testimony by a top NYPD vending official, for the purpose of stoppinglegal vendors from setting up in legal vending spaces. These same BIDs wrote most of the proposed vending laws now before the NY City Council. Today, many NYC Councilmembers are nothing more thanBID finger-puppets. EXPLOITING IMMIGRANT VENDORS IN ORDER TO PRIVATIZE VENDING For more than 100 years NYC BIDs and the business protection groupsthat were their predecessors have demonized immigrants, minorityvendors, street artists, disabled veterans and book vendors. But thistime, they are taking a novel approach to the issue of vendor extermination. The Sunset Park BID has managed to convince a number of advocates for Latino vendors in their area, that turning their fate over to the BIDwill allow their abused clients to survive. Frankly, I'm surprisedthat politically savvy activists like these would allow themselves to be duped into aiding a plan as reactionary, undemocratic and elitistas Intro # 846. But it's not hard to understand how the BID accomplished it. These Latino vendors have been brutally targeted by the BID, harassed,arrested and had their merchandise confiscated on a regular basis for years. No group of vendors gets harsher treatment. Who is behind this excessive enforcement; is it mean spirited, racist police? No. All the anti vendor pressure in Sunset Park is coming 100%from the Sunset Park BID. Every single summons, arrest or confiscationwas done at the request of this same BID. GOOD COP, BAD COP The BID has played a very ingenious scam on these vendors, trickingthem into thinking it wants to create a vendor market like the onesthey are familiar with in Mexico and other Latin American countries.First they played "bad cop," driving them to desperation by constantharassment. Of course, neither the BID nor the police ever told thevendors exactly who was ordering their arrests. Then they approached the vendors and their advocates with "good cop"offers of "compromise" and the notion that what the BID wanted was just order and to "help the poor vendors" create the kind of vendingmarket they knew from back home.