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Letter on Small Business Payroll Funding to Rep. Velazquez

Ms. Melissa Jung, Chief of Staff
Mr. Rick Erkel, Deputy Chief of Staff
Mr. Jonathan Martinez, Legislative Director
Office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 2055

Dear Ms. Jung, Mr. Erkel, and Mr. Martinez,

On behalf of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens members of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), I hope you will share the attached letter with Congresswoman Velazquez.  The letter outlines an efficient solution for the federal government to use already-existing payroll providers as it distributes payroll funding to small businesses to help keep those businesses from closing their doors. 

According to the New York City Small Business Report there are 220,000 small business within the five boroughs. Our great city has been called the city of small businesses, but if our leaders do not act swiftly, many of those businesses will be forced to close their doors permanently.

Small businesses are the backbone and the heartbeat of our nation’s economy and employ nearly 60 million people nationally. We understand that priority one is safety, but we also need our leaders to understand the impact that small businesses closing permanently will have on worker’s lives and business operations, so it is vital that we do everything we can to protect, and aid small business and their employees and owners during this critical crisis.

We are proud to know that Congresswoman Velazquez is a member of the House Financial Economic Literacy Caucus and House Financial Services Committee, and our membership of over 24,000 members statewide are counting on her to lead the fight for our profession.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions, and thank you for your work to lead our country during these unprecedented days and weeks.


Joanne S. Barry, CAE
CEO/Executive Director
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Read "An Open Letter to President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, SBA Administrator Carranza and Members of Congress."