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OPINION: Freeze store evictions until S.B.J.S.A. is OK’d

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | A protest, led by Marni Halasa, owner of a family business recently forced to close in Chelsea, was held last week in front of the former Cornelia St. Cafe. Unlike other protests where customers, joining with shop owners, focus their wrath upon landlords, this one centered on what the demonstrators called City Council […]

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | On March 18, the City Council’s Small Business Committee held a hearing on nine bills that Mark Gjonaj, the committee’s chairperson, claims would help struggling small businesses. This was the largest number of bills submitted at any one time to “help” small businesses. Meanwhile, lawmakers in all boroughs are hosting forums and […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | For our lawmakers, when is enough enough? The slow destruction of the Village continues year after year while they “talk” about the importance of small businesses and concoct yet another survey to assess the damage. How many iconic businesses must close because merchants have no rights when their leases expire before our […]

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BY SUNG SOO KIM | It was strange for me sitting at home watching the hearing that I had fought hard to have for the past nine years. I helped draft the original version of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (the Jobs Survival Act), and all seven changes made to it over the years. […]

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The following is excerpted from a recent letter by Sung Soo Kim, founder of the Small Business Congress of New York City, to Mark Gjonaj, chairperson of the City Council’s Small Business Committee, in advance of the committee’s Oct. 22 hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. By Sung Soo Kim | I am very […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” Winston Churchill said at the Cold War’s outset in 1948 (paraphrasing writer George Santayana). Now, with our city in crisis, New York City’s leading small business advocate, Sung Soo Kim — the author of the Small Business Jobs Survival […]

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The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation joined Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez and other politicians and community groups Wednesday at a City Hall rally to call for passage of the long-stalled Small Business Jobs Survival Act. The bill has languished for decades without a vote in the City Council. “More than half of private-sector jobs are […]

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Homeward bound no more To The Editor: Re “Never backward! But a change of direction for the Pride March” (news article, March 29): Sorry to read this. Over the years, the March has changed routes, but each year when it crossed 14th St. it would amp up. The cheers would grow louder, the music would […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | Unlike his predecessors, Speaker Christine Quinn and Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council’s new speaker, Corey Johnson, has promised a solution to end the crisis of Downtown Manhattan’s small businesses closings. Small business owners, fearful of facing sky-high rent increases, hope the solution Johnson promised will be the Small Business Jobs Survival […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER In 1989, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York City’s powerful Board of Estimate, which gave each borough equal say despite enormous population disparities, violated the Constitution’s one person-one vote principle, voters approved the most sweeping Charter revision since the city became unified in 1898. Now, Borough President Gale Brewer […]

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