New City Chamber of Commerce Installs New Directors

The chamber plans to hold two New City Street Fairs this year


It's a new year and time for a new faces. The New City Chamber of Commerce installed a new directors at its Sunday meeting, which was also its 2011 Annual Holiday Party. There was food, music, dancing and opportunities to network at in New City. 

“The Chamber of Commerce has been a great partner of the town government,” said Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, referring to the downtown revitalization of New City. “They were instrumental in encouraging new businesses to come to New City and even upgrading current businesses."

“We had an excellent holiday season,” said President of the Chamber of Commerce and Owner of Original Designs Steve Weissblatt. “We’ve been busier than ever and it seems to be the general consensus of retail across the board.”

Current members were sworn into new positions and the chamber welcomed one new face: Roberta Adao.

Executive Officers—Board of Directors 2012

  • President: Steve Weissblatt
  • Vice President: Michael Di Bella
  • Recording Secretary: Paul Kahn
  • Treasurer: Gary Oteri

The executive officers serve a one-year term.

2012 Board of Directors:

  • Roberta Adao - One-year term
  • Scott Milich - Two-year term
  • Sandra Szpicek-Leylegian - Two-year term
  • Roxanne Perrone - Two-year term
  • Gillian Ballard - Three-year term
  • Robert Barilli - Three-year term
  • Dori McMaster - Three-year term

Several community members were recognized for their contributions to the organization:

  • Joe Simonetti—for his service on the Board of the New City Chamber of Commerce 2011
  • Sarah Arras—in appreciation for her hard work and dedication to the New City Chamber of Commerce 2011
  • Gillian E. Ballard—for her many years of service to the New City Chamber of Commerce 2011
  • Robert Barilli—for his service as treasurer of the New City Chamber of Commerce 2011
  • Roxanne Perrone—for her outstanding performance organizing special events for the New City Chamber of Commerce 2011

The main concern on the minds of New City business owners is how to keep their businesses acessible during the revitalization period. Phase One was completed and Phase Two starting at Third Street will begin in April.

“I have a business that was in the first phase,” said Gary Oteri of Gary and Co. “I went through it the first time. You know, you’ve got to get through it but the end result is marvelous.”

"We anticipate that Phase Two will go much smoother than the first phase and I think the residents are starting to realize how beautiful New City will be,” said Gromack.

“The is a wonderful organization," said Senator David Carlucci. "It’s the business owners teaming up and saying that this is the vision they want for New City.  They help the elected officials and the people in the community keep that vision intact."

The Chamber of Commerce members played an important role in the last year and they plan to host two fairs this year.

"Last year's street fair was a great success," said Weissblatt. "We actually had to turn vendors away and it brought a lot of people into the community. It did so well that we decided to hold two this year."

Steve January 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Rob, thank you for writing a great article and taking such good pictures. I would like to thank everyone who attended our annual event. We had an impressive turnout. Thank you Brett at LaTerrazza for a job well done. We, The Chamber of Commerce will continue to support our Town Officials and appreciate the support they give to The Chamber. Together we will make New City a better place to live, work, shop and dine. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012. Steve Weissblatt President, NCCC
Gary January 09, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I agree with Steve. Last night's event was great. We had a wonderful turnout and would like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication in putting together such a successful evening. Also, I would like to thank our elected officials who attended along with Brett at LaTerrazza. I look forward to working with everyone and making 2012 a prosperous and happy new year for all.
Roberta Adao & Frank Lyons January 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I, also, appreciate all the work that went into making this a truly enjoyable event. The Chamber events and meetings are great venues to connect with local businesses and town officials. Looking forward to working more closely with the New City Chamber.
Roxanne and Frank Perrone January 10, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Sunday evening's event was a tremendous success on many levels...the turnout was unprecedented and a great time was had by all! It is, indeed, wonderful to be a part of the NCCC; and to especially be an integral part of an organization that works closely with town and county officials in order to make New City a better place to reside, work, own a business and lay one's roots! Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2012! Roxy Perrone Board Member, NCCC Owner PERRONUCCI'S Italian Deli


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