U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was at a restaurant in Camillus to rally support for small businesses hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
He visited the Brasserie Bar and Bistro to announce a restaurant relief fund as part of a larger stimulus package.
That fund will provide $25 billion in grants to the restaurant industry, which will help businesses pay rent and staff.
“Central New York’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic, burning our beloved restaurant industry,” Schumer said in a statement. “Restaurants and bars are the heartbeat of our Main Streets and sadly are on life support as the first to make sacrifices and close for the sake of public. It’s time for the federal government to whip up some federal dollars and finally serve the restaurants that have served our communities for years.”
It’s expected to be part of the next stimulus relief bill, which Democrats say they will pass alone if Republicans do not get on board.
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