As expected, today the City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs passed legislation banning business from going cashless, which drew opposition and support from the business community.
As expected, today the City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs passed legislation banning business from going cashless, which drew opposition and support from the business community. Click here to read an op-ed about cashless restaurants that our executive director published, and click here to read the legislation.
The City Council’s Committee on Small Business also passed a package of bills aimed at supporting small businesses, for which the NYC Hospitality Alliance advocated. These bills will provide more resources to small businesses and collect important data that will help inform future policy. If enacted, they will require the city to (click here to read legislation):
- Assess the state of storefront businesses
- Collect data about commercial leases such as term, square footage, rent amounts, vacancies, etc
- Create a database and interactive guide to help business owners understand city laws, licenses, permits, certification, zoning, etc.
- Offer services such as business trainings and education.
The bills will now be sent to the full City Council where they’re anticipated to pass. They will then be sent to Mayor de Blasio and we will urge him to sign the bills into law that support hospitality businesses.
In response to their passage, we released the following statement:
“The passage of today’s small business bills is a step in the right direction, but let’s be crystal clear, these bills are not the regulatory reforms our city’s small business owners desperately need. And while we urge Mayor de Blasio to sign them into law, their passage must not be used by the Mayor and the City Council as evidence they support small business, so they can enact the Mayor’s proposed paid vacation bill and more polices that will further harm small businesses. We still need real, comprehensive regulatory reform.” – Andrew Rigie, Executive Director, NYC Hospitality Alliance