File #: Res 0259-2022    Version: * Name: Governor to release unspent State funds to benefit small businesses.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Small Business
On agenda: 7/14/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the Governor to release unspent State funds to benefit small businesses
Sponsors: Julie Menin, Shaun Abreu, Farah N. Louis, Kalman Yeger , Sandy Nurse
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 259, 2. July 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 7-14-22

Res. No. 259

 

Resolution calling on the Governor to release unspent State funds to benefit small businesses

 

By Council Members Menin, Abreu, Louis, Yeger and Nurse

 

                     Whereas, The COVID-19 pandemic devastated small businesses in New York City (NYC) and New York State (NYS); and

                     Whereas, Over 26,000 businesses closed permanently in NYC during the pandemic, and around 90 percent of these closures were businesses with fewer than 10 employees; and

                     Whereas, In April 2022, the restaurant industry in NYC still had over 23,000 fewer jobs than it had in March 2020; and

                     Whereas, Governor Hochul has allocated NYS resources to aid NYC’s struggling small businesses; and

                     Whereas, According to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS has allocated $865 million in grants to help small businesses; and

                     Whereas, According to the State Comptroller, the State has so far disbursed $658 million in grants; and

                     Whereas, NYS has therefore over $200 million in grants that have not yet been disbursed to small businesses; and

                     Whereas, As small businesses in NYC are recovering from the pandemic, NYS should expedite the release of the remaining $200 million as quickly as possible; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the Governor to release unspent State funds to benefit small businesses.

NM

LS #8721, 8722

6/15/2022