Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Filthy nabes get BID director fired
From the NY Post:
BID boss Sharada Devi was recently canned from her $45,000-a-year job overseeing a district in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst after a City Council member complained about graffiti, garbage and neglect along Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street, the BID’s central corridors.
“These are not entitlement jobs,” warned Small Business Commissioner Rob Walsh. “I oversee the BID program, and I was embarrassed.
“It was unacceptable. There was just such neglect. Blatant neglect.”
Like the other 65 special zones around New York, the district charges local businesses extra fees that are supposed to fund improvements that, in turn, help draw shoppers and new companies to an area.
But Walsh said Devi’s BID, with an annual budget of $230,000, had broken and empty planters and torn awnings, and needed a good sweeping.
And he vowed to have a new board and executive director in place within 100 days.