Mayor Bill de Blasio has been trumpeting his plan to cut small-business fines by 10 percent before he leaves office on Dec. 31, 2021. In reality, it’s too little, too late and too lackluster.
At a Williamsburg rally last week, de Blasio claimed he has “questioned” the laws imposing fines on small businesses since he first joined the City Council — but, as Crain’s reported, he only specified eliminating two minor fines in his speech.
The New York City Hospitality Alliance, a restaurant advocacy group, figures de Blasio’s fixes will only save the average small business $120 a year.
That’s nothing next to the burdens that city and state progressives have piled on mom-and-pop outfits, such as paid sick time for employees and a $15 minimum wage, as well as sky-high taxes. Heck, de Blasio still wants to mandate paid vacation time, too.
And all that’s quite distinct from the legion of licensing requirements and other fees.
Ending the slow massacre of small shops across the city is going to take a far more radical approach — but this mayor’s the wrong kind of radical.