The Long Island Business News quoted A. Thomas Levin in an article titled “Road to Recovery Paved with Ambiguity.” The article, published February 6th, discusses the travel road ban established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the recent snow storm. The travel ban allows unlimited travel for “essential emergency vehicles and personnel”, though it is undefined what “essential” actually means.
The article stated: “A. Thomas Levin, chair of Garden City law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein’s local government, land use and environmental compliance practice, said an essential worker can only be defined on a case-by-case basis.
Paid firefighters and police officers, for instance, are “obvious” designees, while others – including employees of private hospitals – who defy government mandates can be penalized at the discretion of a judge if they’re issued a ticket, Levin said
“It’s a case-by-case answer. Some are obvious … and others, depending on what they do, may be essential,” Levin said. “You would hope in these kinds of situations people would be reasonable. You’re going to have people who abuse everything; somebody’s going to go out there and claim they’re essential for whatever reason, and it isn’t really true.”
The full article can be read at Long Island Business News. (Subscription required)