State elected officials listen to concerns of small businesses in the Capital Region

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, NY – Senator Daphne Jordan join today Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Jake Ashby and representatives of the National Federation of Independent Businesses new York Chapter (NFIB New York) for a tour of a local Curtis Lumber site in Rensselaer County. The lumber mill tour gave elected officials the opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges facing our small businesses as a result of the pandemic and related economic downturn.

“Curtis Lumber is a staple small business in our area and state. At a time when supply chain issues and inflation threaten everyday consumers, Curtis Lumber has proven time and time again that they have the backs of our entrepreneurs, our communities, and New Yorkers everywhere. days. Now we need to have your back, and have the back of all the small businesses growing and thriving in our state. I thank Curtis Lumber and NFIB New York for allowing my colleagues and I to tour this great facility and show all of us what it means to be an exemplary small business,” said Senator Jordan.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. I want to thank Curtis Lumber, NFIB-NY, and Senator Jordan for organizing today’s tour and reminding us of our obligation to provide an environment in which small businesses can grow and thrive. New York-based manufacturing, production, supply and distribution is what drives our state forward,” said Minority Leader Ortt.

“Small businesses employ half of New York’s workforce, generate nearly half of the state’s GDP, fund state and local tax bases, and are the cornerstones of strong and vibrant communities and neighborhoods. . Our towns, cities and towns are better off when there are independent family businesses like Curtis Lumber contributing to a thriving small business economy. On the NFIB’s annual Small Business Day, we urgently call on New York’s elected leaders to provide essential tax and mandate relief to small businesses grappling with the economic losses of the past two years, labor shortages labor, supply chain disruptions, runaway inflation and unaffordable unemployment insurance tax bills. . The NFIB thanks Senator Jordan, Chief Ortt and Assemblyman Jake Ashby for their steadfast advocacy for significant tax relief and improving the business climate in New York for our Main Street businesses” , said Ashley Ranslow, New York State Director of the NFIB.

“As an independent family business, we face significant challenges and the cost of doing business continues to rise. Supply chain disruptions, widespread inflation, rising gas prices, labor shortages and excessive unemployment insurance tax bills are unmanageable and with no end in sight. Curtis Lumber was pleased to meet with Chief Ortt and his colleagues to discuss our concerns and the need for tax relief measures to help businesses bounce back,” said Rich Keating, vice president of sales and marketing at Curtis Lumber.

During today’s tour, Senator Jordan and elected leaders heard about various state proposals, policies and concerns, including:

  • tax cuts for small businesses;
  • Unemployment insurance;
  • All-electric construction; and
  • COVID era regulations.

Curtis Lumber is a family-owned business with 23 full-service home improvement stores in New York and Vermont. In 2020, they celebrated 130 years of activity.

NFIB-NY is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of New York City’s independent small business owners. They are non-profit, non-partisan and member-driven. Since the founding of the national organization in 1943, the NFIB has focused exclusively on small independent businesses. This Thursday, NFIB-NY is hosting their annual “Small Business Advocacy Daywhere many of the state’s leading business organizations will meet virtually to help educate decision makers on the issues most important to their businesses.