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'Keep Calm & Kerri On' ~ October 9, 2020
Norwich, NY
10/09/2020 08:53 AM

Dear Friends,

Thank you for being patient as we worked out the new platform for my messages to you. I’d like to welcome you to my new weekly blog! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


There is so much I could talk about with you this week, as the past few weeks have been very busy for us. We went from no events (for months) to back to back to back events - I think the staff is just starting to remember what day it is! We are so happy that we can bring you programming that is valuable to you and your business, as well as honoring our many businesses, organizations and people who make Chenango County the place that it is! Part of the reason Chenango County is such a powerhouse in the Southern Tier is because of our elected officials who work tirelessly for the betterment of our county, our businesses and our community. I am so thrilled that one of our plans for 2020 can come to fruition! What am I talking about? Our 2020 Legislative Breakfast, which will be held next Thursday, October 15th at The Silo Restaurant in Greene. We are honored to be providing our very first hybrid event, which means we will host a small, in-person breakfast, while we simultaneously host a virtual event so anyone who is not able to, or comfortable with attending in person, can still participate. Isn’t technology great?? In theory, it will go very smoothly and we have a crackerjack team to make sure that it does, but we appreciate your patience as we launch this type of event for the very first time.


I would like to thank our sponsors, Chobani, NBT Bank and Preferred Mutual for sponsoring the event, as without their investment into programs like this, it wouldn’t be possible. I would also like to thank our elected leaders who have all committed to attending, either in person or virtually:


Senator Fred Akshar, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, Assemblyman Gary Finch and Senator James Seward (Virtually).


We are honored that we will have a special presentation from Greg Biryla from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and Ryan Silva from the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC). Both will speak for a few minutes about their work and initiatives for 2020 and outlook for 2021. We really appreciate their willingness to make the trip for our very early breakfast event. I told them that a trip to the Silo for breakfast was well worth the early morning drive!


It is so important to stay on top of issues, priorities and goals of those we have elected to represent us in government. Benjamin Franklin said, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”


It is our responsibility and our right to question our leaders, share with them our concerns, praise their achievements and work together for a better future. That’s why events like the Legislative Breakfast are so important, and I am grateful that we can give our members this chance to meet with our elected leaders and ask those questions. They are ready to listen, so let’s be thoughtful and direct about what we need them to prioritize in the coming months. To that effect, all those who are registered to attend the breakfast (either in-person or virtually) are invited to share with us your questions in advance. Unfortunately, due to time we will not have a live Q&A session, nor will there be time for a debate, but I will act as moderator and we will get through as many of your comments and questions that we can. In addition, we will share the full list with our guests afterwards so they are aware of what Chenango County needs. Please forward your questions to  and as always, if you have any question you are welcome to contact me directly.


Stay safe, Chenango. ~ Kerri

Kerri Green
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