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Scaffold law in state needs reform

April 17, 2013

As state Gov. Andrew Cuomo crosses the state touting the third on-time budget of his administration, New York’s municipalities and schools continue to struggle to make their own budgets work....

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Apr-18-13 8:38 PM

Mike I agree with your reply as most out of court settlements go. Only those who go thru trials get larger settlements and the law of averages are in favor of out of court.

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Apr-18-13 11:58 AM


Oh please don't misunderstand me, I was not trying to deal with bad laws in general, I was just pointing out that DC was incorrect about law aren't "enacted on a whim."

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Apr-18-13 7:53 AM

I do agree though, the New York Safe Act contains ridiculous items in it, the National Healthcare Act is worse, but if you want to start a discussion of bad laws, there aren't enough pages in the Observer. The Supreme Court decision that Corporations are "people". The Supreme Court's decision that Eminent Doman could be used to take private homes so developers could build new and more expensive ones to raise the tax base. Where do I stop? Certainly not just with those passed by the more Liberal element of society, like some. Bad law is pervasive. Throw a little more money at those passing them, that'll fix it.

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Apr-18-13 7:48 AM

Darkstar, you left out George Bush's Homeland Security Act. There is no finer example of bad law in the country.

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Apr-17-13 10:11 PM

Concerned, I believe the airline industry does just that, which in turn is used by most other forms of transportation.

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Apr-17-13 6:26 PM

You will only get rid of these laws when we put a firm price on a human life what is yours worth? What are my bids?

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Apr-17-13 1:00 PM

"The truth is, Brad, that laws like the Scaffold law are neither made nor enacted on a whim..."

You obviously don't pay much attention to politics laws are pushed through on a whim far to often without any thought into what the actual effects would be.

Look at Cuomo's gun law, can anyone honestly say that it was well researched and written and only passed only after it was given due diligence?

Heck, no one had even read Obama's healthcare reform bill before voting on it, which if you support it or not is clearly not the way to pass laws, especially ones with such a long reach.

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Apr-17-13 10:33 AM

We do need tort reform, but how to balance that against gross negligence and/or lifelong medical care is a slippery slope.

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Apr-17-13 10:08 AM

This law was enacted to appease union bosses who contribute heavily to the democratic party.

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Apr-17-13 9:40 AM

Yes, like the 20 something worker killed when he fell through a hole in the floor which they were throwing trash through, 3 stories, no barrier, no safety harness, no nothing. he tripped and fell. Who should be responsible, his family!?

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Apr-17-13 8:33 AM

The truth is, Brad, that laws like the Scaffold law are neither made nor enacted on a whim -- there is usually some solid injustice, correction or redress which need to be fixed or loop hole which needs to be plugged.

Without knowing all the details -- and shame on you for not providing them -- there must have been some rather unscrupulous builders, either commercial or residential, which got away with some egregious accident/injury liability.

For you to tie this wholly unrelated law reform with school district trying very hard to make their schools and budgets work is quite amateurish and chicken-little panicky. In fact, your opinion hints to me more justification for not reforming the scaffold law.

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