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April 6, 2021

Jones met with small business owners who have received forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and toured community health center set to receive $14 million from COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) visited the Town of Ossining tohighlight the transformative impact of the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 billion COVID relief bill he helped get passed into law last month, on small businesses and community health centers in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

During his visit, Congressman Jones spoke to the owners of local small businesses, including First Village Coffee, Theater O, HealthSmart Pharmacy, and Risko Music, all of which have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep their businesses afloat. 

The American Rescue Plan authorized an additional $7.25 billion in funding for the PPP, as well as $15 billion in additional Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for small businesses and nonprofit organizations experiencing lost revenue and $28.7 billion for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a new Small Business Administration (SBA) program to assist restaurants with expenses such as payroll expenses, rent, utilities, and supplies.

The Congressman also visited Open Door Family Health Center in Ossining, a community health center that has been active in combating the pandemic since its onset and will receive more than $14 million from American Rescue Plan. Last week, Congressman Jones announced that Community Health Centers across New York’s 17th Congressional District will receive a total of more than $73 million from the American Rescue Plan, funding that can be used to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment efforts.

Photos of the Congressman’s events can be found here.

“At the very onset of this pandemic, Westchester and Rockland were hit the hardest and the fastest, which is why I fought hard to help pass the American Rescue Plan and secure the funding our communities need and deserve,” said Congressman Jones. “After a long year, help is here for Ossining and communities across our country thanks to the American Rescue Plan. This transformative legislation will expand and strengthen our vaccination efforts, enable our schools to safely reopen, and provide business owners like the folks I met today with the financial relief they need to weather this crisis and welcome customers and employees back to their establishments. As we begin the process of Building Back Better, I’ll continue working to secure additional federal relief and investment in our communities.”

"I know I speak on behalf of the entire Town of Ossining board when I say how thrilled we are that Congressman Jones has helped secure this critical funding through the American Rescue Plan for our local businesses as well as for Community Health centers, and specifically Open Door Family Medical Centers,” said Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg. “Open Door has been at the epicenter of COVID testing and vaccinations and has been helping support our local families in every aspect, from food insecurity to holiday gifts to directing them to critical resources, to providing school based health support for the Ossining School District as well. This funding, for our critical Main Street mom and pops, as well as for our Community health center, couldn't come at a better time to help Ossining continue to support health care and local businesses which are critical for our families and community."

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.