AN IMPORTANT MBFAA MEMBER UPDATE ON A PROPOSED LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, IN RELATION TO PANIC BUTTONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OPERATORS.

This bill would require the Department of Small Business Services to establish a pilot program reimbursing small businesses for the cost of purchasing and installing panic buttons that would notify the Police Department in case of emergency

Committee on Small BusinessMark Gjonaj, Chair
Members: Stephen T. Levin, Bill Perkins, Ydanis A. Rodriguez and Helen K. Rosenthal

Monday, November 4, 2019 10:00 AM 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LINK TO THE CITY COUNCIL WEB SITE WITH ALL THE INFORMATION:
https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=727082&GUID=2E9B16C2-8532-407E-AFE2-1ADE08FD8544&Options=info&Search=

THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN COPIED IN PART FROM The New York Council Website. https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx

On November 4th, 2019, the Committee on Small Business, chaired by Council Member Mark Gjonaj, will hold a hearing on safety issues facing small businesses and the following bill: Int. No. 1623, in relation to panic buttons for small business operators. Those invited to testify include representatives from the Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”) and the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), Business Improvement Districts (“BIDs”), chambers of commerce, associations representing small businesses, and other community-based non-profit organizations. (Alan’s comments: MBFAA represents small business (as well as very large businesses.) MBFAA is a community-based (local, not national) non-profit organization providing membership in the New York Metropolitan Area.)

“Establishment of a storefront panic button pilot program.

1. The department shall establish a one-year “storefront panic button pilot program,” during which qualifying businesses will be reimbursed for the cost of purchasing and installing panic buttons made available for use to any employee or patron in case of emergency. Upon request of a qualifying business, the department shall reimburse the business for the allowable costs of purchasing and installing panic buttons, as established by the department, provided that the business provides proof of purchase.”

Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following
meanings:

Department. “department” means New York city department of small business services.

Panic Button. “Panic button” means a help or distress signaling system that connects an individual in distress or someone assisting that individual with the police department. Such panic button shall also be equipped to alert pedestrians in the vicinity where the panic button is activated, by visual sign or sound.”

“CONCLUSION

The Committee seeks to gain a better understanding of the dangers bodegas and other small business owners face while operating. The Chair looks forward to hearing from local small business owners and community associations about their concerns. The Council also looks forward to hearing about the steps SBS and NYPD has taken to address the issues facing bodegas and other small businesses, as well as any policies that have been implemented to ensure that these businesses have all the necessary resources to succeed.”

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So what is the MBFAA’s role in this proposed legislation.

  • 1)      We will be there representing our members (small business and large businesses who do business in New York City) who are properly licensed as per New York State Department of State, Business of Installing, Servicing or Maintaining Security or Fire Alarm Systems, Article 6-D, General Business Law.
  • 2)      We will make clear to the Committee on Small Business Services that (but not limited to):
  • a.       Panic alarms, hold-up buttons, associated audible/visual signaling, video imaging, burglar alarms, are required by law to be sold, installed, serviced, maintained by properly licensed businesses.
  • b.      All equipment used (since it is considered life safety) shall be either U.L. listed (or other nationally recognized testing agency) for its purpose.
  • c.        Proper wiring and wiring protection where required.
  • d.      Panic alarms shall be monitored by a U.L. listed and (FDNY) New York City Approved central station.
  • e.       MBFAA’s support and voluntary technical expertise (limited and subject to the association’s attorney’s approval.)
  • 3)      Support the New York City Police Department’s view and issues concerning this bill.
  • a.       MBFAA’s support and voluntary technical expertise (limited and subject to the association’s attorney’s approval.)

    4)      Support the Bodega Association of the United States.

This is an opportunity for our member companies to support the efforts of the New York City Council, The Committee on Small Business Services, The New York City Police Department, The Bodega Association, as well as many other small businesses around New York City to help stem the threat of crime such as Robberies and Hold-ups using proven and reliable electronic security technology.

This is what your association does for you, here locally, here in New York. If you are already a member THANK YOU.

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Alan Glasser,

Executive Director, MBFAA