Rep. Carolyn Maloney pushing for three restaurant relief bills

The specter of omicron hangs over a battered restaurant industry still struggling to maintain revenues and make payroll nearly two years into the pandemic.

“Omicron wiped us out,” said James Mallios, owner of Amali on the Upper East Side and three other restaurants in the metropolitan area. “Whatever we made back after PPP and the economy reopened got completely wiped out after omicron.”

Help may be on the way, though, through the work of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents Manhattan’s east side, Queens and Roosevelt Island. She is working to pass three federal bills tailored to aiding restaurants. The bills would send billions of dollars in new

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