CLINTON, N.Y. – Claudia Tenney, the Republican candidate for the 22nd Congressional District, stopped at Hale Transportation in Clinton Monday, as part of her tour of local businesses.
Tenney says she wants to meet with small businesses to discuss their needs, while many are still suffering severe economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think the small business community needs a lot of help getting their businesses back up to speed - the tragedy in all of this - so many small businesses may never open again, and that's going to be devastating for all of our communities across upstate, especially in this district,” she said. “I want to be sure we are getting the information from the small business owners about what they need, what they need to stay open and keep their employees.”
Congressman Anthony Brindisi agrees that small businesses need assistance to counteract the impact of the pandemic, and should be included in upcoming federal relief packages.
“I think we need to continue to look at how we can help small businesses reopen. That may be another round of the Paycheck Protection Program, or other help at the federal level,” he said. “We don't want to see another shutdown of small businesses because of the coronavirus. We don’t want to see what's happening in places like Florida and Texas, come back to New York State.”
Brindisi has formally challenged Tenney to four debates before Election Day, including one in the Mohawk Valley, one in the Southern Tier and one in Syracuse, with the fourth to be determined at a later date.
Tenney says there should be at least eight debates to address all of the issues that affect district voters.