New York State is home to some of the highest construction costs in the country. The state’s prevailing wage and scaffold laws are two reasons why. That is why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership calls for Scaffold Law reform and opposition to the expansion of prevailing wage in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda.
New York State leaders have lacked the political will to fix our state’s broken Scaffold Law for decades. Now a United States Congressman is giving it a try. Rep. John Faso of the Hudson Valley has introduced federal legislation creating a workaround to New York’s burdensome, job killing mandate. The Infrastructure Expansion Act would exempt any construction project in New York State subsidized with federal funds from the state’s current Scaffold Law which mandates absolute liability on building owners and contractors.
There are just a handful of weeks left until the State Legislature wraps up the 2016 session and leaves Albany behind for another year. The end of session crunch is typically defined by heavy legislative activity, but there are strong indications this year’s session may wind down with little fanfare. Whether a little or a lot gets done over the next month, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our allies are making sure state legislators know what is important to New York’s employers.
In front of a capacity crowd, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently unveiled its Action Agenda for the 2015 state legislative session.
The agenda underlines and communicates the advocacy priorities of the Buffalo Niagara employer community to the Governor and local members of the State Legislature.
Buffalo’s renaissance is driving an ongoing face-lift all over the city. With the tremendous amount of construction and development occurring, site owners and contractors should be familiar with the statutory liabilities imposed on them by New York’s Scaffold Law.
Whether structuring a deal, performing the work, or determining your insurance needs, understanding the special duties and obligations the Scaffold Law places on site owners and contractors is important.
“Never waste a good crisis.”
This was the advice given to the Buffalo Niagara business community at the Partnership’s 2014 Transportation Summit in May.
There are 2,000 structurally deficient bridges in New York State.
This means that every day, 7 cars drive over a bridge that’s structurally deficient.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the continued support of (or fight against) Labor Law 240, otherwise known as the Scaffold Law.