Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor
I’m back in Albany fighting the good fight today. We have Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on the ropes for enabling and covering up sexual harassment of female staffers. I will continue to be relentless and keep the heat on until Silver goes.
Silver’s political demise would not only be great for women in Albany, Silver’s departure is a key to reviving the state’s economy. For two decades, every piece of job-killing legislation that has brought our state’s economy to the brink, has become law with Silver’s blessing. Getting rid of Silver is a prerequisite to getting our state’s economy going because Silver works for anti-business special interests, like the trial lawyers, that have made our economic environment the worst in the nation. In short, New York is not open for business so long as Sheldon Silver and his anti-business agenda are in power.
Specifically, getting rid of Silver would allow us to reform job killers like the Scaffold Law, an outdated law that is great for ambulance chasers but bad for job creators. The Scaffold Law, which only exists in New York, holds builders, contractors, employers and property owners fully liable in lawsuits for elevation-related accidents regardless of the worker’s own negligence. If a worker falls off a ladder because he came to work drunk, he bears no liability. Instead, the employer gets stuck with the bill. This drives up the cost of all new construction.
For example, the Scaffold Law alone adds $7,500 to the construction of every new home. What’s that over a 30-year mortgage?
If our campaign to remove Silver as Assembly Speaker is successful, we have a real chance to reform this law because the #2 Democrat in the Assembly supports reforming the Scaffold Law. Scaffold reform would be just the beginning. Without Silver we could reform the state’s tort laws, get spending under control and begin to create a pro-job growth environment in the state.
Silver and his allies won’t go without a fight and they will do everything they can to make sure pro-growth reformers like me don’t get reelected. That’s why I need your help to build my war chest for the 2014 campaign which is only 16 months away.
Individuals and businesses can make contributions. So please contribute today so we can send Silver packing and get our once great state back on track.
PS: In case you missed it:
I was recently named to the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City and State magazine.
Here is my recent NY Post Op-Ed arguing against asking taxpayers to fund political campaigns: The Reform that the Crooks Just Love.
I have also been perhaps the most outspoken opponent of Speaker Sheldon Silver for enabling a culture of sexual harassment in the Assembly and for covering up several instances of Assemblymembers abusing female staffers.
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC. Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr.