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Small business owners deserve our strong support. In too many instances, they are pushed out because of insanely increased commercial rents. Former Met Food supermarket on Brighton Beach Avenue decided to move after its rent was tripled before Sandy. My neighborhood lost an important asset. And we see similar situations all over the city.

Here is a story from the Daily News about closed Met Food supermarket at 100 Brighton Beach Avenue:

Small Business Survival Act, proposed by several City Council members, will give small business owners an important tool to negotiate the commercial rent increases.

It would let commercial tenants to have the right to lease renewal for ten years or more. If a landlord wants to raise rent, mediation with the tenant would be mandated, and, if the parties don’t come to an agreement, an arbitrator would make the final decision.

I support the Small Business Survival Act of 2015. We can’t afford to lose the flavor of our beloved neighborhoods with Mom and Pop shops are being constantly replaced by banks, cell phone offices and large pharmacies chains.

Ari Kagan


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