September 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely
STATEMENT FROM LRANY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
RE: Congressman Faso Joins Assemblyman McDonald’s State-Level Support for Scaffold Law Reform with Federal Legislation
“This bi-partisan effort is an important step in the right direction and should be a wake-up call for Governor Cuomo and the legislature. New York’s unique Scaffold Law allows the politically influential personal injury trial lawyers to raid our public authorities of valuable taxpayers’ dollars. More concerning than the financial drain is that this law, dishonestly branded by supporters as a ‘safety law,’ has been proven to increase the rate of injury in New York. Members of both houses of the New York legislature have advocated alongside affordable housing groups, school boards, and even Habitat for Humanity to fix this law. As powerful hurricanes continue to devastate our nation, it is important to remember that New York has been slow to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy due to the costly barriers imposed by the Scaffold Law. Governor Cuomo himself called the law ‘infuriating.’ This is not a safety law, it is a costly and dangerous anachronism and it is time that Governor Cuomo and the legislature finally fix it. We hope that Congress’ involvement will help to inspire this overdue and necessary reform.”
-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York
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.