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File #: Int 0724-2015    Version: Name: Creating, within the dept of small business services, small business advocates dedicated to helping business owners obtain appropriate services from the dept and other city, state and federal agencies.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Small Business
On agenda: 3/31/2015
Enactment date: 6/29/2015 Law number: 2015/066
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to creating, within the department of small business services, small business advocates dedicated to helping business owners obtain appropriate services from the department and other city, state and federal agencies
Sponsors: Margaret S. Chin, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Melissa Mark-Viverito, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Costa G. Constantinides, Chaim M. Deutsch, Mathieu Eugene, Corey D. Johnson, Brad S. Lander, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Paul A. Vallone, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel Dromm , Carlos Menchaca, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Inez E. Dickens, Ruben Wills, Antonio Reynoso, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ben Kallos, Inez D. Barron, Stephen T. Levin, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 26
Summary: This bill would establish that there be small business advocates within the Department of Small Business Services dedicated to helping business owners obtain appropriate services from the Department and other government agencies. The bill would require that the contact information for such advocate be prominently displayed on the websites of the Department of Buildings, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Sanitation, the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Fire Department, and the Department of Small Business Services. It would also require the Department to report on the number of requests received, the type of requests, and the assistance provided in response to each request.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 724-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 724, 3. Int. No. 724 - 3/31/15, 4. March 31, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 4/14/15, 6. Hearing Testimony 4/14/15, 7. Committee Report 6/8/15, 8. Hearing Transcript 6/8/15, 9. June 10, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 10. Fiscal Impact Statement, 11. Mayor's Letter, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-10-15, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 10, 2015, 14. Local Law 66
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
6/29/2015AMargaret S. Chin City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2015AMargaret S. Chin Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2015AMargaret S. Chin Mayor Hearing Scheduled by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/10/2015AMargaret S. Chin City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/10/2015AMargaret S. Chin City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/2015AMargaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/14/2015*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Small Business Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/31/2015*Margaret S. Chin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/31/2015*Margaret S. Chin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 724-A
 
By Council Members Chin, Cornegy, The Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Arroyo, Constantinides, Deutsch, Eugene, Johnson, Lander, Levine, Mendez, Rose, Vallone, Rodriguez, Dromm, Menchaca, Koo, Koslowitz, Dickens, Wills, Reynoso, Rosenthal, Kallos, Barron, Levin and Ulrich
 
 
A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to creating, within the department of small business services, small business advocates dedicated to helping business owners obtain appropriate services from the department and other city, state and federal agencies
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
      Section 1.  Chapter 56 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 1307 to read as follows:
      § 1307.  Dedicated small business advocates.  a. There shall be in the department small business advocates dedicated to helping business owners obtain appropriate services from the department and other city, state and federal agencies.  The duties of such dedicated small business advocates shall include, but need not be limited to:
1. receiving requests for assistance from small businesses with respect to their interactions with the city, including, but not limited to, agency inspections, rules, adjudications of violations, technical assistance programs, workforce development programs, language access, and customer service;
2. taking appropriate action to resolve requests for assistance, including referring such requests to appropriate city, state and federal agencies; and
3. identifying opportunities for policy and program development to assist the small business sector and improve interactions between small businesses and city agencies.
b. The department shall conduct outreach and education targeted to small business owners and the general public related to the duties of such dedicated small business advocates and their role as a central point of contact for businesses seeking assistance from city agencies. Information indicating how to contact the small business advocates established pursuant to subdivision a of this section shall be prominently posted on the websites of relevant agencies.  For purposes of this subdivision, relevant agencies shall include the department of buildings, the department of consumer affairs, the department of health and mental hygiene, the department of environmental protection, the department of sanitation, the bureau of fire prevention of the fire department and the department of small business services.   
c. The department shall provide an initial written report to the council not later than April1, 2017, and a second report not later than April1, 2018, each documenting requests for assistance received by the small businesses advocates in the immediately preceding calendar year.  Each report shall include, but need not be limited to: (i) the total number of requests for assistance received by the small business advocates during the reporting period; (ii) a general description of the type of each such request; and (iii) a general description of the actions taken by the small business advocates, if any, in response to each such request.  
§ 2.  This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.
 
JHC
LS#808/1302
6/2/2015