VOL. 11 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 20, 2018
Airbnb in Tax Collection Agreement With Tennessee
Airbnb announced Thursday, Jan. 18, it has entered into a statewide tax agreement with the Tennessee Department of Revenue that will allow the company to collect and remit state and local sales taxes on behalf of its 7,700 Tennessee hosts.
With the tax agreement in place, the state will be able to fully capitalize on people visiting Tennessee and staying longer through home sharing.
Effective March 1, Airbnb will automatically collect and remit both the state sales tax (7 precent) and local sales taxes (1.5-2.75 percent depending on the local jurisdiction) on all taxable Airbnb bookings in Tennessee.
More than $13 million in state and local sales tax revenue is due annually from Airbnb bookings in Tennessee (based on 2017 numbers). This agreement will ensure all of this revenue is collected in a way that is easy for the hosts and state.
Airbnb has partnered with about 350 local governments throughout the U.S. to collect and remit taxes – including the city of Memphis. The statewide agreement with Tennessee covers taxes assessed by the state, meaning any cities with their own separately assessed room taxes will require their own agreements with Airbnb – similar to the agreement with Memphis announced in May which authorized Airbnb to collect and remit Memphis’ occupancy and tourist taxes.
Airbnb is currently in discussions with both Hamilton County (Chattanooga) and Knoxville regarding prospective agreements to collect and remit their occupancy taxes.
The deal was lauded by state lawmakers such as Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, who said it’s a plus for state revenue collections and enables Tennesseans to take “full advantage of their private property rights” to make additional income.
“Home sharing and short-term rentals are introducing a whole new world of travelers to the authenticity of Tennessee while offering new economic opportunities for thousands of middle-class residents,” said Laura Spanjian, Tennessee policy director for Airbnb. “We applaud the (Gov. Bill) Haslam administration for its business-friendly approach to public policy.”
Home sharing has impacted many Tennessee communities like Knoxville, which can see hotels sell out during high-volume visitor weekends to college football games.
Airbnb says hotel revenue in Tennessee has continued to increase even as its home-sharing service has grown, suggesting it has opened up the state to a new slice of prospective tourists by catering to travelers less able to afford hotels, those who desire to stay in neighborhoods or cities that lack hotels, and families who prefer to be together under one roof.
Airbnb welcomes the opportunity to secure tax agreements with any additional Tennessee municipalities who assess their taxes independently. Local governments can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they are interested in partnering with Airbnb on occupancy tax collections.
– Daily News staff
BBQ Restaurant in Square Files Chap. 11 Bankruptcy
The Overton Square restaurant Stanley Bar-B-Que, formerly known as Schweinehaus, has filed for bankruptcy, though chef and co-owner David Walker says it isn’t going anywhere for now.
Walker, who studied at the International Culinary Center and who co-owns the restaurant with his mother and majority owner, Martha, told The Daily News: “We are restructuring financially and will continue to put out the best barbecue in the city and hope that Memphis will support local business and give us a shot.”
Schweinehaus LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to the bankruptcy filing, the business has almost $297,000 in debts and a little more than $119,000 in assets.
The restaurant’s revenue has been on a decline since it opened, according to the bankruptcy filing. It slipped from almost $1.4 million in 2015 to almost $1.2 million in 2016 to about $764,000 last year.
The restaurant opened as Schweinehaus in 2014 at 2110 Madison Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Paulette’s. It had a German theme, and among its features were servers wearing traditional German garb and the type of handmade wood tables found in many German beer halls.
The name change, to Stanley Bar-B-Que, honored Walker’s late father, Stanley.
– Andy Meek
Baptist Women’s Hospital Receives Hugging Grant
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women is one of four hospitals receiving a $10,000 grant from Huggies to support or establish volunteer hugging programs for newborns in neonatal intensive care units.
The No Baby Unhugged grant will help provide more hugs to the 70 percent of babies in Baptist’s NICU that receive very few visitors.
