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Struggling NYC Business Owners Not Buying Cuomo’s Newfound Interest in Reopening

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site at William Reid Apartments in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 23, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/Pool via Reuters)

To many of New York City’s struggling small business owners, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent admission that “we simply cannot stay closed” means little after months of stonewalling.

Ever since Cuomo announced the first pandemic lockdowns in March, small businesses in the city have been throttled by burdensome restrictions. Earlier this month, the state allowed restaurants to resume indoor dining at half-capacity, but left the city out of the equation. Thousands of businesses have closed over the past year, and New York City’s 12.1 percent unemployment rate in November was nearly double the national rate of 6.7 percent over the same period.

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