Did you know that every month, NYC loses over 1,000 small businesses? This is a crisis not seen since the Great Depression.
It means that we’re losing close to 8,000 good jobs each month, since the average business employees 8 people. Small businesses, by the way, represent the largest employers of immigrant families in NYC. Historically, immigrant-owned businesses were the only stabilizing force in poorer NYC communities and offered the only job opportunity for immigrants. But now, only the big chain stores seem able to survive.
Every New Yorker knows that our “Mom & Pops” are on the verge of becoming extinct. It’s happening in every neighborhood across the City. There are more and more empty storefronts, and once thriving commercial avenues and strips are fast becoming ghost towns.
When Mayor de Blasio ran for Public Advocate, he championed the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (Intro 402) as the solution. It would stop the closings – and the extortion of mostly immigrant business owners – as a condition for a lease renewal. But, as Mayor, he’s done nothing more than urge landlords to be “equitable.” Why? City Hall has become too cozy with real estate interests, who “pay” in order to “play.” This atmosphere of legal corruption leaves the little guys – the small business owners – out in the cold.
We can help small businesses and stop the downward slide.
Pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act once and for all. When signed into law, anyone with a commercial lease (business owners, artists etc.) will have rights to:
• A 10-year minimum lease (for tenants in good standing), with equal negotiating power as the landlord for new terms
• An end to the ever-changing yearly burden of landlords “passing on” their property tax expenses
• An end to rent-gouging and exorbitant rent increases
Corruption and incompetence are wasting our money, hurting city services, and making New Yorkers’ lives worse.
Sal Albanese doesn’t just talk about political independence, he lives it. As a New York City Council member for fifteen years, he butted heads with party bosses. He refused prestigious positions and stipends that would have required him to compromise his core values.
Sal believes that New Yorkers deserve a mayor who works for the public interest, not special interests. Mayor de Blasio has led a corrupt and incompetent administration that is undermining the progressive causes he claimed to champion on the campaign trail.But it’s not just Mr. de Blasio. Even honest politicians are caught up in a system that forces them to depend on money from lobbyists or people looking for an inside deal at City Hall. Mayor de Blasio’s administration has been paralyzed by these types of conflicts of interest. As a result, corruption and incompetence are wasting our money, hurting city services, and making New Yorkers’ lives worse.
• Reform NYC’s broken campaign finance system by establishing a Democracy Vouchers program.
• Refuse contributions from registered lobbyists, for-profit developers, and special interests.
• Advocate for nonpartisan and runoff elections.
Priority #1: Democracy Vouchers
Currently in NYC elections, voters who make financial contributions to their candidate of choice can have their contribution matched 6:1 by public funds if and only if their candidate for Mayor raises $250,000 from more than 1,000 individual contributors. While this form of public financing was ahead of its time, it has proven woefully inadequate in empowering average New Yorkers to reclaim their political process. After all, candidates only benefit from public funds if they can convince a lot working and middle class voters to hand over a lot of cash up front. For example, if a candidate raised the average contribution that Bernie Sanders did in his primary campaign ($27), that candidate would have to persuade more than 9,000 voters to contribute before being eligible for public money.To improve our system, the time has come for New York City to establish a Democracy Vouchers program. Rather than withholding public funds until your grassroots candidate hits unrealistic thresholds, voters would be given back their public campaign finance money in the form of Democracy Vouchers. They could in turn contribute these vouchers to a candidate of their choice.With this system, true grassroots candidates could immediately begin benefiting from public financing of elections.
In the nation’s biggest city, it is essential that we have a mayor who actually understands public safety.
For 15 years, Sal Albanese was a member of the New York City Council’s Public Safety Committee. He played a crucial role in putting more police on patrol and in improving the relationship between the NYPD and community members. To him, bolstering public safety is not just an investment in security. Safer cities are more vibrant cities, economically and civically.
In recent years, New Yorkers have experienced a welcome decrease in serious crime, making New York City the safest big city in the nation. Yet too many neighborhoods―from East Harlem to East New York―still cite local crime as one of their top concerns. We simply cannot afford to take public safety for granted. That is why Sal is committed to holding the line on violent crime and terrorism, reducing police-community tension, and addressing quality-of-life issues that have left many New Yorkers feeling vulnerable in their own neighborhoods.
• Expand Community Policing
• Make sure that each of the City’s precinct have enough police officers to maintain patrol strength.
• Make sure that every precinct in the City has enough detectives to investigate crimes. He will end the practice of shortchanging poor areas of the City by not assigning enough detectives to those neighborhoods.