Just wanted to invite you all to come out to a special forum I'll be hosting this Weds., Jan. 18th at 5:30 pm at Rhinebeck Village Hall at 76 E. Market St. there (not at Town Hall-- but at Village Hall, folks)-- on "Fifteen Ways To Help Local Small Businesses"!...
[sadly, Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce still allowing only GOP to speak Thurs. (but not me); see below; again: thx to many of you out there who have expressed support; not to late to send polite emails to them: email@example.com; for many years in past I've spoken at their annual dinner; instead, rep from Rhinebeck Chamber actually called our house here threatening to call police on me; last time I checked, this is still America 2012-- thanks to Tom Paine, it's legal to publicize injustices...lol; see:
For the interactive discussion I'll be hosting Weds. at Rhinebeck Town Hall I'll be drawing heavily on these fifteen:
[frankly, for well over a decade now I've been researching various ways to help small businesses; recall these 2 efforts from me: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SmallBiz http://www.petitiononline.com/smallbiz ]
1. Business Alliance for Local Living Economies information-- http://www.LivingEconomies.org ;
American Independent Business Alliance information-- http://www.AMIBA.net .
2. Starting a local currency for Rhinebeck area to help support locally owned, independent small businesses (recall RhineBucks effort I launched a few years ago with Bob Miglino; sadly, the Chamber did not seriously support this-- even though I brought nationally known speakers like Paul Glover (Ithaca Hours founder) and Susan Witt (BerkShares founder) to Rhinebeck Town Hall to speak).
[see http://www.IthacaHours.org ; http://www.BerkShares.org -- both have helped local small business!]
3. Gateways to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows http://www.GetHudsonValley.org http://www.MicroBizNY.org
[microenterprise: repeatedly proven to be a much more effective way to do economic development]
4. Fact: "Only 8.9 percent of people with any small business income have incomes over $250,000/year."
[it's high time our federal/state tax policy truly prioritized this-- http://www.PetitionOnline.com/ILikeIke ;
http://www.CBPP.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2697 : Center on Budget and Policy Priorities]
5. Fact: 70 percent of economy is driven by consumer demand (help middle-class-- to help small biz!).
[ http://www.TheCenterLane.com/?tag=consumer-driven-economy ]
6. Fact: Even small business would do better with single-payer (Medicare for all) system of healthcare;
recall "Single-Payer: Good for Business" http://www.TheNation.com/article/single-payer-good-business -- also see http://www.PNHP.org ; http://www.petitiononline.com/onepayer ; SinglePayerNewYork.org.
7. Fact: Sustainable Hudson Valley Chair David Dell of Poughkeepsie has crunched the numbers and determined that our county could save $1 billion on energy costs over next decade for business owners and homeowners with energy-efficiency/renewables loan fund similar to what GOP-led Town of Bedford in Westchester has put in place-- creating thousands of green jobs and cleaning up our county's air (just ranked "F" for third year in a row by the American Lung Association of NY)-- but Republicans reject this.
[ http://www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2009/03/our-bright-idea-growin-brighter-and.html ; http://www.nyserda.org/GreenNY/ ; http://www.energyfinancesolutions.com/main/homeownersnyfour ]
http://www.petitiononline.com/pacehere ; http://www.LIGreenHomes.com ; http://www.NWEAC.org ]
8. Fact: Moving towards zero waste by recycling and composting has been proven to create ten times more jobs than incineration or landfilling. However, Dutchess GOP are wasting another $4 million this year on incineration through our county's Resource Recovery Agency (RRA "service fees")-- instead of saving millions meaningfully moving towards zero waste by properly incentivizing businesses in the private sector to help create an eco-industrial resource recovery park for recycling and composting.
