April 25, 2018
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Press Release:
An Evening in Gotham
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its 123rd Annual Gala on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Celebrate at Snug Harbor, located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. Event co-chairs are Cory Schifter of Casale Jewelers and Danielle V. Johnsen of Digital Edge. 

The action-packed “An Evening in Gotham Harbor” gala begins at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour sponsored by National Grid , followed by dinner and dancing at 8:00 p.m. The evening’s entertainment, by Partners in Sound Productions, is sponsored by Atlantic Salt, Inc.
Employer compensation expense tax (ECET), or “payroll tax” , was adopted as part of the state’s budget. This measure is intended to mitigate the adverse impact of federal tax reforms on some New York State taxpayers. The program is optional, with an annual “opt-in” for employers. For more information see payroll tax

New employer sexual harassment requirements sexual harassment requirements
This new law will require all employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and provide sexual harassment training to all employees on an annual basis.

Retirement program for employees not offered retirement benefits at work, sponsored by Senator Diane Savino, was adopted as part of the state budget. New York became the eighth State in the country to adopt the “secure choice” model championed by AARP, currently in place in California and Illinois. For more information see secure choice

For additional information on business issues in the final New York State budget, see the Business Council of NYS’s final budget update:   outline of key business issues in the FY 2019 final state budget available online.

The debate over congestion pricing is largely over , but it has focused attention on yet another fraught issue for drivers in and around New York City: pricey bridge tolls .

The Chamber, together with partner organizations, sent a letter to the City Council opposing legislation that would make it illegal for businesses to contact employees outside of traditional work hours. The proposal seems like a "one size fits all" approach that could have unintended consequences.  Crain’s: Biz groups slam council's after-hours bill Chambers of commerce and real estate groups gripe in letter to speaker

The newly appointed New York City Charter Commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday April 25, at 6:30 pm at McKee High School Auditorium, 290 St. Marks Place, Staten Island, NY 10301. The Commission will hold public hearings in each borough to provide an opportunity for the public to testify in person before the Commission on any aspect of the Charter. Written testimony is also encouraged and may be submitted in person at the public hearing, by email to comments@charter.nyc.gov, or through the “Send Comments to the Commission” link on the Commission website at www.nyc.gov/charter (on the “About” page). All public hearings and meetings will be livestreamed at nyc.gov/charter.
Tottenville High School Open House

Tottenville High School hosted an exclusive open house for employers to showcase their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs on April 11 at Tottenville High School. Programs offered: Advertising & Design, Law, Finance, Medtech, and Dental Assisting. Many thanks to @PirateTVTHS for capturing the day with this great video!
Congratulations to the YEA! class of 2018!

A graduation ceremony was held last week for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2018. Congratulations to our new CEOs: Philip Batov, YPB&E; Merrick Eng, MasterMerrick; Maxim Kleyer, EZ Work; Fion Lin, WePower; Noah Liebman, Sekkai Design; Jalon Lopez, WHYB; Felicia Napoli; Happy Paws; Gabriella Serebryanaya, SHINEE; Duha Syar, Eggcting Eggucation; Rachel Zhang, EAZ.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Con Edison!

Special thanks to this year’s instructors, Michael Porpora, RPM Insurance and Danielle Reyes, Wealth & Legacy Group/Lions Pride Leadership and Verizon for supporting this year’s curriculum.

If you know a student that has what it takes to become an entrepreneur, contact Kim Burbano at kburbano@sichamber.com for information on how to apply for the 2018/19 class.
Chamber on the Go: Visit to Port Richmond

Chamber staff, community members, and representatives from NYC Department of Small Business Services (NYC DSBS ) were out in Port Richmond on Friday, as part of our Chamber on the Go Program. Funded by SBS, this program brings many of the free services offered by SBS directly to the business owner without them having to leave their storefront. The group canvassed the Port Richmond Avenue corridor, getting to know business owners, and offering assistance. 

If you are interested in learning more about this program, or the services available, please call Michele Esposito at 718-727-1900, or e-mail mesposito@sichamber.com
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Earth Day Beautification Project was part of Wagner College's "Celebrate Civic Engagement Recognition Week". For this project, Professor Carter collaborated with students from Port Richmond High School, I.S. 51, and P.S. 21 to plant flowers in the tree beds along Port Richmond Avenue from Ann Street to Harrison Avenue.
Join Vino Divino School of Wine this Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm for a Chamber Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their Tasting Room Grand Opening!
Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health celebrated its Grand Opening & Chamber Ribbon Cutting last Thursday April 19! Congratulations!

Friendly reminder that certain New York City businesses are required by law to separate their organic waste. The NYC Department of Sanitation recently adopted new business organics rules. If a business meets the minimum requirements outlined below, they must comply with the business organics rules. 

Establishments Covered by Business Organics Rules:

As of August 15, 2018
  • Food service establishments with a floor area of at least 15,000 square feet
  • Food service establishments that are part of a chain of 100 or more locations in NYC
  • Retail food stores with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet

As of July 19, 2016
  • Food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
  • Arenas and stadiums with a seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
  • Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
  • Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet
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