NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A proposal by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer would give small businesses a year-long reprieve if their landlords try to boot them out.

As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, Brewer still mourns mom-and-pops that closed years ago.

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“Remember Grossinger’s Bakery on West 86th Street?” she said.

It’s not a new issue, and Brewer said her idea is not a new one.

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“Rent mediation has been bandied about for many years, decades even, but in a different way,” she said.

Under Brewer’s proposal, if a landlord seeks to jack up a store’s rent, a mediator would try to work out a deal. If one cannot be reached, the business would receive a one-year extension so that it has time to find a new space. In the meantime, its rent would increase by no more than 15 percent.

“And we think it holds up legally,” the borough president said.

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Brewer also wants to raise the long-standing cap on street cart permits, saying they give small-business owners a place to start.