Hugging programs can have a positive impact on a baby's growth and development and even help make their transition from the hospital to the home quicker, research has shown, according to Huggies.
In addition to Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, the other hospitals receiving grants in January include Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia; Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California; and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford of Palo Alto, California.
These four hospitals join 11 others that received No Baby Unhugged grants in 2017.
Huggies will continue to award No Baby Unhugged grants throughout 2018. Hospitals interested in applying can check Huggies.com for details.
– Daily News staff
Burlington Coat Factory Getting New Eastgate Home
Dallas-based Arrow Retail is planning a new retail building in the Eastgate Shopping Center for Burlington Coat Factory, according to a Jan. 17 building permit application filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.
The $2.6 million permit application calls for a “new retail building” at 5048 Park Ave. that includes “concrete foundations, slab, HVAC ... and related items.”
Montgomery Martin is listed as the contractor on the permit, while Arrow and Burlington were listed as the owner and tenant, respectively.
– Patrick Lantrip
Election Commission Offers Class on Running for Office
People who are running for office can find out how to do it at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Operations Center of the Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC), 980 Nixon Drive.
“This informational session is in a classroom format. To be clear, it will not address what candidates need to do to campaign for office,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections. “It is solely for the purpose of educating people about the procedure to qualify for candidacy, and their responsibilities with regards to campaign finance requirements.”
The class will last about an hour and is completely nonpartisan.
SCEC began issuing petitions to run for office in the May county general primary on Nov. 17. Petitions will continue to be issued until the qualifying deadline, which is Feb. 15 at noon.
Petitions are available at either of the SCEC offices. The commission’s second office is located at 150 Washington Ave.
Though it is not necessary to register to attend the Saturday class, those who do will be guaranteed a printed packet of information.
“If there’s a lot of interest, we may not have enough printed packets to go around if people don’t let us know they’ll be attending,” Phillips said.
To register, contact Carol Collinsworth at 222-1203, or email her at email@example.com.
– Daily News staff
Lafayette’s Music Room To Expand in Overton Square
Midtown live music venue Lafayette’s Music Room is expanding its operations into a neighboring Overton Square property.
Construction is underway on the 1,300-square-foot expansion into 2121 Madison Ave., with completion expected in mid-February, landlord Loeb Properties Inc. announced Wednesday, Jan. 17.
The expansion into the former home of modern apparel store The Attic will allow the venue, currently located at 2119 Madison Ave., to move its stage back into the space where it was located during Lafayette’s original incarnation in the 1970s.
The expansion will also create an additional 60 to 80 seats for patrons and more green room space for performers.
Additionally, a portion of the new space will be converted to a retail concept, Midtown Mercantile, which will provide a curated collection of one-of-a-kind local gifts and designs from beloved Midtown institutions.
Aaron Petree, Loeb Properties’ vice president brokerage, represented the company in the deal.
– Patrick Lantrip
Grizzlies’ Pranica Named TN Sportscaster of the Year
Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica of FOX Sports Southeast was voted the 2017 Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sports Media Association has announced.
This marks Pranica’s first NSMA State Sportscaster of the Year award.
Pranica and other honorees – including NSMA Hall of Fame inductees Thomas Boswell, Woody Durham, Bryant Gumbel and Dick Weiss; 2017 National Sportscaster of the Year Kevin Harlan; 2017 National Sportswriter of the Year Adrian Wojnarowski; and members in each state and Washington, D.C., selected as Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year – will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend June 23-25 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Currently in his 14th season with the Grizzlies, Pranica is a six-time finalist for Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year and has been involved in three Emmy-winning productions: two as a commentator for NBC at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and one with the Grizzlies.
Now calling his 25th season of NBA action, Pranica began his career in the NBA in 1990 by calling select radio games for the Detroit Pistons and in 1998 joined the Portland Trail Blazers, first serving as their radio host and television sideline reporter before taking on television play-by-play duties alongside the late Steve “Snapper” Jones in 1999.
