Small Business Jobs Survival Act

We are asking our readers to sign this petition (and pass it on to your contacts) asking elected officials to get off their collective asses and pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Information on the bill - now in front of City Council - is below, at the URL below and at http://savenycjobs.org/

Activists who deal with development and displacement issues every day know that the loss of small business is a direct result of over-development and gentrification.

When a real estate market gets hot, ground retail is often he first to go as it has no tenant protection laws. (this law is not a commercial rent control bill). On Manhattan's West Side, back in 1999, the average price per square foot was around $20 per square foot (annual rental price). Now it's over $200. We have seen $400 per square foot on Eighth Avenue and have heard reports of $800 in Times Square.

Other areas around NYC might not have those same numbers, but they have had rental increases that make community retail shops unable to stay or survive. Stores (including expensive restaurants and bars) that replace them really cater to tourists or bank/legal professionals making over $250,000 and who recently moved into new condos. Who gets hurt by all this?

We see stories about this every day, and usually the loudest voices of the city and state elected officials are the most pandering. Those politicians who have electoral ambitions at the city or state-wide level, and who will likely want the support of real estate dollars, are the first ones who talk about "working families" and will play games with their support of this bill.

They need a nudge, or perhaps they should be exposed :)

http://www.change.org/p/save-our-jobs-support-the-small-business-jobs-su...

> Save Our Jobs: Support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act
> Small Business Congress of NYC
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> This petition calls upon Mayor de Blasio, New York City Council Members, and Speaker Mark-Viverito to unequivocally support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (File #: Int 0402-2014), the only real solution to ensure that we are saving our small business jobs and local economy by allowing our small business owners the right to:
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> A 10 year minimum lease, with equal negotiating power as the landlord for new terms
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> An end to rent-gouging and exorbitant rent increases
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> The largest employer of New York City residents are its 185,000 small businesses. Today a majority of New Yorkers rely on a steady job from our local employers to survive the increasing cost of living in NYC. Yet, the most secure jobs for low and middle income New Yorkers are being lost every day as our long established core businesses are forced to close when their leases expire.
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> The reality is New York City faces a jobs crisis that our elected officials must address right now. NYC’s job creators are in trouble and fighting to stay in business. Exorbitant rent increases and no rights when it comes to negotiating fair lease terms with their landlords are driving our local economies into the ground.
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> Finally, a real solution has been presented that will give our local entrepreneurs the single most powerful tool to stay in business and save jobs: equal rights in commercial lease renewal negotiation. If our small businesses face a crisis, their employees face a crisis, and that means we all face a crisis. Give small business owners rights and you give their employees rights to stability and opportunity.
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> You have a real opportunity now to do what’s right for your City and our local community. On behalf of NYC’s single largest employer, revenue generator, and backbone of our neighborhoods, we ask that you support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. By doing so you will save our jobs, save our small businesses, and save our economy.