FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION EXPANDING FIVE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Law
“Before me today is Introductory No. 323, sponsored at my request by the Chair of the Committee on Finance, Council Member David Weprin. This bill will facilitate the continued growth of five existing business improvements districts located in the vicinities of 34th Street (Manhattan), 47th Street (Manhattan), 82nd Street (Queens), Columbus/Amsterdam Avenues (Manhattan) and Flatbush Avenue (Brooklyn).
“These business improvement districts are examples of how New York City can benefit from partnerships between the public and private sectors. Introductory No. 323 will enhance the five BIDs by increasing important supplemental services. The increased services are made possible through special assessments that will be collected by the City and returned through these BIDs. The special assessments provide the districts’ residents, merchants, visitors and business owners with marketing and promotions, security, maintenance and sanitation, holiday lighting and other important services. The BIDs’ activities also encourage the renewal of New York City’s neighborhoods by keeping them safe and clean and providing supplemental services that improve the quality of life.
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