Since coming to Memphis in 2004, Pranica has also provided the call for a variety of events, including C-USA and SEC basketball, the Southern Heritage Classic football game, SEC and ACC soccer, Memphis Tigers basketball and Memphis Redbirds baseball.
He also is a member of the NBA’s Officiating Advisory Council.
– Don Wade
FedEx Realigns Businesses
Under Trade Networks
FedEx is preparing to realign its specialty logistics and e-commerce solutions in a structure that will beef up its FedEx Trade Networks division.
The new organization, which is effective March 1, will roll in FedEx’s Custom Critical, Cross Border and Supply Chain businesses; FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage; and a new company called FedEx Forward Depots that has responsibility for several areas, including 3-D printing and the company’s packaging lab.
FedEx Trade Networks is the division led by CEO Richard W. Smith, son of FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith.
“Richard brings a strong background in working with the unique capabilities that have existed in many parts of the FedEx portfolio for several years and is well-suited to lead this new organization that will bring these solutions to customers more seamlessly than ever,” David J. Bronczek, FedEx’s president and chief operating officer, said in a release announcing the shift.
Smith said the realignment “will allow us to offer customers the full power of our wide array of unique and competitively advantaged customized services in a way that is even more convenient and intuitive.”
– Patrick Lantrip
FedEx Institute Partners With Data Analytics Leader
Analytics leader SAS is locating a first-of-its-kind training center at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, with the goal being to increase the flow of data-savvy workers into the Mid-South.
Experts from SAS, supported by U of M faculty, will collaborate to deliver SAS training using both classroom instruction and a virtual lab environment. The SAS course schedule will include content on SAS programming and advanced analytics topics, and the agreement marks the first SAS public training center at a university.
“Data analytics and business intelligence serve as the foundation for competition between cities and nations, especially with the advent of artificial intelligence,” Jasbir Dhaliwal, executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology, said in a written statement. “Our collaboration with SAS will create a talent pipeline to help our corporations and our city compete on this basis.”
Leaders from Memphis-based FedEx, the FedEx Institute of Technology and SAS will gather for a signing ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the institute.
– Andy Meek
Christ Community Health Expanding on Broad Ave.
Christ Community Health Services has received a $1 million federal capital grant to expand and renovate its Broad Avenue Health Center, 2861 Broad Ave., a project that includes a 2,480-square-foot addition and renovation of the existing 8,000-square-foot facility.
CCHS is continuing operations at the facility through the construction period, which will be finished later this year.
The changes include:
• Reconfiguring the clinical area to support team-based care.
• The addition of two medical exam and three behavioral health rooms.
• A redesign and expansion of the pharmacy.
• The addition of triage areas in the clinical space.
• The addition of a classroom, installation of a mini-lab, and renovation of the public restrooms.
“We’re in the midst of a major expansion and updating of the facility,” said project manager Burt Waller, who’s also a former CEO of the organization. “Construction started in November, and the goal is to be finished by August.”
The facility currently offers a full range of primary medical services, which includes things like pediatrics, prenatal and obstetrics care, and adult medicine.
Also as part of the renovations, the pharmacy is being expanded at the front of the building and being given a private counseling area.
The classroom will also provide space for group education sessions on topics such as diabetes management, nutrition and prenatal classes.
– Andy Meek
Memphis Ranks as No. 14 Top City for Moviemakers
MovieMaker Magazine has again named Memphis to its annual list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker.
The publication ranked Memphis the No. 14 “best place” for 2018.
Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler credits the selection to accomplishments in 2017 that included the growth of Memphis’ independent filmmaking community and an influx of productions from out-of-town.
She also cites “the launch of former Hollywood director Tom Shadyac’s own brand of independent filmmaking in his adopted hometown, Memphis.”
Incentivized by Tennessee’s state production incentive program, Shadyac’s feature, “Brian Banks,” marks the beginning of his plans to produce films here. At the same time, he has started training young Memphians – especially from the inner city – in the skills needed for filmmaking.
