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Scaffold Law Critics Cite Rising Costs, Defenders Want to See Numbers

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Latest, News, News & Features, Real Estate/Construction, Video

Building owners and contractors are mounting another campaign to modify the state’s Scaffold Law, arguing that the construction safety statute all but guarantees a big payout to workers injured in falls and drives up insurance costs to exorbitant levels. But defenders of the law, who say it’s critical for worker safety, are striking back with legislation of their own that would open up insurance companies’ books to see whether the Scaffold Law is actually raising costs. Assemblyman Francisco Moya is… [More]

Don’t Bet On It: Did the Casino Amendment Legalize Sports Betting in New York?

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in News

When New York voters passed a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos this month, they also paved the way for sports betting in the state—but only if a federal ban is overturned. The ballot language simply asked voters if they support up to seven casinos and the promised benefits they would bring, but the accompanying enacting legislation specifically describes how sports betting could go forward. “New York has essentially said, ‘We know it’s illegal but we’re writing it into our law on… [More]

After Passage of Gaming Amendment, Bonacic Eager To Site Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Racing/Wagering

State Senator John Bonacic Now that voters have approved the casino amendment legalizing up to seven full-fledged casinos in New York, state Sen. John Bonacic is hopeful that the winning bids for the initial four upstate casinos will be selected by the middle of next year. “I’m optimistic that we’ll know who the winners are by this summer,” said Bonacic, the chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee and a longtime proponent of casino expansion in the Catskills. The next steps include filling the… [More]

Gambling Amendment Could Pave The Way For Sports Betting in New York

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Latest, News, Racing/Wagering

If New Yorkers pass the constitutional amendment legalizing casinos today, it could also pave the way for sports betting in the state—but only if a federal ban is overturned. The ballot language only asks voters if they support up to seven casinos, but the accompanying enacting legislation specifically describes how sports betting could go forward, including limiting it to the new casinos. “New York has essentially said, ‘We know it’s illegal but we’re writing it into our law on a… [More]

Last Read – Nov. 1, 2013

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in News

  LAST LOOK: John Sabini, the former chair of the state Racing and Wagering Board, discusses the constitutional amendment expanding casino gambling in the state in a video interview with Jon Lentz:  http://bit.ly/1h6yr33   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For this man to campaign them the way he did, to suggest they were engaged in unconstitutional conduct … I would, as the former mayor of the city, demand that Mr. de Blasio apologize to the police department for falsely suggesting that they engage in… [More]

Environmentalists Want To Know Where Mayoral Candidates Stand on Climate Change

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Environment, Features, Heard Around Town, News

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been outspoken about the risks of climate change and has taken concrete steps to address it—but with New Yorkers poised to elect a new mayor, some environmentalists want to hear more about the issue from the leading candidates. “We wanted to make sure that this issue was raised, both for candidates and for the public, because in the course of this campaign neither the challenges of extreme weather events—another Sandy or infrastructure issue—haven’t really been part of the… [More]

Parents of Killed Construction Worker Defend State’s Scaffold Law

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation, Trials/Hearings

As supporters and opponents of the state’s Scaffold Law gear up for a battle in Albany next year, the parents of a worker killed at a New York City construction site are calling on state legislators to keep the law on the books in order to prevent similar accidents. The law imposes an “absolute liability” standard on contractors and property owners for gravity-related injuries at a construction site. Critics argue that the law fails to account for worker behavior and… [More]