Created: January 26, 2021 01:30 PM
State Senate Republicans are calling for state aid for restaurants, bars, and venues.
More than 8,000 restaurants closed in New York since the pandemic, with a majority of those upstate.
Senators want the state to lift the 10 p.m. curfew and open restaurants in New York City to indoor dining.
They want no-interest or low-interest loans to keep businesses open.
Another bill calls for a one-year suspension of paying liquor license fees to give bars and restaurants a break.
Since the Republicans are in the minority, they are pressuring the Democrats to take their bills to the floor for debate.
State Senator Daphne Jordan from Saratoga County is sponsoring a bill to give a 30-day sales tax holiday for hospitality businesses.
Hear how she hopes the bill can help by watching the video.
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