Everyone is feeling the pandemic fiscal pinch in different ways, but the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce has had to dissolve the position of its executive director, currently held by Christopher Short. This announcement came last week with board of director’s president Sheila Gidaly writing that they had “held out hope during the majority of 2020,” but without having had any in-person events, or any in the foreseeable future due to Covid-19, they were forced to make “difficult decisions.”
“As there are currently no events to sponsor, our sponsorship revenue has decreased substantially,” said Gidaly. As a result, the Chamber decided to “temporarily dissolve the position of our executive director.” The board thanked Short for all of his hard work during this challenging time and said that this was their only option for staying solvent and being able to continue to serve their membership and business community. “He has quickly become like a family member and we will be very sad to see him go,” said Gidaly.
Gidaly did say that the Chamber was still accessible at its office at One EPIC Place in new Paltz and that they will have “remaining staff and a working board of directors to maintain Chamber operations to be of service to you.” She encouraged people to purchase their Taste of New Paltz Passports as it’s a “quick and easy way to support over 21 of our local businesses when they need it most.”
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