Department of Small Business Services

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    SEEDCO, Nonprofit Bloomberg Admin Fave, Slapped By Feds With Fraud Lawsuit

    Federal prosecutors filed a civil fraud case this week against SEEDCO, which ran two job placement centers under contract with the city, for taking million of dollars in government funding without providing much service. The SEEDCO lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan names seven former mana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Chinatown Property Owners Say City Illegally Charged Them BID Fees Before BID Even Existed

    Some Chinatown property owners didn't really want to be part of a Business Improvement District in the first place. Now a group of them are claiming that the city illegally charged them fees corresponding to months before the BID even officially existed. The city told the Voice yesterday that it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Bloomie's Batting Average Called Into Question by Thompson

    ​By Lucy Jordan and Grace Smith City Comptroller Bill Thompson yesterday released an audit criticizing the Department of Small Business Services for its lousy record of awarding contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. At a press conference outside City Hall, Thompson said tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Latest Bronx Schemer of the Week Entry: Larry Seabrook

    Proving that it is always too early to predict who should win the Bronx Schemer of the Week Award, the Times today produces a strong bid for City Councilman Larry Seabrook.The veteran pol, reports Ray Rivera and Russ Buettner, somehow managed to parlay a nondescript, one-story office building on Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Barrett: The Politics On Display At Bill Tatum's Funeral

    Funerals can be about politics, especially when the deceased is as influential as Bill Tatum was. The longtime owner of the Amsterdam News drew a crowd of hundreds at Riverside Church last Friday, and most of the speakers were politicians, including the minister who presided, Rev. Al Sharpton.None o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Bloomberg Still in Denial About His Miserable Minority-Contracting Record

    by Samuel Breidbart and Sarah Lavery When Mayor Bloomberg visited PS 175 on Monday, he came bearing good news: citywide standardized test scores had dramatically improved and minority students were a big part in making that happen.  The mayor celebrated with a small Harlem audience and a group ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2008

    Want to Work for Mike Bloomberg? What's Your Batting Average?

    Softball, campaign promises, and the miserable minority-contracting record of the Bloomberg administration

  • News

    June 3, 2008

    Catch Larry Seabrook If You Can

    For the Bronx councilman, the council slush-fund probe is just another investigation

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Chinatown Residents Fight Gentrification

    The ongoing war between the forces of gentrification and the middle and working classes of the "old New York" has hit Chinatown too. A new organization, calling itself the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, has taken aim at what it says are three threats to the neighborhood: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    City Freezes Bronx Councilman's Million-Dollar Non-Profit Play

    Too close for comfort? Amid recent revelations about a secret Council slush fund and taxpayer-funded shenanigans at non-profits, the city has denied Councilman Larry Seabrook's near million-dollar request to fund a new non-profit that's located within his district headquarters. The city system of ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    Eve of Construction

    In the new Greenpoint, that means destruction for long-timers forced to close up shop