continued Scaffold Law changes
New York has one of the strictest scaffold laws in the U.S. Many say this law is a primary reason why liability insurance is so high in New York state – because the scaffold law is one of the most frequent sources of litigation. If someone gets hurt on the job at a high altitude, all of the blame is on the employer, even if a worker is at fault. One recent example was made by a businessman who traveled to Albany and told his story. A worker jumped off his roof. The worker chose not to use a ladder and was hurt on the job. He will be compensated for his injury. This is not the first time I’ve heard stories like these, yet our law remains unchanged. I’m urging my colleagues, as I have in the past, to change this outdated law.
Key agriculture producers into IDAs
I recently signed onto legislation that authorizes the local Industrial Development Agencies to provide technical or financial assistance to agricultural producers for products grown, harvested or produced within the state. Believe it or not, this is not already part of what IDAs do. Currently, IDAs can issue loans and provide support to manufacturers, processors or warehouses of agricultural products but not to businesses that directly grow, harvest or collect produce. We need to change the law to better support agriculture. The Senate passed this law in March. It’s time for the Assembly to take up this measure that would go to help more small businesses. I’m urging my colleagues to place this measure on the Assembly calendar before session ends this spring.
Small business employs half of all private sector workers
I’m glad to see the corporate tax rate reduced. I hope to see more private sector growth over time, thanks to measures like these. Small businesses employ more than half of all private sector workers. We need to make sure our state is taking care of its job creators as well as being more competitive with neighboring states and with Canada.