Delgado Meets with Small Business Owners and Local Officials in Middleburgh
MIDDLEBURGH, NY—U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) was in Middleburgh this afternoon where he joined Mayor Trish Bergan, Village Trustees, and Jim Becker, President of MIDTEL and co-founder of the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp, to walk downtown and meet with small business owners. During the visit, the Congressman stopped inside three businesses in the area: Middleburgh Hardware, W. Whitman Books, and the Flower Room. Rep. Delgado spoke with the business owner at each location to ask how they have navigated the pandemic so far and hear if they have been able to take advantage of federal relief programs for businesses.
“For more than six months our towns and communities have experienced unprecedented disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a pleasure to be in Middleburgh today and feel the community working together to support one another through these challenging times,” said Rep. Antonio Delgado, member of the House Committee on Small Business. “As Congress continues to negotiate future relief packages, it is essential that I hear from business owners across the district about their experiences with federal programs, and understand what adjustments can be made to better serve our small businesses. I will keep fighting to support our rural communities and make sure Schoharie County businesses have the resources they need to stay afloat.”
On Labor Day, Rep. Delgado was at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with Senator Gillibrand to highlight the need for the RESTART Act, which would create a new flexible loan program through the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would fund six months of payroll, benefits, and fixed operating expenses for businesses that have lost substantial revenue due to the pandemic.
As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Rep. Delgado has worked to elevate the voices of small businesses across New York’s 19th Congressional District during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Rep. Delgado introduced the Small Business Repayment Relief Act, to cover six months of loan payments for all qualified SBA loans. This was signed into law as part of the bipartisan CARES Act. Rep. Delgado also voted for the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, signed into law on June 5. Additionally, Rep. Delgado introduced the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act which would allow smaller businesses, with significant losses due to COVID-19, to receive a second forgivable PPP loan. The Congressman also helped introduce the bipartisan Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act. This bill would provide a tax credit of up to $25,000 to help small businesses offset the cost of PPE, including installing plexiglass and purchasing masks to protect their employees and customers.
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