Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) has voiced his support for the Jump-Start New York initiative introduced by the Assembly Minority Conference.
The initiative was rolled out to provide economic relief to the small businesses and employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Just one day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the time frame for New York State on Pause,the Jump-Start New York stimulus plan was released to assist New Yorkers with federal and state money. Some of the provisions include:
· Non-essential businesses re-evaluated so they would be able to remain open;
· State regulations extended and/or waived for an additional year (ex: alcohol being sold with take-out);
· Suspended fees for occupational licenses for one year following the emergency period’s end;
· Recovery loans provided to businesses and not-for-profits;
· Unallocated state settlement money used as cash for non-essential businesses;
· Repurposed capital programs;
· Increased rural internet accessibility;
· State tax filing dates aligned with federal tax dates;
· Federal stimulus aid to local governments and school districts; and
· Zero-percent interest rates for all Small Business Administration loans.
“The decision to extend our state’s shutdown until May 15 instead of April 29 will have devastating effects on upstate communities,” said Brabenac. “This is a premature ordinance that fails to distinguish regionally based needs.”