Bill Would End ‘Gotcha’ Tickets for Small Businesses

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Hamodia) -

City agencies would be required to provide businesses with a quarterly guide to the laws and codes governing their specific industry, as well as any recent changes to those regulations and to the inspection process, under a bill introduced to the city council.

This legislation, introduced last week by Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), requires agency commissioners to produce, mail, and post online quarterly guides clearly explaining all local laws and department rules and practices for each category of licenses or permits.

This would be especially useful for businesses such as restaurants where the specific guidelines are constantly changing, and for all newly-licensed businesses.

“It is only fair that the city clearly explain to business owners all of the rules and regulations it expects them to follow,” Greenfield said. “This legislation would make it much easier for business owners of all types to understand exactly what rules they need to abide by to keep the public safe and to avoid receiving fines.”