ALBANY – New York has a whopping 750,000 regulations, a report Monday said.
The report from the state Senate majority said it found that at least 2,219 of the regulations are hurting New York businesses. The Tax Foundation, based in Washington D.C., ranks New York as having the worst business climate in the nation.
"If we can reform the regulations, if we can really reform the structure in how we operate government," said Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County.
Republicans and the four-member Independent Democratic Conference backed the report that calls for a variety of steps to streamline services and cut back on business regulations in the state.
Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, Erie County, who represents parts of the Rochester area, said New York has a law that requires off-white paper when filling certain insurance documents.
In another example, the state requires car dealerships to keep paper records, rather than just electronically. Also, the state mandates that New York employers send annual notifications letters to employees about their salaries.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week proposed a $2 billion package to limit property taxes and cut business taxes. In 2011, he started regional development councils to streamline government incentives and the regulatory process for businesses.
Gallivan said the regional councils, which has brought together state agencies and local planners, has helped, but additional steps are needed to improve the state's business climate.
"It's still problematic," he said.
The senators said they would re-introduce a package of bills that didn't pass the Legislature last year.
They include creating a task force to review the state's policies, require state agencies to note the cost of any changes, repeal some rules and allow businesses to petition the state to offer alternatives to current regulations.
A spokesman for the state Assembly said the Democratic-led chamber would review the proposals.