Thursday, September 17, 2009

Senator Squadron on Retail Diversity in our district - Hearing on Friday

Senator Squadron, Chair of Senate Cities Committee, to host a hearing on Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health
Posted by Daniel L. Squadron on Friday, August 28th, 2009

SUBJECT: Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health

PURPOSE: To identify and disseminate best practices for supporting and facilitating the preservation and revitalization of retail in urban neighborhoods.

DATE: Friday, September 18, 2009

LOCATION: Senate Hearing Room
250 Broadway, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10007

TIME: 10:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M.


Healthy Retail Development

• How can New York promote and facilitate appropriate retail development? What “best practices” should be employed?
• What policies should New York be developing to support small business in this economic downturn?
• How can New York promote retail diversity in both affluent neighborhoods and low income neighborhoods?
• What new and innovative policies should the Empire State Development Corporation be advancing to promote, develop and grow diverse retail environments in cities across our state?
• The statute authorizing Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) saw its last major revision in 1989. Are BIDs functioning as intended?
• Should New York develop Community Improvement Districts and take a more holistic approach to neighborhood retail development?

YOU MAY TESTIFY AT THIS HEARING, here is how to do it:
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committees at the joint public hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. THE FORM IS A .PDF File that you may download and print at THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation. Oral testimony will be limited to ten (10) minutes’ duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committees will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to the Committees’ staff as early as possible. Twenty (20) copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk.
The Committees would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements. In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of the Committees’ interest in receiving testimony from all sources. In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Senate and Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Senate and Assembly facilities and activities.

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