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We need more money for the "mom and pop" small businesses

I am mad. Very mad.

I appreciate that Congress worked in a bipartisan manner to quickly pass the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to aid small businesses so that they can stay afloat and keep their employees working. However, somewhere along the way, things got screwed up.

It seems that too much of the funding went to "small" businesses that weren't actually that small. And too many of them got millions from the PPP, while far too many actual small businesses—the local pizza parlor, ice cream shop, barbershop, florist, landscaper, plumbing company, designer—who asked for only $100,000 or less, got nothing. And now the PPP has run out of money. How can that be?

I don't understand this, I don't like this, I don't think it is fair, and as I said, I am mad. And I am incredulous that Lee Zeldin isn't mad too.

Why does Rep. Zeldin attack Democrats for not blindly authorizing additional PPP funding? He should be joining Senator Chuck Schumer in demanding that the next installment of PPP include money dedicated to supporting those "mom and pop" businesses that are the backbone of every small community? Why isn't Lee Zeldin fighting for the small businesses in Suffolk County who were left out of the original PPP funding? It's not enough to just tweet about supporting small businesses, Zeldin needs to actually fight for the true small businesses he is elected to represent!

It appears that Lee Zeldin is once again prioritizing his big-money funders over the rest of us. Help me tell Zeldin how wrong he is by chipping in a $15 donation right now.

Let's build the grassroots campaign it's going to take to defeat Zeldin in November. And when we do, I'll fight every single day to support the small business owners and their employees that will (still) need our help.


p.s. If you are a small business in NY-1 and had trouble receiving funding from PPP, please send me an email. I want to hear your stories. That is how we make things better when I am your representative.

Posted on April 20, 2020.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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