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THE ORANGE COUNTY CHAMBER

APRIL/MA Y 2017

A COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE

REACH OVER 16,000 O.C. PRIME BUSINESSES

Buy Orange. Build Orange. Give Orange. Sell Orange.

Want To Know The Best Way To Network, Mix And Mingle?

BUSINESS INSIDER OC Chamber Names New Office Manager

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York

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Mumps: Not a Thing of the Past 4 OC Chamber Names Director of Communications

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United Way Announces New Members, Promotions

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You should be having breakfast every month with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

SLCH Verified As Level III Trauma Center

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When it comes to breakfast and networking the Orange Chamber of Commerce is the way to get the best of both worlds. If you have not been to breakfast with the Chamber in 2017, this is what you have missed. Orange County Chamber hosted their annual Legislative Briefing at their January General membership

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NETWORK IT Orange County Chamber taking 2017 by storm. Check out our exciting new events to help you Mix, Mingle and Network. Page 15.

Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange addresses packed room at the March Chamber Breakfast.

ORANGE PULSE The Accelerator Page 5

MAKING IT IN O.C. LEGOLAND New York and many more exciting businesses are choosing Orange County as their home on page 9.

Making it in OC Awards & Recognition Notable People Awards & Recognition: Years of Membership New Chamber Members

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INORANGE Local Nonprofits to Benefit from “Hudson Valley Gives” 18 Events Calendar 19 Committee Meetings 19

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BUSINESS INSIDER Deborah Patterson

OC Chamber of Commerce Names New Office Manager

Chris Pennings

Arlean Veve, has been a chamber employee since 2013, she started with the Chamber as Executive Administrative Assistant. As of 2017 she has been promoted to Office Manager for the Chamber. Veve is responsible for the smooth running of the Chamber office, from greeting guests, answering phones, managing the chamber calendars and handling all IT needs of the office. “Arlean has been a loyal employee and a great source of knowledge for the staff ” said Chamber President Lynn Allen Cione. “It was only natural to promote her into a title that truly encompasses all of her responsibilities and we are fortunate to have Arlean’s smiling face and positive energy as the first contact with our members and guests.” When you call the Chamber office number you will be greeted by Arlean, and she is always happy to help.

Economic Development Director, Orange & Rockland Utilities Vice President, Knapp Consultants

Vanessa Primus

Certified Advisor, NYS Small Business Development Corp.

OFF ICE RS Ralph Martucci, Chairman of the Board

Lorianna Nizolek

Director of Business Development, M&R Energy Resources Corp.

Linda Muller, Chair-Elect

President & CEO, Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Josh Sommers, First Vice Chairman

President, Focus Media, Inc.

Marcel Martino, Second Vice Chairman President, Inspire

Sharon B. Warantz, Secretary President, Jellybean Promotions

Vice President, TD Bank

Dr. Kristine Young

President, SUNY Orange

CHAMBER COUNSEL Glen L. Heller, Drake, Loeb, PLLC, Attorneys at Law EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen Thomas C. DeBenedictus

Frank Giordano, III, Treasurer

F. Edward Devitt

Partner, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC

Katharine Fitzgerald

Tom Sullivan, Immediate Past Chairman

Thomas F. Gibney

Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc., Funeral Homes

Patricia Gilchrest Stewart P. Glenn

Eric Maldonado, At Large

Robert Heiferman

Partner,Verizon Wireless Zone

Louis Heimbach

Jean Sexton, At Large

Donna Johnson-Klonsky

Branch Manager, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Lynn Allen Cione, President

Orange County Chamber of Commerce

BOAR D OF D IREC TORS Peter Berman

CEO, The Ruby Group

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Woody Levitan Anthony Martine Carole S. McDermott Marsh H. Merrill Ralph L. Mills Dr. Kunwar Nagpal Peter Polhamus

Renee Bulla

Vice President, Client Services Momentum Advertising and Design

Dreena Pross

Grace Caporale Coddington

A. Alan Seidman

Partner, Harness Advisors

Robert W. Scherreik James P. Smith, Jr.

