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Carlos Law

September 1, 2022

Carlos’ Law Sets Minimum $500K Penalty for Construction Deaths

The bill would require criminal penalties of at least $300,000 for a misdemeanor and $500,000 for a felony conviction for a worker’s death or injury. The bill is now in the hands of Governor Kathy Hochul, who has not yet signaled her intentions. She has until the end of the year to decide whether to sign it, along with the other pending legislation on her desk.

Times Union

August 24, 2022

Scaffolding law is hurting New York’s recovery

There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being of all workers before or after being injured on a construction site. The irony of all this is that New York has one of the safest construction rates in the country – despite having lower insurance costs in other areas. Is it any wonder why construction activity is low in New York and almost every other area?

New Jersey News

August 23, 2022

What does the future hold for scaffolding law in New York?

Judge Defiore’s retirement from the Court of Appeals could bring changes to the court’s ever-evolving interpretation of New York’s staging law, Labor Law 240(1). In the 150 years since its creation and the thousands of rulings, staging law has generally been construed in favor of the plaintiff. More recently, the court has moved away from this punitive interpretation to confirm the plaintiff’s affirmative duty before delivering a brief judgment.

Gotham Gazette | Opinion

#CarlosLaw

August 12, 2022

New York Must Amend Carlos’ Law Before the Governor Signs It

By Louis Coletti

Windobi

#CarlosLaw

August 12, 2022

New York Must Change Carlos’ Law Before Governor Signs It

In New York, insurance costs are $41 per square foot compared to $3 in Connecticut and $4 in New Jersey. Is it any wonder why companies are moving there, or why there is always such a housing shortage and affordability crisis in New York?

Daily Commercial News by ConstructConnect

#CarlosLaw

August 9, 2022

New York’s Carlos’ Bill proposes steep fines that could cripple small contractors: BTEA

One of the BTEA’s fears is that the Carlos Bill could be on a par with New York Labor Law 240, The Scaffold Law, which states a contractor has “absolute liability” for any injury or fatality on a jobsite, regardless of the conditions.

ENR

#CarlosLaw

July 15, 2022

Fewer NYC Construction Deaths as Safety Law Awaits Governor's Signature

Contractors seek changes before final approval.

Habitat | Building Operations

June 16, 2022

Co-op and Condo Insurance Costs Will Continue to Rise

Times Union | Commentary

May 25, 2022

Scaffold Law is hurting New York's recovery

Louis Coletti and Nayan Parikh

NEW YORK NOW

May 6, 2022

Environmental Bond Act, Scaffold Law Reform in New York
Season 2022 Episode 18 |

Voters will decide in November if New York should borrow $4.2 billion in bonds over three decades to combat climate change and address environmental damage. New York passed a law in 1885 to protect workers in the construction trades. But, since then, some say the law's been interpreted in ways that have led to abuse. Learn more about the law and why the state should change it.

Buffalo News

April 22, 2022

Letter: Consider Scaffold Law in Bills stadium cost

The new Bills stadium deal marks an excellent time to review the reasons that New York State is such an expensive place to build. The new stadium deal announced earlier this week comes with a price tag of $850 million. The steep cost has many asking questions about the value of the deal. What is known, however, is the cost of the stadium is increased by New York’s outdated Scaffold Law.

Habitat | Bricks & Bucks

April 6, 2022

The Hard Truth About Soft Costs for Co-op and Condo Boards

Hudson Valley 360

March 25, 2022

Make the most of funding allocated for infrastructure projects

Crain's New York Business | Op-ed

March 18, 2022

Here’s how to kick-start construction and get New Yorkers back to work

By Louis Coletti - Eliminate the exorbitant and unnecessary insurance mandates of the state’s scaffold law, responsible for insurance premiums 300% higher than anywhere else in the country. The law, repealed in every other state except New York, imposes automatic, 100% liability on contractors for any worker injury, irrespective of any contributing factor, and it is a primary driver of the high cost of construction.

Gotham Gazzette | Opinion

February 25, 2022

Construction Industry Report More Evidence Scaffold Law Has Nothing To Do with Safety

By Tom Stebbins

Long Island Business News

January 7, 2022

How we'll do in '22

Regulations and arbitrary mandates such as the scaffold law continue to defy much needed reform.

