CHESTER – A year ago, the COVID 19 pandemic upended every day lifestyle, shuttering smaller business and placing thousands and thousands out of perform.
But that did not end Frank and Eileen Frasca from opening a cafe, Twins Ingesting Property in Cornwall, previous summer season.
“It’s been rough. We have been 50 p.c potential the total time,” stated Eileen Frasca. “People just never want to appear out. It is difficult to preserve enough profits to maintain you when you have to continue to keep the the vast majority of your staff members on board despite how quite a few men and women are coming in your doors.”
Frank and Eileen Frasca joined Assemblyman Collin Schmitt [R, New Windsor) and other small business owners at the Castle Fun Center, at family entertainment venue, to commiserate about the past year and hopefully profit from a stronger 2021.
“At the state level, we need to roll back the existing restrictions. Restaurants at 50 percent capacity, they cannot succeed,” said Schmitt. “Full operations. Enough is enough here.”
Schmitt is calling for fewer restrictions on the state level and more money from Albany to help small businesses, like the Frasca’s fledging restaurant.
“The state needs to get out of the way. We need to use state settlement funds, $1.5 billion, which is available,” he said. “That money needs to be put into a small business grant relief program.”
The Frasca’s restaurant is headed to its one-year anniversary as a part-time business, and they are hoping 2021 will end much better than 2020.
“We have too much at stake to fail,” said Eileen Frasca. “We are trying to personally float business, but we can’t do so for very much longer.”