Small business grants help local owners

By Jay Braman Jr.
When financial support is announced in Albany to help out the little guy, it is received with cautious optimism. The attitude of, “Yeah, sure, like I’m gonna get anything,” can often be the case.
But in the case a special round of grant funding announced last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo, several locals got a much needed boost.

In a prepared statement, Cuomo said that grants have been awarded to small businesses and not-for-profits in Mid-Hudson Region through the Business Flood Recovery Grant Program. The grants of up to $20,000 went the small businesses, farms, multiple dwellings, and not-for-profits that qualified for the program.

“Helping our communities recover from the devastating floods has remained a top priority, and today, we have matched that commitment with critical funding to support their resurgence,” Governor Cuomo said. “This grant program will help those who were hit hardest by the floods get the resources they need to rebuild.” Among those receiving grants are:
Copperhood Inn for real estate repair and replacement.

Gary Guglielmetti in Mount Tremper for furniture and fixtures, real estate repair and motor vehicles.
George Blank, who owns the Black Bear Campground in Phoenicia got funding for real estate repair.
Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper for lost inventory, furniture and fixtures and real estate repair.
Mountain Creek Recreation, other known as the Town Tinker Tube Rental in Phoenicia got money for real estate repair also.

Mount Tremper Artist Rita Schwab was funded to replace machinery and equipment and inventory.
In Boiceville, Maverick Family Health received help for real estate repair as did Kingston Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation and Hudson Valley Engineering.
It should be noted, however, that the checks have not yet been sent out, and the amounts are not as high as some hoped for.

Elizabeth Winograd, owner of the Copperhood Inn, said that she only got $6,000. “It is better than nothing, though,” she said.

Winograd said she suffered $250,000 worth of damage.

Black Bear Campground owner George Blank said that he was glad to have been awarded $20,000, but is not sure he will ever get it due to conditions around the funding.
“They will give me $20,000 if I spend $40,000 repairing my property,” Blank said. “But I only have until the end of the year to do it.”

Blank said he is sure going to try, but is not sure he can scrape up his share. “We’re not made of gold in the Catskills,” he added. “We’re made of rock.”