Small Business Groups Back Senator Anna Kaplan for Re-Election

Small business groups endorse Senator Anna Kaplan for Re-Election

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PORT WASHINGTON, NY (October 15, 2020) – New York State Senator Anna M. Kaplan (D-Great Neck) announced today that she has received the endorsement of New York’s leading small business advocacy groups: NFIB New York State, and The Business Council of New York State.

Since being appointed Chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business, Senator Kaplan has been a leading voice for New York’s small business community, travelling the state holding a series of roundtable events to hear from business owners, and writing and enacting numerous new laws that cut red tape, support entrepreneurs, and lower taxes to support job creation.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Senator Kaplan made history when she held the first-ever virtual joint public hearing of the New York State Legislature to examine the pandemic’s impact on New York’s Small Businesses. Since then, she’s continued her efforts to help small businesses adapt to the new normal by holding educational webinars with small business experts, holding a roundtable on MWBE’s during the pandemic, and a joint public hearing on access to capital issues. Additionally, she has continued introducing legislation to help support small businesses during these challenging times by eliminating several taxes small businesses pay for PPE and equipment to make their establishments safe and comfortable for customers, legislation to promote PPE manufacturing here in New York, legislation increasing the small business deduction, and legislation eliminating tax on federal PPP loans.

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “since becoming chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, I have made it my mission to be a voice for small businesses on Long Island and across New York State, because I truly believe they are the lifeblood of our communities. I’m proud to be recognized by these prestigious small business organizations for my hard work on behalf of small businesses, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the next term as we do everything in our power to help our small businesses come back from the challenging times we’re living through.

Small, independent businesses have faced unprecedented challenges, unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” says Greg Biryla, NFIB’s New York State Director. “From mandatory shutdowns to severe limitations and restrictions, small businesses are struggling with new debt and sinking sales. Small businesses need strong advocates in Albany. Anna Kaplan has been a leader on the issues that matter most. She was the lead sponsor to cut taxes on true small businesses and a driving force in the state senate to pass and enact commonsense regulatory reform to eliminate red tape. NFIB’s New York PAC is proud to support Anna Kaplan in New York’s 7th Senate District. She is a strong voice for Long Island’s small, independent businesses when they need it most.”

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of The Business Council of New York State said “We appreciate Senator Kaplan’s willingness to work with New York’s employers, and to support legislation – including key tax reform proposals – that will make the state more competitive for small and large business alike. Recovering from the COVID crisis will be a major challenge for both the private and public sector, and we look forward to working with Senator Kaplan and her colleagues to promote private sector job creation and new investments across New York State.”

ABOUT NFIB: NFIB is the state and the nation’s leading small-business association. New York State legislative endorsements are determined by NFIB’s NY PAC, the association’s state political action committee comprised of actual small business owners from across New York State. For more than 76 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

ABOUT THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE: The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the leading business organization in New York State, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Our membership is made up of roughly 2,400 member companies, local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.

Though 72 percent of our members are small businesses, we also represent some of the largest and most important corporations in the world. Combined, our members employ more than 1.2 million New Yorkers.

ABOUT SENATOR ANNA KAPLAN: Anna Kaplan is a former child refugee who has devoted her life to public service as a way of giving back to the country that has given her so much. Now serving her first term as a New York State Senator, Anna is fighting hard for Long Island and delivering results for our community on important issues like middle class tax relief, women’s rights, and keeping our communities safe from gun violence and hate crimes. For more information about Senator Anna Kaplan, visit