From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of minority and women-owned contractor businesses this week released a letter to top lawmakers seeking reforms to the state’s Scaffold Law.

The Scaffold Law is a perennial regulatory change sought by businesses every legislative session. The measure, in short, places safety requirements for work at high elevations, including absolute liability for any injury sustained while falling upon a contractor or owner.

“New York construction insurance costs are at crisis levels and are threatening the well-being of minority and women-owned contractors across New York state,” the contractors wrote in the letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and lawmakers.

“Research shows that construction insurance costs in New York have been significantly inflated by the ‘absolute liability; standard of the Scaffold Law, which is preventing our small businesses from growing and helping to fulfill the MWBE utilization goals set forth by the state legislature.”

The Association for Affordable Housing and the General Contractors Association are also pushing for changes this year, which appear an heavier lift given the Democratic control of both the Assembly and state Senate this term.

Read the full letter here.