senate Bill S979A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes the small business crime prevention services

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Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to commerce, economic development and small business
Mar 18, 2011 print number 979a
amend and recommit to commerce, economic development and small business
Jan 05, 2011 referred to commerce, economic development and small business

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S979 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A232A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add §139, Ec Dev L; amd §16-m, UDC Act; amd §837, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5041, A350

S979 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the small business crime prevention services to provide small businesses with information on strategies, best practices and programs offering training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the premises of small businesses or otherwise affecting small businesses, including but not limited to: assault, arson and other violent felony offenses; robbery, burglary, theft, identity theft counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud and other fraud; and vandalism, graffiti and other property damage; further provides that information on eligibility and applications for financial assistance be made available to small businesses; authorizes the New York state urban development corporation to provide loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to small businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other organizations for the purpose of preventing crimes against small businesses or on the premises or in the vicinity of small businesses; makes related provisions.

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BILL NUMBER:S979 REVISED 01/10/2011

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, the New York state
urban development corporation act and the executive law, in
relation to small business crime prevention services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would improve New York's
business climate by providing for a program of small business crime
prevention services and assistance.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Bill § 1 adds a new § 139 to the
Economic Development Law establishing a small business crime
prevention services program within the Division for Small Business.
The small business crime prevention services program, directly and in
conjunction with other state, Federal and local agencies, shall
provide small businesses with access to the following services:

* information on strategies, best practices and programs offering
training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the
premises of small businesses or otherwise affecting small businesses,
including but not limited to: assault, arson and other violent felony
offenses;
robbery, burglary, theft, identity theft and fraud; and vandalism,
graffiti and other property damage;

* information on eligibility and applications for financial assistance
for small business crime prevention services provided by the Urban
Development Corporation (see bill §2 below);

* information on eligibility and applications for other programs of
financial assistance for small business crime prevention offered by
state or Federal agencies or local governments;

* information on protecting the assets of small businesses from crime,
including risk reduction strategies and insurance availability; and

* information on responses to crime, including reporting of crimes,
submitting insurance claims and crime victim assistance programs.

The small business crime prevention services program would also
identify issues relating to crime affecting small businesses and
assist the Division in making recommendations for legislative,
regulatory and programmatic actions to address such issues.

Bill §2 adds a new paragraph (1) to subdivision 1 Unconsolidated Laws

§6266-m to add a new program under the Empire State Economic
Development Fund (administered by the Urban Development Corporation).
The small
business crime prevention assistance program would provide loans, loan
guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to small businesses,
municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other organizations
for the purpose of preventing crimes against small businesses or on
the premises or in the vicinity of small businesses. Eligible
activities would include such items as initiating or maintaining
business watch programs, installation of lighting, security equipment
and other physical improvements to prevent or deter criminal
activities, and the development and dissemination of information to
owners, operators and employees of small businesses on effective
crime prevention strategies. preference in awarding assistance is
given to projects that benefit distressed areas or other areas with a
demonstrated need based on crime statistics, provide a local or
private-sector match, or demonstrate a likelihood of positive impact
on crime prevention.

Bill §3 amends Executive Law §837 to direct the Division of Criminal
Justice Services to provide advice and assistance in the development
of these programs.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
This bill would
establish new measures to assist in small business crime prevention.

JUSTIFICATION:
It is often said that "an ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure" - and that is clearly the case when dealing with
criminal behavior. The costs of crime are substantial, and are not
only paid by the victims. Crimes against small businesses in New
York's communities deprive the State of millions of dollars in sales
and income tax revenues, and can cause small businesses to shut down,
leading to a spiral of neighborhood decay.

Unlike larger businesses, small businesses often lack the resources to
organize and implement an effective crime prevention strategy on
their own. There are effective measures, including Business Watch and
Fleet Watch programs (usually run jointly by Chambers of Commerce and
police agencies), lighting and other security enhancements, and
training programs that can be effective in reducing crime in New
York's main streets and other small commercial areas. However, often
such initiatives require effective promotion and, in some cases, seed
money. This bill, which is modeled in part on successful similar
programs in Australia, would provide the organizational and financial
resources needed to deliver cost-effective crime prevention programs
to New York's small businesses, to the benefit of the wider community.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.5041/A.350 (Latimer) - reported and committed to finance
2007-08: A.11843 - referred to small business

