FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING FOREST AVENUE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The first bill before me today is Introductory Number 410, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Weprin and McMahon. This bill establishes the Forest Avenue Business Improvement District in the borough of Staten Island.
"Business Improvement Districts - known as BIDs - are community organizations that are voluntarily formed to promote business development and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the City. Established by local law, BIDs are self-funded by local property owners and are overseen by the City's Department of Small Business Services. The services provided by BIDs are essential to ensuring small businesses, and the neighborhoods in which they operate, are given every opportunity to succeed. The Forest Avenue BID will provide maintenance and sanitation services, holiday lighting and decoration, marketing and promotion of the shopping strip, beautification of Forest Avenue, administration, and other such activities as are required for the promotion and enhancement of the district.
"BIDs are a proven example of how public/private partnerships can promote economic development. This bill will further the fundamental role that BIDs have played in the economic development of our neighborhoods and in the renaissance of New York City.
"I would like to thank Rob Walsh, the Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services and his staff for their role in shepherding the City's 48th BID, the first on Staten Island, through the approval process. I also want to acknowledge the members of the Forest Avenue BID Steering Committee and Council member McMahon for their important contributions throughout this process. Additionally, I want to thank Council Member Weprin for his work on this bill."
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