Rest easy, New Yorkers, the state is staying off your lawn and away from your mowers.
A hoax spreading online this week has some people thinking they'll be forced to register their mowers and haul them in for annual inspections just like a car.
It's not true.
Right now, state officials are trying to set the record straight with those who are angry.
They say mow as you please.
There's no registration requirement, as the hoax indicated, no $10 fee, and no mandate that mowers must wear OSHA-approved safety glasses, hearing protection, and steel-toe shoes.
Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says he could see how oft-taxed New Yorkers could fall for the hoax and says he hopes it "didn't give anyone any ideas."