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TOWN BD MAY IMPOSE MORATORIUM ON NEW MASSAGE PARLORS..AND ADOPT NEW LAW REGULATING BUSINESSES
Release Date: October 08, 2014

In response to concerns expressed by the Town Police Chief and several community residents regarding the recent increase in businesses in Town operating as massage parlors, and complaints that many of these businesses may be employing unlicensed massage therapists and providing questionable services with possible criminal activity, the Town Board at its work session on Tuesday discussed the initiation of a moratorium on all new businesses seeking to operate in Town as massage parlors. The Board is also considering a proposed new Town law that would (1) require individuals and establishments practicing and operating in the field of massage therapy to have received a diploma from an institution accredited by a state board of education; (2) a valid license to practice massage therapy from the NYS Education Department's Division of Professional Licensing Services and (3) a Town massage therapist permit issued by the Town Building Inspector.
 
The proposed moratorium would take effect almost immediately after adoption and would last for a reasonable period until the new Town law regulating such businesses was discussed and adopted. The proposed new law would require a statement regarding whether the applicant for a massage therapist permit had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime and a statement that the applicant was of good character and reputation in the community, which character and reputation could be determined by a previous arrest record, association with persons known to lack good moral character, open and notorious criminal sexual activity, or other acts of moral turpitude or conduct contrary to good morals. The law would also require an applicant to submit fingerprints and a photograph to Police.
 
Individuals and/or establishments that violate the new law could receive fines of up to $15,000.
 
Link from story that appeared in the dailyvoice about a police action that took place in 2013
http://greenburgh.dailyvoice.com/news/seven-greenburgh-area-massage-parlors-closed-19-arrested
Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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