Kim Continues To Support Struggling Nail Salon Owners

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Assemblyman Ron Kim visits Cynthia Ahn of Roosevelt Nails on Roosevelt Island and is joined by Rebecca Graham, Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright. Assemblyman Ron Kim visits Cynthia Ahn of Roosevelt Nails on Roosevelt Island and is joined by Rebecca Graham, Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright. Assemblyman Ron Kim met with leaders from the Chinese American Nail Salon Association, the Chinese Nail Salon Association of East America, and Asian Americans for Equality on August 9 to discuss the mounting difficulties facing small business owners. He also visited a nail salon on Roosevelt Island to better understand the current issues affecting thousands of family-owned stores.

“I’m determined to work closely with our small business owners on finding long-term solutions that truly improve conditions for nail salons in New York,” stated Kim. “I continue to oppose punitive measures and unreachable mandates that will inevitably bankrupt hard-working small businesses throughout the state. Instead, I will work with colleagues and the Governor to focus on real solutions that protect workers and consumers, while empowering family-owned businesses.”

Joe Lin, of the Chinese-American Nail Salon Association, stated: “Small business owners are part of the life blood of our economy, but it has been getting harder and harder for them to survive in New York. Nail salon owners and other immigrant entrepreneurs just want a fair shot at the American Dream, and it is wrong to target and vilify an entire community, especially when doing so only hurts small businesses and the workers they hire.”

“We work hard almost every day to put food on the table, and our members have always done everything they can to comply with the law,” said Peter Yu, Chinese Nail Salon Association of East America. “In the last year alone, the state’s harsh regulations and rising costs have already forced many of us to close our shops. Now is not the time to further penalize immigrant small business owners, but instead is a moment for everyone to come together and develop policies that help all New Yorkers, including employees, owners, and customers.”

Cynthia Ahn, owner of Roosevelt Nails said, “I want to thank the Office of Assemblywoman Seawright and Assemblyman Kim for visiting my store today, and for taking the time to meet with me and other small business owners. I opened my business over 20 years ago in 1991, and was previously on the NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee. We have always worked very hard to provide for our families, and hope that all elected officials, including the Governor, will take the time to really understand the perspectives and difficulties of small business owners like myself, and work with us in finding the best way forward.”

2016-08-17 / Features

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