I have lived in Manhattan since 1978. While there were problems in the city then, it was still a unique and magical place,where people from all over the world could come to manifest their dreams. It is quickly becoming the center of corporate greed and monopolistic conformity.
— Sari Kutch NY, NY
After 33 years living in NYC, I’ve witnessed, over the past decade, a drastic shift in the very nature of the city I love. Viable, vital businesses are being forced out due to rent-gouging (there is no other name for it) by greedy landlords.

Everyone deserves to turn a profit, but rent-gouging and the influx of big-box and chain restaurants and stores is making the NYC so many of us have loved for decades all but unrecognizable now.
— Brett Leveridge NY, NY
New York has lost its people power and creativity. All that is left are plaques on walls saying what used to be filled with creativity, love and community life.
— Barbara Ruether, NY, NY
We are all human and we have the capacity for compassion and equitable treatment of each other regardless of race, income, sex, or religion.Let’s look out for each other.
— Darryl Aiken Brooklyn, NY

Latest Press Release 09/28/2016 Sham Hearing to Preserve Small Businesses and Neighborhood Character Ignores Real Problems of Small Business Owners: No Tenant Rights   
Press Release 03/30/2016, NYC Council Speaker Proposes Inaction and a Study in Face of Crisis
Press Release 12/28/2015, Mayor de Blasio abandons “Progressive” principles again
Press Release 12/1/2015, Mayor de Blasio Continues Bloomberg’s Anti-Small Business Policy
Press Release 10/27/2015, The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) Hits a Majority!
Press Release 09/11/2015, Mayor de Blasio honors campaign pledge, but is it a pledge made to small business owners or to their Landlords?
Press Release 08/03/2015, Public demands City Council Members stop stalling with irrelevant bills
Press Release 7/24/2015, Immigrant Community Demands City Hall pass the SBJSA
Press Release 7/21/2015, Community comes together to deal with small business crisis City Hall is avoiding
Press Release 7/17/2015, Small Business Jobs Survival Act Gains Momentum with Backing from 21 New York City Council Members
Press Release 7/13/2015, Call For Small Businesses to Boycott Real Estate Lobby’s Cornegy and Brewer Roundtable
Press Release 6/30/2015,City's Small Business Services advocates for an advocate to advocate for NYC small business?
Press Release 6/26/2015, Williamsburg Council Members divided over saving small businesses 
Press Release 6/15/2015, Landlord evicts entire block of Latino business owners (en espanol)

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Supporting Documents

Former NYC Council Speaker Quinn’s Original 2009 Substitute Plan for the SBJSA

Commercial Eviction Rates

Hearing Transcript, Robert Cornegy Harassment Bill

Legal Panel Review Stating Legality of SBJSA

Mayor Koch Announcement of the Small Retail Commission Study

Small Retail Study Commission Final Report, 1986