Lowey Urges U.S. Small Business Administration to Swiftly Make Disaster Declaration for New York

March 18, 2020
Press Release

Lowey to the SBA Administrator: “As small businesses are the bedrock of our economy, the small business community of New York has been particularly susceptible to severe impact that will continue to unfold over the coming months.”

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, last night sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for the expedited approval of New York’s request to be declared a disaster area eligible for disaster loan assistance through the SBA.

“The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to compound and in New York alone, there are 1,374 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of this letter’s date,” wrote Congresswoman Lowey. “The related small business closures and reduction in business activities are threatening countless families and the state’s economy.”

Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties have been declared disaster areas eligible for disaster loan assistance through the SBA because they are contiguous with Connecticut, which already has a declaration. Many counties in New York remain ineligible, because New York’s application has yet to be reviewed.  

“COVID-19 is a significant threat to public health, our economy, and workers nationwide,” wrote Congresswoman Lowey. “My congressional district is home to one of the biggest coronavirus clusters in the state and country. New York workers, their families, and the small businesses that employ them rely upon your swift action.”

Congresswoman Lowey led the passage in Congress of the $8.3 billion Coronavirus supplemental spending bill that includes $1 billion in loan subsidies to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses, including nonprofits, impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The full text of the letter is below. A PDF copy is available here.                                           

 

Dear Administrator Carranza:

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to compound and in New York alone, there are 1,374 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of this letter’s date. The related small business closures and reduction in business activities are threatening countless families and the state’s economy. I urge the SBA to expedite its review of New York’s request and declare a disaster for each named county so that eligible small businesses and nonprofits can access this critical assistance immediately.

COVID-19 is a significant threat to public health, our economy, and workers nationwide. My congressional district is home to one of the biggest coronavirus clusters in the state and country. As small businesses are the bedrock of our economy, the small business community of New York has been particularly susceptible to severe impact that will continue to unfold over the coming months. In carrying out the necessary measures to protect everyone’s health and safety, small businesses need rapid and meaningful support to weather the pandemic.

New York workers, their families, and the small businesses that employ them rely upon your swift action.

Thank you for your prompt response to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

Nita M. Lowey
Member of Congress

 

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