Today Council Member Elizabeth Crowley announced three new initiatives to designed to help our local small businesses and create good jobs in the community. Over the next week, she will meet with local business leaders to discuss job growth and how her proposals can help businesses in her next term.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy that employ more than 700,000 employees citywide,” said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. “If we want to continue growing our local economy and provide good paying jobs right here in our communities than we need to do everything we can to support them.”
Whether it was fighting to give them the infrastructure business owners need by repaving over half the roads in the district, improving public transportation options, or fighting to reduce fines on local restaurants, Elizabeth Crowley has always stood up for our local business owners. That is why she is announcing three new initiatives for her next term to help strengthen our local economies and small business owners.
1. Removing Quotas for Inspectors: While the administration boasts about not raising taxes, City Hall has been using our small businesses as a cash register for revenue with excessive and unnecessary fines. Elizabeth Crowley will continue fighting to end the practice of requiring inspectors to meet a quota of fines to place on our local businesses.
2. Expanding Manufacturing in New York City: More and more businesses are understanding that there is a high demand for locally made goods. Instead of tearing down old manufacturing sites for residential use, Elizabeth Crowley will work with business owners and City agencies to provide incentives for manufacturers to relocate to our community’s industrial centers.
3. Vacant No More: The neighborhoods of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside and Woodhaven have been growing and developing in the last five years, but there is still more work to be done. The City has shown through the Commercial Revitalization Program in lower Manhattan that smart tax incentives and grants that allow property owners to improve their buildings and offer rent assistance to tenants can promote business growth. Elizabeth Crowley will fight to create a similar revitalization program for our local business improvement districts so that owners can make necessary improvements and attract businesses to our vacant storefronts.
Elizabeth Crowley understands the importance of growing our local economy to provide good paying jobs right here in Queens. As our council member Elizabeth will never stop fighting for our local businesses and meaniful employment for all New Yorkers.
Elizabeth Crowley is running for re-election in the 30th council District and lives in Glendale with her two sons.