Erik Collier

Managing Member, Collier Construction, LLC

William F. Vacca

Tonia Crown

Jill M. Varricchio

Partner, RBT CPAs, LLP

Bob DeFelice

General Manager, Fox Radio

Gianna Franco

Regional Account Executive, Time Warner Cable

Michael Gilfeather

President, Orange Bank & Trust Company

Ed Harrison

General Manager, Stewart International Airport

Johann Huleatt

Outreach Director, Community Products, LLC

Mark Kalish

Senior Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Melissa McCoy

Chief Advancement Officer, Abilities First, Inc.

Charlie Milich

President, The RAL Supply Group

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”), here in the Hudson Valley the minimum wage increased to $9.70. It will increase to $10.40 for 2018, and continue to increase each year until it reaches $12.50 for 2021. Thereafter, the Commissioner of Labor will determine minimum wage increases based on the rate of inflation. While there is a general minimum wage, there are also several industry-specific minimum wages. The farming industry has a new set of wages that applies on farms where the total cash remuneration paid to all persons employed on the farm exceeded $3,000 in the previous calendar year. You can find details here https:// labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/Part190.pdf Wages for the hospitality industry, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, and fast food establishments, can be found here https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/ CR146.pdf. The regulations are lengthy and detailed and include regulations on mandatory uniforms, tips, and employees who receive meals or lodging as part of their compensation.

received by the employee bring his or her earnings up to the minimum wage or more. More information is available here https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/factsheets/ pdfs/p717.pdf Wages for employees in the building service industry, such as maintenance workers and janitors, can be found here https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/ Part141.pdf If you are unsure of what the minimum wage is for your business, you can look it up using this calculator: https://labor. ny.gov/minimum-wage-lookup/ Remember that all employers are required to post a minimum wage information poster in their business establishment. A new poster will now be required, which can be obtained from DOL and from other publishers.

CHAMBER STAFF Lynn Allen Cione, President lynnc@orangeny.com

GERALD N. JACOBOWITZ Senior Partner at J&G The DOL enforces wage and hours laws. An employer that violates the minimum wage law can be subject to criminal prosecution and may be required to pay underpayments, liquidated damages, interest, and penalties up to 200 percent of the unpaid wages. Be sure to consult with your payroll service advisor to ensure compliance with these new changes.

Cheryl Cohen Director of Membership Investment cherylc@orangeny.com Casey Meier Director of Finance caseym@orangeny.com Barbara Martinez, Director of Communications barbaram@orangeny.com Erin Pascual, Director of Marketing & Events erinp@orangeny.com Will Peirce Membership Services Coordinator williamp@orangeny.com Craig Pelsue Member Relationship Manager craigp@orangeny.com Scott Wohl Director of Membership scottw@orangeny.com Arlean Veve Office Manager arleanv@orangeny.com

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Mumps: Not A Thing Of The Past The recent outbreak of mumps at SUNY New Paltz and other college campuses across the nation has put an illness, often considered vanished, back in the spotlight. Vaccines have been exceedingly effective in reducing the instances of mumps, even to the point of mumps being briefly classified as “eradicated” in 2000 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The illness does periodically flare up, and college campuses are often epicenters. While outbreaks tend to cause a stir, a little knowledge goes a long way toward avoiding and handling mumps. First thing to know is that mumps is a virus, just like the flu, and is rarely critical. Its most tell-tale symptom is parotitis, a swelling of the salivary glands that causes puffy cheeks and jaw. Mumps also shares common symptoms with the flu: fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and loss of appetite. Symptoms surface anywhere from 12 to 18 days after exposure, and for most people mumps resolves itself within a few weeks. Today, children routinely receive their Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)

vaccination, making them the lowest risk group. Recent outbreaks have more often affected older people whose vaccinations have waned over time. In rare adult cases serious complications can include infection of the brain, ovaries and testicles. Mumps can also be more serious during pregnancy, and possibly cause harm to the fetus. Young adults, especially those living in close quarters, are the highest risk group. Because mumps is easily transmitted, also like the flu, college students who dorm and dine together are particularly susceptible to infection. Mumps spread swiftly when saliva or mucus get into the environment. Coughing and sneezing are major culprits, as well as the sharing of utensils and cups. Any shared surface or space can become troublesome. The best course of action to avoid mumps is immunization, which the CDC reports is 88 percent effective. Besides that, common sense measures like washing your hands regularly, staying home if you’re sick, and avoiding infected people and areas are your best bets. If

