Economic Development & Culture
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Agenda:

1. Call to Order– Adoption of the Agenda

2. Announcements

3. Informational Updates

a. The Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, the National Black Theatre, and the New York Public Library are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. However, they are each offering a variety of cultural programming and informational resources online.

b. The NYC Council recently passed several bills to aid small businesses, including:

i. Delivery app fees are now prohibited from charging restaurants fees more than 20% and are now prohibited from charging restaurants for phone calls that do not result in a food order. These go into effect immediately and will remain in place for 90 days following the end of the state of emergency.

ii. The existing commercial tenant harassment bill has been amended to include tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19. This bill would make threatening a commercial tenant based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted business or person a form of harassment punishable by a civil penalty of $10-50k.

iii. Council passed a bill that temporarily prohibits the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving COVID-19 impacted tenants. This applies to businesses that were impacted by mandated closures and service limitations in the Governor’s Executive Orders.

4. Presentations & Discussions

a. Continuing discussion on the state of small business in East Harlem

i. Councilmember Diana Ayala

ii. Carey King, Uptown Grand Central

b. Report on Heroes Act

i. Michelle Booker, Office of Congressman Adriano Espaillat

5. Old Business

a. CB11 Small Business Event
b. Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget

6. New Business

7. Community Notes

8. Adjournment