Some Business Owners Doubt Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Vow To Help – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to do more to help small business owners thrive, but some say the cost of doing business in the city is unbearable.

Schmidt’s Candy on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens, has been around since 1925, founded by Margie Schmidt‘s grandfather.

Now, she owns and runs the place, but she says surviving isn’t easy.

“If he didn’t buy the building in 1926, I wouldn’t be here. The rents are exorbitant,” Schmidt told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez.

In his State of the City speech, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his blueprint to save the city.

“We have to save ourselves from the forces of greed,” he said.

The blueprint includes plans to provide resources to help small business owners stay in their shops.

“We’re reducing fines further. We’ve done it before. We’re gonna …