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you suspect you’ve been infected, let your doctor know right away. There is no cure for mumps, but symptomatic supportive care can help alleviate discomfort from its symptoms. The outbreak at SUNY New Paltz reminds us that even though we don’t see mumps much anymore, it is out in the community and we need to stay vigilant and stay immunized. Consult your healthcare provider if you are wondering if you should receive a new immunization or booster.

As a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, one of the many benefits of being a member includes being our guest on one of our radio shows. The Orange County Chamber is proud to have media partners such as Fox Radio, WALL Radio and WTBQ Radio. If you are a member and would like to come be our guest we would love to speak with you and highlight information about your business and tips you may have about your industry. The following are dates and times for our programs: WTBQ – LIVE radio program called “Orange Chamber Business Wise” airs every Friday from 12pm-1pm. The radio station is located at 179 Sanfordville Road Warwick.  WALL – Taped radio program called “Orange County Chamber Chat” is pre-recorded every Wednesday from 11am-12pm and airs every Saturday @ 9am.  The radio station is located at 45 Dolson Ave # 4 Middletown. FOX – Taped radio program called “Let’s Talk Orange County Chamber Business” is prerecorded once a month the 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 4pm-4:4:30pm.  The radio station is located at 661 Little Britain Road New Windsor.

This is the perfect opportunity to promote your business/organization or discuss topics that are important to our County. Interested in being a guest? Contact Director of Communications Barbara Martinez at barbaram@orangeny.com or (845) 497-9700.

OC Chamber of Commerce Names Director of Communications Barbara Martinez, an Orange County resident for over 20 years, has been named Director of Communications at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for handling all communications for the chamber. Martinez is also responsible for the Chamber’s bi-monthly publication “Business Watch”, providing administrative support to the Board of Directors and is alternate On Air personality for the Chamber’s radio programs on FOX, WALL and WTBQ radio. Prior to working for the Chamber, Martinez worked for the Sheriff ’s Office. Extremely community minded she sits on many local boards such as Literacy Orange. She is a proud graduate of SUNY Orange and received her degree in Communications from Marist BARBARA MARTINEZ College. “Barbara has an extensive background in Communications and community relations,” said Chamber President Lynn Allen Cione. “She is a natural on the radio and her communications skills and positive cando attitude, as well as being bi-lingual is a wonderful addition to the Chamber.” “I am so honored and humbled to have been chosen to be a part of the Chamber. Communications and connecting with people is my passion, I am so blessed to have been afforded this opportunity and I am happy to be part of such a great team at the Chamber,” said Martinez. “So make sure to connect with me and let’s chat on the radio, I am looking forward to working closely with all of our members.” Barbara Martinez can be reached at barbaram@orangeny.com or (845) 457-9700. 4

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ORANGE PULSE The Accelerator - Working To Attract and Support Manufacturing Based Business in the Hudson Valley

THANKS TO OUR 2017 CORPORATE PARTNERS D I A M O N D PA R T N E R Crystal Run Healthcare

The Accelerator, an Orange County business incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley, has been serving Hudson Valley businesses since 2009— and now it’s expanding. Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, The Accelerator works to attract and support manufacturing-based businesses, and ultimately grow and retain jobs in the Hudson Valley. The Accelerator serves local companies from its office space at Stewart Airport, recently opened additional spaces at the airport, and is opening satellite spaces in Middletown this year.  

