Bill Text: NY A02946 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes the small business crime prevention services program to provide small businesses with information on strategies, best practices and programs offering training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the premises of small businesses or otherwise affecting small businesses, including but not limited to: assault, arson and other violent felony offenses; robbery, burglary, theft, identity theft counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud and other fraud; and vandalism, graffiti and other property damage; further provides that information on eligibility and applications for financial assistance be made available to small businesses; authorizes the New York state urban development corporation to provide loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to small businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other organizations for the purpose of preventing crimes against small businesses or on the premises or in the vicinity of small businesses; makes related provisions.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-17 - substituted by s1087 [A02946 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02946-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          2946
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 28, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. SOLAGES -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Small Business
        AN ACT to amend the economic development law, the New York  state  urban
          development  corporation  act  and  the  executive law, in relation to
          small business crime prevention services
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  economic  development law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 139-a to read as follows:
     3    § 139-a. Small business crime prevention services program.   1.  There
     4  is  hereby  established  within  the  division  a  small  business crime
     5  prevention services program.
     6    2. The small business crime prevention services program, directly  and
     7  in  conjunction  with  other  divisions of the department and with other
     8  agencies of the state, federal  agencies  or  local  governments,  shall
     9  provide small businesses with access to the following services:
    10    (a)  information  on  strategies, best practices and programs offering
    11  training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the  prem-
    12  ises  of  small  businesses  or  otherwise  affecting  small businesses,
    13  including but not limited to:  assault, arson and other  violent  felony
    14  offenses;  robbery,  burglary,  theft,  identity  theft, counterfeiting,
    15  check and credit card fraud and other fraud; and vandalism, graffiti and
    16  other property damage;
    17    (b) information on eligibility and applications for financial  assist-
    18  ance for small business crime prevention services under paragraph (o) of
    19  subdivision  one  of  section  sixteen-m  of  section one of chapter one
    20  hundred seventy-four of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-eight;
    21    (c) information on eligibility and applications for other programs  of
    22  financial  assistance  for small business crime prevention that may from
    23  time to time be available from the department or other agencies  of  the
    24  state, federal agencies or local governments;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00786-01-9

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     1    (d)  information  on  protecting  the  assets of small businesses from
     2  crime, including risk reduction strategies and  insurance  availability;
     3  and
     4    (e)  information on responses to crime, including reporting of crimes,
     5  submitting insurance claims and crime victim assistance programs.
     6    3. The small business crime prevention services  program  shall,  with
     7  the  assistance of the small business advisory board and other appropri-
     8  ate state agencies, identify issues relating to  crime  affecting  small
     9  businesses  and  assist  the  advisory  board and the division in making
    10  recommendations for legislative, regulatory and programmatic actions  to
    11  address such issues.
    12    §  2.  Paragraph  (n) of subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of
    13  chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York  state  urban
    14  development  corporation  act,  as  added  by chapter 298 of the laws of
    15  2012, is amended and a new paragraph (o) is added to read as follows:
    16    (n) Loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies  and  grants  to  busi-
    17  nesses,  municipalities,  industrial  development agencies and local and
    18  regional economic development corporations, not-for-profit corporations,
    19  business improvement districts, regional marketing authorities and agri-
    20  cultural cooperatives organized pursuant to the cooperative corporations
    21  law, and other entities for the construction,  reconstruction,  improve-
    22  ment, expansion or rehabilitation of wholesale regional farmers' markets
    23  or  food  hubs  that  facilitate the sale and promotion of farm products
    24  grown or produced in New York state.
    25    For the purposes of  this  paragraph  a  wholesale  regional  farmers'
    26  market  or  food hub is a market, business or organization that actively
    27  manages the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified
    28  food products primarily from local  or  regional  producers  to  satisfy
    29  wholesale, retail and institutional demand for such products[.]; and
    30    (o)  Loans,  loan  guarantees,  interest subsidies and grants to small
    31  businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other  organ-
    32  izations  for  the purpose of preventing crimes against small businesses
    33  or on the premises or in the vicinity  of  small  businesses,  including
    34  such  activities  as  initiating or maintaining business watch programs,
    35  installation of lighting, security equipment and other physical improve-
    36  ments to prevent or deter criminal activities, and the  development  and
    37  dissemination of information to owners, operators and employees of small
    38  businesses  on  effective  crime  prevention  strategies.  Preference in
    39  awarding assistance  pursuant  to  this  paragraph  shall  be  given  to
    40  projects that will benefit distressed areas or other areas with a demon-
    41  strated need based on crime statistics, projects that provide a local or
    42  private-sector  match,  and  projects  that  demonstrate a likelihood of
    43  positive impact on crime prevention. The division  of  criminal  justice
    44  services  shall  provide assistance in the development of the program of
    45  small business crime prevention assistance.
    46    § 3. Section 837 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
    47  subdivision 22 to read as follows:
    48    22.  Provide  advice and assistance to the division for small business
    49  in developing and operating a program of small business crime prevention
    50  services pursuant to section one hundred thirty-nine-a of  the  economic
    51  development law, and provide advice and assistance to the urban develop-
    52  ment  corporation  in  the  development of the program of small business
    53  crime prevention assistance pursuant to paragraph (o) of subdivision one
    54  of section sixteen-m of section one of chapter one hundred  seventy-four
    55  of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-eight.

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     1    §  4. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
     2  the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
     3  the  department of economic development, the New York state urban devel-
     4  opment corporation and the division of criminal justice  services  shall
     5  be immediately authorized to take any and all actions necessary to fully
     6  implement  the provisions of this act on such date; and further provided
     7  that the amendments to section 16-m of the urban development corporation
     8  act made by section two of this act shall not affect the  expiration  of
     9  such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.
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