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Meeting Name: Committee on Small Business Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 3/18/2019 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Committee Room - City Hall
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Int 1049-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Requiring the dept of small business services to assess the state of storefront businesses.IntroductionThe bill would require the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to complete an assessment of the state of storefront businesses in every community district in the City at least once every five years. These assessments would analyze a community district’s storefront business environment, such as the number and types of stores, vacancies, and opportunities for increasing retail diversity. At least every five years, each assessment would be aggregated into a Citywide storefront business assessment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1049-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Requiring the dept of small business services to assess the state of storefront businesses.IntroductionThe bill would require the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to complete an assessment of the state of storefront businesses in every community district in the City at least once every five years. These assessments would analyze a community district’s storefront business environment, such as the number and types of stores, vacancies, and opportunities for increasing retail diversity. At least every five years, each assessment would be aggregated into a Citywide storefront business assessment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1408-2019 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Establishing an affordable retail space requirement at city financially assisted development projects.IntroductionThe proposed legislation would require developers of economic development projects receiving $1 million or more in financial assistance from a City agency or City economic development entity to provide affordable ground floor retail space at such economic development projects. The City agency or City economic development entity that provides the financial assistance for the development project shall determine the affordable retail space that applies to that City development project. In making such determination, the City or City economic development entity shall conduct a neighborhood retail needs assessment that incorporates information about the neighborhood and commercial environment related to the location of the development project. The bill provides the Commissioner of Small Business Services with enforcement authority, including the authority to conduct investigations and assess remedies for violations committed by developers.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1408-2019 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Establishing an affordable retail space requirement at city financially assisted development projects.IntroductionThe proposed legislation would require developers of economic development projects receiving $1 million or more in financial assistance from a City agency or City economic development entity to provide affordable ground floor retail space at such economic development projects. The City agency or City economic development entity that provides the financial assistance for the development project shall determine the affordable retail space that applies to that City development project. In making such determination, the City or City economic development entity shall conduct a neighborhood retail needs assessment that incorporates information about the neighborhood and commercial environment related to the location of the development project. The bill provides the Commissioner of Small Business Services with enforcement authority, including the authority to conduct investigations and assess remedies for violations committed by developers.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1410-2019 *Vanessa L. Gibson Proposed Int. No. 1410-BRequiring a certification of no harassment prior to the approval of construction documents or the issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain commercial buildings & expanding the acts & omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassmenIntroductionThis bill would create a three-year certification of no harassment (CONH) pilot program for commercial buildings, which would require building owners to apply for a CONH before obtaining Department of Buildings (DOB) approval for construction documents or permits for covered work. Buildings would be those where a court finds commercial tenant harassment or those in a community district with a city-sponsored neighborhood-wide rezoning in the 60 months before or after bill enactment. When an owner applies for a CONH, DOB and Department of Small Business Services would conduct a survey and investigation and assess if criteria defining harassment are met. If DOB denies or rescinds a CONH, the owner would pay a fine of $100 to $1,000 and not be approved for construction documents or permits for 12 to 24 months, with a building harassment index determining the fine and time period. The bill would also broaden the acts and omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1410-2019 *Vanessa L. Gibson  Requiring a certification of no harassment prior to the approval of construction documents or the issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain commercial buildings & expanding the acts & omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassmenIntroductionThis bill would create a three-year certification of no harassment (CONH) pilot program for commercial buildings, which would require building owners to apply for a CONH before obtaining Department of Buildings (DOB) approval for construction documents or permits for covered work. Buildings would be those where a court finds commercial tenant harassment or those in a community district with a city-sponsored neighborhood-wide rezoning in the 60 months before or after bill enactment. When an owner applies for a CONH, DOB and Department of Small Business Services would conduct a survey and investigation and assess if criteria defining harassment are met. If DOB denies or rescinds a CONH, the owner would pay a fine of $100 to $1,000 and not be approved for construction documents or permits for 12 to 24 months, with a building harassment index determining the fine and time period. The bill would also broaden the acts and omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassment.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1410-2019 *Vanessa L. Gibson  Requiring a certification of no harassment prior to the approval of construction documents or the issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain commercial buildings & expanding the acts & omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassmenIntroductionThis bill would create a three-year certification of no harassment (CONH) pilot program for commercial buildings, which would require building owners to apply for a CONH before obtaining Department of Buildings (DOB) approval for construction documents or permits for covered work. Buildings would be those where a court finds commercial tenant harassment or those in a community district with a city-sponsored neighborhood-wide rezoning in the 60 months before or after bill enactment. When an owner applies for a CONH, DOB and Department of Small Business Services would conduct a survey and investigation and assess if criteria defining harassment are met. If DOB denies or rescinds a CONH, the owner would pay a fine of $100 to $1,000 and not be approved for construction documents or permits for 12 to 24 months, with a building harassment index determining the fine and time period. The bill would also broaden the acts and omissions that constitute commercial tenant harassment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1466-2019 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Recommend cure periods for violations of certain provisions.