Delgado Delivers Remarks at Otsego Chamber’s 2020 State of the State Networking Luncheon

January 24, 2020
Press Release

ONEONTA, NY—Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce for their annual 2020 State of the State Networking Luncheon. Rep. Delgado delivered remarks on his work to support small business owners and his legislative priorities for 2020.

“Small businesses like the ones across Otsego County fuel our upstate economy. I’ve had the privilege of meeting with small business owners and members of the Otsego Chamber across the county to hear about their experiences, which informs my work on the House Small Business Committee,” said Delgado. “I’m glad I had the chance to join the chamber today to talk about our shared priorities for 2020. I look forward to continuing to work together to support our small businesses and invest in our communities so we’re ready to meet the economic and workforce needs of the future.”

Earlier his week, Delgado convened a meeting of his NY-19 Small Business Advisory Committee to listen to the issues small businesses face and formulate legislative priorities for 2020. He also joined the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and Greene County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum. 

As a member of the Congressional House Small Business Committee, Delgado prioritizes supporting upstate small businesses in Congress. Delgado has introduced bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for small businesses to comply with onerous federal regulations by requiring the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the National Ombudsman to create a centralized website that houses small business compliance guides designed to help small businesses comply with federal regulations. That bill has passed the House. Delgado also introduced the Tax Fairness for the Self-Employed Act, bipartisan legislation that would make changes to the tax code to level the playing field for self-employed small business owners by making sure that self-employed individuals can access the same tax deductions as corporations when it comes to health insurance premiums. The bill would allow more than 1.7 million self-employed individuals in New York to deduct their health care premiums as a business expense, saving self-employed individuals an average of $750 a year.