In addition, Indie Memphis saw record-breaking festival attendance and expanded its year-round screenings and workshops in 2017, and the documentary “Best of Enemies” won a national Emmy, marking the first time a Memphian had won the award for a production conceived and developed in Memphis.
And the faith-based film “Indivisible,” directed by Memphian David Evans and shot in Memphis, is set to be distributed by Provident Films this year.
Over the course of the year, Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission Office assisted a range of local companies as well as out-of-town originating productions that aired on numerous national and international networks.
– Daily News staff
Pulitzer Winner to Visit Memphis in February
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman will speak in Memphis Feb. 14 at a Greater Memphis Chamber and Leadership Tennessee event.
Friedman will discuss innovation at the local level during the 7:30 p.m. event at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. His talk will look at global trends in economics, technology and geopolitics and how those trends work at the local level.
The Memphis date is one of three Leadership Tennessee is coordinating across the state, the other two being in Nashville and Knoxville.
“Leadership Tennessee is committed to connecting problem solvers across geographic and professional boundaries to foster collaborative, nonpartisan dialogue on Tennessee’s biggest issues,” said Leadership Tennessee executive director Cathy Cate in a written statement.
Friedman is best known for his foreign affairs columns for the New York Times, which earned him the Pulitzer Prize three times.
He is also the author of several bestselling books, including “The World Is Flat,” “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and “Longitudes and Attitudes.”
– Bill Dries
TVESCO Building Sells for $800,000
The former TVESCO building, a 40,000-square-foot office/warehouse building located at 296 Adams Ave., has sold for $800,000.
Adam Cutler of Cutler Property Group, the building’s previous owners, said the two-story building was most recently leased by the CMT television show “Sun Records.”
“We are sorry to see the TVESCO building go,” Cutler said in a release announcing the sale. “It has beautiful original solid wood panel offices and great parking, however the layout made it very difficult to subdivide into multi-tenant occupancy. This, along with the cancellation of (the) “Sun Records” TV series made concluding a sale at this time the right option.”
Originally built for the Tennessee Valley Electric Supply Co., the building sits on 1.2 acres on the north side of Adams between North Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard and includes an adjacent 50-car surface parking lot.
Cutler said the new owners plan to renovate the building for an automotive-related business, while his company’s focus will be to market the nearby 50,000-square-foot Crane Co. building they recently renovated.
In conjunction with the purchase, the new owners, KTJ 301, a holding company affiliated with Excelsior, Minnesota-based Oppidan Investment Co., took out a $3.8 million mortgage with Unity Bank.
Oppidan founder Joseph H. Ryan signed the Jan. 11 deed of trust as president of KTJ 301.
– Patrick Lantrip
Another Memphis Football Assistant Moving On
David Johnson, who had been wide receivers coach at the University of Memphis the past two seasons, has left for another coaching opportunity. Multiple media reports say Johnson is about to be hired at the University of Tennessee.
Working under head coach Mike Norvell, Johnson oversaw the development of the Tiger wide receivers over the past two seasons, including the development of consensus All-America honoree Anthony Miller.
Miller left Memphis with virtually every career receiving record to his credit and is projected to be taken in the first three rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. As a senior, Miller caught 92 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns.
– Don Wade
Grizzlies Sign Myke Henry, Cut Vince Hunter
The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard/forward Myke Henry to a two-way contract and waived forward Vince Hunter, who had been on a two-way contract.
Henry played each of the last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. He has appeared in 26 games (one start) for the Blue this season and averaged 15.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.88 steals while shooting 53.0 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.
Henry, 25, went unselected in the 2016 NBA Draft after finishing his collegiate career at DePaul University.
Hunter came off the bench in all four appearances for the Grizzlies and averaged 1.5 points in 1.8 minutes. He competed in 13 games (nine starts) for the Grizzlies’ G League team, the Memphis Hustle, and recorded 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.31 blocks in 28.2 minutes.
