Op-ed: Albany must go slow on new laws

May 21, 2024


New York Daily News
By Kathryn Wylde

For the next few weeks, New York’s business community will be playing defense in Albany against a flurry of proposed new laws that advocates are eager to push through the Legislature before the end of the 2024 session. Eager to get back to their districts before the primary elections, legislators are under pressure to pass bills without adequate consideration of the damage they may inflict on the city and state economy.

Among the hundreds of bills awaiting consideration, there are many that address legitimate problems but are poorly drafted, hastily vetted, and unlikely to accomplish their intended purpose. For example, a bill to increase consumer protections has language so vague and open-ended that it would expose virtually any business to accusations of illegal practices on grounds that are nebulous at best.