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A View From You: The City of New York Listens to the Small Business Community

June 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr. Larry Schooler Host/Executive Producer of A View From You

Hon. Joni Kletter, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge, NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (“OATH”)
Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Small Business Services
Melba Wilson, Chef, Cookbook Writer, and Owner of Melba’s Restaurant, Melba’s Mussles, and Melba’s Catering based in Harlem
Ariel Palitz, head of City’s Office of Nightlife, will join Commissioner Kletter to continue the conversation after the first hour

All NYC Residents and NYC-Based Small Businesses are Encouraged to Attend and Participate!

For the first time during this pandemic, and in one of the first times in city history, New York City would be hosting a broadcasted (radio, web, municipal tv, social media streaming), interactive public meeting where the public is the focus. “A View From You” is a new ongoing broadcast series that differs from other traditional town-halls, in that the format encourages public officials to ask questions of the audience in a manner that fosters actionable insights.

When: Tuesday, June 16th, 5:30 pm (EDT)

Viewers will be encouraged to participate by texting answers to multiple choice questions and open-ended comments, posting comments online and via social media, and calling in to have their questions and their opinions aired to the group in order to receive answers or feedback directly from the City government representatives in real time. Viewers will also be able to call into a Spanish simulcast and provide comments in Spanish that will be incorporated in real time to the English broadcast (translated).

The purpose of the event is two-fold. New Yorkers, especially small business owners, feel paralyzed when it comes to making decisions on how to reopen and want to better understand guidance, rules, laws and recent legislation as they pertain to reopening. The City wants to provide them with answers, but also wants to get input from stakeholders who will be the attendees and participants of the program. Participants, will help inform the City, which will use the information gathered from this interactive event to better assist small businesses; for example, by influencing future City guidelines for reopening and will help inform the City’s future events so that they are better catered to the needs of our local business owners.

OATH is the City’s independent administrative court where all regulatory summonses are filed for hearings; it is the forum where people go to resolve summonses that they are issued by City enforcement agencies. OATH has a vast understanding of the regulatory landscape and has a unique knowledge of the rules and laws that business owners are subject to and why those laws are on the books.

SBS is the City agency responsible for assisting businesses and has special programs in place to address reopening and has many answers to questions that business owners need to hear. SBS is currently taking a leading role in the formation of guidance on reopening businesses in New York City.

Ariel Palitz, head of City’s Office of Nightlife, will join Commissioner Kletter to continue the conversation after the first hour.


June 16, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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NYC Small Business Services
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