Delgado Speaks at Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

January 23, 2020
Press Release

KINGSTON, NY—This morning, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on the challenges small businesses face in Ulster County. Rep. Delgado delivered opening remarks thanking business owners for their work in the community and took questions.

“I am grateful to the Ulster County Chamber and all our NY-19 businesses for the chance to hear about the challenges they face and work together on bipartisan solutions.” Rep. Delgado continued, “As a member of the Small Business Committee, it is my objective to make sure our main streets and family farmers have the tools they need to succeed, and that the federal government is a partner in that success. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to make it easier for small business owners to comply with onerous federal regulations, and I’ll keep listening to the concerns brought up by local business owners and serving as a voice for them on the House Small Business Committee.”

Yesterday, 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. 

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.