Scaffold Law Reform News
Letter: Scaffold Law Drives up Housing Costs
- Published on 09 March 2015
In today's Buffalo News, Jolie Milstein, CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and Bruce Levine, founder of 3d Development Group, write that the Scaffold Law drives significant costs which hinder the constuction of affordable housing.
The severity of the housing crisis in New York State means that every dollar must be spent as efficiently as possible to produce the highest number of quality, affordable homes.
The archaic Scaffold Law – a remnant of the 1800s – is counterproductive since it drives up insurance costs on affordable housing projects in excess of million of dollars, and makes these important projects harder to build. The Scaffold Law has also reduced the number of carriers that will insure affordable housing projects, and has made it nearly impossible for small firms to find coverage.
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.