The Cafe Edison could have been saved. CBGBs could have been saved. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas could have been saved. Your favorite restaurant, bar, and bookshop is next–if you don’t do something right now.
What you can do from now until the hearing on October 22:
1. Write and/or call your local Councilmembers–your messages go into the record–and tell them to pass the SBJSA:
– Fill out this easy-to-use form to email the City Council
– Or find your individual Councilmembers here and contact them directly
– Councilmember Mark Gjonaj is Chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee–write or call him, too. You can also contact the members of that committee: Diana Ayala, Stephen T. Levin, Bill Perkins, and Carlina Rivera.
– Find them on Twitter and tweet your request: Pass the #SBJSA
3. Show up on October 22:
– At 12:00 noon, there’s a rally on the steps of New York City Hall. Be there and make some noise.
– At 1:00, the public hearing begins. Be present. Exercise your right as a citizen of this democracy. Speak your piece in support of this bill.
4. Spread the word:
– Share this blog post on your social media–and not just once, share it multiple times between now and 10/22
– Bring your friends and family to the rally and hearing
– Inform your local businesspeople that this hearing is happening and encourage them to show up. Tell your bodega people, your barber, your therapist, your dentist, your bartender, the people who fix your shoes and do your laundry, the folks who make your bagels and pour your coffee. Tell them all that there is a solution, there is a protection, and we all can make it happen.
-Print out and share this flyer, available in English and Spanish
About the SBJSA:
Legally vetted and deemed fully constitutional, the SBJSA gives existing commercial tenants a few basic rights, including: 1. the right to renew the lease, 2. a minimum 10-year extension, and 3. equal rights to negotiate a fair rent, with third-party arbitration if an agreement between tenant and landlord cannot be reached. In that case, the arbitrator may determine a reasonable increase, a decision based on multiple factors, including current fair market rates for similar properties.
If you’ve been complaining about the vanishing of New York, now is your chance to change things for the better. At this point, you really have no excuse. If you do nothing, then quit complaining.