Empire Center

December 9, 2021

Altered State: A checklist for change in New York State

Crain's New York Business

December 5, 2021

Crain's Extra: The Week Ahead

Dec. 10 - The City Council holds a hearing about regulatory burdens on small businesses. No further info about the agenda was available at deadline, so here’s a suggestion: Something needs to be done about the Scaffold Law, which holds builders 100% liable for gravity-related accidents even if others are also responsible. Should either Gov. Kathy Hochul or Mayor-elect Eric Adams or both want to show the business community there’s a new sheriff in town, amending the law would do it.

Building Design + Construction

November 23, 2021

New York’s Labor Law Section 240 and how it affects general contractors

It seems impossible to protect against any and all claims under Labor Law 240.

Habitat | Feature

November 1, 2021

Even Small Jobs Can Lead to Big Claims

New York's Scaffold Law can mean big problems for boards when a worker gets injured – even with insurance.

Gotham Gazette | Letter to the Editor

September 17, 2021

More Lawsuits Won’t Help Workers or New York

By Tom Stebbins

Newswires EIN

August 25, 2021

Open Letter to NY Governor Kathy Hochul: Libertarian Party of New York

Repeal the Scaffold and Wicks Laws.

Daily News

July 16, 2021

Readers sound off on NYC’s progressive voters, post-lockdown concert and curbing street violence

Codified boondoggle
Albany: I applaud The News’ call for Gov. Cuomo to ensure that the Gateway tunnel project is “fast and economical” (”Hole in the tunnel,” editorial, July 12). Unfortunately, New York’s unique legal environment makes construction projects across the state anything but. To update our infrastructure without wasting taxpayer money, New York must reform its outdated Scaffold Law. It saddles construction projects with excessive costs by imposing absolute liability on property owners and contractors for height-related worksite injuries, even if the injured worker is at fault. As a result, the cost of the Gateway project is estimated to be inflated by as much as $300 million, according to Common Good. For this reason, contractors have urged Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to override the Scaffold Law for the Gateway project. These extra costs could be spent on any of the numerous other infrastructure upgrades that New York so desperately needs. Taxpayer dollars are precious.
Tom Stebbins, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

Construction Dive

June 2, 2021

Report: COVID-19 cost NYC construction industry $9.8 billion

BTEA also called attention to the general liability insurance cost under the city’s Scaffold Law, which imposes absolute liability on gravity-related injuries, even those to or caused by an impaired worker. Coletti described the Scaffold Law as “absurd.” He isn’t alone in that sentiment.

Crain's New York | Op-Ed

June 1, 2021

New York's Scaffold Law is holding back affordable housing

Analysis shows that the Scaffold Law drives up construction costs as much as 7% on a given project; without it, New York could have created and preserved an additional 12,600 affordable homes in the past five years alone.

NewsChannel 34 WIVT/WBGH

January 22, 2021

Binghamton Chamber releases Legislative Agenda

auburnpub.com

January 20, 2021

Cayuga County's state reps react to Cuomo's NY budget proposal

New York Post

January 14, 2021

Andrew Cuomo’s vast public-construction plans come at a huge price for NY

Capital Tonight/Spectrum News

January 4, 2021

Unshackle Upstate's Justin Wilcox: "Listen to All Sides"

The Saratogian

December 29, 2020

Capital Region Chamber supports a 5-year moratorium on the Scaffold Law

New York Post

December 13, 2020

NYC’s becoming an even nastier ‘judicial hellhole’

Daily News

November 23, 2020

Dismantle this law: New York’s Scaffold Law diminishes affordable housing supply by driving up the cost of construction

Daily News

November 23, 2020

Dismantle this law: New York’s Scaffold Law diminishes affordable housing supply by driving up the cost of construction

Citizens Budget Commission

November 16, 2020

Groups Urge Governor to Consider Reform of Scaffold Law

Citizens Budget Commission

November 16, 2020

Groups Urge Governor to Consider Reform of Scaffold Law

The Batavian

November 10, 2020

Jacobs calls on Cuomo to reform Scaffold Law

The Batavian

November 10, 2020

Jacobs calls on Cuomo to reform Scaffold Law

New York Construction Report

October 30, 2020

NYCDOB: Work site injuries decline 20% as more than 100,000 construction site safety training cards issued

New York Construction Report

October 30, 2020

NYCDOB: Work site injuries decline 20% as more than 100,000 construction site safety training cards issued

Commercial Observer

October 27, 2020

New York Trying to Find Labor and Construction Volume Balance.

Commercial Observer

October 27, 2020

New York Trying to Find Labor and Construction Volume Balance.

REBNY

October 21, 2020

As New York Continues to Lose Hundreds of Millions in Tax Revenue Due to Historic Decline in Real Estate Sales, New REBNY Report Shows Broker Confidence Hit Record Low for 3rd Consecutive Quarter.

