I am happy to announce that on Sunday, Oct. 4, Support Connection held its Support-a-Walk to help raise money for people who need counseling and assistance because they are suffering or have suffered from breast and ovarian cancer. A noble endeavor, Support Connection has been doing such a fantastic job and has helped so many people that we all need to help this organization. Though the walk is over, you can still donate! Head on over to supportconnection.org for more info about this grand event and to find out more about what they do!

On Friday, Oct. 2, Solaris Sports Club had its grand reopening and ribbon cutting. Solaris has been an integral part of the Yorktown community and we are excited that they have decided to re-open and have survived the pandemic. Solaris has been completely renovated and many changes have been put in play. Check it out for yourself!

I am also happy to announce that the Yorktown Chamber, in partnership with the Mahopac Carmel Chamber, will be jointly hosting a debate for the New York State Senate and Assembly at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

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What was previously supposed to be an “in person” debate has now transitioned to a virtual Zoom debate. We have already received firm confirmations from Sen. Pete Harckham and candidate Rob Astorino, as well as Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and candidate Stephanie Keegan. I will say that all participants are eager to debate. Please submit your questions to debates@yorktownchamber.org. The debate will also be broadcast via social media for all to see and hear. We are happy to offer this event to keep our community and business well informed.

Lastly, there have been many store openings and re-openings as of late and, despite the pandemic, the Yorktown hamlets have been thriving due in part to the sound policies our town council have put in place. With colder temperatures creeping in, many restaurants have put heaters in place so people may continue to enjoy the outside dining initiatives, but there are still many other businesses that are unable to open their doors due to New York State restrictions. I am hoping that the folks up in our state capital will take a hard look at current policies for restaurants and indoor dining as well as take a harder look at those businesses that still are unable to open due to state restrictions. I say this with one caveat, as citizens and business owners we MUST continue to adhere and follow all CDC and state guidance to ensure we stay open. We must all do our part!

The Yorktown Chamber continues to thrive under these extreme circumstances, and I would say without question that we are busier than ever. We are continually meeting with citizens and developers as well as our members who are looking for advice or to expand or to come to Yorktown. We are here working hard for all the people of Yorktown and will continue to do so. Please, if you are not already a member, consider joining today!

As always, my office, my board and myself are always and will always be available. Simply send us an email to info@yorktownchamber.org or give us a call at 914-245-4599.  Stay safe and be well!