S.J. Jung, who is running in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for the 16th District against incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky of Flushing, offered a five-point manifesto Monday on how to help small businesses.
At a press conference outside the Flushing Mall, Jung was surrounded by area merchants who support his plan.
“New York State is home to one of the least friendly policy environments for small businesses,” Jung said. “This needs to change.”
He suggested the following:
• Review unreasonable ticketing blitzes, heavy fines and decoy inspections, those involving underage youths sent in by authorities to try to buy alcohol or tobacco. Implement a reasonable warning system.
• Expand micro loans to get a small business off the ground.
• Protect small businesses from rent gouging by advocating for a commercial lease stabilization bill at the city level.
• Provide the state’s small business-related services and programs in several languages.
• Reduce red tape and streamline small business supports by starting an interagency task force on small businesses, something the mayor announced last week that the city will create.
The candidate noted that small businesses comprise 98 percent of all businesses in the state and provide two-thirds of private sector jobs in the city. “Our state government should help and promote a greater number of small businesses rather than just a small number of large businesses,” Jung said.