NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – Dozens of entertainment businesses, including PiNZ in Sangertown Square, are suing New York State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow them to reopen.
The suit claims Cuomo randomly decided when and how businesses could open throughout the pandemic, and several arcades, trampoline parks and other entertainment industries suffered in the end.
The suit argues entertainment centers should be able to open following the same guidelines as gyms and other indoor recreation venues.
“Gov. Cuomo continues to make random and arbitrary decisions as to which businesses can open, none of which are based on science or data,” said James G. Mermigis, attorney for the plaintiffs who filed the suit. “Gov. Cuomo and his team tasked with reopening our economy have ignored these family businesses, which have provided extensive evidence of how they can operate safely. The governor is destroying these family businesses, some of which may never recover.”
PiNZ CEO David Breen says it’s unfair that places like casinos can open while arcades are still closed.
“These casinos have much deeper pockets, number one, and they have direct lines to the state government officials with their tax base that they pay to play these games, and we don't have that,” he said. “So, we just got pushed aside, pushed aside, pushed aside, and we're done being pushed aside. It’s not fair.”
The restaurant and bowling alley parts of PiNZ are open for business.