[ http://www.ilsr.org/recycling/recyclingmeansbusiness.html ; Shabazz Jackson: GreenwayNY.com;
[90+ already on board @ http://www.petitiononline.com/zeroyes ; "Zero Waste Dutchess" on Facebook;
9. Fact: Small business owners in Rhinebeck and across the county could benefit from lower taxes; we Democrats in our County Legislature sponsored a resolution for our county government to save $3 million annually for local towns, cities, and villages on the cost of health insurance for municipal employees without cutting benefits-- with a countywide consortium for this as in Tompkins County-- but Republicans shot this down in February 2010 and last fall-- though just this past December (last month), Dutchess County Association of Supervisors/Mayors actually passed resolution on this unanimously.
[ http://whcu870.com/pages/8011398.php?contentType=4&contentId=6717548 ]
10. Fact: Small business owners in Rhinebeck and across our county can ill afford any more tax hikes-- but Dutchess GOP are wasting another $4.2 million in this year's budget on housing out inmates-- instead of investing pro-actively in our youth-- and instead of following the proven, cost-saving, recidivism-cutting re-entry system examples of Brooklyn's ComAlert system and Peter Young. Dutchess also needs to restore funding (recently cut by local GOP) for cost-saving preventive programs for troubled teens like our county Youth Bureau's Project Return program-- at the Mediation Center of Dutchess County as well-- and instituted at truly comprehensive system of re-entry locally to slash recidivism (as Brooklyn's ComAlert program has)-- instead of allowing the GOP County Legislature leadership to continue push to waste tens millions of our tax dollars on an unnecessary jail expansion.
[ http://www.JobsNotJails.weebly.com ; http://www.petitiononline.com/comalert ; http://www.PYHIT.com ;
http://www.BrooklynDA.org ; http://www.FightCrime.org ; http://www.petitiononline.com/comalert ].
11. Fact: It's been proven over and over again that every dollar invested in pre-school special education for children 3-5 and early intervention (for 0-3) saves many tax dollars down the road. However, the current uber-GOP Co. Leg. majority is going along with the County Executive's $1.5 million cut to pre-school special education for children 3-5 and $850,000 cut to early intervention for children 0-3.
[ http://www.fightcrime.org/sites/default/files/reports/Cost-Bft%20Br%20FINAL%204-30-03.pdf ;
12. Fact: The vast majority of small business owners in Rhinebeck can't cut $1000 checks to politicians; Dutchess County needs campaign finance reform to clean up county government and end the pay to play-- literally millions of our tax dollars annually in county contracts going to entities making thousand-dollar campaign contributions-- as the Poughkeepsie Journal has editorialized for.
[see: http://www.petitiononline.com/cleangov ; Rockland County has had this in place since 1998;
13. Fact: Small business owners in Rhinebeck and all across our county would benefit from lower taxes; Schenectady County has smaller number of county employees and retirees than we have here in Dutchess-- yet they save one million dollars a year with a Canadian prescription drug option for county employees and retirees; Rensselaer County does this too (with GOP County Exec Kathy Jimino there); FDA is NOT cracking down on these; see http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SaveOnRx .
14. Fact: Small business owners in Rhinebeck and across the county would benefit if local homeowners had more money to spend. We Democrats in the Co. Leg. sponsored a resolution for Dutchess to save $27 million annually for 110,000 local residents every winter on home heating oil bills with a plan here similar to one already successfully run in Cortlandt, Putnam Valley, Somers, and Peekskill (saving $250 annually for each homeowner there)-- but the Republicans shot it down in February of 2010.
[ http://www.townofcortlandt.com/cit-e-access/news/index.cfm?NID=12528&TID=20&jump2=0 ]
15. Fact: Foreclosed homes hurt small business owners and all of us in the community with redirected impact/cost to taxpayers and lower property values; former Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus sent all of us in Co. Leg. a letter Dec. 15th telling us that "Foreclosure rates in Dutchess County, again our neighbors and friends suffering the anguish and stress of losing their homes, are at record numbers. There are a total of over 4,000 foreclosures in Dutchess over just the last three-year period." This is pertinent because Dutchess County continues to do business with three large irresponsible financial institutions it doesn't have to (with literally $150 million in accounts with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo ($50 million each)-- all documented to have been involved in mortgage/foreclosure mess. It doesn't have to be this way; Albany County ended a $90 million account last fall with Bank of America, for instance; L.A., Ithaca, Hempstead, Binghamton, and Freeport have all moved in the same direction-- to divest from JPMorgan Chase, et. al.; why can't Dutchess? Recall-- even the Northern Dutchess Alliance's "Blueprint for Economic Development" report calls for holding local financial institutions responsible; see http://www.NorthernDutchess.org for more on this.
