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  • Writer's pictureEllie Kassner


Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Local businesses, especially small businesses, are the heart of our community.

It's where we gather, and run into our neighbors. It's where we spend our hard earned dollars in good conscience.

And I should know, because I own one of those very businesses in town.

But in communicating over the past year with the North Rockland Chamber of Commerce, which exists to support these businesses, I know that in Stony Point we have a long way to go to make sure that we are doing all we can for those companies. And believe it or not, welcoming and supporting small businesses is one of the most authentic symbiotic relationships that exists. Let me explain...

The more we welcome businesses in town, the larger our tax base, reducing our individual household taxes. The more we support small businesses in town, the more we have a community that we are proud to call home and the more we encourage local business owners to take a chance and bring something new into the world. And it goes on and on ...

So many of us drive to Nyack, Cold Spring or other river towns just to be able to walk down a Main Street, or shop in a localized area. We can have more than just strip malls and the bare essentials. Instead of trying to attract the large, industrial companies of yesteryear, a vote for me is a vote to look towards the future of Stony Point.

Lastly, in the RHO building or in other Letchworth spaces, Stony Point should convert rooms into co-working areas. The workplace is changing and many of us are working remotely. Let's get creative and support our citizens.

A vote for me is a vote for small businesses, and the creation of a true local economy in our town.

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