ACTION ALERT: Ulster County Lawmaker Raising Costs For Blue-Collar Workers”

Incredibly some legislators have found another way to make life more expensive for you, and doing business more costly and difficult for tradesmen.

At least one Ulster County Legislator feels electricians aren’t already overburdened enough by government, and need to pay more ever year just to be allowed to work.

Legislator Hector Rodriguez has proposed legislation that would create a licensing program that is a guised as a safety measure, but the details show it will be used as a money maker.

And the supposed safety focus on this proposal?  Individuals can be exempt from the exam, but not the fee of course, depending on the amount of time they’ve spent working in the county.  Shouldn’t every individual be held to the same safety standards if that is the basis of the bill?

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The legislation would require any individual looking to work as an electrician in Ulster County to take an exam and pay a $500 licensing fee.
  2. An annual fee would be required to maintain a license, and the license must be kept up to date or penalties would be added to the annual cost. This will provide the county with an annual source of income.
  3. Individuals can be grandfathered out of taking the exam, but you cannot be grandfathered out of the licensing fee.
  4. A similar effort was attempted in 2009, but Ulster County residents and contractors voiced their opposition leading the proposed legislation to fail.

Ulster County residents and electricians shouldn’t have to pay more for work just so the county can make a quick buck.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Call and email your county legislator and tell them you do not want this latest money grabbing scheme to pass.
  2. Make your voice heard at a public meeting for the legislation.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

6:00 PM

244 Fair St., 6th Floor

Kingston, NY 12401