The New York Association of Grocery Stores, NYAGS is a coalition of local New York City grocers fighting to stay alive as special interests and big chains continue to encroach on the businesses our families have maintained for decades. We have formed NYAGS, New York Association of Grocery Stores in order to stop the assault against grocery stores as well as the food service industry all over New York by the Mayor and other government officials. NYAGS will play a substantial role in being the lead advocacy group in redefining how the city treats our retail establishments throughout NYC. NYAGS will promote unity and financial stability to small business throughout NYC.

“The city continues in its quest of becoming a nanny state in regulating every aspect of the lives of the citizens of New York City and in the process, crushing small business” said David Schwartz. “NYAGS will vigorously protect business throughout New York from over reaching and unnecessary regulatory measures. NYAGS will help unite the fight against the recently announced Big Soda Ban by the NYC Board of Health”, said Brad Gerstman.

As Wal-mart continues their push to enter the New York City market and liquor stores continue to block the entrance of wine into grocery stores, we’re fighting to stay in business during these tough economic times. With only 2000 liquor stores in New York State why do their businesses need to be protected while ours do not?

The initial issues to be taken on by NYAGS are:

  • Fight back against the ‘Nanny-State” and stop Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban
  • Enable wine to be sold in Grocery stores
  • Pass legislation to preclude the unconstitutional ticketing of trucks delivering to grocery stores
  • Fight for the prospect that all tobacco products must be sold in brick and mortar NY stores and not Indian reservations, internet and black market.
  • Restore fairness in taxation of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco products and motor fuel
  • Fight against all legislation and regulation that mandates what your customers can and cannot eat
  • Any regulation of tobacco should be done by the FDA and not New York State
  • Fight the Wal-Mart entry into the NYC marketplace
  • Fight against tax credits which favor new supermarkets that enter the NYC market where the employees are non-union and put the existing stores at a disadvantage

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From New York Daily News:

Mayor de Blasio’s administration is ‘looking very closely’ at a proposal to add fees to plastic shopping bags.

The de Blasio administration is “looking very closely” at a proposal to slap fees on plastic shopping bags, a top city official said Friday.

First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris has been conferring with the city’s sanitation commissioner about ways to reduce the amount of garbage the city generates — and that banning the bags or charging for them would do the trick, he said.

“Small charges like that, that then can be used by stores or others to reduce waste flow further — that’s just the kind of direction we would want to go in,” he told the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio.

A bill introduced in the City Council in March would impose a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic bags, echoing laws implemented in several other cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington.

An estimated 5.2 billion disposable plastic bags are used in the city each year, and it costs $10 million to ship them to landfills after they are tossed away, according to the bills’ supporters.

City Councilman Brad Lander, a co-sponsor of the measure, said he’s also spoken with the sanitation commissioner and other city officials about the proposal, which also would impose a fee on paper bags. Hearings likely will be held in the fall, he said.

“The mayor has made clear previously that he shares the role of reducing plastic bag waste, so that’s welcome,” said Lander (D-Brooklyn). “We have to work together to get the policy right.”

Twenty of the 51 Council members have endorsed the legislation, which would allow the stores to keep all the fees collected.

As mayor, Michael Bloomberg pushed to impose a 6-cent fee on plastic bags, but the revenue would have gone to the city rather than the store owners. That proposal failed to win approval.

Grocers warned on Friday that the new proposal, if enacted, would drive customers away.

“This won’t make a significant impact on our environment, but it will make a substantial negative impact on small businesses,” said Brad Gerstman of the New York Association of Grocery Stores.

“You’re talking about an owner’s family making $30,000 a year, so every penny does count, and any regulation the city would promulgate would diminish their sales.”

Read more at New York Daily News….

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City Loses Final Appeal on Limiting Sales of Large Sodas

We applaud the NYS court of appeals for ruling in favor of common sense. Our freedom in America should override any attempt by an elected official to control the behavior of the masses. This unfair regulation should never have been enacted and thankfully the Courts of NYS have consistently agreed.

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NYAGS Announces Support for the NYC Save Our Stores Coalition

COMMUNITY MEETING ON JUNE 5th at 555 WEST 157th STREET @ 7pm The New York Association of Grocery Stores (NYAGS) is a coalition of local New York City grocers fighting to stay alive as special interest and big chains continue to encroach on the businesses our families have maintained for decades. Today, NYAGS announces its […]

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NYS Loses $2 Billion Per Year from Sale of Illegal Bootlegged Cigarettes

David Schwartz, Esq. appears on WFAN radio with Bob Salter on sports radio 660 AM (101.9FM), educating New Yorkers that the people of this state are losing over 2 Billion Dollars due to untaxed, illegal, and bootlegged cigarettes flooding the market. Cigarettes are the hottest commodity used by criminal enterprises in order to raise Billions for their criminal activities

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Sales Taxes and Cigarettes

Lately, there has been some attention on the city and state’s loss of sales tax revenue because of the use of a cash register called a zapper. Apparently, these zapper devices make the sale disappear, eliminating all traces of a tax being owed. Well, we know what really makes the sale disappear when it comes to cigarettes-and the buttlegging of non-taxed smokes zaps New York’s small stores as well as the municipal treasury.

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