Nassau executive requests exception allowing solar panel companies, curbside retail to reopen
In Nassau County, an effort is being made to allow more businesses to go back to work as Long Island inches closer to meeting the criteria to reopen.
Scott Maskin, owner of SUNation Solar Systems in Ronkonkoma, hasn't been able to do a solar panel installation since March 30 and has been standing by waiting to go back to work. This is even though some businesses like commercial landscapers are already allowed to operate.
"It's ludicrous to think that a landscaping crew can go to someone's home, but I can't put three guys on a 2,000 square-foot roof socially distanced and protecting themselves," says Maskin.
On Monday, Nassau Executive Laura Curran announced that she sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for an exception that would allow certain businesses, like solar panel companies, to get back to work.
"If we can get an essential building put up safely, then we can do other kind of construction as well," says Curran.
Curran also says retail stores should be allowed to begin providing curbside service, and since state parks are already open, why not other outdoor spaces like the Old Westbury Gardens?
In the meantime, Maskin says his company has strict health protocols in place and 170 installation jobs that have been on hold for nine weeks.
"Nobody comes into the building without their temperatures checked," says Maskin. "They're sanitized, we used the nine weeks to sanitize every truck and every tool."
News 12 is still waiting to hear if Suffolk is also asking for any exceptions.