GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- A lawsuit filed by the American Massage Association against the Town of Greenburgh requiring them to obtain a town license and hire licensed therapists, has been dismissed by the New York Supreme Court.
The town passed the legislation requiring massage parlors to purchase a business license and to hire licensed masseuses in an effort to be able to close down illegal massage parlors, said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.
"Our new massage legislation enables the town to license massage facilities and to shut down those conducting illegal activities," Feiner said. "Very pleased that the lawsuit was dismissed."
Once licensed by the town, the business owners also have to obtain special permitting to comply with the zoning code.
In addition, the legislation allows police to shut down businesses without proper licensing by court order. Earlier this summer the Greenburgh police made several arrests at massage parlors practicing without a license.
Under state education laws, in order to receive a license, massage therapists must be at least 18 years old, "of good moral character," have completed the required education and examinations, and be CPR certified.
"The new law makes it easier for the town to permanently close down establishments which continually employ unlicensed masseuses," he added.
The deadline for existing businesses to comply with the requirements of the local law is October.