Give credit to the Chamber of Commerce
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When the chamber held their meeting last week at a local restaurant, one of its purposes was to take nominations for the new board. All were invited, including non-members (which has been the case over and over again for this productive, inclusive, vibrant Chamber of Commerce). Instead of accepting the generous invitation and coming with thanks for past achievements, and ideas on where to take the chamber in the coming year, a lynch mob of people who have never been to any of the previous meetings, or been involved in all of these successes, demanded that Glenn Ingoglia step down because he is considering a run for mayor.
The funny thing is, this group was led by two of our very own village trustees! They don’t want politics in the chamber, unless, it seems, it’s their politics.
What I don’t understand is how people who I thought were caring members of this community could get sucked into turning on Island Park’s own by some salesman, who has never had anything to do with our chamber or this town before. People were invited for new nominations. This guise of “taking back” the Chamber of Commerce, like any of them ever lost it, was just that, a guise. How can people who I thought were serious, caring members of this community support these people after this sick incident? These people don’t want to better the chamber. They want to wreck it. They proved it by their actions and their lack of serious candidate nominations for any positions.
Look, a lot of people didn’t want the Posillico development.
The job of the chamber is to promote business growth.
There is no denying that an influx of more than 100 $100,000 plus earners would have been great for local businesses. The chamber took a position supporting it. It’s understandable. I did not support it, but I understand the chamber supporting it. Those who didn’t support it made their voices heard. It’s not going to happen. The Town Board rejected it.
Instead of taking the win and being happy, a group of people who are not happy unless they are running everything took a handful of people and tried to crash and burn the Chamber of Commerce.