The future for Roosevelt Island farms grew rosier when Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) came through for one. Editor’s note: Not a joke.
By David Stone
Researching our story on businesses that got PPP loans for Roosevelt Island, we stumbled upon something odd. Our friend, whose name shall remain nameless, got a nifty loan for his small business.
But the thing is, we never knew he had one.
The Paycheck Protection Program, administered by Trump, sent money to banks in support of loans they approved for small businesses.
Those businesses included churches and nonprofits, as we found out. The money supported two months of payrolls, keeping operations afloat.
My friend, according to the report, had only a single employee with a fairly handsome income.
About the future of Roosevelt Island farms…
My curiosity stoked, I looked a little farther into and found that my friend’s small business was… wait for it… a corn farm. Right here on Roosevelt Island.
The history of farming on Roosevelt Island is well documented. The Blackwells, after which the place was once named, were farmers. And was the custom, various prisons, poorhouses and mental institutions probably had gardens providing food.
But the future was not so clear.
Sure, we have iDig2Learn, the Living Library and a lovely community garden, but corn?
So, I asked my friend about his corn farm, and he shot back a firm, “No.”
He did not know about any corn farm, but when I volunteered to help him go out and find it, he also said, “No.”
So, what’s going on here?
According to Reuters, the Trump administration “…failed to demonstrate sufficient ability in the program to prevent fraud and abuse.”
In just the first of two rounds of PPP loans, the Justice Department “…charged 57 defendants for attempting to steal more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).”
We don’t know how our friend made the loan list, five figures in cash coming from a Manhattan bank, but neither does he.
Sadly, for help, he turned to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Sadly because Maloney’s constituent services are about as useful as a flat tire on a cold winter night. We knew that from deflating experience.
We don’t know what comes next, but if you spot a corn farm anywhere on Roosevelt Island, alert us immediately. We’ll hook it up with its rightful owner.
More from the Roosevelt Island Daily
- The Pentagon Just Can’t Pass An AuditConservative lawmakers calling for cuts should start with the agency that can’t account for $1.9 trillion — not the programs Americans rely on. By Lindsay Koshgarian | November 29, 2023 The Pentagon just failed its audit — again. For the sixth time in a row, the agency that accounts for half the money Congress approves each year
- Main Street Now – How We Can Do Better, Tip #1When we take an honest look at Main Street now, it’s cringe-worthy. Even the easy improvements get little notice, and as we pointed out yesterday, slipshod appearances surround the handful of solid businesses. We can do better, starting now, at very little expense. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News “I’ll never understand why
- Main Street Retail Now, a 2023 ReviewIn the past, we looked at Main Street retail every year, comparing, looking to the future, but the pandemic changed everything. An analysis under extreme circumstances seemed unrealistic. But that’s in the past. It’s time for a fresh – rather, refreshed – look. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News Main Street Retail in
- Hochul blasted for rejecting retail theft task force(The Center Square) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is being criticized for vetoing a bill to create a crime task force to address the loss of billions of dollars to retail shoplifting across the state. The proposal called for a new 15-member commission, including law enforcement officials, retailers and lawmakers, to review the state’s current laws
- Fear on the F Train Shuttle during rush hour with no help anywhereWhile the MTA and cooperative media shovel safety pabulum at the public, subway fear is real and continuing as an F Train incident yesterday showed. Not only are dangers increasing, but it’s more concerning that no help is available. The city says the subways are safe, but are they? by David Stone The Roosevelt Island