The Alliance represents New York City hospitality businesses in the halls of government and the media. This is an abbreviated list of our accomplishments in reducing regulatory burdens and current issues impacting the industry.

Chef Harvest

Food Donation Online Portal

The New York City Hospitality Alliance supports the passage of Int. No. 1514 that will facilitate food donations by creating an online portal.
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Air Conditioning & Open Storefronts

Back in 2015 an amendment was made to the sensible environmental law that prohibits retail businesses from keeping their doors open when the air conditioning is on. The amendment added the word “window” to the law. Unfortunately, it was written in....
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Lien Bill

The Alliance opposes S579/A628, which would allow employees to file personal liens against business owners solely upon the allegation of a wage dispute, allow the state to place liens on property on behalf of claimants and make shareholders in limited...
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Hostels

We support legislation that would allow new hostels to open in NYC. Hostels allow people with smaller budgets and those seeking a different t ravel experience to visit NYC. They create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, create new jobs...
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DEP Water Shutdowns

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection should provide businesses with sufficient time, such as 30-day notice (or the longest notice period possible), prior to scheduled water shutdowns. Restaurants sometimes receive less than 24-hour notice...
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Tipped Wage

The Alliance along with other organization's advocacy efforts helped to ensure that, for now, the entire Tip Credit was not eliminated.
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Landmark Reform

Restaurants that are located within Landmark Historic Districts that seek to renovate only the interior of the business should be permitted to have a licensed architect, engineer or appropriate professional self-certify the renovation to immediately...
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FICA Tax Credit

The State and City of New York’s Finance Departments should explicitly allow the amount of a restaurant's FICA Tip Tax Credit to be an allowable subtraction from that businesses taxable income. This policy of allowing restaurants to subtract the FICA...
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Brunch Bill

The new law now allows Sunday alcohol service to begin at 10:00am on Sundays, instead of noon.
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SLA’s 200 Foot Rule

The Alcohol Beverage Control Law (ABC). Section 64(d)(8) prohibits restaurants with full liquor licenses, bars, clubs and lounges from operating within 200 feet of a school, church or other place of worship on the same street. The 200 foot rule is an...
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Lawsuits

The Alliance successfully advocated to have a "private right of action" removed from certain proposlas and laws. This means that businesses cannot be sued in private court for large sums of money over frivolous and/or minor technical violations of...
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Mobile Vending Reform

Commercial use of the public sidewalk has always been part of our city’s fabric. Today, ticket sellers, jewelry peddlers, newsstand operators, food vendors, general merchandise vendors, and sidewalk cafes all contribute to the vibrant street scene that..
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Self Certification of Liquor Licenses

Successfully advocated to extend the successful State Liquor Authority attorney Self Certification pilot program which sped up the process in which businesses apply for a Liquor License.
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Sidewalk Cafes

The Alliance advocated to allow restaurants to begin operating their sidewalk cafes on Sundays beginning at 10am, instead of noon...
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Scaffolding

It's no secret that scaffolding (sidewalk sheds) play an important role in protecting people from falling debris from building construction. But it's also no secret that scaffolding that is left up for extended periods of time has a devastating impact...
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Health Department Letter Grades

The Alliance led the charge to reform the Health Department's Letter Grade system, which helped redcue fines by $20 million a year, while ensuring public health.
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Commercial Rent Tax

Eliminate the city’s Commercial Rent Tax on hospitality businesses below 96th Street in Manhattan. This tax was levied on businesses citywide until it was eliminated throughout the five boroughs, except for one area in Manhattan. Due to skyrocketing...
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Cure Periods for Violations

The Alliance led the effort with the business community and government officials to pass legislation that provides businesses a Cure Period for certain violations...
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Commercial Tenant Harassment Law Enacted

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law that was spearheaded by Council Member, Robert E. Cornegy Jr., which allows commercial tenants, such as restaurants, to file lawsuits against their landlord for tenant harassment...
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80/20 Rule

Reform the NYS Department of Labor's so called 80/20 Rule that creates significant legal and financial liability for restaurants and hurts workers who want to work more hours and gain more skills. The law prohibits an employer from taking the tip...
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Bottle Service

The Alliance worked with the City of New York after a few incidents at nightclubs arose to help ensure the safety of patrons, while not restricting bottle service, which is a major draw for customers and a vital part of certain business models.
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Private Collections - SLA

The NYS Liquor Authority is no longer considering a proposal to enact restrictions on restaurants that purchase rare and hard to find wines from private collectors. The NYC Hospitality Alliance and all our members who rely on purchasing certain...
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Health Department Letter Grades

Amend the NYC Department of Health’s Letter Grade inspection system by allowing cure periods and eliminating points for nonfood safety related violations that calculate a letter grade. Also, introduce "due process" into the inspection process so that...
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Annual Wage Notice

Worked with the greater business community to eliminate the redundant and time consuming requirment that the Annual Notice of Pay Form be given to employees at the start of each year, because employees already receive this payroll information each pay...
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Administrative Fees

Allow hospitality businesses in New York City the option of adding a clearly disclosed administrative fee to restaurant menus, which is allowed everywhere in the country, even elsewhere in New York State. This antiqued rule, implemented for an...
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Limited Supervisory Authority Employees can Receive Tips

The NYS Court of Appeals Upheld an Employer's Right to Allow Service Employees With Limited Supervisory Authority to Receive Tips. The Alliance we submitted an amicus brief in this case and we are proud that the judges ruled in favor of our position...