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About 18 months ago, The Accelerator program was revamped to increase its focus on manufacturing companies in every industry vertical, including artisan food and beverage, sewing, electronics technology, skin care products, 3D printing, medical devices. The Accelerator’s goal now, rather than just offering office space and mentorship, has been broadened to include production assistance, access to machinery, workforce development support, identifying grant opportunities, as well as education and mentoring for small batch, high-mix manufacturing. Through its broad range of services and comprehensive approach to business and industry growth, The Accelerator helps local businesses with problems ranging from not attracting enough customers, to having too many customers to handle and needing to ramp up production quickly. Businesses can apply to join as Accelerator clients and locate their business on-site, or join as associate clients through its “Accelerator Without Walls” (AWOW) program. There are currently 15 clients receiving on-site services at the Accelerator and 50 receiving assistance through AWOW. The Accelerator offers on-site clients a host of resources including below-market occupancy costs, workforce training, mentoring programs, and access to mentoring from experienced professionals such as engineers, consultants and scientists. Another key resource is access to high-tech design and manufacturing equipment, such as a 3D printer and small-scale bottling equipment.  This equipment is housed in The Accelerator’s “SMARTT PODS” (Production On Demand System) and “SMARTT LABS’, which are housed on-site and at various other locations in the Hudson Valley in connection with its nonprofit partner TSEC.  This past October, The Accelerator opened a satellite location (also at Stewart Airport) to house multiple bottling PODS for clients.  This was an exciting development for The Accelerator’s soap and skin care manufacturing clients, who were able to move production out of their kitchens and scale up their businesses. This location now also houses a commercial sewing PODS, which will be utilized by The Accelerator’s fashion/sewing clients. The AWOW program is perfect for established Orange County businesses looking to grow and expand, solve a specific problem such as losing a big client or outgrowing their space, or find guidance in areas such as marketing, legal issues, or production efficiency (to name a few). Associate clients participating in the AWOW program receive the services including consulting, mentoring, and problem solving from the Accelerator’s cadre of professional mentors at no cost.  AWOW clients can also access The Accelerator’s network of manufacturing equipment PODS throughout the Hudson Valley.

G O L D PA R T N E R S Access: Supports for Living Community Products, LLC Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union M&T Bank Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. Orange County Business Accelerator Orange Bank and Trust Company Orange Regional Medical Center Stewart Airport/The PANYNJ Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loans PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Media Vision Advertising Niki Jones Agency, Inc. M E D I A PA R T N E R S Fox Radio Group Bold Gold Media Group Hudson Valley Weather Hudson Valley Press Mid Hudson News Network ND Pro Media WDLC/WYNY/Wall Radio WTBQ Radio

As part of its services to regional businesses and the community, The Accelerator periodically hosts events to highlight a specific industry, match businesses to resources, or support workforce development- including events that target students preparing to enter our local workforce. With the expansion of The Accelerator, Hudson Valley businesses can expect to see a greater presence of the organization in their communities. Most recently, The Accelerator hosted the first “Hudson Valley Hackathon,” an all-day, marathon computer programming and coding event for high school and college students. At the Hackathon, which was moderated by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association and held at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in Middletown, participants were challenged to create a computer application to serve the medical field. By the end of the event, the students had created a game to help children cope with battling cancer, and a web-based application to help patients find the right doctor in their community. The Hackathon was an introductory event for The Accelerator’s larger effort to support the software industry in the Hudson Valley, which will include the opening of a computerfocused PODS in the city Middletown this year.   Anyone who is interested in learning more about The Accelerator’s programs and services can call 845-234-4449 or visit the website http://theaccelerator.business

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Catholic Charities Announces New Slate of Officers for 2017 SHOPRITE EXECUTIVE THOMAS URTZ OF HIGHLAND MILLS E LEC TE D BOAR D CHAI R

Goshen – Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan is pleased to announce the new slate of officers for the not-for-profit human service agency’s volunteer Board of Directors. The officers were elected unanimously by the sitting board at the December Board meeting, announced outgoing Board Chair Susan Murray-Tetz. Assuming the volunteer leadership positions at the February 2017 meeting of the Board will be:

Chair – Thomas Urtz of Highland Mills, Vice President of Operations for ShopRite Supermarkets

Vice Chair – Thomas Strahle of Ridgewood, NJ, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Pepsi of the Hudson Valley

Secretary – James Lawler of Middletown, retired Crystal Run Village Executive Director

Treasurer – James Raimo of Hyde Park – Vice President for Facilities and Operations at Mount Saint Mary College

