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Land Surveyors Should be Considered Essential

Friday, March 20, 2020   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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Good afternoon, Members & Friends:


As you are aware, the situation here in New York is changing daily. We want to assure you NYSAPLS is committed to helping our membership.


This morning, March 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced New York State on PAUSE (Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone). The newest Executive Order has not been posted but when it is you will be able to find it here:


Only essential businesses can remain open with employees reporting to work. All New York State residents are required to stay at home and avoid contact with others to the greatest extent possible.


Mandatory Work-From-Home for 100% of Non-Essential Businesses (Until Further Notice)


Effective Sunday, March 22 at 8:00 PM. Non-essential businesses are prohibited from allowing employees to be in the office.


The Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) has issued guidance on what is considered an essential business.


Any business not in compliance with work-from-home orders will face civil fines and mandatory closures.

We believe the land surveying profession IS an essential business and should be exempt from this executive order. Therefore we've sent a letter to Governor Cuomo to respectfully consider an exemption for our profession.


***You can find a copy of the letter here***


We sincerely appreciate your support and hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.



Daniel Marvin, President & 
Amber Carpenter, Managing Director


Patrick T. VanHaverbeke says...
Posted Saturday, March 21, 2020
Has there been a response to this? Thank you, Pat V.
Donald R. Stedge says...
Posted Saturday, March 21, 2020
Great letter. I actually applied for exemption status myself using the same arguments. I also feel we already fall under No. 7- banks and insurance as title surveys are essential for real estate transactions and are usually engaged by Title Insurance Companies. We should also fall under No. 9- Construction.
William R. Eggers says...
Posted Friday, March 20, 2020
Well done, my thoughts exactly. I presume the governor is busy enough he does not need for all surveyors in the state to copy with personal letters. Thank you Dan. Bill Eggers

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