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The Small Business Jobs Survival Act

Updated: Demanding Progressive Politics from Progressive Politicians

by William Powhida on June 28, 2017
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New York is a famously blue state for politics that often seem conservative. Currently we have eight members of the Independent Democratic Conference holding the party’s agenda hostage in Albany because they think it’s too liberal. This includes single-payer health care, expanding abortion rights, and adopting public campaign financing. So, while I’d like to see more leftist policies take hold on both the city and state level, I have some concerns about the politicians that are supposedly leading that charge.

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Jimmy Van Bramer Signs Bill to Support Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on October 30, 2015
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The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) is gathering steam in New York. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has just signed on to the bill, which seeks to give commercial tenants a few more chips at the bargaining table. In the face of ever increasing rents, many believe the SBJSA couldn’t be more needed. Among other things, the bills give tenants in good standing the right to renew their lease for an additional 10 years, and allows artists to bring the dispute to binding arbitration by a third party.

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Updated: City Councilmen Holdup Bill to Save the City’s Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on August 26, 2015
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What is it going to take to get city politicians to start doing the right thing? It costs a small fortune to live in this city and when bills are introduced that would help give a leg up to artists, there isn’t enough support to get them off the ground.

Case and point: The Small Business Jobs Survival Act. This is a bill that will help commercial tenants facing displacement from rising rents—including artists’ studios and small businesses—and it currently has only 23 of the 26 votes it needs to pass.

The bill would require commercial landlords to offer ten-year leases to all existing tenants who’ve paid their rent on time. If the two sides can’t agree on terms, they go to arbitration. Currently a landlord doesn’t have to renew a tenant’s lease, can kick the tenant out whenever it suits them, raise their rent exorbitantly, and the tenant has no means of contesting the decision.

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