The latest advocacy news and information from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.

Is Your Company Prepared? New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect December 1st, 2016

Ryan Gleason - October 14, 2016
This past May, the Federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued new rules related to overtime regulations. These rules will significantly expand the number of employees eligible for overtime, and change the “tests” required to label certain employees “exempt.”


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Staten Island businesses and global firms meet at ‘Beyond the Ferry’ B2B Expo

Meagan Devereaux - June 28, 2016

Staten Island businesses came together in the largest exclusive Business to Business Expo to date on Staten Island. Included in the event were representatives from international, national and regional businesses. Coming from as far as China, Japan, and Germany, and throughout the United States, these businesses met to form relationships and further the economic growth and vitality of the Island.

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Staten Island Chamber Donates BBQ Meal for the Island’s Hungry and Homeless

Joyce Venezia Suss - June 8, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, torrential rains forced the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to postpone its annual golf outing, but that led to a great meal for the Island’s hungry and homeless residents.

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Chamber protecting member florists and garden centers from illegal street vendors

Kristin Foye - November 2, 2015

As the gift giving season is close upon us, I would like to inform you of a new Chamber initiative underway in partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at protecting the interest of Staten Island florists and garden centers.

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Kristin Foye - October 30, 2015

The FAIR CHANCE ACT makes it illegal for most employers in New York City to ask about the criminal record of job applicants before making a job offer.  This means ads, applications, and interview questions cannot include inquiries into an applicant's criminal record - which allows the applicant to be judged on his or her qualifications.  This FACT SHEET has additional information.

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Advocacy Alert: Chamber urges State to re-up Business Relocation program "REAP"

Ryan Gleason - May 27, 2015

 The five borough Chamber alliance recently sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, temporary Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, urging them to re-authorize the Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP).

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Advocacy Alert: NYC Prohibits Use of Credit Checks in Employment

Ryan Gleason - May 27, 2015

On May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that, effective September 3, 2015, prohibits employers in the five boroughs from requesting or using consumer credit reports in any employment decision. This follows the trend of several other states and local legislatures that have outlawed the practice in recent years. 

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MTA September Board Meeting: North Shore BRT Comment

Linda M. Baran - President & CEO - October 24, 2014

Comment of By Linda M. Baran - President and CEO to the MTA Board of Directors on September 24, 2014

On behalf of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, our 700 members and their 20,000 employees, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse the advancement of Staten Island’s North Shore Right-of-Way (ROW) Bus Rapid Transit Project.

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Meet the Commissioner: Talking Small Business Relief with Julie Menin

Ryan Gleason - October 24, 2014
Councilwoman Debi Rose and The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce invite you to meet the new Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin.



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Take the Chamber's 2014 Economic Outlook Survey

Ryan Gleason - February 11, 2014

The Chamber's Small Business Committee has created this short survey to help focus advocacy efforts in 2014. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. We encourage you to fill out the entire survey, however, questions marked with a * are optional. Click here to participate! 

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Myth vs. Fact: Business Owners Will Be Fined If They Don’t Notify Their Employees About the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Meredith K. Olafson, Community Moderator - September 17, 2013

As a business owner, it's important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult. 

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The Chamber is Hiring!

Mary McLaughlin - July 29, 2013

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce seeks a dynamic mission-driven experienced professional to provide health insurance enrollment assistance to individuals and small businesses.

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Chamber Economic Outlook Breakfast Tuesday 4/16

Mary McLaughlin - April 11, 2013

Featuring keynote speaker NY Federal Reserve President Bill Dudley

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City Releases Disaster Recovery Plan

Mary McLaughlin - March 27, 2013

NYC has released the Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery Action Plan A.

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Chamber Goes to Albany!

Mary McLaughlin - March 5, 2013
In the wake of toll hikes recently implemented by the MTA, members of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will travel to Albany to take the issue to N.Y. lawmakers.
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FEMA & SBA Deadline Extended!

Mary McLaughlin - February 28, 2013

FEMA and the SBA have extended deadlines for Sandy victims to apply for aid to March 29, 2013.

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Property Value Assessment Deadline March 1!

Mary McLaughlin - February 6, 2013

Did your real estate taxes increase? You still have time to file a protest with the NYC Tax Commission.

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Annual Pay Notice Deadline February 1st

Mary McLaughlin - January 18, 2013

All employers in New York must issue their employees an Annual Pay Notice on or before February 1, 2013.

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Chamber Supports Nichols Marina in Fight to Rebuild

Mary McLaughlin - January 10, 2013
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Linda Baran, attended a press conference with Senator Schumer and Congressman Grimm at Nichols Marina.

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Chamber Calls for Vote on Sandy Aid

Mary McLaughlin - January 2, 2013

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce contacted Speaker Boehner's office to call for an immediate vote for the $60 billion Sandy aid package.

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NYC Recovery & Contracting Info Session

Mary McLaughlin - December 18, 2012

Calling all contractors, suppliers, and builders...

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