Bklyn Chamber Of Commerce Has Eyes On Other BIDS

Carlo Scissura (second from left), president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, is surrounded by Chamber Executives (L-R) Joseph Shaia, Rick Russo, and Andrew Steininger. Photo Courtesy of Paula Katinas The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which recently took over operations for the North Flatbush Business Improvement District […]

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  1. The conflict of interest in the Fulton Street BID — FAB — is between the BID and the stores held hostage in it.

    The stores are forced to pay the BID for services they already perform for themselves, such as sweeping, and nonsense they don’t want, like a bus/trolley that shows up at Christmas and has “free” rides with a guitar-playing singing Santa Claus.

    FAB has presided over the disappearance of more than 65 mom n pops in its six years of “business improvement” on Fulton. (Quick math: about 10 stores a year.)

    FAB is viewed as legal extortion, BIDs being creatures of the City Council. More than 20 stores signed a letter saying they want out of FAB. The letter went to Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, Borough President Adams and City Councilmember Cumbo who sit on FAB’s board. Not one bothered to acknowledge the merchants. Not even a boilerplate response. Nothing

    If the stores refuse to pay the FAB fee, the City shuts them down. Extortion? What do you think?

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