Scaffold Law Reform News
Thanks for Making Scaffold Law Reform Day at the Capitol a Success!
- Published on 11 February 2015
Yesterday, almost one hundred advocates braved the winter weather togather at the state capitol to urge lawmakers to
support common sense reform of New York’s Scaffold Law. Among them were contractors, builders, small business owners, developers, lawyers, municipal officials, and advocacy groups representatives. Attendees traveled from all corners of the state, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, to make their voice heard. According to several attendees, support for Scaffold Law reform among legislators was stronger than ever, with the departure of Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker spurring renewed optimism.
New Life for Reform Bills in Albany?
- Published on 28 January 2015
As the Times Union reports, the immenent departure of Sheldon Silver as Speaker of the Assembly has given new hope to advocates of Scaffold Law reform.
Tom Stebbins has a keen interest in the developments surrounding Speaker Sheldon Silver's fall from the leadership of the state Assembly.
Stebbins, head of the state Lawsuit Reform Alliance, has long complained that Silver's outside job as an attorney for a major law firm has been a major reason that efforts to reform New York's creaky legal system have been blocked in the Assembly.
But now, with Silver leaving his leadership post, Stebbins knows that reforming New York's tort statutes won't be easy, given the lobbying power of the state's trial lawyers.
It's only one of the issues on which advocates hope to see movement after two decades of what they describe as Silver's obstructionism — although those on the other side see as principled opposition.