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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 9, 2012


MAYOR BLOOMBERG PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE WESTCHESTER SQUARE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT IN THE BRONX

Westchester Square BID Marks the City‚Äôs 67th BID and the 23rd Created During the Bloomberg Administration ‚Äď The Most of any Other Administration


New York - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed into law this week the Westchester Square Business Improvement District in the Bronx, marking the City's 67th BID and the 23rd created during the Bloomberg Administration. 20 of the 23 BIDs created by the Mayor are located in the outer boroughs, and 9 are located in the Bronx. BIDs help make neighborhoods more inviting to businesses and residents and support economic activity and job creation. BIDs in New York City have collectively contributed over $103 million in supplemental services to more than 21,000 businesses.

The Mayor provided the following remarks during the bill signing: "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."

The first year budget for the Westchester Square BID will pay for cleaning services, marketing and other supplemental services for the Westchester Square area. The new BID is expected to name a board of directors and hire an executive director by July.

"Like many of the BIDs in the City, Westchester Square is a smaller organization that is going to mean big changes for the neighborhood," said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. "Congratulations to John Bonizio, Joe Regina, and Greg Perry for all their hard work, and for the services they will provide for this commercial corridor."

About the NYC Department of Small Business Services
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate, and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS' services go to nyc.gov



  Contact: Merideth Weber (SBS) (212) 513-6318
 

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