As an elected official and small business owner himself, George Borrello said he’s always found it important to maintain a relationship with the small business owners he represents.
He hopes to represent the business owners in Batavia, if he’s successful in his campaign to represent Genesee County as part of the 57th State Senate District, so on Saturday, he toured several businesses in Downtown Batavia.
After COVID lockdowns, workforce challenges, a minimum wage increase, the increased cost of doing business in New York, it’s more important than ever, Borrello said, for him to talk with his fellow small business owners.
“I just want to make sure I’m in touch with the folks here,” said Borrello, a former member of the Legislature in Cattaraugus County and current holder of the 57th District (which won’t include Genesee County until next year).
He applauded the effort of downtown businesses in Batavia to band together and revitalize their community.
He said supporting locally owned businesses is important because small businesses are what drives New York’s economy.
“First of all, 50 percent of our economy in New York State is supported by small business,” Borello said. “They employ 50 percent of every working person in New York State. But right now, especially if you’re talking about the economic driver, of our nation, it is small business. So if we allow the businesses to languish, then it’s going to destroy the quality of life in communities like Batavia. It’s also going to have a negative impact on our overall economy. So for me, supporting all the small businesses that are the backbone of the economy, is part of the mission of ensuring that New York stays strong.”
On Saturday, Borrello visited Valle Jewelers, Eli Fish Brewing Co., Charles Men’s Shop, Hunt Realtors, and Adam Miller Toy and Bike.
And there might have been a little Christmas shopping involved.
“I prefer to do what I can to support fellow local businesses,” Borrello said. “But also, I found that’s a better, more unique way to find gifts that I would have never thought of. So for me, it’s also been a great way to, to kind of do some enhanced Christmas shopping and provide the people that I give gifts to with some unique stuff.”
Photos by Howard Owens. George Borrello visiting Valle Jewelers and speaking with co-owner Carrie Lawrence.