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Any additional
resources needed for the Division for Small Business are expected to
be offset by the economic benefits of crime prevention, including the
prevention of direct economic losses to the State through lower sales
tax and income tax collections and the higher costs criminal
activities create for law enforcement and courts. The funding of
small business
crime prevention assistance would be through the Empire State economic
development fund (EDF) , a multipurpose fund providing grants, loans
and other aid to meet various communities' needs. The funding level
provided for EDF purposes varies from year to year and is determined
as part of the budget process. Local governments would stand to
benefit directly, as recipients of small business crime prevention
assistance, as well as through the increased tax revenues resulting
from more effective crime prevention.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First day of April after having become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   979

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  DIAZ, HUNTLEY, SAMPSON -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business

AN  ACT  to amend the economic development law, the New York state urban
  development corporation act and the  executive  law,  in  relation  to
  small business crime prevention services

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The economic development law is amended  by  adding  a  new
section 139 to read as follows:
  S  139.  SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS
HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE DIVISION A SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION
SERVICES PROGRAM.
  2. THE SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES PROGRAM, DIRECTLY  AND
IN  CONJUNCTION  WITH  OTHER  DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND WITH OTHER
AGENCIES OF THE STATE, FEDERAL  AGENCIES  OR  LOCAL  GOVERNMENTS,  SHALL
PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESSES WITH ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
  (A)  INFORMATION  ON  STRATEGIES, BEST PRACTICES AND PROGRAMS OFFERING
TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE IN PREVENTION OF CRIMES IN AND AROUND THE  PREM-
ISES  OF  SMALL  BUSINESSES  OR  OTHERWISE  AFFECTING  SMALL BUSINESSES,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:  ASSAULT, ARSON AND OTHER  VIOLENT  FELONY
OFFENSES;  ROBBERY,  BURGLARY,  THEFT,  IDENTITY  THEFT  AND  FRAUD; AND
VANDALISM, GRAFFITI AND OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE;
  (B) INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL  ASSIST-
ANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES UNDER PARAGRAPH (L) OF
SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  SECTION  SIXTEEN-M  OF  SECTION ONE OF CHAPTER ONE
HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT;
  (C) INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS  OF
FINANCIAL  ASSISTANCE  FOR SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION THAT MAY FROM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00295-01-1

