"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number
635, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Weprin,
James, and Palma. This bill establishes the Southern Boulevard Business
Improvement District in the Borough of the Bronx.
"This new Business Improvement District will serve 134
businesses within the boundaries of 163rd Street and 167th Street on Southern
Boulevard and Westchester Avenue between Fox and Hoe Streets. The budget
for the first year of operation is $200,000.
"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 Southern Boulevard BID, the 15th 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 Southern Boulevard BID Steering Committee in creating this BID and the
City Council for approving this legislation."