[ http://MoveYourMoneyProject.org ; http://www.nycommunities.org/taxonomy/term/2 ;
http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtouryalai/2011/08/16/eric-schneiderman-is-a-big-thorn-in-bank-of-americas-side/ ; http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/12/prweb9016844.htm ;
So-- hope to see you all there Weds. 5:30 pm at Rhinebeck Village Hall (76 E. Market St. there-- 12572)!...
[pass it on]
p.s. Update-- one more thing-- check out http://Chamber.350.org too!...(recall-- even 350.org's own Bill McKibben was speaking about this right here in Dutchess County last year-- at Millbrook's Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies-- the fact is that 56 Chambers of Commerce across the country, and 6254 individual businesses as well have signed on to the Chamber.350.org statement-- to this, in effect-- "What does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have to do with Climate Change? The US Chamber is controlled by a handful of dirty energy companies and opposes every single effort to curb climate pollution"...(why hasn't the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce done this?)...
[recall below sent out to my Rhinebeck e-list last Tues.; thx again tons to many of you for support & positive feedback on this]
New Rhinebeck Chamber annual dinner rule-- no Democratic speakers allowed?...
For literally just about every year now for the last eight years running, I've spoken (along with other local elected officials) at the January State of Rhinebeck Annual Dinners hosted by Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce at the Beekman Arms...(talk to local Democratic Committee folks on this; they can confirm)...
So I was a bit surprised to read below that I would not be speaking at this year's event (only GOP)!...
Note-- I recently/gently reminded folks at the Chamber that I've spoken at just about all the previous January State of Rhinebeck Annual Dinners hosted by the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce, and I asked to be included as part of the program below-- they, for some reason, again told me no on this...
Feel free to ask them why, seemingly, only GOP officials are allowed to speak this time...
Email them (politely) with your thoughts on this (as you wish)-- at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Fact: Small business issues are far from foreign to me; I've done quite a bit of research/advocacy on 'em:
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/SmallBiz ; http://www.PetitionOnline.com/smallbiz .
[I've also been advocating for well over a decade now for the county to do more re: microenterprise too: http://www.whvw.net/nyp1/ ; http://www.activistresource.org/calendar/cal_event.php?id=5902 ; http://www.activistresource.org/calendar/cal_event.php?id=6370 .]
[finally, frankly, I've also spent a lot of money over last decade subsidizing various Chamber events!]
Pass it on...
Class of 1981 Rhinebeck High School Graduate
Five-Term Dutchess County Legislator (Rhinebeck/Clinton)
[...and yes-- former dishwasher-- way back when-- at Beekman Arms too!]
[if this is payback for local GOP's seeming inability in finding a candidate to beat me (I ran unopposed for fifth term this past Nov.), so be it, but honestly, it doesn't make Chamber look good/fair, or bipartisan]
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From: Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce
Subject: State of Rhinebeck Annual Dinner 2012
Date: Jan 9, 2012 8:38 AM
Please rsvp, if you haven't done so. Ads should be submitted by Tuesday, January 10th. Information at bottom of flyer. Thank you for participating in this great annual event!
State of Rhinebeck Annual Dinner 2012
Annual dinner for elected officials to present to the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce membership.
Speakers this year will be Mayor Jim Reardon, Deputy Supervisor Bruce Washburn and newly elected County Executive Marc Molinaro.
Program sponsorships of 1/4 and 1/2 pages are available.
January 19, 2011
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
The Beekman Arms
Colleen Cruikshank, 845-876-5904
Thursday, January 19th from 6 to 9 pm.
$55 per member/$65 for non-members.
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