S. 979                              2

TIME TO TIME BE AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OR OTHER AGENCIES  OF  THE
STATE, FEDERAL AGENCIES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS;
  (D)  INFORMATION  ON  PROTECTING  THE  ASSETS OF SMALL BUSINESSES FROM
CRIME, INCLUDING RISK REDUCTION STRATEGIES AND  INSURANCE  AVAILABILITY;
AND
  (E)  INFORMATION ON RESPONSES TO CRIME, INCLUDING REPORTING OF CRIMES,
SUBMITTING INSURANCE CLAIMS AND CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.
  3. THE SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES  PROGRAM  SHALL,  WITH
THE  ASSISTANCE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD AND OTHER APPROPRI-
ATE STATE AGENCIES, IDENTIFY ISSUES RELATING TO  CRIME  AFFECTING  SMALL
BUSINESSES  AND  ASSIST  THE  ADVISORY  BOARD AND THE DIVISION IN MAKING
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY AND PROGRAMMATIC ACTIONS  TO
ADDRESS SUCH ISSUES.
  S  2.  Paragraph  (k) of subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of
chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York  state  urban
development corporation act, as added by section 4 of part FF of chapter
59  of  the laws of 2006, is amended and a new paragraph (l) is added to
read as follows:
  (k) Assistance for regional  partnership  proposals,  as  provided  in
subdivision 12 of section 3154 of the public authorities law[.]; AND
  (L)  LOANS,  LOAN  GUARANTEES,  INTEREST SUBSIDIES AND GRANTS TO SMALL
BUSINESSES, MUNICIPALITIES, NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS OR OTHER  ORGAN-
IZATIONS  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING CRIMES AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES
OR ON THE PREMISES OR IN THE VICINITY  OF  SMALL  BUSINESSES,  INCLUDING
SUCH  ACTIVITIES  AS  INITIATING OR MAINTAINING BUSINESS WATCH PROGRAMS,
INSTALLATION OF LIGHTING, SECURITY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER PHYSICAL IMPROVE-
MENTS TO PREVENT OR DETER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, AND THE  DEVELOPMENT  AND
DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION TO OWNERS, OPERATORS AND EMPLOYEES OF SMALL
BUSINESSES  ON  EFFECTIVE  CRIME  PREVENTION  STRATEGIES.  PREFERENCE IN
AWARDING ASSISTANCE  PURSUANT  TO  THIS  PARAGRAPH  SHALL  BE  GIVEN  TO
PROJECTS THAT WILL BENEFIT DISTRESSED AREAS OR OTHER AREAS WITH A DEMON-
STRATED NEED BASED ON CRIME STATISTICS, PROJECTS THAT PROVIDE A LOCAL OR
PRIVATE-SECTOR  MATCH,  AND  PROJECTS  THAT  DEMONSTRATE A LIKELIHOOD OF
POSITIVE IMPACT ON CRIME PREVENTION. THE DIVISION  OF  CRIMINAL  JUSTICE
SERVICES  SHALL  PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM OF
SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION ASSISTANCE.
  S 3. Section 837 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 19 to read as follows:
  19.  PROVIDE  ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE DIVISION FOR SMALL BUSINESS
IN DEVELOPING AND OPERATING A PROGRAM OF SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION
SERVICES PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED  THIRTY-NINE  OF  THE  ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT LAW, AND PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE URBAN DEVELOP-
MENT  CORPORATION  IN  THE  DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM OF SMALL BUSINESS
CRIME PREVENTION ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (L) OF SUBDIVISION ONE
OF SECTION SIXTEEN-M OF SECTION ONE OF CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED  SEVENTY-FOUR
OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT.
  S  4. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
the  department of economic development, the New York state urban devel-
opment corporation and the division of criminal justice  services  shall
be immediately authorized to take any and all actions necessary to fully
implement  the provisions of this act on such date; and further provided
that the amendments to section 16-m of the urban development corporation
act made by section two of this act shall not affect the  expiration  of
such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

Co-Sponsors

S979A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A232A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add §139, Ec Dev L; amd §16-m, UDC Act; amd §837, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5041, A350

S979A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes the small business crime prevention services to provide small businesses with information on strategies, best practices and programs offering training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the premises of small businesses or otherwise affecting small businesses, including but not limited to: assault, arson and other violent felony offenses; robbery, burglary, theft, identity theft counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud and other fraud; and vandalism, graffiti and other property damage; further provides that information on eligibility and applications for financial assistance be made available to small businesses; authorizes the New York state urban development corporation to provide loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to small businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other organizations for the purpose of preventing crimes against small businesses or on the premises or in the vicinity of small businesses; makes related provisions.

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BILL NUMBER:S979A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, the New York state
urban development corporation act and the executive law, in
relation to small business crime prevention services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would improve New York's business climate by providing for a
program of small business crime prevention services and assistance.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Bill § 1 adds a new § 139 to the Economic Development Law establishing
a small business crime prevention services program within the
Division for Small Business. The small business crime prevention
services program, directly and in conjunction with other state,
Federal and local agencies, shall provide small businesses with
access to the following services:

* information on strategies, best practices and programs offering
training and assistance in prevention of crimes in and around the
premises of small businesses or otherwise affecting small businesses,
including but not limited to: assault, arson and other violent felony
offenses; robbery, burglary, theft, identity theft, counterfeiting,
check and credit card fraud, and other fraud; and vandalism,
graffiti and other property damage;

* information on eligibility and applications for financial assistance
for small business crime prevention services provided by the Urban
Development Corporation (see bill §2 below);

* information on eligibility and applications for other programs of
financial assistance for small business crime prevention offered by
state or Federal agencies or local governments;

* information on protecting the assets of small businesses from crime,
including risk reduction strategies and insurance availability; and

* information on responses to crime, including reporting of crimes,
submitting insurance claims and crime victim assistance programs.

The small business crime prevention services program would also
identify issues relating to crime affecting small businesses and
assist the Division in making recommendations for legislative,
regulatory and programmatic actions to address such issues.

