first_imgJake McNichol, a spokesman for the state EDA, said that to date, the authority has approved close to $3.2 million grants for 942 businesses through the initial $5 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program and distributed some $3 million to 892 of those businesses. In addition, it has approved another $1 million and distributed most of that to small businesses in Atlantic County with funding from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The other bill (A-3959) would create a new no-interest loan program to small hospitality businesses impacted by the pandemic. To qualify, a business could have no more than $2 million in annual revenue if open for more than a year, or less than $1 million in annual revenue if open for a shorter time. Loans could be used to cover immediate, unavoidable expenses, with payments deferred for the first nine months after the start date. Story reprinted with permission from NJ Spotlight. Visit NJSpotlight.com for more statewide news updates. In addition to allowing bars and brewers to deliver up to 16-ounce mixed drinks in a sealed container to residents, the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to create two loan programs for small bars, restaurants and craft alcohol producers, among the numerous businesses that have been struggling through the seven-week shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Legislators also backexpanding and creatingnew loans for small bars,restaurants, craft alcoholproducers Alcohol takeout, delivery allowed for six months A bill (A-3966) sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), who chairs the committee, seeks to codify the sale of beverages made by the state’s brewers, wineries, cideries, and distilleries and go a bit further. It would permit any business with a retail consumption license or distillery to sell mixed drinks in pint containers and other alcoholic beverages in containers of any size for takeout or delivery, with that permission extended for six months after the end of the current required closure of these businesses. Since Gov. Phil Murphy began shutting down businesses on March 16, including all bars and restaurants except for takeout orders, the state has made exceptions for alcohol. For instance, when he closed virtually all businesses on March 21, Murphy classified liquor stores as an “essential business,” allowing them to remain open. The governor also allowed for takeout and delivery of beer from the dozens of craft breweries around the state. More seriously, the bill would exempt from the state’s alcohol excise tax of $5.50 per gallon any alcohol used by distilleries to make hand sanitizer. Several have switched production to help compensate for the shortage of sanitizer, often donating it to first responders. By Colleen O’Dea – NJ Spotlight “The NJEDA’s perfor- mance, in my opinion, has been very disappointing to date,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris). “I would just like to see us as a body, as a Legislature, as a committee, to put some pressure on the EDA … to deliver to these small businesses in need in a time of crisis and put the money in their hands and put the money in their hands now and not delay these programs any further.” Webber and other Republican members of the committee also supported two bills that would open additional no-or low-in-terest loan programs for craft brewers and those in the hospitality industry, although they complained that the state Economic Development Authority (EDA), which would provide these loans, has not been moving fast enough to give out money under existing programs. “I think that’s the least we can do for very civic-minded small business owners who are doing their part to try to keep people safe,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris), who voted for the bill. No-or low-interest loans for hospitality business Virtually all of the bills the state Legislature has passed since it stopped meeting in person in the State House due to concerns over the virus were done as emergency measures. Legislative leaders had said they wanted to resume the deliberative process that happens in committees. While Monday’s hearing was quick, there was at least some limited input from the public and lobbyists on a few of the measures and some of the bills, which had been recently introduced, were amended. center_img The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Monday marked the first legislative committee hearing ever to take place remotely, via teleconference. The committee considered eight bills dealing with issues related to the pandemic, all of which passed without opposition and only a few hiccups due to the technology. EDA is still analyzing3,500 loan applications ithas received requestingmore than $250 millionfrom the Small BusinessEmergency AssistanceLoan Program and plansto distribute that money assoon as possible. “Due to the nature of the loan program, the review is more complex and will take longer to complete than for the grant program,” McNichol said. “The loan program review requires financial analysis to determine the ability to repay the loan under the program eligibility and terms. We are committed to providing businesses with much needed support while completing a thorough review that upholds our commitments to fiscal responsibility and accountability.” Helping small alcoholproducers One of the two new loan programs the committee approved in A-3965 would expand an existing EDA loan program to small alcoholic beverage producers those with no more than 10 employees for operating expenses during a state of emergency. Currently, vineyards and wineries are eligible but not other small craft brewers or distillers. These loans would carry an interest rate of up to three percentage points above the prime rate. This permission is needed because the state has strict laws about who can sell alcohol and how it is sold. