LI Councilman Proposes Bill To Prove Legitimacy Of Massage Spas

Sophia Hall
February 17, 2020 - 1:52 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island councilman wants to put a new law in place to make sure that owners of massage and foot spas are running legitimate businesses.

A bill scheduled for a March 3 public hearing, would require owners to register their license with the town as well as provide a list of the names and home addresses of their employees and photo identification to prove legitimacy.

Town of Smithtown Coucilman Thomas Lohmann tells WCBS 880 that vacant stores became suddenly occupied with massage and foot spas which mostly consisted of illegal sexual activities that happened behind closed doors.

Smithtown has about 15 legitimate massage businesses and if approved, owners would have to provide references, and town Public Safety officers would make periodic inspections.

According to town officials and business owners, there are also illegitimate massage parlors which are sometimes staffed by women who arrive at work in vans registered to Flushing, Queens.