We have been keeping an eye on Take Back NYC’s advocacy campaign for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA). It’s city legislation that would set up a mediation and mandatory arbitration system between commercial tenants and landlords during lease renewals. The organization yesterday picked up a 24th sponsor. It takes 26 votes for the bill to win approval.
The latest supporter to sign on is Mark Treyger, who represents the 47th District (Coney Island). Kirsten Theodos, a leader of Take Back NYC, said she reached out to the Council member after hearing him testify against legislation that would weaken the city’s landmarks law. Se made a pitch to him for the lease negotiation proposal as part of a broader effort to preserve the authenticity of Coney Island.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has not yet scheduled a hearing on the SBJSA. Four months ago, she said it was undergoing a legal review by Council staff. The legislation is strongly opposed by the Real Estate Board of New York, which contends it’s unconstitutional. Advocates for the bill are keeping the pressure on those remaining Council members who have not gotten on board:
— Artist Studio AP (@ArtistStudioAP) October 12, 2015
— Kirsten Theodos (@kirstentheodos) October 8, 2015
— Elizabeth Shelton (@eksheltone) October 8, 2015
Both Lower East Side Council members, Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, are sponsors of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. To read our ongoing Small Business Survival coverage, click here.