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File #: Res 1472-2020    Version: * Name: HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Small Business
On agenda: 10/29/2020
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act.
Sponsors: Mark Gjonaj , Farah N. Louis, Margaret S. Chin, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chaim M. Deutsch, Keith Powers , Diana Ayala , Helen K. Rosenthal, Peter A. Koo, Carlina Rivera , Paul A. Vallone, Robert F. Holden
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 1472, 2. October 29, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-29-20, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 29, 2020

Res. No. 1472


Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act.


By Council Members Gjonaj, Louis, Chin, Cornegy, Deutsch, Powers, Ayala, Rosenthal, Koo, Rivera, Vallone and Holden


                     Whereas, The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States has caused governors across the country to implement stay-at-home orders; and

                     Whereas, On March 20, Governor Cuomo signed the New York State (NYS) on PAUSE executive order, which mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses statewide; and

                     Whereas, Essential businesses were allowed to remain open but were required to implement strict social distancing rules; and

                     Whereas, As New Yorkers have stayed home to comply with the Governor’s executive order, many small businesses in New York City (NYC) have been devastated by steep declines in revenue; and

Whereas, Even after NYC advanced through the Governor’s reopening phases and businesses reopened at reduced capacity, small businesses have continued to struggle; and

Whereas, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce reported that foot traffic in Manhattan at the end of August was down nearly 40 percent compared to pre-COVID times; and

Whereas, According to a recent survey of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and event venues in NYC, around 87% of respondents could not pay their full August rent; and

Whereas, As many small businesses have struggled to pay their rent and employee payrolls during the pandemic, thousands of small businesses in NYC have closed; and

Whereas, According to an August 2020 report by Comptroller Stringer, at least 2,800 small businesses in NYC closed permanently between March 1st and July 10th; and

Whereas, The Partnership for New York City predicts that as many as a third of the 230,000 small businesses in NYC may never reopen; and

Whereas, Small businesses employ more than half of NYC’s private sector workforce; and

Whereas, In September 2020, the City’s unemployment rate was 13.9%, over 10 points higher than the City’s unemployment rate in September 2019; and

Whereas, The City’s unemployment rate may continue to be high even after the pandemic subsides, as the mass closure of small businesses will lead to permanent job losses; and

Whereas, According to a recent Partnership for New York City report, the closure of small businesses and rising unemployment rate will leave households “struggling to feed their families and pay rent”; and

Whereas, The survival of the City’s small business economy is therefore essential for the City to have a strong economic recovery from the financial collapse caused by the pandemic; and

Whereas, In response to the devastation caused by COVID-19, the federal government passed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in late March, which allocated $349 billion in federal funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); and

Whereas, An additional $322 billion was allocated by Congress in late April for the PPP; and

Whereas, The PPP provided small businesses, nonprofits, self-employed individuals and independent contractors access to forgivable loans to cover payroll costs; and

Whereas, A Bloomberg analysis of PPP loans ranked the amount of loans issued to businesses in each state as a percentage of the state’s total eligible payroll; and

Whereas, The analysis found that just over 74 percent of New York’s eligible payroll was covered by PPP loans, ranking New York the 44th lowest of the 50 states; and

Whereas, Further federal relief is therefore necessary to save the City’s small businesses; and

Whereas, On October 20, 2020, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Chris Coons introduced the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act in the Senate; and

Whereas, The bill is a comprehensive relief package that would provide over $370 billion of support to vulnerable small businesses across the country; and

Whereas, The Senate bill is nearly identical to the small business provisions of the House of Representatives’ HEROES Act 2.0, which passed the House on October 1, 2020; and

Whereas, The bill would extend the PPP through March 2021, and provide a second round of PPP funding for small businesses and nonprofits; and

Whereas, The bill would create a $40 billion Lifeline Grant program, which would provide grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses that were significantly impacted by the pandemic; and

Whereas, State and local governments would have access to a new $15 billion grant program to provide funds to small businesses; and

Whereas, The HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act would allocate money to specific small business sectors that were severely impacted by the pandemic; and

Whereas, The bill would create a $120 billion fund at the U.S. Department of the Treasury to boost the restaurant industry; and

Whereas, The Act would allocate $15 billion in grants to live venues; and

Whereas, According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “Senate Democrats are united behind the Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act, to provide over $370 billion in small business relief for a second round of PPP, expanded PPP eligibility for nonprofits… grants for our hardest-hit industries like restaurants, concert venues, and theaters and investment in communities of color that have too often been left behind”; and

Whereas, The HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act will provide NYC small businesses with the relief they deserve so they can continue to serve their communities; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act.




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