- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Public Advocate Letitia James is calling for more regulation of New York City nail salons.

James and other officials held a news conference Friday at City Hall. They’re calling for more state inspectors to oversee the city’s 2,000-plus nail salons.

James said that workers are often exposed to hazardous chemicals and other unsafe conditions.

The City Council is also considering a bill that would assign letter grades to nail salons.

That program would be similar to the system used for restaurants. An eatery given an “A” is considered cleaner than one given a “B” and so on.

The Independent Budget Office released a study that said such a program for nail salons would cost about $7 million a year.

It costs the city $18 million annually to inspect restaurants.

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