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Press conference opposing the Chinatown BID

September 15, 2013

PRESS ADVISORY

PRESS CONFERENCE Monday Sept. 16th 2013

At  Lin Sing Association  47-49 Mott St. 2nd floor

Monday Sept. 16th        4:pm

Announcement of the Petition Drive to Stop the Chinatown B.I.D. (Business improvement District)

Chinatown property owners are mailing out petitions to

“Dissolve the Chinatown Business Improvement District”

The Property Tax Payer’s Association has begun mailing over two

thousand petitions to dissolve the Chinatown B.I.D.

Petitions are being sent to property owners within the Chinatown B.I.D.

boundaries . Petitions began mailing on Monday Sept. 9th 2013

The petition is in response to continued disapproval of the Chinatown

B.I.D. by small property owners and small businesses currently

subjected to the B.I.D. tax. In April of 2012 The Chinatown B.I.D. illegally

charged Chinatown property owners fees in advance of their formation.

Property owners contend that Chinatown streets continue to be

unsanitary, dirty and smelly despite the B.I.D.’s promises of a clean

Chinatown.

Property Tax Payers Association (PTP) is a coalition of Chinatown property owners petitioning to overturn the Chinatown BID. We want a clean Chinatown without the additional BID taxes.

The Chinatown Business Improvement District law was passed on September 21, 2011 and went into effect on January 31, 2012. However, the interim BID board voted to charge property owners for the BID beginning on October 1, 2011–four months before the BID was even in effect.  In April 2012, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF), on behalf of PTP successfully demanded that the retroactive fee for those months be refunded to property owners—representing approximately $400,000 in stolen fees.  The petition complies with New York General Municipal Law Article 19-A, §980-o.

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