Bill §2 adds a new paragraph (1) to subdivision 1 Unconsolidated Laws
§6266-m to add a new program under the Empire State Economic
Development Fund (administered by the Urban Development Corporation).
The small business crime prevention assistance program would provide
loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies and grants to small
businesses, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations or other
organizations for the purpose of preventing crimes against small
businesses or on the premises or in the vicinity of small businesses.
Eligible activities would include such items as initiating or


maintaining business watch programs, installation of lighting,
security equipment and other physical improvements to prevent or
deter criminal activities, and the development and dissemination of
information to owners, operators and employees of small businesses on
effective crime prevention strategies. preference in awarding
assistance is given to projects that benefit distressed areas or
other areas with a demonstrated need based on crime statistics,
provide a local or private-sector match, or demonstrate a likelihood
of positive impact on crime prevention.

Bill §3 amends Executive Law §837 to direct the Division of Criminal
Justice Services to provide advice and assistance in the development
of these programs.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS:
Based on discussions in the Assembly Small business Committee, the
program of advising and assisting small businesses will explicitly
address problems of financial frauds against small businesses,
including "identify theft, counterfeiting, check and credit card
fraud and other fraud."

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
This bill would establish new measures to assist in small business
crime prevention.

JUSTIFICATION:
It is often said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure" - and that is clearly the case when dealing with criminal
behavior. The costs of crime are substantial, and are not only paid
by the victims.
Crimes against small businesses in New York's communities deprive the
State of millions of dollars in sales and income tax revenues, and
can cause small businesses to shut down, leading to a spiral of
neighborhood decay.

Unlike larger businesses, small businesses often lack the resources to
organize and implement an effective crime prevention strategy on
their own. There are effective measures, including Business Watch and
Fleet Watch programs (usually run jointly by Chambers of Commerce and
police agencies), lighting and other security enhancements, and
training programs that can be effective in reducing crime in New
York's main streets and other small commercial areas. However, often
such initiatives require effective promotion and, in some cases, seed
money. This bill, which is modeled in part on successful similar
programs in Australia, would provide the organizational and financial
resources needed to deliver cost-effective crime prevention programs
to New York's small businesses, to the benefit of the wider community.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.5041/A.350 (Latimer) - Reported and Committed to Finance
2007-08: A.11843 - Referred to Small Business

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Any additional resources needed for the Division for Small Business
are expected to be offset by the economic benefits of crime
prevention, including the prevention of direct economic losses to the
State through lower sales tax and income tax collections and the


higher costs criminal activities create for law enforcement and
courts. The funding of small business crime prevention assistance
would be through the Empire State economic development fund (EDF), a
multipurpose fund providing grants, loans and other aid to meet
various communities' needs. The funding level provided for EDF
purposes varies from year to year and is determined as part of the
budget process. Local governments would stand to benefit directly, as
recipients of small business crime prevention assistance, as well as
through the increased tax revenues resulting from more effective
crime prevention.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First day of April after having become a law, with provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 979--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  DIAZ, HUNTLEY, KRUGER, PARKER,
  SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small
  Business  --  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the economic development law, the New York  state  urban
  development  corporation  act  and  the  executive law, in relation to
  small business crime prevention services

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  economic  development law is amended by adding a new
section 139 to read as follows:
  S 139. SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES PROGRAM. 1.  THERE  IS
HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE DIVISION A SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION
SERVICES PROGRAM.
  2.  THE SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES PROGRAM, DIRECTLY AND
IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER DIVISIONS OF THE  DEPARTMENT  AND  WITH  OTHER
AGENCIES  OF  THE  STATE,  FEDERAL  AGENCIES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, SHALL
PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESSES WITH ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
  (A) INFORMATION ON STRATEGIES, BEST PRACTICES  AND  PROGRAMS  OFFERING
TRAINING  AND ASSISTANCE IN PREVENTION OF CRIMES IN AND AROUND THE PREM-
ISES OF  SMALL  BUSINESSES  OR  OTHERWISE  AFFECTING  SMALL  BUSINESSES,
INCLUDING  BUT  NOT LIMITED TO:  ASSAULT, ARSON AND OTHER VIOLENT FELONY
OFFENSES; ROBBERY,  BURGLARY,  THEFT,  IDENTITY  THEFT,  COUNTERFEITING,
CHECK AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD AND OTHER FRAUD; AND VANDALISM, GRAFFITI AND
OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE;
  (B)  INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSIST-
ANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES UNDER PARAGRAPH (L) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION SIXTEEN-M  OF  SECTION  ONE  OF  CHAPTER  ONE
HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT;
  (C)  INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS OF
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION THAT  MAY  FROM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00295-03-1

