“We know our customers, our clientele. We can protect them best,” roared Eileen Tyznar, president of the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce at a press conference held on Tuesday, …
“We know our customers, our clientele. We can protect them best,” roared Eileen Tyznar, president of the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce at a press conference held on Tuesday, May 26, prominently in the center of Main Street, Sayville, in front of the shuttered retailers, Sayville General Store and Kay Cameron Jewelers.
The public outcry for small businesses to be allowed to reopen has grown stronger as big-box stores like Target have boasted filled parking lots and non-socially-distanced crowds. The disparity of a burgeoning Target parking lot and the ghost town of Sayville Main Street was on full display with a large, and recent, photo of the Sayville Target parking lot placed strategically next to the podium.
Among the attendees were presidents of sister chambers, including Bayport-Blue Point, Patchogue, Middle Island, Holbrook, as well as elected officials including Anthony Piccirillo, Doug Smith, Mary Kate Mullen, Alexis Weik, and a number of local Sayville restaurant and store owners.
The overall message from the myriad of speakers was the same: to encourage the governor to open small businesses as they could follow social distancing and pandemic protocols. Personalized store signs were on display, to show the “shopping safety” rules that would be in effect for each store. The chamber promised to provide their members with necessary items, including hand sanitizer, masks, and latex gloves.
Restaurant owners spoke of their gratitude for the allowance of takeout and curbside delivery, but said that the rules for outdoor dining needed to be reviewed, amended, and allowed in order make any real impact on their bottom lines.
Carol Seitz, president of Bayport-Blue Point Chamber and owner of Therm-a-Trol, said, “I have the privilege of working with Islip Town and Brookhaven Town... there is solidarity... in our chamber, I’m letting anyone advertise on our website. You don’t have to be member, just as long as you have a business in our area.” She also spoke of serving on the Brookhaven Task Force for reopening and working closely with Tyznar, who serves on the Sayville Chamber Task Force, to have “congruency” between the chambers.
On Thursday, May 28, Gov. Cuomo received backlash for delaying the Phase 2 reopening of other areas in the state.