Before coming to Congress I was the managing partner of a small business law firm in New York State. Now, as a federal representative, I want to do my part to ensure small businesses have every opportunity to grow and succeed in today’s economy.
Small businesses drive job creation across New York State. I am working in Washington to provide every opportunity for entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow the local economy. This includes efforts to keep taxes low on job creators, ensure access to capital, connect skilled workers with unfilled jobs and reduce burdensome government regulations.
To that end, I’ve worked closely with local economic development leaders to promote new opportunities for local businesses such as the EB-5 program, which encourages foreign investors to finance local economic development. I also continue to work with organizations like the Workforce Investment Boards to connect businesses with the skilled workers they need to grow and compete.
I’ve worked in Washington to protect local businesses from government overreach and burdensome regulations. This includes joining with New York business leaders in opposing regulations proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would have added “noise reduction” efforts in local workplaces. With the support of local businesses, I wrote to the Secretary of Labor to highlight the unfair regulations and in the end, OSHA abandoned its plans to implement the regulations altogether. I took similar action last year by introducing legislation with a bipartisan colleague to repeal an outdated reporting requirement that presented a burden both to taxpayers and local auto dealerships. I was proud to see this legislation signed into law and look forward to similar efforts in the future.
Many of these initiatives were ideas brought to me as I’ve traveled the district meeting with individual businesses and economic development leaders to discuss ways we can work together. To encourage more of these ideas, I have included a section on my website where business owners and others can suggest regulations in need of reform or elimination. That site can be found here, and I hope you will consider joining the conversation.
We have much work ahead on the path to recovery, but I remain optimistic that New York’s unique resources and talented business leaders can chart a path towards a strong economic future for the region.