Stephen Ross, chairman of both Related Companies and its subsidiary, Equinox Fitness, wants his high-paying gym rats to engage in some low-impact brain exercise.
Equinox COO Scott Rosen has sent an email to Equinox members asking them to write the state Legislature and express their opposition to a proposed sales tax on health club services:
As you may be aware, Governor Paterson and the New York Legislature are considering imposing a sales tax on health club dues and services (including personal training) to make up for New York State's budget deficit.
We don't believe taxing health club dues is the route to take to remedy the situation. Fitness is essential to overall public health. And Governor Patterson [sic] agrees. read more »