Adams plans less meddling in city's small businesses


If you’re a small business owner in the city, don’t expect Mayor Eric Adams to start poking around in your affairs.

Adams signed an executive order last week intended to ensure businesses face fewer of what he described as “needless fines and penalties.”

The mayor has directed several city agencies — including buildings, environmental protection, sanitation, fire, consumer and worker protection, and health and mental hygiene — to review its existing regulations for small businesses with a goal of not only reducing fines, but also allowing for more warnings and “cure periods.”

“Our small businesses have been through so much during the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they need to deal with are unnecessary fines,” Adams said, in a release.