The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its yearly State of Rhinebeck Annual Dinner 2012 Thursday, Jan. 19th at 6 pm at the Beekman Arms— in its own words, its “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 & newly elected County Executive Molinaro.” [no Democrats]
The question is this-- why is it that I, though I just got elected to a fifth consecutive term to represent Rhinebeck and Clinton in our County Legislature, and though I've spoken for many years running at this event, am not being allowed to speak?...
[and yes-- believe it or not-- I've also spent quite a bit of my own money subsidizing the Chamber through my attendance at quite a few of their events over the past decade as well]
[also-- check out these two online petition efforts I started years ago on behalf of small businesses; I am no stranger to their issues; see www.PetitionOnline.com/SmallBiz and www.petitiononline.com/smallbiz]
So-- send a polite email to the Chamber asking why-- at firstname.lastname@example.org-- and let us know if you’d like to help us form a new, truly bipartisan and nonpartisan Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce as well!...
[will be circulating hard-copy petition over next week on this-- to make it clear that at least ONE Democrat should be allowed to speak at this event; let me know if you'd like a copy and we'll make sure you get one!]
Rhinebeck High School Class of 1981