I hope to have the support of my colleagues across the aisle, and would like to hold a public hearing on our proposed Business Closure Reporting Act in the near future to gather input from business owners and residents throughout the community.
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As I have said before, it is incredible to see so many passionate business owners choose Lancaster as their home. From retail to coffee shops and restaurants, there are a number of great establishments for our residents or visitors to enjoy. This village center has a lot of great potential and it’s important to continue investing in projects that will help our community thrive.
In response to this, I introduced a resolution calling for the New York State Assembly and state Senate to hold hearings with the Labor Department to seek measures to better process new and existing unemployment benefit applications, and call on the state Comptroller’s Office to conduct an audit of the Labor Department’s procedures, so we know what is being done and what is falling through the cracks. With millions of New Yorkers unemployed through no fault of their own, it’s time for New York state to provide better service for the taxpayers. I am proud to share with you that the resolution received the unanimous support of my colleagues in the Erie County Legislature. We are sending a bipartisan message to Albany that these issues involving unemployment must be addressed, and taxpayers deserve better from our state leaders.