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April 8, 2021

Jones met with restaurant owners in Port Chester whose businesses will directly benefit from the small business relief provided through the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) visited the Village of Port Chester and met with restaurant owners todiscuss how the funding provided through the American Rescue Plan can help their businesses survive this crisis. Congressman Jones visited Tandoori Taste of India, Acuario Restaurant, Salsa Picante, and Inca & Gaucho, some of which have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep their businesses afloat. 

In addition to $7.25 billion in new funding for the PPP, the American Rescue Plan authorized  $28.7 billion for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a Small Business Administration (SBA) program to assist restaurants with expenses such as payroll expenses, rent, utilities, and supplies.

“Throughout this past year, our local restaurants have had to adapt to the new normal of takeout dining and curbside pickup, and many of them struggled to stay afloat,” said Congressman Jones. “Thanks to the American Rescue Plan’s new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, restaurant owners like the ones I met with today in Port Chester are receiving the relief they need to survive this crisis. I’m proud to have fought to secure tens of billions of dollars for our small business and restaurants so they can continue to serve our communities in places like Westchester and Rockland.”

"I'm delighted that Port Chester is getting the recognition it deserves and am grateful that Congressman Jones took the time,” said Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino. “It gives all of us hope that better days are coming for the community I love and serve.”

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.