Two local entrepreneurs were honored last Friday as hundreds of Chamber of Commerce members from chapters throughout Nassau County gathered to recognize the people who make up the economic backbone of the county. The occasion was the 26th annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Many elected officials and high-profile Long Islanders attended the breakfast. E. Christopher Murray, president of the Nassau council, made the introductions. The local recipients were:
Charles Lunenfeld, East Rockaway Chamber of Commerce
Charles Lunenfeld is the owner and general manager of The Fishery in East Rockaway. He has run the very successful restaurant for more than six years, and is in the process of opening up a second Fishery in Glen Head by early 2011.
He has been on the board of directors of the chamber for over five years and is now serving as its vice president. “I was so honored to get this award,” said Lunenfeld, “and I want to thank Debbie Hirschberg and the rest of the board for considering me.” Lunenfeld said that the chamber does a lot of things in the village, and that more people should consider joining. “The more businesses we bring into East Rockaway, the better. “
Lunenfeld is involved in helping the village of East Rockaway in planning their marquee events, including the Oktoberfest, the Stars and Stripes festival and the pre-prom party for the high school seniors. He was also instrumental in bringing the first car show to East Rockaway during the summer. He has helped numerous charities and helps run several fundraisers every year at his restaurant.
Lunenfeld has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. In the height of the summer season he employs well over 100 people and an average of over 50 employees year round. He lives in Rockville Centre with his son, Jake.
Stephen Wangel, Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce