Newsday – Letter: Scaffold Law Unfairly Penalizes Employers

This week, Newsday published a letter written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins in response to a letter calling to keep the Scaffold Law as it is. An excerpt: “In an argument in favor of New York’s notorious scaffold law, a letter writer says his accident proves the law is necessary [“Scaffold law still […]

A Swing and a Miss from Scaffold Law Reform Opponents

This week, the Times Union reported a story about our alleged influence on a study conducted by the Rockefeller Institute at the University at Albany and Cornell University on the cost of the Scaffold Law. In an effort to discredit the study, the Labor-backed Center for Popular Democracy filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to […]

Schenectady Daily Gazette: Failure to Enact Tort Reform Costs Billions

This week, the Schenectady Daily Gazette published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely responding to an editorial by the Gazette’s staff and exposing that the figures published were indeed an even higher cost to New York’s taxpayers. An Excerpt: “Re July 4 editorial [“Big money follows the powerful”]: Kudos to the […]

The Journal News – In Reply: Scaffold Law Adds Costs, But Not Safety

This week, The Journal News published a response from LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, rebutting a previous piece calling to “Keep the Scaffold Law Strong”. An excerpt: “Re “Keep the Scaffold Law strong,” July 10 Community View: The writer defends New York’s Scaffold Safety Law, saying it gave him his “day in court.” Of […]

Watertown Daily Times: Reforming Scaffold Law Would Save Money

This week, the Watertown Daily Times published a letter written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, looking to Scaffold Law reform as a method financial relief for the Tappan Zee Bridge project. An excerpt: “We certainly agree with the Watertown Daily Times that there are better ways to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge […]

New York Post: Standing Up to Shelly

Just last week, the New York Post published two letters to the editor side by side in response to a recent article featuring LRANY’s concern of Speaker Sheldon Silver’s outside income (Watchdog Wary of Sheldon Silver’s Income From Law Firm, 7.8.14). One letter was from LRANY’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, correcting a misleading statement from […]

New York Post and New York Daily News Feature LRANY’s Concerns with Speaker Silver’s Outside Income

Just today, both the New York Post and New York Daily News featured comments from LRANY Execuitve Director, Tom Stebbins, in response to the recent news that Speaker Sheldon Silver receives up to $750,000 of outside income annually from Weitz & Luxenberg. In the Post Stebbins highlighted the fact that Silver hasn’t had a case […]

Statement from LRANY Executive Director in Response to Speaker Silver’s Jump in Earnings From Weitz & Luxenberg

The revelation that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver received as much as $750,000 from the personal injury firm of Weitz & Luxenberg in 2013 is a timely reminder that New Yorkers still have no idea what work – if any -Mr. Silver is performing for the firm; much less what would justify a $200,000 raise. According […]

Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin – Letter: Lawmakers, lawyers love to add more liability

Last week, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin published a piece written by LRANY’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, pointing to the issue of liability expanding legislation. An excerpt: “At the close of the 2014 legislative session, New York lawmakers passed a bill that makes hosts liable for assisting guests in need of emergency medical […]