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), sponsor of the bill, said it is important to assist restaurants and hotels that have been “devastated” by the pandemic and the current limitations on their operations. A 2018 article by Total Food Service reported that the state had, at the time, more than 27,000 restaurants and 1,130 hotels employing more than 400,000. “If we want our vibrant hospitality industry and its many employees to make it through this crisis, we must give these small businesses the tools they need to weather the pandemic until we can safely come together to once again enjoy all they have to offer,” he said. The measures still need approval by the full Assembly and Senate before being sent to Murphy for his consideration. New Jerseyans who have been missing that signature martini, sangria or other cocktail could soon be able to not only get spirits with their takeout order, but even have drinks delivered under one of three bills an Assembly committee cleared Monday that are aimed at helping the state’s hospitality industry. It was the last bill the committee considered, prompting Burzichelli to joke, “In the motion picture business, the last shot of the day is called the martini shot. This is the martini bill. How appropriate it is that it involves cocktails.” last_img read more

first_imgMichael Machowsky2034315%50%$162,866 Philip D’Amato6114111123%59%$836,620 HORSEMEN HAVE MIXED VIEWS ON SUPER BOWL 50With apologies to Hemingway, Super Bowl 50 on Sunday could be labeled The Old Man and the “C,” the Old Man being quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos who turns 40 on March 24, and the “C” for Cam Newton, the youthful, Hummer-sized quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, who are favored by about six points, with the over-under around 45.With those two storylines the main focus of the championship game in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium starting at 3:30 p.m., it has generated international interest, including among horsemen at Santa Anita, which will have an 11 a.m. first post time Sunday so fans can be parked in front of their TV’s in time for the kickoff.According to Sports Illustrated, the American Gambling Association says Americans are projected to wager $4.2 billion on Super Bowl 50, with 97 percent made illegally.Following is a random sampling of horsemen based at Santa Anita, where wagering on horses is legal:Barry Abrams: Denver to cover the spread, but Carolina to win the game.Ricky Agarie: They’re two good teams but Peyton deserves it.A.C. Avila: Is it soccer?Bob Baffert: Now that I’m a semi-celebrity, I can’t tick anybody off with a selection, but I’m rooting for Manning.Richard Baltas: Carolina.David Bernstein: I’m a Manning fan but I think Carolina is the better team.Simon Callaghan: Panthers.James Cassidy: Carolina for obvious reasons.Vladimir Cerin: Carolina, 45-17.Phil D’Amato: Denver of course.Keith Desormeaux: Carolina’s going to kill them. It’s not even going to be a game. That’s what my gut tells me.Caesar Dominguez: The Panthers 33-17. It’ll be a blowout.Neil Drysdale: Who’s Cam Newton? I’ll see him Sunday. It’s my only football game of the year.Ron Ellis: Sentimentally, I’m going with the Broncos. Peyton deserves a good ending.Peter Eurton: Denver. They have an awesome defense.Paddy Gallagher: The Galaxy.Victor Garcia: Carolina easy.Mark Glatt: Denver and the points.Dean Greenman: I want to see Manning go out winning, but it’s going to be very tough.Jorge Gutierrez: Carolina is the best team. My team, the Minnesota Vikings, didn’t make it.Karen Headley: I only pick the coin toss, and I’m going with heads.Dan Hendricks: I’ll go out on a limb and pick DenverBob Hess Jr.: Denver. I’d like to see Manning go out on top. I’m old school for Manning and Elway.David Hofmans: I’m rooting for Denver but I think Carolina will win.Jerry Hollendorfer: I like Denver but Carolina is tough.David Jacobson: Broncos. My sentimental pick is for Manning.Steve Knapp: Denver. The old guy goes out a winner.Craig Lewis: If Denver’s defense can slow down or stop ’em, that’s the whole game. No pick. Just enjoy the game.Gary Mandella: I’m rooting for Peyton.Ron McAnally: Denver. Manning beat Tom Brady and Brady’s hard to beat, but Newton’s good. He can run, he can do anything.Sean McCarthy: Denver. I’m pulling for Peyton.Jeff Metz: Denver. It’s Peyton’s last game and he’s going out on top.Steve Miyadi: Denver. Everyone here picks Carolina and they’ve been wrong all year.Dennis O’Neill: Denver because everyone is taking Carolina.Doug O’Neill: The Broncos plus the points. I’ll be a contrarian.Hector Palma: Carolina. They’re too good.George Papaprodromou: Denver.Mike Pender: It’s a no-brainer. Cam Newton is one of the 10-best quarterbacks ever to hit the big stage.Mike Puype: Carolina. They’re playing with passion right now.John Shirreffs: Denver.Cliff Sise Jr.: Carolina. They’re strong right now.Gary Stute: Carolina.Eddie Truman: I think Carolina will win but I’m rooting for the Broncos.Danny Velasquez: I’m a Denver fan, but Cam can be tough.Tim Yakteen: The Panthers. FINISH LINES: Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist will work five furlongs under regular rider Mario Gutierrez at 10:15 a.m. Sunday before the first race at 11 a.m. as he prepares