FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2006
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON CREATION OF NEW EMPIRE ZONE IN LOWER MANHATTAN
"I'm pleased to see that this effort, which was years in the making and represents countless hours of hard work, has finally come to fruition. Over the past four years, the more than 1,200 businesses in the City's Empire Zones have created over 23,000 jobs, and in no place will the benefits of a new Empire Zone have a more far-reaching impact than in Chinatown and the Lower East Side, whose businesses have suffered more than their fair share of hardship in recent years. I would like to thank the Department of Small Business Services under the leadership of Commissioner Rob Walsh for working extensively with the community on this effort that will help one of the City's most historic neighborhoods create even greater prosperity and opportunities for New Yorkers."
Edward Skyler/Jennifer Falk (212) 788-2958