The official blog of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
By: Melissa Kuehnle, 2nd vice president and marketing chair
On Tuesday, April 28, the Patchogue Chamber’s April general meeting was hosted by St. Joseph’s College on its Long Island Campus. The keynote speaker was Congressman Lee Zeldin (R,C – Shirley) who took office in January 2015 and whose district office is on Oak Street in downtown Patchogue.
The meeting began with a welcome to the College by Dr. Eileen Jahn, chair of the Department of Business Administration and Marketing and co-chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at St. Joseph’s College. She mentioned that staff and faculty at the College would like to create relationships and partnerships with the Patchogue community.
Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D – Patchogue) stopped by to discuss issues that affect Suffolk County, like crime, small business and the economy.
Immediately following the Legislator’s speech, David Kennedy, executive director of the Patchogue Chamber, introduced Congressman Lee Zeldin. A few of the topics that the Congressman touched upon were veterans’ affairs, education and healthcare.
“No matter where you are in America, there’s a lot to talk about,” said Congressman Zeldin.
The Congressman also went on to explain how well the democrats and republicans are working together in congress.
“One thing that is surprising is everything that the democrats and republicans work on together that does not make it into the 24 hour news cycle,” he said. “There are some great, thoughtful people in both parties.”
He also mentioned homeland security, Israel and the threat that ISIS poses on the United States.
“If we can’t set our military up to win, then we shouldn’t send them at all,” he said.
Congressman Zeldin closed out his remarks by taking questions and inviting the attendees to contact him directly by writing a letter or calling his office at 631-289-1097.
After the Congressman headed out to travel to Washington, D.C., the meeting attendees took turns introducing themselves and their businesses, including the Harmony Cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant that is looking for a location so they can start combating local hunger.
The next Patchogue Chamber general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at the Patchogue Family YMCA from noon to 2 p.m.