COVID Update: Putnam Creates Committee To Help Small Businesses

Lanning Taliaferro

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY — To help small businesses reopen and recover from the economic crisis caused by the new coronavirus shutdown, the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation has formed an advisory committee to help provide, share and disseminate information.

In addition, the PCEDC reminds residents to shop local.

"We implore county residents to stay loyal to Putnam’s businesses by continuing to Shop Putnam now and to hold on just a little longer until more area businesses are allowed to reopen," said Kathleen Abels, President, PCEDC. "Since the pandemic shut down life as we once knew it, we have seen many small businesses suffer and worry about their ability to carry on."

The new coronavirus outbreak has largely subsided in Putnam. As of Monday, there had been no change since last week in the number of active cases: 33; in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Putnam Hospital: 10; or in the death toll: 56.

However, new cases continue to appear — the county added eight cases Monday.

Putnam County Health Department

The PCEDC’s Small Business Advisory Committee represents a broad cross section of industries and business leaders from every corner of the county. Members include Tom Feighery, Fiddler’s Green Pub and Putnam County Project Manager; Bryan Kelly, AON Physical Therapy; Ed Galligan, Carmel Flower Shop; Chris DeBellis, Contractor & Assistant Town Code Enforcement Officer; Maria Quezada, Six Diamonds Tree Service and Landscaping; Brian Ledley, Ledley Food Service; Stephanie Tomlinson, Salon Uccelli; Kimball Gell, Dolly's Restaurant at Garrison's Landing; Nisim Sachakov, Limni & Mezzaluna Restaurants; Angela Briante, Briante Realty Group; and Emily Simoness, SPACE on Ryder Farm.

PCEDC Board members on the committee include Richard Weiss, CPA, Founder and Consultant Weiss Advisory Group; Margie Keith, retired Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director; Bob Zubrycki, Concertmaster for the American Symphony Orchestra; and Walter Recher, SmallBall Marketing.

The PCEDC has posted ongoing COVID-19 Related Business Resources to assist businesses to stay abreast of opportunities and orders from the state and federal government.

NYS Industry Re-Opening Guidelines, including mandatory practices, recommended best practices and templates for business safety plans, can be found on Forward New York.

The PCEDC Small Business Advisory Committee will continue to meet during the coming months to promote Shop Putnam and to develop strategies to adjust to new trends in the way residents think, live, work, learn, shop, travel and entertain.

"This is a forum for small businesses to voice their concerns and share ideas that will help them to survive and prepare for a new economic reality," Abels said. For more information, contact her at 845-242-2212.

This article originally appeared on the Southeast-Brewster Patch