On a special day, Monday, a special guest, Congressman Tom Suozzi, carved time from his busy schedule to engage with an eager gathering of two chambers of commerce: Plainview-Old Bethpage and Syosset-Woodbury. POB Chamber president Elan Wurtzel thanked Charo Ezdrin, the Syosset-Woodbury Chamber president, for arranging Representative Suozzi’s appearance. An energized crowd of nearly 100 members
and guests listened raptly to Suozzi’s message which included easing fears about the “anxiety surrounding North Korea,” and the urgency of domestic issues like healthcare reform, which he referred to as “serious business” and “a life or death decision” for many Americans.
Also presenting at the multi-chamber general membership meeting were two Spotlight Speakers: Dr. Steven Riess, chiropractor, and Carolyn Palladino, of Excel at Woodbury for Rehabilitation and Nursing. And for the POB Chamber, Paige Bravin and Barbi Schwartzberg, of SNAP (Special Needs Autism Program) made their meeting debut. Paige introduced the worthy charity focusing on the enhancement of services for students with special needs in the POB schools. The chamber will support their efforts for one year.
In his almost 30-minute presentation, Representative Suozzi, a Glen Cove Democrat and member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committee, shared that he was one of four Congressman selected to attend a recent meeting with the president which included a briefing on North Korea. Rep. Suozzi related his confidence in Defense Secretary James Mattis and other staff in making intelligent decisions surrounding the tense military situation there. “There are good people working on it in Washington every day,” he assured. He also took questions from members, one of which spurred a dialogue about the importance of increasing the wages and status of trade jobs in the US.