4:32 pm Oct. 2, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's former spokesman Stu Loeser was just hired by The Partnership for New York City to do outreach to small-business owners, the organization's president and CEO confirmed.
In an email to me, Wylde said "The citywide entrepreneurial and small business community has not had a vehicle through which they can have a significant voice in policy and politics. We are working with the local chambers of commerce and business leaders across the five boroughs to insure that the 200,000 small business owners in NYC are heard!"
The Partnership for New York City counts some of the largest and most influential business leaders in the city among its members, and has been strongly supportive of Bloomberg. Small mom-and-pop organizations aren't their bread and butter, but there are issues on which there's some overlap. For example, the Paid Sick Leave bill in the City Council is opposed by the Partnership and some small-business owners (and, strongly, by Bloomberg).
Without referring specifically to Paid Sick Leave, Wylde said the hiring of Loeser was "prompted by 2013 and all the policies and bills that have potential impact on small business but do not reflect their input."