L.I. Lawmaker Wants Stores Closed On Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (CBS 2/ 1010 WINS/AP) — Eager shoppers may be thankful that some stores will be open on Thanksgiving but one Long Island politician says “enough is enough.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is proposing a law that would force large retail stores to be closed between noon and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving beginning next year.

His proposal is modeled on a similar law in Maine. It wouldn’t apply to supermarkets.

Levy says businesses need to give workers time to be with their families on the holiday.

If passed, the law would apply to retail outlets larger than 7,500 square feet.

Violators would face a $1,000 fine.

A spokeswoman for Kmart owner Sears Holding Corp. says Kmart opens on Thanksgiving for customers’ sake. She says customers want to be able to start holiday shopping — and pick up last-minute items for their Thanksgiving tables.

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  • nathan

    Mind your own effin bizness Steve. Btw, how’d that run for Governor turn out?

  • StanZ

    I don’t even live on Long Island and think the law is dumb. Levy should join the rest of the idiots on the NYC Council Board to dream up ways and waste taxpayer money to study how many people fart on the subways at the same time, in rush hour. The guy is useless.

  • Jessica S, Naples, FL

    Why not just pass a law that every employee must take 5 hours of personal time off normal business hours on holidays?

    Specific hours will be arranged by the employee and the business according to the needs of all concerned.

    Employees who don’t require time off can work for double pay for 5 of the total hours they work on a holiday.

    Isn’t something like this already in place for businesses that consider comfort of their employees as well as for their customers?

    FREEDOM OF CHOICE WORKS BEST FOR ALL CONCERNED. The politician who wants to impose laws for the holidays needs to consider another line of work for himself!

  • Scrooge

    God Bless Steve Levy for standing up for morals and family values! Americans have forgotten what Thanksgiving is all about and if it takes a law to help, so be it. I will never shop in Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Toys R Us, or shop and stop because they have no respect for their employees. We need to get morals and values back before america is really done!

  • otto

    Flip side of the coin … just to keep in mind … there are people working on Thanksgiving that are grateful for the opportunity to earn Holiday Pay … help to keep the electricity on, keep the heat going, etc.

    Levy forgets this while he sits in his cavernous mansion and calls on his domestic staff to serve his Thanksgiving dinner to him.

    Hey, I’m just sayin’ …

    • scrooge

      and this is what is wrong with America…two wrongs dont make a right

  • marc

    a $ 1000. 00 fine would just be the cost of duin business. this progressive/socialist/commi polititan needs to be replaced . hes messing with the free market.




    What kind of BS is this? This guy is so full of it. so according to this moron employees that work in stores less than 7500 feet should still work. If it is LAW it is for everyone.

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