Board director of the chamber of commerce John Dallaire wrote the minutes for the meeting. Approximately 30 people attended.
The founder and president of the organization, Arthur Rosenfield, acted as the chairperson for the meeting, leading the group with the pledge of alligence and reinforcing the chambers guiding principle—“The success of the other guy is essential to my own.”
Rosenfield stressed the importance of the chamber of commerce for the Long Island City and Astoria areas. “There was a question—‘should we have a chamber of commerce?’” he said. After receiving over a hundred emails from 120 different companies, Rosenfield said a meeting was held to start the organization.
Since their beginnings in March, 2011 Rosenfield admits “We’ve had great support from so many people and organizations.”
Guest speaker Dan Halloran, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and a City Council Member of District 19, discussed his platform at the meeting as a lifelong Queens resident.
He was elected to the City Council in 2009 on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Libertarian lines to represent such Queens neighborhoods as College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck. “That’s how people got to know me,” Halloran said. “I’m somebody from the neighborhood.”
The President of 30th Avenue Merchants Association, Frank Archabascio, discussed the advancement of Astoria and Long Island City as a hub for culinary culture.
“We’d love for this to be the capital of the culinary world,” Archabascio said., discussing the upcoming 30th Ave. Restaurant Week from Oct. 13 to Oct. 21 to promote restaurants in Astoria. For more information about upcoming events, contact Archabascio at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the meeting concluded, Rosenfield said the organization was currently filing their incorporation certificate with the state to set up the official destination for the chamber of commerce, which will be located at 24-01 44th Road, Long Island City.
“This will be a very substantial organization,” Rosenfield said. “It will be a resource for the community to help improve the quality of life and the flow of business.”
Rosenfield added that the organization is hoping to have 200 members by the end of the year, and up to 1500 by the end of next year.