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Friday, August 29, 2014

New York State Sandy Rising Small Business Grant Funds Now Available to City of Long Beach Businesses

For Immediate Release
Contact: Gordon TepperĀ 

Through the efforts of New York State, the Long Beach City Council, and a coalition of officials, the application process for New York State's Sandy Rising small businesses grant program has been modified - the newly improved and streamlined application process will facilitate City's more than 300 businesses as they apply using the new simplified grant application. Funds from the program are available, and City officials are urging business owners to apply if they have not already done so.

"Governor Cuomo has done a phenomenal job cutting through the red tape and streamlining the process so money could flow to where it is so desperately needed," said City Council President Scott J. Mandel. "We encourage all of our Long Beach businesses that have not yet applied for these grants to do so immediately."

"This City administration has worked diligently with the Small Business Development Center to make sure everything possible is done for our residents," stated City Councilwoman Eileen J. Goggin. "We are thrilled to hear that grant letters are finally going out to our local businesses owners."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, "Long Beach was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, and the state has worked hard over the past year to help the community rebuild stronger and better than before. These grants will provide small businesses the funding they need to recover from the flooding and devastation, and I applaud City Manager Schnirman and the City Council leadership for their hard work on behalf of the Long Beach community."

"The grant program and the improved grant application come at the perfect time to support our small businesses and help keep the economy moving forward," said City Manager Jack Schnirman.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg: "Our local small businesses are a huge factor in what makes Long Beach a great place to live. Having worked with the Governor on the state level, I am happy to see that the funding is finally reaching the people who need it."

Senator Dean Skelos: "These NY Rising grants are critically important to help small businesses in Long Beach recover and rebuild from the devastation of Sandy. I encourage business owners to apply for these grants so we can continue to move forward with our efforts to strengthen the economy and restore downtown Long Beach."

Dr. Sean Pastuch, owner of Active Life Chiropractic: "Local Long Beach government and the SBDC are really making this grant process much easier to manage now that we have made the requirements more tangible and accessible. If the grant money actually comes through it is going to be a game changer for our businesses, we will be able to offer so much more to our clientele"

Lucille Wesnofske, Long Island Director of the Small Business Development Center: "We encourage small business owners who are interested in the program and those who have already applied and have not gone forward in completing your application to contact us atĀ 631-420-2765. One of our business advisors will work with through the process."

Kevin Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association: "We need to support our small businesses recovering from Superstorm Sandy, which is why we worked closely with Governor Cuomo and the City of Long Beach to streamline the states small business grant program and ensure funds can get to those who need it."

Michael Kerr, President of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce: "This a plus to our merchants. I'm sure all who participate will receive much needed help. The Chamber Of Commerce is thankful for this program, and we will continue to work along with the City obtain great results."