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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 10, 2007


MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING BAYSIDE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The final bill before me is Introductory Number 593, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Weprin, Avella, Comrie, Monserrate, Gerson, Gennaro and the Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum.  This bill establishes the Bayside Village Business Improvement District in the Borough of Queens."

"This new Business Improvement District will serve 254 businesses within the boundaries of Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue on Bell Boulevard, and from 214th Place to 213th Street on 41st Avenue.  The budget for the first year of operation is roughly $80,000."

"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.  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 Bayside Village BID, the 14th established under our Administration, will 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."

"I would like to thank Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh and his staff for their role in establishing this BID.  I also want to acknowledge the important contributions of the members of the Bayside Village BID Steering Committee and the City Council."



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