Tom Urtz was first elected to the Catholic Charities Board of Directors in 2012. He is an active member of the agency’s Development committee, helping to raise much-needed funds for its anti-poverty programs, primarily through four annual events. The biggest of these is the Celebration of Charity dinner each spring at which Tom serves as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

BUSINESS INSIDER United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Announces New Members, Promotions United Way of the DutchessOrange Region is pleased to announce new members and promotions in its board of directors. The new additions to the board of directors, include Ava Bynum (Hudson Valley Seed), Richard Mayfield (Orange County Government), Sharon McGinnis (Central Hudson), Scott Sweeney (Marshall & Sterling), Herb K. White (Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union), and Steven V. Lant rejoined the board. IBM Vice President of Sales and Transaction Support Kevin Cleary is now the Second ViceChair of the Board, while Diane Passaro, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with the Orange Bank & Trust Company, is now the Secretary of the Board. “As United Way continues to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our region, we welcome the leadership, dedication, and expertise that Ava Bynum, Steve Lant, Rich Mayfield, Sharon McGinnis, Scott Sweeney, and Herb Mayfield bring to the Board of Directors,” said Barry Rothfeld, Chair of the Board.

Sharon McGinnis

Herb K. White

Steven V. Lant

Ava Bynum

Scott Sweeney

Kevin Cleary

Richard Mayfield

Diane Passaro

“I am proud of the programs and services Catholic Charities provides in Orange and Sullivan Counties to assist the most vulnerable in our community,” said Urtz. “It is an honor to serve as Chairman of the Board and support the outstanding work of Catholic Charities’ dedicated staff.”

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SLCH VERIFIED AS A LEVEL III TRAUMA CENTER

American College Of Surgeons Committee On Trauma Grants Hospital With Three Year Verification The trauma center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center through 2019 by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The SLCH Trauma Program officially began in May 2014, allowing the hospital to operate provisionally as an Area Trauma Center. Since that time, the SLCH trauma team has treated more than 1,000 patients, implementing policies and procedures designed to enhance the care provided to patients in need of trauma services. In November 2016, SLCH had its trauma verification survey conducted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. SLCH is the first hospital in New York State to receive a Level III trauma designation as a first time trauma center and is the only verified Level III Trauma Center in the Hudson Valley. “St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is proud to be able to provide this community with excellent trauma care, close to home, undoubtedly leading to better outcomes and saving lives, said Joan CusackMcGuirk, SLCH President and CEO.” SLCH is proud to partner with Surgical Affiliates Management Group (SAMGI) in the management of SLCH’s Trauma surgeons, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This dynamic team

assists in the management of trauma patients in all areas of the hospital during a patients stay. The Trauma Program has bolstered the Kaplan Family Center for Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Department team as it continues to provide comprehensive, high-quality emergent care to patients and their families throughout the community. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. “Trauma emergencies happen every single day and the opportunity to provide such critical care is extremely important,” said Thomas Robb, DO, SLCH Trauma Program Medical Director. “This verification is a tribute not only to the dedication of our incredible team, but also the necessity of a trauma center in our community”

A B O U T S T. L U K E ’ S C O R N W A L L H O S P I TA L S T. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital

(SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH is also recognized

as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row. In January 2016, SLCH officially partnered with Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.

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Beacon Place (ribbon Cutting 12/8/16)

Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan (ribbon Cutting 9/28/16) Sky Diamond Jewelers (ribbon cutting 10/15/16)

