Tip Credit Update

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has re-scheduled hearings to gather testimony on eliminating or changing the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The meetings have been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there would be meetings on this topic during his State of the State in December. Under New York law, tipped workers can be paid less than minimum wage by employers who must make up the difference if it is not covered by tips. The Governor feels that eliminating the tip credit will protect immigrants and others from wage theft. Restaurateurs, however, oppose the elimination of the tip credit as do fast food workers.

Please see the attached rescheduled meeting dates and an article from Spectrum News on the topic.

If you can attend any of these meetings, please let us know at 800/287-6604 or mediasolutions@nycap.rr.com

Walt Hartl,

NYSCWA President

Tip Credit Talking Points

Rescheduled Meeting Dates

Spectrum News Article

Officials, locals oppose Cuomo

Proposed Call-In Pay Regulations Update

As stated previously, on November 22 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new regulations relating to the scheduling of employees, which if implemented, will create a significant burden to our membership (Call-In/On-Call Scheduling).

On January 4, Ron Benderson of Delta Sonic in Buffalo and Tom Hoffman of Hoffman Car Wash in Albany spoke at a hearing called by The Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. The hearing was led by Chair Phil Boyle and Senators Chris Jacobs, Cathy Young, Tim Kennedy, Jim Tedisco, Fred Akshar, Rich Funke, Kathy Marchione and George Amedore were all present.

You can read a recap here titled “Senate Commerce Hearing Recap.”

Both Benderson and Hoffman spoke articulately about the negative financial impact to the membership, the scheduling burden but also to the flexibility that will be lost to the college and high school students many washes employ.

Several members also attended The Business Council’s 2018 Legislators’ Reception at the Albany Capital Center on January 22 where they were able to further explain the negative impact on the industry if these new regulations are implemented.

Rest assured that the board will continue to fight these regulations on your behalf. More to come.

Walt Hartl,
NYSCWA President

Click on the Links Below for More Information

Senate Commerce Hearing Recap

Find Your Senator

Contact your Senator

NYSCWA President’s Statement

scheduling cost spreadsheet – template

Senator Funke Letter

NYSCWA Position Paper – Expanded Comments

NYSCWA Position Paper

Call-In Pay Changes


Media Coverage


Wall Street Journal: Carwash Cheated Workers, New York Attorney General Says

Bloomberg/Lawsuit Followup

Business Review article

A.G. Schneiderman Sues Tropical Breeze Car Wash For Allegedly Cheating Over 150 Minimum Wage Employees Out Of More Than $540,000 In Wages And Benefits

Senate Hearing

Bloomberg Article

State’s ‘call-in pay’ proposal concerns small business owners

Recent Events


Micrologic Associates owner, Miguel Gonzalez, and his family
got a very special photo op and shot on the Jumbotron at the New York State Car Wash Association’s Annual Mets event, May 31, as the event’s Field Photo Op Sponsor. Pictured are Antonio, Nicholas, Miguel, Victoria, Patrick and Sharon Gonzalez.

Mets Loss Didn’t Put a Damper on the Fun!

Despite a lackluster showing by the New York Mets on May 31 on their home turf, the New York State Car Wash Association’s (NYSCWA) annual Mets Event wasn’t a total washout, according to NYSCWA President Walt Hartl. “Well, they lost 5-1 to the Cubs, and that was disappointing, but our event is never a disappointment,” said Hartl. “This event is a great opportunity to share a fantastic ballpark suite with plenty of food, drink and friendships at the ballpark.”

Hartl wanted to thank event Chairman, Mike Benmosche, for his hard work on this event and Stuart Rosenberg for opening up the door to the Mets for the association.

Special thanks to event sponsors:

√ Field Photo Op Sponsor, Micrologic Associates

√ Grand Slam Sponsor, ICS

√ Game Giveaway Sponsor, Simoniz USA

√ Triple Play Sponsor, ZEP Vehicle Care

√ Ball Park Frank Sponsor, ZEP Vehicle Care

For information on how to contact these sponsors call the NYSCWA office at 800/287-6604.

Wash Tour Visits Hudson Valley Sites

The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) headed south to the Hudson Valley to tour washes in the Middletown, NY, market on May 9. A picture-perfect spring day was the backdrop for a chartered tour of three unique washes. First on the lineup was Bay Wash owned by Steve Canale. This wash featured a Petit 360-i touch-free inbay with five traditional Dilling-Harris equipped bays built in 2001. The site also features a Diskin Systems air shammee and Simoniz solutions. The location’s self-storage facility houses 288 units and acts as a perfect yin to the wash yang boasting its busy season in the summer.

Next on the tour was Hambletonian Auto Spa owned by Tim and Laureen Somers. This beauty boasts a 130-foot full service Coleman Hanna tunnel, DRB controls with Carwash Products’ solutions and a Simoniz Hot Wax & Shine unit. It also boasts an expansive gift shop, quick lube and a comprehensive Service Center.

The last stop on the tour, Wash Co., featured a barbecue buffet and ice cream sundaes compliments of the Sheeley family and ICS. Wash Co, their new ground up site, features a 160-foot MacNeil-equipped tunnel, a Petit 360-t, ICS controls, 22 Vacutech vacs, Simoniz solutions and a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art Laundromat. The family sold their previous washes to build this flagship where attention to detail abounds!

Event sponsors included: BBQ Lunch; ICS & the Sheeley Family; Bus Sponsor, Simoniz USA; Tent Sponsor, MacNeil Wash Systems/Ryko Solutions; Dessert Sponsor, Petit Auto Wash; Beverage Sponsor, EarthCare and Snack Sponsor, Vacutech.

Northeast Regional Carwash Convention

NRCC Convention
September 23-25, 2019


NYSCWA Announcements

2019 Spring Carwash Tour
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The NYSCWA is a new partner with the ICA’s WaterSavers™ program! All NYSCWA members are eligible and you DO NOT need  to be a member of the ICA to participate. This program is designed to help carwash owners and operators promote their environmentally-friendly business practices and educate consumers about the environmental benefits of professional carwashing. To sign up visit icawatersavers.com. Consumers can learn more about this program at www.washwithwatersavers.com

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NYSCWA Political Action Committee

The New York State Car Wash Association Political Action Commitee (PAC) is designed to help our lobbyist attend key fundraisers at the state capitol. This helps spread the word about the merits of professional carwashing and the issues that operators across the state face on a daily basis. The PAC is funded by donations that are used solely for this purpose. All money in the PAC is reported to the state in a semi-annual report.

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