Welcome to Ronkonkoma!
The chamber is comprised of people who are committed to improving the economic climate and quality of life in the Greater Ronkonkomas. The strength of our Chamber of Commerce lies in the size and diversity of its membership. Both large and small businesses from virtually every profession are represent. The members ARE the Chamber.
Dear Business Colleagues and Neighbors,
“Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign” –Five Man Electrical Band
“For Sale” Signs that is…..
For many people, living on Long Island is no longer feasible. The costs associated with owning and maintaining a home is such a financial burden that many have no other choice but to relocate. Affordable housing for the young and “empty nesters” looking to scale down are scarce.
School taxes… just look at your tax statement, need I say more? We pay outrageous school taxes to educate our youth, many in turn leave Long Island, taking their expensive education with them to another state. Good for that state…. not so good for Long Island.
Lack of high paying jobs on Long Island. Today’s youth want to live in a walkable community, with restaurants, pubs, etc. and be able to walk to their jobs. Sounds good, right? Well you can’t always get what you want. So here’s a suggestion — if you can’t walk to your job or get a high paying job on Long Island, grab the train and get one in New York City, as many of us did or still do to obtain the things we want in life. You may find you’ll enjoy the excitement and culture working in Manhattan offers and then return home at night to beautiful Long Island life. Remember… all things come in time.
Many problems plague Long Island and I don’t claim to have the answers, but our elected officials must do something and do it quickly or we’ll be the next region to say “Will the last person leaving Long Island please turn out the lights.”
Let’s Support Each Other! – Local businesses are often asked for donations to support our local sports teams and causes. As we support you, we ask that you support your local businesses. Ronkonkoma businesses have everything you need for your yard and home, dining, health & wellness, insurance, real estate, printing, banking, to name a few. Go to the Chamber website www.RonkonkomaChamber.com click on members to find the type of business you are looking for and support a Chamber member. It’s good for everyone!
That’s it for now. Until next month…
President, Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce