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    Founded in 1989, the NSA is a trade association that represents the interest of independent supermarket owners in New York and other states throughout the East coast.
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    Current membership represents approx. 400 supermarkets .
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    Most members are of Hispanic descent, and their stores are predominantly located in minority neighborhoods.
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    In the last decade, the NSA Scholarship Foundation has granted close to one million dollars in educational scholarships to deserving underprivileged students from neighborhoods served by our members.


NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION LEGISLATIVE ROUND TABLE

Flushing, NY, April 28, 2016

THE NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION HOSTED A CITY COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE
National Supermarket Association President Rodolfo Fuertes, hosted a City Council roundtable with Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Rory Lancman, Antonio Reynoso, Paul Vallone, and, not pictured, Eric Ulrich and Ydanis Rodriguez. About recent and future bills with direct impact on the borough’s grocery industry. The National Supermarket Association, based in Flushing, largely represents Hispanic-owned independent supermarkets in New York and major East Coast urban areas.

Its members discussed street vendors, worker retention policies, rising rents and overregulation in general at a dinner and roundtable meeting with Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan).
Thomas Grech, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, served as the moderator.
In recent terms the Council has approved an expansion of streetcart vendor permits, particularly those selling fresh produce. It has also established a 90-day job protection mandate for workers, no matter how good or bad, following the sale of a supermarket.

Today, Thursday, the Council is expected to vote on a 5-cent per bag fee on most plastic and paper shopping bags. It also is working on a bill to consolidate commercial waste collection by territory rather than by business owner’s choice.
David Corona, a past president of the NSA and former Queens’s grocery store owner, hit Council members right out of the starting gate.
“What can you do about taxes and regulations?” he asked. “What about vendor reform?” Others asked about possible limits on rent increases, and in general more consultation with grocery store owners when bills come up that affect them.
The Council members addressed all items — except for taxes. The members said they as franchise owners with family-owned stores should not be confused with large national or regional grocery chains.

“We don’t have a real estate guy in the office checking out possible new locations,” one owner said.

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NSA BRINGS SMILES TO 200 NYC CHILDREN


New York, NY — On March 23rd, 2016, the NSA surprised 200 kids from Upper Manhattan with toys to children from the Alianza program, which is a part of Catholic Charities. 

The logistics of the distribution was organized by the NSA team, led by its President Rudy FuertesDavid Corona, Johnny Urena, Alex Guzman and his family, the NSA staff as well as Javier Fuertes who was also joined by his wife. 

In addressing the children, NSA President Fuertes expressed that "this afternoon we want to make sure you know we care for you. We want you to continue doing good at home, school and here in the program as well. We would also like to thank Ms. Luz and her team at Catholic Charities for making this possible."

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NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION LEADS WIC REFORM EFFORTS AT SOMOS CONFERENCE IN ALBANY

Independent Store Operators Call for Governor Cuomo to Reform WIC (see full article & more images)

Albany, New York – Hundreds of store operators, employees, and WIC recipients took part in the first-ever legislative panel focusing on WIC reforms held at this year’s 29th annual SOMOS El Futuro Conference in the State Capitol. 

The National Supermarket Association (NSA), which represents over 400 independent members in the New York metro area and Florida, has been leading the campaign so that WIC recipients do not have to travel miles for their specialty exempt baby formula. As it stands, the policy is that such formula can only be sold in supermarkets with pharmacies. In addition, the administration is attempting to reduce the number of locations where WIC cards can be used, which would create an increase burden on low-income New Yorkers.  

The panel - "The Impact of WIC Reforms on Neighborhood Stores" - was filled to capacity, even with participants standing. High-ranking elected officials were also present including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., NY Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James, State Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jose Peralta and Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres. Staff from Governor Cuomo’s office was also in attendance. 

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