Crain's New York Business

October 21, 2020

Cuomo extends commercial eviction ban through Jan. 1

REBNY

October 21, 2020

As New York Continues to Lose Hundreds of Millions in Tax Revenue Due to Historic Decline in Real Estate Sales, New REBNY Report Shows Broker Confidence Hit Record Low for 3rd Consecutive Quarter.

Crain's New York Business

October 21, 2020

Cuomo extends commercial eviction ban through Jan. 1

REBNY

October 15, 2020

The Real Estate Board of New York Reports Investment and Residential Sales Volume Dropped Nearly 50 Percent Since September 2019, Resulting in Loss of Tens of Millions of Dollars in New York City and State Tax Revenue.

REBNY

October 15, 2020

The Real Estate Board of New York Reports Investment and Residential Sales Volume Dropped Nearly 50 Percent Since September 2019, Resulting in Loss of Tens of Millions of Dollars in New York City and State Tax Revenue.

Insurance Journal

October 8, 2020

Calls for Reform Revived Over More Than A Century Old New York Law.

Insurance Journal

October 8, 2020

Calls for Reform Revived Over More Than A Century Old New York Law.

Crain's New York Business - OP ED

October 2, 2020

It’s time to fix New York’s dysfunctional construction regulations.

Construction Dive

October 2, 2020

New York contractors ask Gov. Cuomo to repeal state Scaffold Law

Construction Dive

October 2, 2020

New York contractors ask Gov. Cuomo to repeal state Scaffold Law

Crain's New York Business - OP ED

October 2, 2020

It’s time to fix New York’s dysfunctional construction regulations.

Times Union

September 29, 2020

Business groups renew proposal to ditch New York's Scaffold Law.
Advocates say pandemic fiscal crisis requires end to statute that boosts insurance costs.

Times Union

September 29, 2020

Business groups renew proposal to ditch New York's Scaffold Law.
Advocates say pandemic fiscal crisis requires end to statute that boosts insurance costs.

Commercial Observer

June 25, 2020

Construction Groups Worry About MTA Freezing Spending Amid Budget Crisis.

Commercial Observer

June 25, 2020

Construction Groups Worry About MTA Freezing Spending Amid Budget Crisis.

NYREJ

June 21, 2020

Scaffold Law Reform Coalition and the New York City Special Riggers Association request moratorium on Scaffold Law as state strives to reopen.

NYREJ

June 21, 2020

Scaffold Law Reform Coalition and the New York City Special Riggers Association request moratorium on Scaffold Law as state strives to reopen.

Long Island Business News

August 20, 2019

Construction spending is up, but so are costs.

Long Island Business News

August 20, 2019

Construction spending is up, but so are costs.

Habitat

July 19, 2019

Check for Hidden Exclusions on Insurance Policies.

Habitat

July 19, 2019

Check for Hidden Exclusions on Insurance Policies.

Crain's New York Business - Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2019

Attacking scaffold law is not the way to cut insurance costs.

Jessica Ramos
Gary LaBarbera

Crain's New York Business - Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2019

Attacking scaffold law is not the way to cut insurance costs.

Jessica Ramos
Gary LaBarbera

Crain's New York Business - Ask the Expert

December 31, 2018

NYC building boom creates new challenges.

Crain's New York Business - Ask the Expert

December 31, 2018

NYC building boom creates new challenges.

Habitat

August 18, 2018

Scaffold Law Bumped This Project’s Insurance Tab by 557 Percent.

Habitat

August 18, 2018

Scaffold Law Bumped This Project’s Insurance Tab by 557 Percent.

Habitat

August 3, 2018

A Certificate of Liability Insurance is NOT Insurance.

Habitat

August 3, 2018

A Certificate of Liability Insurance is NOT Insurance.

Construction Dive

August 2, 2018

Critics blame NYC's scaffold law for rocketing insurance fees.

Construction Dive

August 2, 2018

Critics blame NYC's scaffold law for rocketing insurance fees.

Crain's New York Business

July 30, 2018

Critics blame scaffold law for megaproject's insurance costs ballooning 557%.

Crain's New York Business

July 30, 2018

Critics blame scaffold law for megaproject's insurance costs ballooning 557%.

Habitat

June 30, 2018

How the Scaffold Law Affects Your Insurance.

Habitat

June 30, 2018

How the Scaffold Law Affects Your Insurance.

Habitat

May 17, 2018

Diverse Group Pushes to Reform State’s Scaffold Law.

