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Congress Members Say Federal Gov't Needs To Give More Aid To Small Businesses

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Some local Congress members are putting the federal government on notice, saying it's not doing enough to help businesses in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Grace Meng sent a letter to the commissioner of the Small Business Administration Tuesday.

In it, they called for small businesses to receive a greater share of Hurricane Sandy-related federal contracts.

They claimed that only 15 percent of contracts have gone to small firms so far, when federal law calls for at least 23 percent.

"This is a win-win," Velazquez said. "It's a win-win for taxpayers because when there is competition, for sure, we're going to get better services, better products, and then, small businesses are going to hire locally. That is what we need."

The $50.5 billion aid package passed in Congress includes funding for construction and infrastructure projects.

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