New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, has endorsed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, State Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Joseph Borelli for re-election.
Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.
NFIB’s political support is based on the candidate’s position and record on small-business issues. The endorsements come from the NFIB/New York SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/New York’s membership. The endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state’s small businesses behind the Malliotakis, Lanza and Borelli campaigns.
“Assemblymembers Malliotakis and Borelli, and Senator Lanza have been consistent advocates for small business in Albany,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant. “They have stood with small business against higher costs and continue to fight against more stifling regulations. We need Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Joe Borelli, and State Senator Andrew Lanza back in Albany to protect Main Street and push New York towards a better economic future,” Durant said.
Staten Island small business owners applaud the endorsements. Said Salvatore Sottile, owner of Sottile Security International, “Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Borelli have been at the forefront of the Staten Island political climate for many reasons. They are champions for the elderly, reducing the abuse of prescription drugs, the removal of the mobility tax and reducing our bridge tolls. I think we are fortunate to have people like them who have been able to get through the layers of disconnect in government to realize the needs of small business owners. Without their vigilance Staten Island would be an impossible place to conduct business.”
Said Gerald (Gerry) Amerosi, owner of Gerald Peters Gold Mine and Pandora Store in the Staten Island Mall, “Running a business in New York City is tough. Running a business in Staten Island is even tougher. Tolls, taxes and the lack of public transportation make it hard on a business owner. Nicole, Andy and Joe have been great representatives for small business owners on Staten Island. These three individuals are always present in the community. They go out of their way to talk to small business owners about the ever changing government regulations that affect our business. They help us to survive. As a small business owner with two stores employing 60 people, I depend on Senator Lanza, Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Assemblyman Borelli to help make Staten Island a better place to do business.” Gerald Amerosi is also President of the Bucks Business Networking Group representing 75 members.
Senator Lanza said, “Businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating the jobs and opportunities crucial to the well-being of our community. It is only businesses which can create the revenue necessary to pay for the services people depend upon and to fuel the economic engine that supports the American way of life. I am proud to have NFIB’s endorsement and support as we continue to work together to create an environment which allows businesses to thrive and continue to create jobs.”
Said Assemblywoman Malliotakis in accepting the endorsement, “I have worked hard with my colleagues in Albany to reverse the mistakes of the past and provide a better economy to help small businesses throughout New York State. High tolls and taxes and the lack of public transportation were putting a stranglehold on small businesses. Reducing the tolls on our four bridge crossings, restoring bus service and reducing taxes have been a step in the right direction in support of our small businesses, but there is still more work to be done. I look forward to working with Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Borrelli to continue to ease the burden borne by small businesses across our state so they can continue to create jobs and help our economy to flourish.
“Staten Island owes much of its extraordinary character and pecuniary success to its economic foundation; the small business community. I’m proud to call the NFIB a partner in my efforts to once again make New York State an attractive place for business. I’m happy to have the endorsement of the NFIB, and I will continue to work with Staten Island’s business community to revive the entrepreneurial spirit which made New York a world recognized center of commerce to begin with,” said Assemblyman Borelli.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
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Malliotakis Celebrates Return of Brooklyn’s B37
After four years of petitions, rallies, and advocating, Brooklyn bus riders finally have their B37 back! The New York State Legislature included an increase in funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to help restore the bus which was eliminated in 2010 as a cost-cutting measure.
Since 2010, then-candidate for Assembly Nicole Malliotakis rallied with transportation advocates, elected officials, members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) representing bus drivers and civic and business groups for the bus’s return. Since being elected Malliotakis held at least three rallies and launched an online petition titled “Give Me My Bus Back.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said she is pleased the fight has been won. “After four years and passionate advocacy from all corners of the community, I’m pleased to join my colleagues to celebrate the B37’s return to service. We once again proved that by working together and advocating for Bay Ridge’s needs, we can achieve real results.”
Since taking office, Malliotakis has successfully fought for restoration and expansion of bus service in her district including the X1, X27, B8, B37, B64, S76 and S93 lines. She has made transportation issues a priority of her office.