FAQ’S

What is the BID?

A Business Improvement District is an organizing and financing mechanism used by local businesses and property owners to fund supplemental services designed to enhance the local economy. A BID is operated by a not-for-profit District Management Association, made up of property owners, merchants and municipal officials to carry out the BID’s day-to-day operations.

A BID allows for improvements and special services that merchants and property owner in a business area may want or need. By requiring all property owners in the District to pay the costs of these improvements and services it spreads the financial burden over a wider base.

Why do business in Port Washington?

There are several reasons to shop, dine and take in the seasonal attractions in Port Washington. Click here to learn all there is to experience in this wonderful North Shore town.

How can I address the BID?

You can address the BID board at one of our monthly meetings. You can also phone (516- 883-8890) or email (gpwbid@optonline.net) the BID.

How can I become a member?

You are automatically a member if you own commercial property or operate a business within the BID’s jurisdiction. The BID has over 840 commercial tenant members and 350 commercial property owners.

How can I join the board?

The board is made up entirely of volunteers. Elections are held annually with seats having alternating two-year terms. There are 11 board seats, but only eight are available through election. There are six commercial property owners and two commercial tenants who sit on the board.

What municipalities and areas does the BID cover?

Established in 1996 as an offshoot of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, the BID was the first in New York State to cross municipal boundaries, covering the incorporated villages of Baxter Estates, Manorhaven and Port Washington North, as well as the unincorporated section of Port Washington.