A snip in the right direction


Hair today, and gone on Sunday. That’s the tonsorial fate on the horizon for folks who want a haircut on a day of the week that was previously illegal for a quick trim.

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, spoke this week about legislation he sponsored that repeals the state’s prohibition on barbering on Sundays that has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It’s about time the old law had a final shearing.

Showing a copy of the bill at Sal’s Barber Shop, 160 Brooks Road, Griffo revealed that a simple, two-line decree undid the law that has been on the books since the 19th century.

The state’s prohibition forbade, “any person who carries on or engages in the business of shaving, hair cutting or other work of a barber on the first days of the week,” a statement notes.

The funny thing about the old law is, “many places didn’t even realize it was a law,” Griffo said.

Griffo added this not only clears the path for those who were aware of the law, but it also eliminates obsolete laws for businesses who wish to make a choice whether they want to open on Sundays in the 21st century. The law takes effect immediately.

We have no idea if local barber shops and salons will expand their hours to Sunday. But it’s a good move by Griffo to get an old-fashioned law off the books (and other outdated laws), and hopefully make it easier for barbers and hairdressers to improve their economic picture as we come out of the pandemic.


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