NFIB NY Statement Regarding Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's Upcoming Rise to the Governorship

Date: August 17, 2021

Small businesses should regain a sense of optimism now that Kathy Hochul will become New York's 57th Governor

Albany (Aug. 17, 2021) – NFIB’s Senior State Director in New York, Greg Biryla, issued the following statement this morning regarding Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s upcoming ascension to the governorship on August 24th:

New York’s small business owners have navigated months of uncertainty, changing operations, new restrictions, conflicting guidance, arbitrary designations, rapid shutdowns, and confusing restarts. Local businesses have managed an astonishing balancing act to keep their customers and employees safe, maintain their families’ livelihoods, and sustain the local communities we all love.

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis creates new challenges daily for the more than 2 million small businesses that call New York home. To defeat COVID, every New Yorker, every stakeholder, and every contributor to our economy needs to work together with some common purpose. That can’t happen without clear, decisive, and trusted leadership in state government, which has been eroded and destroyed in recent months.

New York’s small businesses should feel relieved that the State’s leadership vacuum is ending, and should regain a sense of optimism now that Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will soon become the 57th Governor of New York State. Lt. Gov. Hochul has a record of collaboration, bipartisanship, and pragmatic problem-solving during her years of public service in the State Capitol, Congress, Erie County, and Hamburg Town Hall. She has long championed the importance and value of small business, and we have every expectation that will continue. NFIB and its thousands of small, independent business members across every industry and community in our state congratulate Lt. Governor Hochul, wish her immense success, and look forward to advancing strategies to grow our economy and create jobs, starting on Main Street.



For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information, please visit


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