Assemblymember Lavine Urges Small Firms & Arts Groups to Take Advantage of Available Covid Relief Aid

Glen Cove, New York – Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is urging small businesses and arts and cultural organizations to apply for millions of dollars being made available as part of Empire State Development’s (ESD) COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. 

Lavine is a member of the state legislature that allowed for these grants to be part of the pandemic relief package and wants small businesses and arts groups in Assembly District 13 to make use of the available funds. “Perhaps no area of the economy has been hit as hard as the small business sector and this program was created to help,” Lavine said. “I encourage local businesses and arts groups to utilize the money being provided before it’s too late.”

ESD, which is overseeing the program, said it will only be accepting applications for a few more weeks before it makes a decision on when to shut it down. More information can be found at

Assemblymember Charles Lavine represents New York’s 13th Assembly District in Nassau County. He presently serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Committee on Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Rules and Insurance. Lavine previously served as Chair of the Election Law Committee, Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-Chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and as Chair of the bipartisan Taskforce that produced the Assembly Speaker’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination.