According to the release, three area business owners and a real estate broker met with the commissioner of New York City's Small Business Services, which oversees BIDs across the city, and told him that Brighton BID Executive Director Yelena Makhnin has allowed the organization to become stagnant, and demanded an investigation of her activities.
office said that the businesses say Makhnin
repeatedly rejected proposals to improve the district, including rejoining the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
, increasing garbage pickups and the number of receptacles, removing illegal vendors from storefronts and producing brochures and other materials about Brighton Beach
The release also noted, "Merchants believe Makhnin may be working on political campaigns on city time and want [Small Business Services Commissioner Robert] Walsh and the inspector general to investigate."
"It's only political," Makhnin
told Sheepshead Bites
"He's using the commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services as the ax against Yelena Makhnin."
"Small business owners have to jump from one hoop to another to get everything they need from city agencies," said Brighton Beach BID's executive director, Yelena Makhnin, who organized the event.
The following Op-Ed is written by Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, representing businesses on and around Brighton Beach.
wrote this piece after the fatal shooting on the boardwalk on Thursday, June 9.
believes that the NYPD
leadership should have been more responsive to local safety concerns about beach overcrowding on hot holidays, providing the 60th Precinct with appropriate personnel.
also said that the reverberations around sensational shooting like this can create a false perception of the neighborhood, devastating local businesses long-term.