“What an impressive group, it’s nice to be among some of Nassau County's best business members,” began Nassau County Executive Laura Curran at the Chamber’s September General Membership meeting on the 12th. She told the 65 plus members and guests that she and other local politicians, including Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker who introduced her, have a shared mission to “right the ship” and for the past eight months or so “it’s working.”
Executive Curran spoke about the progress at “the Hub” in Uniondale and the plans for mixed use development there. She also lauded the addition of the Long Island Railroad’s third track and the benefits of the island as a destination for the local film industry. She was proud to note the elimination of fees for bids by women and minority owned businesses.
Curran also informed attentive attendees about the plans to overhaul real estate tax assessment saying, “It will not be easy, but we have to get it right.” She addressed the alarming opioid crisis and explained how local government is dedicated to returning to communities for as long as it takes to help eradicate the problem. Curran also tipped her hat to the Plainview Water District for their work and then she answered several questions from members on the topics of road conditions, taxes and school speed zone cameras.
Also on the meeting agenda were two Spotlight Speakers and Jamie Rapfogel, the director for Birthday Wishes Long Island, the chamber’s new charity partner. Dr. Ben Carlow of Carlow Chiropractic shared a personal look at his passion for helping people and Sherri Kaplan of CN Guidance and Counseling informed members about CN’s unique ability to provide mental health services to thousands across Long Island.