President’s Letter – February 2018
Greetings Once Again,
Well we are almost through winter and in just a few weeks the birds will be singing and spring will be signing back in. Although it has been a particularly cold if not freezing season the snow hasn’t been all that bad as of late January. Hopefully I didn’t speak to soon…if we had a few ski resorts in the chamber, I would have to change my winter wishes but for now most of our members need snowless days to keep their commerce flowing.
The chamber has been hard at work over the past month with attending meetings, sending letters and discussing plans with our local government officials. 2018 promises to truly be a year of change and for the better with concern to our local streetscapes. The chamber has successfully lobbied for new period lights (Lampposts) and thanks to the assistance of both Suffolk County Legislators Tom Muratore and Bill Lindsay they will be installed along the Union Avenue corridor just west of Main St. This will not only provide some much needed additional light it will also serve as a nice decorative upscale to the area.
The Holbrook Chamber is working closely with both the Ronkonkoma Chamber and Civic Group in an effort to create a cohesive focus on our sister towns receiving some benefits from the new Ronk Hub project that has recently broken ground off of Mill Road and will continue west to the Ronkonkoma RR Station. We are planning to sit-down with the developers Tritec whom I must say are a nice group of people who do appear to care about the surrounding communities’ concerns. If you’re not familiar with Tritec, they’re the developers along with the Patchogue Village who are responsible for a good portion of the Patchogue/Main St. renaissance if you will.
Granted the Ronkonkoma Railroad area can clearly use a facelift and renaissance movement of its own, however we want to ensure that any impact they have on the area is beneficial to our downtowns as well. I hope to have our Vice President and land use expert Kevin Guilfoyle report on the next few weeks’ developments in our March Column. I know he will also enjoy wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day which he claims to celebrate 365 days out of the year.
If you’re a business owner or a manager of an establishment within the Holbrook or surrounding area, I implore you to join up with the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce. Just give us a call at 631-417-2725 and I as President will personally visit and sit with you at your office and discuss with you the unlimited benefits of aligning yourself with the chamber. Chances are if you read these columns, you’re already interested in making a difference not only in your community but also in your business.
In closing, I want to wish everyone and their significant other a very happy and heart filled Valentine’s Day. Please don’t forget to book a reservation for a nice intimate dinner at any one of our chamber restaurants (Check our website or the Our Place Chamber Page for listings) in town. Also if you want to pick-up a nice piece of jewelry or two… head over to Kiersten’s Jewelry in the Out Back shopping center and tell them the chamber sent you.
All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce