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District 8

Diana Ayala

El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris

Councilmember Ayala announced the creation of a $4 million East Harlem Small Business Grant Program, which helps East Harlem small businesses that are struggling to survive due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic shutdowns.  The grant funds for this program were generated from the proceeds of a 2014 sale of the property on the corner of 125th Street.  The former home to a Pathmark supermarket. The grants assisted over 300 small businesses.

Councilmember co-sponsored Introduction 0737, also known as the Small Business Job Survival Act, which would create protections for small business owners as they negotiate commercial lease renewals with landlords. 

Councilmember Ayala secured $3.2 million to continue to support the SBS 360 Pilot Program in East Harlem, and to continue to support and expand the services of 125th Street Merchants Association.

Councilmember Ayala proudly co-sponsored the City Council’s Small Business Package.  This package, provides relief to small businesses and restaurants impacted by COVID-19. 

1908 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to fees charged by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining

1914 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to harassment of commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19