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NOTABLE PEOPLE JOHN BENNETT, MSW, LCSW-R, has joined the Access leadership team as Director of Behavior Health. For the past 6 years, John has held Director roles with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City as well as the Institute for Family Health in New Paltz, New York where he oversaw delivery services in Ulster and Dutchess Counties. He has depth of experience in overseeing multiple clinics in both Article 28 and 31 settings with focus on integrated care. His clinical experience includes work with families, homeless and at risk adolescents, LGBT and HIV positive adults.   John obtained his Masters in Social Work from NYU in 2007.  John’s   strong history of leadership, budgetary responsibilities and implementation of new programs along with a familiarity of our community make him an important new addition to our Senior Leadership team.  We look forward to John’s work with us.  WILLIAM BROWN - Access is pleased to announce his promotion to Director of Facilities and Manufacturing. Bill joined Occupations, now Access, in 1993 as a Plant Manager. Through his 23 years with Access, Bill has been an integral resource Access has depended on in the many initiatives he has led. In his new role, Bill is responsible for the maintenance of our internal multi-use facilities and residential homes, government products, contract packaging, and all of the grounds maintenance lines of businesses with the agency. Additionally, Bill is also responsible for our contractual Total Facilities Management line of business which includes the United States Military Preparatory School as well as leading our Transportation Department. He received a BA in Political Science from SUNY Oneonta.

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Armistead Mechanical, Inc., a provider of mechanical construction, engineering and contracting services throughout the New Jersey/New York area, was part of a team recognized for its work on the Celgene Building L Office and Parking Structure in Summit, New Jersey by the New Jersey Subcontractors Association (NJSA). Armistead Mechanical was a subcontractor of the design/build team put together by Turner Construction, in conjunction with architecture firm Highland Associates and civil engineering firm Langan Engineering & Environmental Services. “We were so pleased to participate in this exciting, award-winning project,” said Kevin Armistead, Chief Operating Officer of Armistead Mechanical. “The project team’s recognition by the NJSA affirms Armistead Mechanical’s track record of success in upholding high standards of mechanical contracting services.” CSArch is celebrating its 25th anniversary amid one of the firm’s most successful years in business. Widely-recognized as a leading architecture and engineering design firm in New York State, CSArch has expanded its staff to more than 80 professionals who have earned the firm a reputation for design excellence, hard work, and long-term relationships. In-house services include architecture, MEP engineering, interior design, construction management, and energy services for PK-12 schools, colleges and universities, corporate, civic and institutional clients. CSArch is based in Albany and Newburgh, New York. Meals on Wheels New York State Announces Leadership Slate for 2017 Meals on Wheels New York State (MOWNYS) is pleased to announce the appointment of their slate of officers, directors, and governance/ nominating committee members for the term beginning January 1, 2017. Locally, Carole McDermott, President of Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, Inc., director emeritus of Orange County Chamber of Commerce, has been named to the MOWNYS Board of Directors. McDermott has served in her role at Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh since 2010. Meals on Wheels New York State is a not-for-profit organization that supports its member organizations by providing tools and information that its members need to make a difference in the lives of others in their communities. Operation Port Jervis Pride Receives Certification from National Anti-Drug Coalition at Annual Leadership Forum, Port Jervis, NY – Operation Port Jervis Pride, a community-based coalition of nearly 70 partners dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of life in the City of Port Jervis, recently received its certification upon graduating from the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America’s (CADCA) National Coalition Academy. The Academy is a three-week training program developed for coalition staff and volunteers to maintain a highly effective anti-drug community coalition. Operation Port Jervis pride was recognized for completing the comprehensive training at CADCA’s 27th National Leadership Forum hosted in Maryland. Completion of the national training program was a requirement of the $625,000 five-year Drug

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ANTOINETTE ELIZONDO - Access is excited to announce her promotion from Director of Finance to Vice President of Industrial Operations Services and will begin the transition to her new role over the next several weeks. She will have oversight of Access’ New York State and Federal Custodial and Food Service contracts. Antoinette joined Access in 2012 and provided leadership in multiple areas of finance as well as being an integral partner to the Industrial Operations team as well as all areas of the agency.  Antoinette holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.  We are excited to support her in this important role. YVETTE FIGUEROA - Access is excited to announce the promotion of to Vice President, IDD Residential Supports where she will oversee a substantial part of the agency’s direct care workforce and continue to lead innovative supports and services.  Yvette began her professional career with Occupations, now Access in 1982. During

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Awards & Recognition – Years Of Membership With The Chamber The following members were recognized at the December, January and March Chamber breakfast for their years of continued loyal membership to the Chamber. Thank you for being a proud member and supporter of the Chamber. D E C E M B E R 2 0 16

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Ransomware is on the rise, with cybercriminals regularly developing new variants of the malware, targeting more businesses, and demanding larger payments to “restore” user data. With the emergence of ransomware-as-aservice (RaaS), even criminals with minimal technical skill can launch devastating attacks against businesses and organizations. According to the FBI, Ransomware payments have dramatically increased to around $1 billion in 2016, compared to just $24 million in 2015. With this growing malware epidemic, it is important to not only have awareness of the threat, but also know how to protect yourself and your business. W H AT I S R A N S O M W A R E ?

