Scaffold Law Reform Sponsorship Gains Media Attention

On Tuesday Senator Gallivan announced his sponsorship of a bill to reform New York’s antiquated ‘Scaffold Law.’  This announcement has echoed with attention from the media, despite the unfortunate timing of the budget hype.  The announcement was heralded by business groups, taxpayer groups, and civil justice advocates as an important step forward, and has garnered statewide attention from the media. LRANY applauds Senator Gallivan for his strong commitment to restoring equity to the civil justice system, promoting economic development, and stimulating job creation. Setting an example that many in Washington could learn from, Senator Gallivan is working closely with the bill’s sponsor in the Assembly, Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D, Irondequoit), to put the interests of New Yorkers ahead of partisan politics.

LRANY thanks and applauds the Senator for making this commitment to help move New York in the right direction by bringing common sense back to our civil justice system.

The press conference held on Tuesday can be seen here in a piece covered by the Democrat and Chronicle and Politics on the Hudson.  The information was also blogged by the TU Capitol Confidential and BCNYS Capital Business Blog.

Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO of ACGNYS discussed Scaffold Law Reform on The Capital Press Room radio show (Minutes 38:16-41:45) and made a television appearance with Senator Gallivan on Capital Tonight.

Just today, The Buffalo News ran an article covering the sponsorship in which LRANY Executive Director was quoted: “We in New York spend four, five and even 10 times more for our public infrastructure projects than most other states.”

There was even a post by NY Construction Accident Attorneys, arguing –unsurprisingly- against reform to the law.


To learn more about the ‘Scaffold Law’ and how you can get involved, visit


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