FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE WESTCHESTER SQUARE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 644, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Recchia, Vacca, Williams, Rodriguez and Koo. Introductory Number 644 establishes the Westchester Square Business Improvement District in the Bronx. Business Improvement Districts, also known as "BIDs," are voluntarily formed community organizations that promote business development and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the City.
"The Westchester Square BID will serve 145 retail establishments along both sides of Williamsbridge Road and East Tremont Avenue between Eastchester Road and Silver Street to Westchester Avenue, and the properties in the triangular blocks in the middle of the district along East Tremont Avenue and Williamsbridge Road. The annual operating budget for this BID is $320,000.
"The City currently has sixty-six BIDs, which provide maintenance and sanitation services, security services, marketing and promotion of local businesses, holiday lighting, economic development, beautification and landscaping. The services provided to the community are essential to ensuring that small businesses, and the neighborhoods in which they operate, are given every opportunity to succeed. Westchester Square will bring our BID total to sixty-seven.
"I would like to thank Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh and his staff for their role in establishing these BIDs. I also want to acknowledge the important contributions of the members of the Westchester Square BID Steering Committees and the City Council."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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