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on an infected device, effectively “locking” and holding the files hostage until a “ransom” fee is paid. The malware is spread, in the vast majority of cases, through spam and phishing emails containing malicious attachments. These emails are often mimicked to look like a legitimate email from an acquaintance, easily fooling the intended victim. Several months ago we were contacted by a client who needed help rescuing her office computer. She claimed it became virtually unusable after a seemingly legitimate email was opened by one of her employees. With a popup on the screen demanding an immediate payment to restore all files and prevent them from being lost forever, it was clear ransomware was the most likely culprit. A quick investigation confirmed the theory as all files on the computer were in a “locked” state. To make matters worse, it quickly became evident the malware also encrypted files on two external, shared drives on her network. Fortunately, this particular ransomware infection was not complex and we were able to create a solution to decrypt the files. Once the files were successfully restored and all instances of the malware manually removed, it was evident to the client that security needed to be hardened immediately. Since the incident, she has taken our advice to thoroughly upgrade her security, establish formal security

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There are several things businesses and organizations should be doing to combat ransomware and reduce the risk of becoming infected. The best defense against ransomware is maintaining daily backups of all your data. Having at least two different [current] backups in addition to an archive and offsite backup is an effective setup I personally use frequently and has proved to be a lifesaver. It is important to note that ransomware is known to also attack the drives mounted to the infected device; as such, it may be wise to disconnect any infected computer from both the network and other devices as soon as possible. Installing and maintaining security software with the latest security updates is crucial as it will help protect your device against known versions of the malware. However, this will not protect your computers against zero day exploits – in this case, newly released versions of ransomware that are not yet known by security software vendors. Limiting the permissions of employees on their machines is another important step in hardening security. It’s typically not recommended for employees to have administrative privileges if they don’t need them. This concept also applies to those at home with personal computers. It’s better to have an account with standard, more restricted permissions for every day use and a separate account with administrative privileges to be used only when needed. Lastly, it’s important to perform training sessions where possible geared towards raising awareness of the latest cyber threats, in addition to how to avoid them and what to do should an infection be suspected. Developing and maintaining clear security policies for employees to adhere to is key.

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Want To Know The Best Way To Network, Mix And Mingle? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 breakfast – and the house was packed. The Chamber packs the house during their very first general breakfast of the year. The annual Legislative Briefing was held at the beautiful West Hills Country Club in Middletown. Many joined in on the discussion with our local elected Senators, Assemblymen and Assemblywoman to hear about their goals for 2017 and beyond. Panel discussion was moderated by Lynn Allen Cione, with questions also taken from the audience.  “Our local representatives recognize the importance and value in holding this type of forum where members and residents of Orange County can engage with their elected officials and have the chance to voice concerns and have their questions answered. The Chamber is proud to be able to provide this great networking event at a beautiful venue,” said Chamber President Lynn Allen Cione. Although many great topics were discussed the topic that dominated the morning’s discussion was Governor

Cuomo’s free college tuition plan. In his State of the State, the Governor proposes to give middle class students free tuition at state universities and colleges. The Governor’s proposal would make tuition to state higher education institutions free for students from families making less than $125,000. The morning discussion had a healthy balance between those for and those opposed to the proposal. The local elected officials on the panel that morning provided great insight and afforded those in attendance an opportunity to weigh the perceived pros and cons of the governor’s proposal. We had the opportunity to get a quote from each representative to sum up their experience at the breakfast. Aileen Gunther: “The Orange County Chamber Legislative Breakfast is a great opportunity to hear what’s going on directly from local businesses and get their feedback on proposals at the state level.”

