This week, the Poughkeepsie Journal published a letter to the editor from LRANY’s Adam Morey. The LTE was in response to a piece written by policy analyst E.J. McMahon that noted reform to the Scaffold Law as a way to improve business climate in New York. Morey elaborated on the current hindrances of the law and explained how legal reforms translate to mandate relief calling to other past due reforms such as expert evidence reform and fair-share liability.
“E.J. McMahon’s recent column in the Poughkeepsie Journal champions reform of New York’s Scaffold Law, possibly the most litigation-friendly statute in the nation (“N.Y. leaders have means to improve business climate,” May 16).
His attention to the law highlights how New York’s dysfunctional civil justice system creates an enormous economic burden for the state’s small businesses, medical professionals, municipalities and nonprofits. The Scaffold Law has been pointed to as a hindrance to everything from school construction to Habitat for Humanity’s efforts following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.”