S. 979--A                           2

TIME  TO  TIME BE AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OR OTHER AGENCIES OF THE
STATE, FEDERAL AGENCIES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS;
  (D)  INFORMATION  ON  PROTECTING  THE  ASSETS OF SMALL BUSINESSES FROM
CRIME, INCLUDING RISK REDUCTION STRATEGIES AND  INSURANCE  AVAILABILITY;
AND
  (E)  INFORMATION ON RESPONSES TO CRIME, INCLUDING REPORTING OF CRIMES,
SUBMITTING INSURANCE CLAIMS AND CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.
  3. THE SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES  PROGRAM  SHALL,  WITH
THE  ASSISTANCE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD AND OTHER APPROPRI-
ATE STATE AGENCIES, IDENTIFY ISSUES RELATING TO  CRIME  AFFECTING  SMALL
BUSINESSES  AND  ASSIST  THE  ADVISORY  BOARD AND THE DIVISION IN MAKING
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY AND PROGRAMMATIC ACTIONS  TO
ADDRESS SUCH ISSUES.
  S  2.  Paragraph  (k) of subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of
chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York  state  urban
development corporation act, as added by section 4 of part FF of chapter
59  of  the laws of 2006, is amended and a new paragraph (l) is added to
read as follows:
  (k) Assistance for regional  partnership  proposals,  as  provided  in
subdivision 12 of section 3154 of the public authorities law[.]; AND
  (L)  LOANS,  LOAN  GUARANTEES,  INTEREST SUBSIDIES AND GRANTS TO SMALL
BUSINESSES, MUNICIPALITIES, NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS OR OTHER  ORGAN-
IZATIONS  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING CRIMES AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES
OR ON THE PREMISES OR IN THE VICINITY  OF  SMALL  BUSINESSES,  INCLUDING
SUCH  ACTIVITIES  AS  INITIATING OR MAINTAINING BUSINESS WATCH PROGRAMS,
INSTALLATION OF LIGHTING, SECURITY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER PHYSICAL IMPROVE-
MENTS TO PREVENT OR DETER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, AND THE  DEVELOPMENT  AND
DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION TO OWNERS, OPERATORS AND EMPLOYEES OF SMALL
BUSINESSES  ON  EFFECTIVE  CRIME  PREVENTION  STRATEGIES.  PREFERENCE IN
AWARDING ASSISTANCE  PURSUANT  TO  THIS  PARAGRAPH  SHALL  BE  GIVEN  TO
PROJECTS THAT WILL BENEFIT DISTRESSED AREAS OR OTHER AREAS WITH A DEMON-
STRATED NEED BASED ON CRIME STATISTICS, PROJECTS THAT PROVIDE A LOCAL OR
PRIVATE-SECTOR  MATCH,  AND  PROJECTS  THAT  DEMONSTRATE A LIKELIHOOD OF
POSITIVE IMPACT ON CRIME PREVENTION. THE DIVISION  OF  CRIMINAL  JUSTICE
SERVICES  SHALL  PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM OF
SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION ASSISTANCE.
  S 3. Section 837 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 19 to read as follows:
  19.  PROVIDE  ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE DIVISION FOR SMALL BUSINESS
IN DEVELOPING AND OPERATING A PROGRAM OF SMALL BUSINESS CRIME PREVENTION
SERVICES PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED  THIRTY-NINE  OF  THE  ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT LAW, AND PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE URBAN DEVELOP-
MENT  CORPORATION  IN  THE  DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM OF SMALL BUSINESS
CRIME PREVENTION ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (L) OF SUBDIVISION ONE
OF SECTION SIXTEEN-M OF SECTION ONE OF CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED  SEVENTY-FOUR
OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT.
  S  4. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
the  department of economic development, the New York state urban devel-
opment corporation and the division of criminal justice  services  shall
be immediately authorized to take any and all actions necessary to fully
implement  the provisions of this act on such date; and further provided
that the amendments to section 16-m of the urban development corporation
act made by section two of this act shall not affect the  expiration  of
such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

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