"When now-mayor de Blasio was a council member, he supported the SBJSA. Now, he won’t go near it. Same
goes for City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilman Brad Lander, and Public Advocate Tish James,
all of whom supported the bill before they ascended to leadership positions." -Village Voice, September 30th 2016
Activists from the Artists Studio Affordability Project (ASAP), New Yorkers For A Human-Scale City, #SaveNYC, TakeBackNYC, and other groups stood in solidarity at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Friday, September 30th to bring attention to the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA), and to call for the scheduling of a public hearing and vote on the legislation. Inside City Hall, the Committee On Small Business and the Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchise held a sham hearing on "Oversight - Zoning and incentives for promoting retail diversity and preserving neighborhood character."
Photograph by Ann McDermott