Tuesday, September 29th, Chele Farley, candidate for Congress in New York’s 18th Congressional district, joined Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Mahopac Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Celestino to tour local businesses affected by COVID-19 and the economic shutdown.
The first business, Jar Worthy, located in Carmel, had to close in the wake of the pandemic due to regulations and owner Dana Hanrahan had no choice but to invest in shifting the store’s operation to online orders. Even more crippling was how difficult it became for Hanrahan to acquire the materials needed to make her custom candles as suppliers shut down production.
Mahopac Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Celestino, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Jary Worthy owner Dana Hanrahan and candidate Chele Farley.
Next, Farley and team travelled to Mahopac to meet with Trattoria Sei on Route 6, where they were met by County Legislator Neal Sullivan and Putnam County Economic Development Corporation President Kathleen Abels. The owners of Trattoria Sei had just recently opened their new restaurant and were burdened with launching the new business amid a global pandemic. Despite their efforts, the Trattoria Sei stakeholders were unable to obtain PPP funding, making it extremely difficult to operate under the lower capacity required by social distancing rules.
Putnam County Economic Development Corporation President Kathleen Abels, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Trattoria Sei owner James Bianchini, Candidate Chele Farley, Trattoria Sei owner Nick Greco, Mahopac Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Celestino, County Legislator Neal Sullivan.
Chele Farley joining Trattoria Sei diners for a bite.
“Hearing from these local business owners only further highlights how devastating the economic shutdown has been and how much work still needs to be done to ensure the recovery of our local businesses, who are the backbone of our community. The officials who joined me today are equally concerned about the recovery of our small business entrepreneurs and growing our economy. Together we are dedicated to finding solutions,” said candidate Chele Farley, an engineer and businesswoman from Orange County.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell weighed in, "We lobby every day on our daily Hudson Valley Control Room calls for our small businesses. Movie theaters and other indoor entertainment remain closed. Restaurants and fitness centers have a limited capacity restriction. Catering facilities have lost an entire season of weddings and other family events in order to adhere to the ‘50 or fewer’ gathering rule. Many businesses are hanging on by a thread. We ask that our residents come and support them but keep using the guidelines that are in place to keep us all safe.”
Putnam County Economic Development Corporation President Kathleen Abels expressed similar support for small businesses: "It's great to see our elected officials, community leaders and political candidates out to support ‘Main Street’ businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economic vitality and a vibrant part of our community. They deserve recognition for the parts they play in the quality of our daily lives, as well as for their perseverance and ingenuity during the COVID crisis."
Visit www.CheleFarley.com to learn more.
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