You are reading

City Council Passes Holden’s Bill That Extends Moratorium on Retail Sign Violations

Bob Holden (Instagram)

Feb. 12, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The New York City Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass Council Member Robert Holden’s bill that prevents the city from slapping fines on small business owners for signage violations.

The bill extends an existing two-year moratorium on penalties and fines related to businesses’ outdoor signage, which had recently expired.

Prior to the moratorium, small businesses could be hit with fines of up to $20,000 for sign and awning violations.

Holden’s bill extends the moratorium another two years.

It also waives 100 percent of the permit fees business owners must pay to install a sign. The previous legislation had waived 75 percent of the permit fees.

The legislation also extends the temporary Department of Buildings signage assistance program for two additional years. The program helps business owners go through the process of legalizing their signs.

Holden said his bill will prevent many small business owners from being hit with a big expense at a time when they are trying to survive.

“Everyone is talking a lot about helping our small businesses these days, but this bill will actually help them in a real, quantifiable way that helps them save some money,” he said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, but they’ve been hemorrhaging throughout this pandemic.”

Holden added that the city must cut out all the unnecessary fees and fines that hurt mom-and-pop shops.

“If the city doesn’t stop nickel-and-diming our small businesses and help them in meaningful ways, like this bill does, the only sign we’ll see on them is ‘out of business,’” he said.

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
Mom and pop

Small businesses are on life support. They don’t need the city hitting them up with frivolous fines.

This was needed.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.