September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document
Title:Are small businesses prey in New York City? Small businesses are angry with the reckless issuing of tickets
Publication:Korea Times New York
Blurb:An endless stream of inspectors and other ticket-issuing personnel from the New York City Consumer Affairs Department, the Health Department, the Sanitation Department, the Buildings Department, and the Fire Department have been visiting small businesses.
Body:Due to New York Citys deficit, small businesses are suffering from unreasonable tickets issued by the city.
The City government in the last two years has recorded a loss of $500 million, and it is in the worst financial situation since the financial crisis of 1970.
Some civil servants warned that, if the situation does not get any better soon, there is a high possibility that the New York City government will become bankrupt. To decrease deficit spending, the New York City government is implementing money-collecting tactics. Small businesses are most affected by this strategy. An endless stream of inspectors and other ticket-issuing personnel from the New York City Consumer Affairs Department, the Health Department, the Sanitation Department, the Buildings Department, and the Fire Department have been visiting small businesses.
Mr. P., who runs a small telecommunications business in Jackson Heights, Queens, was recently fined by an inspector from the Consumer Affairs Department for not displaying the price tags on phones clearly enough. According to Mr. P., in addition to the price tag violation, the inspector also tried to claim that the taxes were not properly written down in the accounting book.
Mr. Kim, who owns a deli in Elmhurst, Queens, said that he was fined by an inspector from the Building Department, who came without notice and claimed that the stores sign violated city rules.
If the New York City government uses such cowardly means to resolve its fiscal problem, then it will never succeed, Mr. Kim said. He ranted, If, due to these inspectors, small businesses leave New York City, how does the City expect to regain its economic strength?
People worry that New York Citys massive ticketing spree will continue until the budget is balanced. Although this sudden strictness in law enforcement may not be comprehensible by the small business owners, once an inspector notices a violation, a ticket is unavoidable. New Yorks small businesses are suffering doubly: one because of the recession, and two because of the ticketing burden.