De Blasio Holds Off Implementing Rule on Car Wash Unions

NEW YORK  -

Confronted by a lawsuit from carwash owners, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday agreed to hold off implementing a new law that favors union workers.

According to Politico, the Association of Car Wash Owners, which represents about 90 car wash businesses across the city, accused the city council of illegally favoring unions with the new law, which de Blasio signed into law last month.

The law, which had been supposed to go into effect next month, would require owners of nonunionized carwashes to post $150,000 surety bond before obtaining a license. Unionized operations pay only $30,000.

“The parties have agreed that it makes more sense to wait until the city promulgates the rules that implement the carwash law before proceeding in the litigation,” said Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s law department.

In a conversation with Hamodia last month, Meyer Berger, who owns Everkleen Car Wash near McDonald Avenue in Boro Park, called it “another example of the liberal anti-business policies of New York City, basically placing another tax on small businesses in favor of the big unions.”