Yesterday, over one hundred advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge lawmakers to support common sense reform to the New York’s Scaffold Law. Among them were contractors, builders, small business owners, developers, lawyers, and municipal officials. Attendees traveled from all corners of the state, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, to make their voice heard. The feedback from attendees on legislative meetings was overwhelmingly positive.
During the morning briefing, attendees were addressed by Judith Nelson, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity New York State, as well as Jolie Milstein, President & CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) – both of whom stressed the importance of Scaffold Law reform for affordable housing and disaster relief efforts. Senator Patrick Gallivan (R, Elma), who has been a champion of Scaffold Law reform since taking office in 2011, also addressed the crowd – applauding the coalitions efforts and giving them credit for the continuing progress towards change of the outdated law over the past few years.
After the morning session attendees split up into regional groups to share their stories with their legislators and educate them on the issue. Many lawmakers, expressed support for reform, and those opposed to change heard loud and clear from our supporters about why the Scaffold Law needs to be changed.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and our generous sponsors for their help in making this day successful. Without your contributions, we could not continue to keep our fight strong. Thank you.