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Department of Buildings, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Transportation, the Fire Department, the Department of Finance, and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, convene a regulatory review panel and, with assistance from the Department of Small Business Services, evaluate provisions of the Administrative Code, the Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Health Code, the New York City Construction Codes, and relevant state laws to determine whether provisions of these laws or rules can be repealed, or whether cure periods can be implemented. These agencies will then draft a report based on their findings and make recommendations for legislation and rules implementing cure periods. The public will have an opportunity provide feedback on the report before it is submitted to the Council.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1466-2019 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Recommend cure periods for violations of certain provisions.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Department of Buildings, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Transportation, the Fire Department, the Department of Finance, and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, convene a regulatory review panel and, with assistance from the Department of Small Business Services, evaluate provisions of the Administrative Code, the Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Health Code, the New York City Construction Codes, and relevant state laws to determine whether provisions of these laws or rules can be repealed, or whether cure periods can be implemented. These agencies will then draft a report based on their findings and make recommendations for legislation and rules implementing cure periods. The public will have an opportunity provide feedback on the report before it is submitted to the Council.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1467-2019 *Mark Gjonaj   Compilation and online publication of a list of all city laws and rules that apply to small businesses.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Commissioner of Small Business Services compile all of the rules and laws that apply to small businesses currently operating in the City of New York. The compilation would include descriptions of the rules and laws in plain language. This bill also would require that the Commissioner of Small Business Services update the compilation every 90 days and include language specifying when the compilation was last updated. Finally, this bill would require that the compilation include a disclaimer notifying users that the compilation is not a replacement for legal advice and that they should seek assistance from a lawyer.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1467-2019 *Mark Gjonaj   Compilation and online publication of a list of all city laws and rules that apply to small businesses.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Commissioner of Small Business Services compile all of the rules and laws that apply to small businesses currently operating in the City of New York. The compilation would include descriptions of the rules and laws in plain language. This bill also would require that the Commissioner of Small Business Services update the compilation every 90 days and include language specifying when the compilation was last updated. Finally, this bill would require that the compilation include a disclaimer notifying users that the compilation is not a replacement for legal advice and that they should seek assistance from a lawyer.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1470-2019 *Mark Levine  Providing legal services to small business owners facing eviction proceedings.IntroductionThis bill would require the Office of Civil Justice Coordinator to provide brief legal assistance services to small business tenants facing eviction, subject to appropriation.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1470-2019 *Mark Levine  Providing legal services to small business owners facing eviction proceedings.IntroductionThis bill would require the Office of Civil Justice Coordinator to provide brief legal assistance services to small business tenants facing eviction, subject to appropriation.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1471-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the dept of small business services to offer certain business assistance.IntroductionThis bill would require the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) to provide small businesses with training and counseling relating to business systems, marketing, and pivoting to e-commerce. SBS may also offer other assistance it deems necessary. SBS would also be required to annually report on the type and number of training and counseling programs it offers annually, and the number of people who participate in such programs.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1471-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the dept of small business services to offer certain business assistance.IntroductionThis bill would require the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) to provide small businesses with training and counseling relating to business systems, marketing, and pivoting to e-commerce. SBS may also offer other assistance it deems necessary. SBS would also be required to annually report on the type and number of training and counseling programs it offers annually, and the number of people who participate in such programs.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1472-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal Proposed Int. No. 1472-ARequiring the dept of small business services to maintain a database of storefront properties.IntroductionThis bill would require the City’s Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) to establish a public online searchable database of storefront properties in the City, including information about each such property’s location, size, commercial use, availability and monthly rent, as well as contact information for each property. Owners would be required to submit this information to SBS at least annually and every time a commercial property becomes vacant. SBS would also be required to establish a hotline and website to report noncompliant storefront property owners.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1472-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the dept of small business services to maintain a database of storefront properties.IntroductionThis bill would require the City’s Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) to establish a public online searchable database of storefront properties in the City, including information about each such property’s location, size, commercial use, availability and monthly rent, as well as contact information for each property. Owners would be required to submit this information to SBS at least annually and every time a commercial property becomes vacant. SBS would also be required to establish a hotline and website to report noncompliant storefront property owners.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1473-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the registration of vacant storefront property.IntroductionThis bill would require the SBS to establish a vacant storefront registry. Property owners would be required to register when a storefront property becomes vacant for more than 90 days. Failure to register would result in a civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 for every week or portion thereof.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1473-2019 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the registration of vacant storefront property.IntroductionThis bill would require the SBS to establish a vacant storefront registry. Property owners would be required to register when a storefront property becomes vacant for more than 90 days. Failure to register would result in a civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 for every week or portion thereof.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available