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GNYFA Takes Lead On Furniture Store Regulation In NYC

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The Greater New York Home Furnishings Association reported that the New York City Council is considering a bill to license and regulate New York City furniture stores. Barbara Goldstein, GNYHFA executive director noted that, "The City Council, is doing its job by responding to some consumer complaints of non-delivery and non-refunded consumer deposits. However, the proposed regulations which would impose blanket licensing and a the fee would penalize the vast majority of good, honorable stores in the New York City area. This type of regulation would be difficult to implement and create all sorts of consequences. The Devil is in the details with this type of regulation. We saw that in an earlier failed effort to pass similar legislation just a few years ago." Ms. Goldstein said that the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association encourages retailers to weigh-in on this topic by calling GNYHFA at 212-725-0091 or emailing greaternyhomefurn@gmail.com or visiting the GNYHFA office at the New York Design Center (200 LEX). Jordan Greenberg, GNYHFA President added, "We are putting together a committee of local retailers and reps to speak with City officials about this matter, offer our assistance and give them our views." About GNYHFA: The Greater New York Home Furnishings Association has served Home Furnishings Retailers, Reps, Manufacturers and Suppliers to the industry for over 60 years. Affiliated with IHFRA, the GNYHFA offers many networking/ social events, educataional programs and member discounts.

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