– Don Wade
County Commission Gets New Majority in September
Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.
Chism, who represents District 2, has pulled a petition to run in the May Republican primary for county trustee. With his financial background as a mortgage banker with Patriot Bank in Collierville and incumbent trustee David Lenoir running for Shelby County mayor this year, Chism said the decision was an easy one.
It means the 13-member commission that takes office Sept. 1 will see a turnover of at least seven seats.
Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer and commissioners Terry Roland, Melvin Burgess, Walter Bailey and Justin Ford are term-limited. Commissioner David Reaves announced late last year that he would not seek a second term.
Meanwhile, in the Republican primary race for county clerk, Danny Kail is about to withdraw from the race, and his wife, Sohelia Kail, a manager and auditor with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office who has held a similar position in the General Sessions Court Clerk’s office, picked up a petition Thursday, Jan. 11, to run in the primary.
Danny Kail, an attorney and chief administrative officer with the Criminal Court Clerk’s office, said he and his wife made the decision and decided she was the better candidate of the two to seek the office now held by Republican Wayne Mashburn. Mashburn is term-limited and is running for county register in the May primaries.
“Based on just such an incredible amount of support and encouragement and a willingness to raise money, we’ve decided as a group to go ahead and run her instead of me,” Danny Kail said. “We do everything together anyway so it’s not like we run an independent campaign.”
In other election developments, attorneys Jennifer J. Mitchell and Handel Durham have pulled petitions to run for Criminal Court judge. And Circuit Court Judge Mary Wagner filed her petition for election to the judge’s position Haslam appointed her to last year.
– Bill Dries
MLGW Names Interim Chief Utility Officer
The vice president and chief financial officer of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will serve as the interim leader of the utility when MLGW president Jerry Collins retires at the end of January.
Dana Jeanes will serve as chief utility officer until a new president and CEO takes office.
Collins, who has served as MLGW president and CEO since 2007, announced his retirement in August and originally set Dec. 19 as his final day. In mid-December, the utility announced Collins would stay on through the end of January to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has yet to nominate his pick for the utility’s top post, which must then be confirmed by the Memphis City Council.
– Bill Dries
FedEx Pulls $10.8M Permit For New Parking Lot
FedEx Corp. has filed a $10.8 million building permit application to construct a new parking lot at 2955 Republican Drive.
This permit comes a week after the Memphis-based shipping giant filed a permit application with construction code officials to construct a new $35.4 million building at 2333 Sprankle Ave.
On that same day, the company also announced the grand opening of its FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub located at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The 1.4 million-square-foot facility is the largest of its kind at the Shanghai Pudong airport.
FedEx’s recent permits follow a busy holiday shipping season and strong earnings in the company’s latest report.
In late December, FedEx reported its earnings for the fiscal second quarter, ended Nov. 30, had risen 11 percent to $775 million, or $2.84 a share.
At the same time, the company raised its full-year profit outlook to $12.70 to $13.30 a share, up from its earlier estimate of $11.05 to $11.85 per share.
The company hasn’t yet released an estimate of its holiday package traffic, but during the Dec. 21 earnings call, FedEx CFO Alan Graf pointed to “record-setting seasonal volumes.”
– Patrick Lantrip
Vatterott Sells 14 Campuses, Including Three in Memphis
Vatterott Educational Centers has agreed to sell 14 of its campuses – including three Memphis properties – to Education Corp. of America, which operates private, accredited colleges across the U.S.
The Memphis properties include the Vatterott College campuses at 6991 Appling Farms Parkway and 2655 Dividend Drive, along with the L’Ecole Culinaire culinary school at 1245 N. Germantown Parkway.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The 14 campuses included in the acquisition comprise 96 percent of all VEC students.
The transaction is expected to close in early 2018, contingent upon the schools receiving all required approvals. Once it does, the combined ECA footprint will include more than 80 career-oriented campuses and online programs across 22 states, serving more than than 25,000 students.