Habitat

May 17, 2018

Diverse Group Pushes to Reform State’s Scaffold Law.

REBNY

October 25, 2017

New York’s Scaffold Law holds property owners, employers and contractors strictly liable for all gravity-related construction accidents. Enacted in 1885, it is among the oldest laws in the state and an ever-present reminder of the need for New York to modernize its laws to reflect new realities.

REBNY

October 25, 2017

New York’s Scaffold Law holds property owners, employers and contractors strictly liable for all gravity-related construction accidents. Enacted in 1885, it is among the oldest laws in the state and an ever-present reminder of the need for New York to modernize its laws to reflect new realities.

Crain's New York Business - Opinion

January 30, 2017

Design-build, yes, but reform scaffold law, too.

Crain's New York Business - Opinion

January 30, 2017

Design-build, yes, but reform scaffold law, too.

Commercial Observer

November 30, 2016

Raising Hell.
A very old and very costly law (whch many people hate) keeps the city covered in scaffolding, but don't expect it to change.

Commercial Observer

November 30, 2016

Raising Hell.
A very old and very costly law (whch many people hate) keeps the city covered in scaffolding, but don't expect it to change.

AGC New York State

September 25, 2016

Proof that “Scaffold Law” doesn’t work.
Crain’s photo shows crews take risks. Yet only employers are punished.

AGC New York State

September 25, 2016

Proof that “Scaffold Law” doesn’t work.
Crain’s photo shows crews take risks. Yet only employers are punished.

The Central New York Business Journal

January 16, 2015

The Scaffold Law proof of New York's ongoing hostility towards business and common sense.

The Central New York Business Journal

January 16, 2015

The Scaffold Law proof of New York's ongoing hostility towards business and common sense.

New York Building Congress

November 1, 2014

Debate Continues Over New York State Labor Law 240:
The Scaffold Law.
The Lines Are Drawn Again.
The battle to reform or repeal Labor Law 240, commonly referred to as the Scaffold Law, has been raging for years. But now, both sides are stepping up advocacy and lobbying efforts, thinking this may be the time for action in Albany.

New York Building Congress

November 1, 2014

Debate Continues Over New York State Labor Law 240:
The Scaffold Law.
The Lines Are Drawn Again.
The battle to reform or repeal Labor Law 240, commonly referred to as the Scaffold Law, has been raging for years. But now, both sides are stepping up advocacy and lobbying efforts, thinking this may be the time for action in Albany.

NYREJ

August 11, 2014

Scaffold Law reform critical to attract more general liability insurance carriers in New York.

NYREJ

August 11, 2014

Scaffold Law reform critical to attract more general liability insurance carriers in New York.

New York Post - Opinion

April 27, 2014

Tear down this law.

New York Post - Opinion

April 27, 2014

Tear down this law.

NYREJ

April 21, 2014

Labor Law 240: Among the most controversial laws in New York.

NYREJ

April 21, 2014

Labor Law 240: Among the most controversial laws in New York.

NYREJ

October 28, 2013

Labor Law: Proposed changes to Labor Law 240: Defeated without a vote in the legislature.

NYREJ

October 28, 2013

Labor Law: Proposed changes to Labor Law 240: Defeated without a vote in the legislature.

Habitat

April 25, 2013

What Condo Boards Need Know to Be Protected Under the Scaffold Law.

Habitat

April 25, 2013

What Condo Boards Need Know to Be Protected Under the Scaffold Law.

Habitat

April 9, 2013

All Fall Down: How Labor Law 240, the 'Scaffold Law,' Even Applies Indoors.

Habitat

April 9, 2013

All Fall Down: How Labor Law 240, the 'Scaffold Law,' Even Applies Indoors.

Crain's New York Business

March 17, 2013

Builders, insurers stepping up effort to dismantle scaffold law.

Crain's New York Business

March 17, 2013

Builders, insurers stepping up effort to dismantle scaffold law.

NYREJ

May 25, 2010

NAIOP New York State chapters visit state capitol.

NYREJ

May 25, 2010

NAIOP New York State chapters visit state capitol.

NYREJ

June 19, 2009

NAIOP Upstate New York chapter visits State Capitol.

NYREJ

June 19, 2009

NAIOP Upstate New York chapter visits State Capitol.

NYREJ

May 30, 2008

NAIOP's Upstate New York chapter visits state capitol in Albany.

NYREJ

May 30, 2008

NAIOP's Upstate New York chapter visits state capitol in Albany.

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