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January 14, 2014 3:00 PM, EST
Cuomo Signs N.Y. Contractor Bill
Jin Lee/Bloomberg News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the private contractor bill, supported by the state’s trucking industry, but changes were made in scope and timeline.

The Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act was signed Jan. 10 after Cuomo (D) lowered the weight threshold to drivers of trucks that are more than 10,000 pounds, meaning they also are covered by the law that distinguishes private contractors from employees.

As passed by the Legislature in June, the bill applied to those independent drivers of trucks that are more than 26,000 pounds.

Cuomo’s other change was to move the effective date of the law to 90 days after he signed the measure, compared with 60 days originally.

“We’re very pleased with the final legislation; we think it strikes a fair balance,” said Kendra Hems, president of the New York State Motor Truck Association.