Bloomberg Aids Sandy-Hit Businesses

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  A man helps another climb down off a destroyed section of boardwalk after they checked the storm's approach as a Nor’Easter arrives in the Rockaway neighborhood on November 7, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Rockaway Peninsula was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy and some are evacuating ahead of the coming storm.   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    On the post-Thanksgiving "Small-Business Saturday," New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced a new grant program to help small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The program offers $5.5 million in matching funds to help small ventures recover after days without power and damages from the storm. "Small businesses account for 98 percent of all businesses," Bloomberg said. "They employ 50 percent of the people in this city ... they really are the job creators of New York City." Meanwhile, New Yorkers are furious that the Long Island Power Authority has issued estimated normal bills for residents and businesses in areas that spent weeks without electricity.

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