Not our typical June membership meeting (a barbecue lunch at noon), this year’s gathering was virtual on June 16th at 7:45am. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino agreed to join us early to update the 33 members and guests on the call about all things town related. He lead off with a positive financial report, noting that the town is on a “fabulous trajectory” and declared that the legacy of the pandemic will be how we all worked together, chambers, businesses and other organizations. He complimented the POB Chamber for its high level of professionalism.  “Partnering equals success,” he punctuated.

After delivering a lengthy list of positive actions the town has taken this past year, the supervisor took questions from the audience. Topics raised included the permitting process, the Hicksville redevelopment, the Amazon project at the former Cerro Wire facility and more financial aid for small businesses.

Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development, James McCaffrey, was also on the call and informed business owners about additional federal Covid-19 relief funds expected soon (as much as $27 million) and the Small Business Recovery Grant Program. He directed members to www.esd.ny.gov for more information and welcomed any questions at his office. (516) 624-7893. jmccaffrey@oysterbay-ny.gov