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Candidates Meet and Greet An Important Exercise In Democracy

The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce recently presented the 3rd annual Candidates Meet & Greet at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac, with over 70 members of Putnam’s business and political communities at the September 30 event. They came to listen to 16 of this year’s candidates for offices in Putnam County at the State, County and local levels, give 3 minute positive, non-confrontational presentations about themselves that were video recorded and will be shown on our cable networks and here on the Chambers’ website.

In contrast to the often heated exchanges seen on TV and the talk show circuit, each of the presenting candidates were polite and proper, under the watchful eyes of the League of Women Voters and the capable moderator, Marc Pekowsky. Most of the candidates for the local Senate and Assembly races, County Executive, County Clerk, County Legislator, and the Patterson Town Council were in attendance. Many stayed throughout the presentations and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments afterward while joining in friendly conversations about their campaigns and conditions in Putnam County. This Meet & Greet was designed to establish a civil prelude before the serious campaigning leading up to the General Elections on Tuesday, November 4th, and we are pleased to be able to say that the mission was successfully accomplished.

The Chambers views this event as an important exercise in the democratic process, because it provides our members, colleagues and concerned citizens an opportunity to be informed as to the major political issues of the day and to have a say in shaping the future. Our freedom to elect our representatives in government is a right, a responsibility and a duty that must be exercised in an informed manner for us to continue our special benefits in our American Democracy. So please – get out and Vote on November 4th!

– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce

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