GOV. SETS UNFAIR RESTRICTIONS ON PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, IS NEW YORK REALLY ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’?

          Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s moratorium of roadwork done by private contractors during the Independence Day weekend. The governor announced in a press release last week that private contractors working on state roads and highways would have to cease work and remove equipment not behind a permanent barrier starting July 3 at 6 a.m. until July 5 at 10 p.m.

            “I certainly understand the need to make last weekend’s travels as convenient as possible for motorists but it is unfair and burdensome to small businesses to ban them from making a profit for three days,” Hawley said. “This added a large cost to local businesses by denying a potential three days of work and mandating that equipment be moved without reimbursement from the state. Gov. Cuomo should not be penalizing the private sector for a bad traffic experience he had during a holiday weekend several years ago. This is another example of how downstate issues are projected throughout the state and inconvenience those in Western New York who are only marginally affected. If we are truly open for business we should keep our actions consistent with our words and stop burdening small businesses trying to survive.”

 

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