing businesses, builders, union contractors, affordable housing organizations, nonprofits, municipal groups, and taxpayers, has already provided tomes of national insurance data to lawmakers at all levels of government.
The data is clear: New York’s insurance costs are the highest in the nation, and the reason is the Scaffold Law. Far from earning outsized profits, insurance companies are abandoning the New York construction market entirely. We are encouraged that organized labor and the personal injury lawyer lobby has finally acknowledged the serious impacts of our astronomical construction insurance rates. Unfortunately, this misguided legislation does nothing to advance a meaningful discussion about Scaffold Law reform, which has strong bipartisan support.
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.