As you may have read in today's papers, the New York State Legislative session ended last evening with no agreements on a number of major issues facing the City and State.
And while issues like Mayoral control of schools and ethics reform were in the headlines, the fact of the matter is that there were numerous pieces of proposed state legislation under consideration that could have major economic and operational ramifications for the NYC hospitality industry, and which - we are extremely pleased to report - were not enacted into law.
Since the beginning of the Legislative session in January, we have been working with the NYC Hospitality Alliance's Albany government affairs team, Yoswein New York (YNY), to educate Assembly Members, State Senators, staff members and Administration representatives on the potential impacts of dozens and dozens of proposed bills (in fact, YNY has been monitoring more than 300 active bills over the past six months). Again, we are happy to be able to report that there were no final approvals on a range of problematic proposals that include:
- Allowing personal liens against restaurant owners solely on the allegation of wage issues.
- Additional restrictions as part of the 500 foot rule.
- Greater roles for Community Boards in the liquor license process and additional reporting requirements for business owners.
- Restrictions on the sale of private wine collections and requirements for sole source distributors.
- And finally, even a proposal to eliminate tipping and the tip credit entirely in New York State!
So while it is still unclear when/if the Legislature may return at some point to address some of the more pressing outstanding issues facing the City and State, YNY and The Alliance team are continuing to monitor Albany - and those 300 bills! - and we'll be back with any additional updates soon. In the meantime, the end of session doesn't mean an end to our state work, as we are continuing to work with the NYS Department of Labor on your behalf on issues ranging from wage & hour concerns to employee scheduling.