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March 2015 Archives

New York's medical marijuana program a work in progress

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law last summer, and the state became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana. The law and the associated regulations provide strict guidelines for prescribing and dispensing the drug. For example, a physician must complete a training course before the state will authorize him or her to prescribe the drug.

Where does New York stand in workers' comp kerfuffle?

New York ranked fourth in the 2014 Oregon Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking report. The report compares workers' comp premiums over time in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As one of the most expensive states for companies purchasing the insurance, we were just shy of 150 percent of the national median with an index rate of $2.75 per $100,000 of payroll. Please note, that is the median, not the mean.

A tale of two crashes: Could new technology have saved lives?

There is no upside to two recent commuter rail accidents. There is, however, an important lesson for anyone who can take a moment away from concern for the victims of both crashes to consider the particulars of each accident. So let us compare and contrast the Feb. 3 accident involving an SUV and a Metro North commuter train in Westchester County, New York and the Feb. 24 accident outside of Los Angeles involving a Metrolink commuter train and a heavy-duty pick-up truck.

Shoveling snow may be a pain, but it beats the alternatives

The state of New York and the city of Albany take snow removal seriously. Property owners -- whether residential or commercial -- have 24 hours from the end of the storm to clean all of the sidewalks around your property, including handicap ramps. The city asks, but does not require, that property owners clear the snow from around fire hydrants, as well. You never know if someone will need it, and we would all rather have firefighters fighting fires than shoveling snow.

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