for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Monday, Feb. 15 . . . Through 25 days, Rafael Bejarano and Santiago Gonzalez were deadlocked for the lead in the jockey standings at 25 wins each. Phil D’Amato led Doug O’Neill in the trainers’ race, 14-11 . . . According to Santa Anita’s crack statistician Jason Hom, favorites are winning at a 36.28 clip (78 out of 215), while favorites on dirt stand about the same, 36.02 (58 of 161). . . Agent Tom Knust reports that Mario Gutierrez will be at Golden Gate next Saturday to ride Frank Conversation for O’Neill in the El Camino Real Derby. Frank Conversation worked five furlongs at Santa Anita today in 1:02.20 . . . La Brea Stakes winner Birdatthewire, prepping for next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria, worked five furlongs on the main track today in 59.60 for Tom Proctor, while Ocho Ocho Ocho, ticketed for Saturday’s Arcadia, went five furlongs in 1:00.60 for Jim Cassidy . . . The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will hold its annual golf tournament March 3 at Eagle’s Nest at Pebble Creek, 3645 Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear, AZ, 85395. Donations to the non-profit charitable organization are tax deductible and can be made to RTCA-AZ, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023. For more info, contact Chaplain John Shumaker at 623 810-6013 or [email protected] . . . David C. Lopez, the meet’s third-leading jockey with 19 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 11, 12 and 13) for an infraction in Thursday’s fourth race on It Behooves Me, who won by a length-and-a-half and was not disqualified . . . Former All Pro Washington Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer will present the trophy for tomorrow’s Super Bowl Starter Handicap, which goes as the fifth race. (Kilmer came out on the wrong end of a 14-3 Miami Dolphins’ win in Super Bowl VII). Martin Garcia5886814%38%$493,479 SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT VIE SUNDAYHORSEMEN VARY ON SUPER BOWL SELECTIONSCHAMPION NYQUIST WORKS SUNDAY MORNING Alex Solis1530320%40%$193,268 Martin Pedroza4764213%26%$157,530 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 Flavien Prat1031891517%41%$885,113 George Papaprodromou2342417%43%$101,410 Gary Stevens3145313%39%$577,410 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Mario Gutierrez9610161110%39%$563,689 Vladimir Cerin1761235%53%$155,890 Doug O’Neill8011121414%46%$508,602 J. Eric Kruljac2342517%48%$91,100 Peter Eurton42613614%60%$396,120 Agapito Delgadillo4365614%40%$163,287 Patrick Gallagher1842422%56%$274,968 Mike Smith4963712%33%$544,345 Rafael Bejarano10925251023%55%$1,164,385 Edwin Maldonado86138915%35%$528,885 William Spawr2165229%62%$156,707 Carla Gaines2832211%25%$258,160 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Steve Knapp1831217%33%$99,980 Joseph Talamo10714151413%40%$681,344 Robertino Diodoro1435121%64%$100,340 SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT IN PALOS VERDESSalutos Amigos doesn’t have to carry his track with him as he showed in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Jan. 2 when he finished a willing second to San Onofre, beaten just a half-length in the 6 ½ furlong sprint.It marked the 35th career start for the six-year-old gelded son of Salute the Sarge trained by David Jacobson who owns a share of the bay Kentucky-bred along with Southern Equine Stable, LLC.Salutos Amigos has won 10 times racing from coast-to-coast, at Santa Anita, Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga and Keeneland.“His best races have been when the rider takes a hold of him, but he could probably do whatever we want him to, include going to the lead,” Jacobson said in assessing the Palos Verdes, “but we’ll probably let the speed go and fall right in behind it.”Salutos Amigos blew out four furlongs Friday morning in 50 seconds flat.Kristin Mulhall hopes to continue her winning streak with Cautious Giant in the Palos Verdes. She claimed the five-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding for $40,000 three races back and has won two overnight races with him since. The Palos Verdes marks his stakes debut.“He’s doing really good,” Mulhall said. “He’s getting better and better. I claimed him because I liked his form. It looked like he wanted to run shorter and be a late-running sprinter.“We took a shot, put blinkers on him, and got lucky.”The Palos Verdes, race six of eight: Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Salutos Amigos, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Mystery Train, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 9-2; and Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1. Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 Santiago Gonzalez12725171120%42%$954,053 Peter Miller6293715%31%$333,040 Mark Glatt4456211%30%$262,560 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler4166315%37%$283,155 David Lopez951981520%44%$550,226 Mike Puype393828%33%$183,980 Hector O. Palma1932416%47%$73,410 Jerry Hollendorfer71761110%34%$414,401 Jeff Bonde2052325%50%$121,740 Abel Lezcano3241213%22%$169,870 Drayden Van Dyke7278910%33%$447,164 Brayan Pena2130114%19%$54,030 Richard Baltas5177414%35%$500,154 Kent Desormeaux45710516%49%$624,345 Tyler Baze12612221710%40%$691,116 Kristin Mulhall2152124%38%$193,955 Victor Espinoza373838%38%$485,460 Alonso Quinonez524838%29%$196,765 Jeff Mullins1636019%56%$114,784 Clifford W. Sise, Jr.1433121%50%$130,995 Fernando Perez941061611%34%$495,374 Kenneth Black1030030%30%$230,845 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 5)last_img read more