Opinion: Request for study on SBJSA

The following is an open letter to Public Advocate Letitia James from Sung Soo Kim, founder of The Small Business Congress. The letter has been edited for length.   

Honorable Public Advocate James:

Recently, Councilman Ydanis Rodriquez as prime sponsor reintroduced the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. This bill has the same language, word for word, as the one you proudly sponsored and championed at times in 2009, 2010 and 2014 as Public Advocate. It’s the same bill that you touted over the year’s at citywide events as the best solution to stop the closing of our small businesses and end their crisis and address the “Malling of Main Street.”

The new speaker of the Council, Corey Johnson, has pledged a public hearing on the bill, as well as finding a real solution to end the crisis. While small business advocates applaud this commitment, we are cautiously guarded in hoping our city’s small businesses finally, after eight long years, receive evenhanded and just treatment at City Hall.

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Burglar stole booze from restaurant

Burglary suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who broke into Javelina, a Tex-Mex restaurant at 119 East 18th Street, who is believed to have stolen nearly $800 worth of alcohol.

It’s unknown how the man got in, but he was seen in surveillance footage at 1:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, after employees had left. Cops said he left with two black garbage bags filled with bottles of alcohol.

There is no description of the suspect but a photo released by the NYPD shows a dark-eyed man who could be in his 20s or 30s with dark facial hair.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.