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K00801 Summary:

MLTSPNSRAbbate, Abinanti, Angelino, Ashby, Barrett, Brabenec, Burdick, Burke, Colton, DeStefano, Dickens, Durso, Englebright, Fitzpatrick, Friend, Giglio JM, Gonzalez-Rojas, Jones, Lavine, Lawler, Lupardo, Magnarelli, Manktelow, McDonald, McDonough, McMahon, Miller B, Morinello, Norris, Palmesano, Pheffer Amato, Rivera J, Salka, Sillitti, Simon, Simpson, Stern, Tague, Tannousis, Thiele, Walsh
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K00801 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 801
BY: M. of A. Stirpe
        MEMORIALIZING  Governor  Kathy  Hochul to proclaim
        May 1-7, 2022, as Small Business Week in  the  State
        of New York
  WHEREAS,  Small  businesses of all kinds, from restaurants and local
farms to hair salons and bike shops to tech firms and  landscapers,  are
crucial  to  the  health  of  individual  communities and to the state's
economy overall, but have been greatly  tested  during  these  past  two
difficult years; and
  WHEREAS,  Prior  to March 2020, when New York State declared a state
of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than  623,000  small
businesses  called  New  York  State  home, comprising 98 percent of all
businesses; and
  WHEREAS, Prior to the pandemic, New York  State's  small  businesses
had  employed  more than four million people, or 50.2 percent of all the
employees in the state, and generated 54 percent  of  New  York's  total
known export value; and
  WHEREAS, Small businesses showed great ingenuity by adapting quickly
to  pandemic-related  restrictions  and resulting economic hardships and
they continued to serve their communities; and
  WHEREAS, Nine out of 10 small businesses report  having  experienced
major changes in their business because of the pandemic; and
  WHEREAS,  While many small businesses benefited from Federal and New
York State COVID-19 relief programs, safety precautions and then  supply
chain  disruptions forced many to lay off workers and some to shut their
doors; and
  WHEREAS, In the last two state budgets, New York  has  attempted  to
directly  help  small businesses with almost $2.5 billion in grants, tax
relief and tax credits, as  well  as  expanded  access  to  capital  and
job-creating investments; and
  WHEREAS,  New York State continues to actively support minority- and
women-owned business enterprises with increased investments and  greater
access to procurement contracting; and
  WHEREAS,    New   York   State   is   prioritizing   and   promoting
service-disabled veteran-owned  businesses  with  grants  and  technical
assistance programs and in the public procurement process; and
  WHEREAS,   The  innovation,  diversity,  competitive  strength,  job
creation, and quality of life that small businesses bring to our economy
are vital elements for our State's long-term economic health; and
  WHEREAS, The entrepreneurial spirit of New York residents has led to
the creation and growth of emerging agricultural industries in New York,
such as craft beverages, artisanal foods, and the  production  of  hemp,
hops and adult-use cannabis; and
  WHEREAS,  Small business owners demonstrate extraordinary resilience
in the face of larger forces beyond their control, such  as  challenging
economic times, supply chain disruptions, and pandemics; and
  WHEREAS,  The  future  welfare of our State depends on the continued
development of small businesses; and
  WHEREAS, The members of the New York State Assembly wish to proclaim
their recognition of small  businesses  as  a  crucial  element  in  the
economy  of  New  York  State  and  the  need  for all residents to shop
locally; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Kathy  Hochul  to declare May 1-7, 2022, as Small
Business Week in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New
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