City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Friday told a tale of two cities when it comes to how small business is dealt with by government.
“When I was Manhattan borough president, I was invited to every business opening,” he said. “I’d show up with a big pair of scissors … All the politicians would leave, post photos and say ‘We’re pro-small business.’
“The next day, other people from the city would come,” he said, “city-run agencies, looking to take every dollar they could find.”
Stringer was speaking with more than 40 business owners and civic leaders at a business roundtable at the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.’s Harvest Room.
He gave a brief view of the city’s budget and economic standing before taking questions from the floor.