Well, if a proposed bill passes the State Senate, you probably won't have to do much bugging in the future. Ancient powerbroker Sheldon Silver has introduced a bill that would set a two-month payment deadline after the completion of work (two months after publication?), and would provide for a Labor Dept. board to settle disputes between businesses and contractors.
This is good news for freelancers. I support the bill. (Please don't throw me in jail.)