ALBANY, NY — It was announced today that the New York chapter of the nation’s leading and largest small business advocacy organization, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has endorsed Sam Pirozzolo in the race for State Assembly District 63 on Staten Island. Pirozzolo is the Republican and Conservative nominee.

NFIB represents more than 11,000 small business owners across New York, covering a wide range of industries and businesses of all shapes and sizes. NFIB’s New York PAC endorses candidates based on their positions on key small business issues, including taxes, labor mandates, regulatory reform, health care, economic development, and other general business climate matters impacting the cost of doing business in New York. 

In New York, small businesses make up more than 99% of registered businesses and employ more than 4 million people; however, New York joins New Jersey and California in being ranked among the top 3 worst states to do business in, according to the nation’s leading independent tax policy group, the Tax Foundation. 

Pirozzolo is a successful small business owner, who, for more than 30 years, has been the proprietor of a family-owned and operated optical practice in Queens. For several years, he served as Chairman of the Steinway Business Improvement District, in Astoria, where he organized small business owners and advocated for greater resources from city government.

“Small businesses across New York State continue to struggle in this difficult economic environment and are wondering when there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” said Ashley Ranslow, NFIB’s New York State Director. “Main Street endured tumultuous business conditions throughout the pandemic with state mandated closures and restrictions and is now contending with forty-year high inflation, supply chain challenges, stubbornly high gas and energy prices, and unrelenting labor shortages.” 

Ranslow continued: “Now, more than ever, small businesses need lawmakers in both houses from both sides of the aisle to focus on easing the burden and costs on Main Street. New York State has and continues to be a difficult place to do business, and with the economy showing signs of a recession, policies that support the livelihood and success of small, independent businesses must be a priority. NFIB’s NY PAC has endorsed incumbents and candidates that have demonstrated their commitment and support of small businesses and are willing to champion solutions to help provide much-needed financial and regulatory relief. With small businesses employing nearly half of New Yorkers and producing half of the state’s GDP, New York State is reliant on a strong, vibrant small business ecosystem. The Empire State needs lawmakers that understand this reality.”

“After more than 30 years, I’ve become all too familiar with the struggles of operating a small business in New York. Through the good times and bad, I am fortunate that I was able to provide for my family and keep the business afloat — but that is not the case for many small businesses across the state, said Pirozzolo. “Small businesses have been hammered by shortsighted mandates, irresponsible policymaking, and out of control taxes and fees that have sent the cost of doing business here skyrocketing. We’re at the point now where something has to give — either we change course, or we are soon going to see the death of family-owned small businesses in New York, which, in many places, serve as the cornerstone of their community.” 

Pirozzolo continued: “Now more than ever, Staten Island small business owners are fed up and desperate for someone to fight for them. As a small business owner, I have the lived experience necessary to advocate for their needs in Albany. We must change course before it is too late, and that’s why I am so proud to have earned the backing of a national leader in small business advocacy like the NFIB in this critical race.”