Controller Stringer To Cut Red Tape Strangling Small Businesses From Harlem To Hollis

March 29, 2016

Scott_StringerRed tape is strangling small businesses in the five boroughs, with mom-and-pops buried under a labyrinth of more than 6,000 rules, 250 license and permit permutations, and 15 overlapping agencies, a new report found.

Nearly one third of Big Apple business owners report waiting six months or longer to complete the necessary approvals to open their business, and 13% take more than a year, according to a survey from Controller Scott Stringer.

The municipal foot-dragging is so bad, 40% of biz owners say they are forced to hire consultants known as “expeditors” to help them navigate the morass, the survey found.

But half of those people in the survey, which was part of a year-long “Red Tape Commission” by Stringer’s office that included talks with business owners city-wide, said the expeditors aren’t worth the money.


Stringer is calling on the city to make a host of changes so it’s easier for small businesses, including establishing an online tracking system for the permit approval process.

“If UPS can track a package, you should be able to track how long a permit is going to take,” he said.

He also wants the city to ban expeditors and instead have the Small Businesses Administration appoint fixers to work with people for free.

Frank Franz, 62, said he’s been trying to open the Belmont Society for Arts and Culture in the Bronx for the past three years.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Harlem World Magazine, 2521 1/2 west 42nd street, Los Angeles, CA, 90008, https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

He’s spent upwards of $100,000 on things like rent, $15,000 for an architect, and $20,000 for prep-work — and still hasn’t opened his doors because he can’t get all the approvals.

So much time has passed, and so much money has been spent, he fears it will never happen.

“It’s impossible to do business with the city of New York,” said Franz.

Via Source

We're your source for local coverage, we count on your support. SUPPORT US!
Your support is crucial in maintaining a healthy democracy and quality journalism. With your contribution, we can continue to provide engaging news and free access to all.
accepted credit cards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles