Skillful care

TO THE EDITOR: On May 21, I was hospitalized at CVPH in Plattsburgh for treatment of severe pain resulting from a serious staph infection in my right hip.

I was attended by Dr. Philip Volk and Dr. Keith Collins, who diagnosed my illness, performed appropriate surgery and established a 40-day antibiotic protocol, which, at a minimum, saved my leg and, in fact, may have saved my life.

I was subsequently transferred to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital under the care of Dr. Rob Demuro for continuous intravenous therapy and physical and occupational therapy to regain my mobility and strength.

I was discharged from EHC on July 4 and returned home.

My experience with the medical, nursing and PT personnel as well as other support staffs at both CVPH on the fifth floor and at ECH could not have been better. Their skill, kindness and commitment to their patients made my ordeal bearable and even rewarding at times.

I enjoyed our interactions and can attest to their professionalism and skills. Thank you CVPH and ECH staffs for my outstanding care. I will never forget you.



Golf tournament

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing this letter to thank all of those who sponsored, played in or helped with the annual Champlain Chapter Football Officials Association golf tournament.

The tournament has been renamed the Stan Riggs Memorial Golf tournament in remembrance of long-time official and coach Stanley Riggs.

The tournament is held each year to raise money for an annual scholarship, which is given to a graduating CVAC football player.

This year’s recipient of the Ray McCabe Memorial Scholarship is Matt Villa of Beekmantown Central School. The association wishes him good luck in his future academic endeavors.

Thanks go out to Harmony Golf Club, which hosted for the first time in the tournament’s 15-year history. The course was in excellent shape, and a wonderful meal was provided following the tournament.

The association would also like to thank sponsors of the tournament, many of which have supported the tournament since its inception.

Those sponsors include Champlain Valley Dairy Equipment, Hamilton Funeral Home, Forrence Orchards, Peru Pharmacy, Liberty’s Garage, Pizza Palace, Keeseville/Cornerstone Pharmacies, Esposito & Sons Trucking and College Formals.

Other businesses who sponsored this year’s tournament include Chefy’s Bar & Grill, Duke’s Diner, Pasquale’s Pizzeria, North Country Honor Flight, Marsha Builders, Fuller Excavating, Bluff Point Golf & Country Club, The Store Tavern, Plattsburgh VFW Post 125, Boquet Liquors, Swain’s Wine & Liquor, Brunner’s Brauhaus, The Pepper, and Liquor & Wine Warehouse.

A most sincere thank you to all who have supported this tournament over the years. It is truly appreciated.



Scaffold Law

TO THE EDITOR: Until Gov. Cuomo champions systematic reform of New York’s legal system, much of the recently announced $10 million for Plattsburgh’s economic development will be wasted.

One of the greatest examples of how New York’s broken legal system wastes taxpayer dollars is the so-called “Scaffold Law,” an archaic statute that exists only in New York.

Despite its name, the reach of the Scaffold Law goes far beyond just scaffolds. The law holds contractors and property owners absolutely liable for any gravity-related injuries, even if they were not primarily at fault.

So if a worker is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and injures themselves, the contractor and property owner are still 100 percent liable.

The net effect of this law is disastrous. A study by the Rockefeller Institute for Government at the University at Albany found that the law adds $785 million in lawsuit and litigation costs to New York public projects every year. The costs to the private sector are likely far greater.

Worst of all, a related study by researchers at Cornell University found that the law, touted as a “worker safety protection,” actually seems to increase the rate of injuries.

The Scaffold Law has been propped up by the powerful trial-lawyer lobby for years. No group benefits from higher lawsuit payouts and greater injuries more than lawyers.

If Gov. Cuomo is truly serious about urban redevelopment in Plattsburgh and in New York state, he needs to push for Scaffold Law reform.

Our tax dollars should be going into building our state, not building vacation homes for trial lawyers.


Executive director

Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

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