Earlier this month, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) was recognized at a meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce for work helping facilitate the joining of the Chamber with the Rockaway Business Alliance, the group that formed to help drive local business growth around the time of Superstorm Sandy. On the occasion of Sandy’s five-year anniversary, the Queens Chamber held their first meeting that formally included the RBA.
“The story of Sandy is one of self-help, of the will of a community to come together and rebuild,” said Pheffer Amato. “Nobody exemplifies that spirit better than the RBA. They help businesses grow and help them write their own stories of recovery and thriving. The Queens Chamber, meanwhile, is incredibly innovative and energetic and has been a major driver behind the progress of the Borough of Growth. It was my honor to help formalize the weaving-together of these two fantastic groups. They’ve already brainstormed some great ways to collaborate at this first meeting, and I’m sure there will be many more. I look forward to the future we’ll build together for the business community in South Queens!”
“The Queens Chamber of Commerce was honored to organize the 5th Anniversary Remembrance of Hurricane Sandy with the Rockaway Business Alliance,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “I have been seeking an organizational business partner in the Rockaways since I came on board in 2015. With the support of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato, we came together as one at the Bungalow Bar and have begun working on a true partnership to assist and support the businesses that call the Rockaways home. We look forward to future endeavors together.”
“Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on the Rockaway community, effects that are still felt to this day,” said Theo Boguszewski, an associate with Perch Advisors, who helps manage the Rockaway Business Alliance. “However, it’s a testament to the incredible resiliency of this community that from this awful disaster, Rockaway has emerged stronger and more connected — this was evidenced by the event last Monday. The Rockaway business community has such incredible passion and desire to grow and overcome, and the Rockaway Business Alliance is honored to drive this collective effort.”