All VEC schools will retain their brands, according to ECA.
“We are very excited about this acquisition,” Education Corp. of America CEO Stu Reed said in a written statement. “ECA is committed to being the premier provider of postsecondary education with a career focus, and the purchase of the majority of VEC campuses helps us realize that goal. They expand our footprint into key markets in the Midwest and add a range of new trades-oriented programs to our current offerings.
“We feel it’s a great fit culturally as well, because both organizations are passionate about helping students transform their lives through career education.”
Vatterott president Rene Crosswhite said VEC could “not have found a better partner” than ECA.
“The transitioning VEC schools will be strengthened through this partnership for the benefit of our students,” Crosswhite said. “We believe the acquisition will provide a bright future for VEC, and it should be relatively seamless for faculty, administrators and students.”
Five VEC schools that are not part of the acquisition will be closed. Those campuses are in Cleveland, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Quincy, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; and Wichita, Kansas. Most of the affected students will graduate before the closures, but the company will work to help students transfer credits to other institutions.
ECA offers diploma/certificate and associate’s degrees in career-focused programs through its campuses across the country.
– Daily News staff
Inaugural Crosstown 10K Scheduled for Feb. 3
Registration is now open for the first Crosstown 10K, which is set for Feb. 3 at 8 a.m.
Part of the new Start2Finish Run the 901 Series, the event will feature a Midtown Memphis course and post-race party in Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. Funds raised through the Crosstown 10K will benefit Church Health.
In addition to the race entertainment and awards on the plaza, Church Health will host a post-race party inside Crosstown Concourse, featuring Church Health’s wellness and health care services; kids activities; and food and beverage samples from the Church Health Kitchen, I Love Juice Bar, French Truck Coffee, Curb Market and Next Door.
Registration is $40 now through Jan. 27, or $50 from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. Log on to crosstown10k.racesonline.com for complete information.
The Start2Finish Run the 901 Series consists of four race events of increasing distances, starting with the Wolf River 5K on Jan. 20.
After the Crosstown 10K comes the Laurelwood 15K on Feb. 17 and the final event, Germantown Half Marathon on March 11.
– Andy Meek
Idlewild Students Honored In Milk Carton Art Contest
Students at Idlewild Elementary School were among the winners in a national art contest sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, the Memphis-based paperboard carton manufacturing corporation.
The students’ entry in the Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest showed synchronized swimmers in a pool of milk and was among the entries recognized in the People’s Choice category that included a $2,500 prize.
The Idlewild team, called The Memphis Moolympics, used 1,200 milk cartons in its entry, along with recycled bottles and other materials.
The contest, which drew nearly 600 entries from across the nation, repurposes empty milk and juice cartons in novel and artistic ways. Idlewild was one of 14 schools across the country to be honored.
– Bill Dries
Thompson Wants Session Suspended for MLK Events
Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova wants legislative leaders to suspend the current session of the legislature April 4 and 5 so lawmakers can attend events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thompson has made the request in a letter to House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. and Senate Speaker Randy McNally.
“Suspending the business of the Tennessee General Assembly should be a rare occasion,” Thompson said in a written statement. “But I feel this commemoration is justified as one of those times.”
– Bill Dries
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen Introduces Safer Streets Act
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has introduced the Safer Streets Act, which would create a new grant program that focuses on violent crimes in local communities.
Local governments with crime rates four times the national average would be eligible for half of the funds; those with three times the national rate would be eligible for 20 percent of the funds; and those with twice that national rate would be eligible for the remaining 10 percent of funds.
“The bill also creates an emergency fund for units of local government that have spikes of violent crime,” Cohen said.
The grants would be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Grants could be used for hiring additional law enforcement officers, investing in surveillance equipment or implementing crime prevention programs.
“Violent crime,” as defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, includes murder, rape, assault and other serious criminal offenses.
– Daily News staff