Assemblyman Brabanec, Senator Larkin, Assemblywoman Gunther and Assemblyman Skoufis at January Chamber Breakfast.

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standard. As the governor reveals details to his plans it is important for everyone to know who will foot the bill.” James Skoufis: “Chamber members and I all agree that we’ve got to do more to increase opportunity throughout New York State, starting with reducing the onerous tax burden that exists, particularly in the Hudson Valley,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis.  “I’ve proposed extending the property tax rebate program as well as reducing the sales tax rate in order to be competitive with neighboring states. Additionally, making college more affordable for middle-class families and bringing back resources for infrastructure projects like the Exit 131 interchange will be top priorities as we enter the 2017 legislative session.” Breakfast was sponsored by: St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital  www.stlukescornwallhospital.org Haven Property Solutions formerly known as Hudson Valley Mold Remediation, Inc. www. hudsonvalleymoldremediation.com/haven-ps/

Orange County Chamber hosted Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange – once again the house was packed A snow storm forced the Chamber to cancel their February breakfast but we were back in full force for the March breakfast, and the Chamber once again packed the house. For March the Chamber hosted Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange which turned out to be a great segue from our January breakfast. Dr. Kristine Young spoke to a packed room at the West Hills Country Club and her address was about the five pillars of a comprehensive community college. She covered important topics on transfer of credits, career, developmental, economic development & workforce education, and community engagement. The Dr. gave examples of current efforts in each area at SUNY Orange. The topics were well received and touched on the current climate for students, for returning adults and for a community college. For more information on how SUNY Orange and best your needs as local college visit www.sunyorange.edu Breakfast was sponsored by: The Chazen Companies. www.chazencompanies.com General Chamber breakfasts are held every 2nd Thursday of the month and are open to the public. This is the perfect opportunity to mix, mingle and network. Every month an exciting new topic is covered and allows the general public to meet with Chamber Corporate partners, chamber members and board members.

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Hundreds of Local Nonprofits to Benefit from “Hudson Valley Gives” SECOND ANNUAL REGIONAL DAY OF ONLINE GIVING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 17 Hundreds of local nonprofits from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties will benefit from “Hudson Valley Gives” our region’s second annual day of online giving, to be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Organized by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and the Mid

Hudson Valley Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, this 24hour online fundraising event, using the GiveGab online donation platform, last year raised more than $147,000 for more than 200 local nonprofits and garnered invaluable media attention from newspapers, TV and radio. Organizers anticipate an even better response this year as the event becomes more well known.

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Modeled after internationally-known “Giving Tuesday,” held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, “Hudson Valley Gives” is a more regional approach that supports LOCAL causes, with monies raised staying right here in the Hudson Valley. Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in or serving the Hudson Valley, as well as charitable funds at local community foundations may participate, enabling them the opportunity to reach thousands of new potential donors and boost their visibility exponentially through the power of social media, print and broadcast marketing, and word of mouth. Last year’s list of participants offered “something for everyone” to support, including: animal shelters, arts groups, ambulance corps, libraries, historical societies, museums, farmland and environmental preservation groups, food pantries, human service organizations, health agencies and hospitals, recreation and youth groups, scholarship funds, and veterans organizations, too. To register a nonprofit to participate – or to donate online May 17 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. – visit www.HVGgives.org. A series of webinars will be hosted for nonprofits to learn more about this effort and how it can

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benefit their fundraising results. The next webinar is Wednesday, March 8, online at www.HVGives.org. About the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan: Based in Montgomery, NY, the Foundation “connects people who care with causes that matter.” Established in 1999, the Foundation helps philanthropic individuals, businesses and organizations establish charitable funds that award grants and scholarships, for good, for ever. The Foundation has significantly increased the region’s charitable capital and has empowered donors to make a profound difference in the quality of life in our region. Since inception, the Foundation, with its donors and fund representatives, has awarded more than $9.5 million in grants and scholarships, including more than $325,000 in scholarships last year alone to 140 students from 27 different school districts. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan has established more than 250 charitable funds that support animal welfare, arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, recreation and youth. Register NOW! More info at: www.hvgives.org


UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS MAY EVENTS

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G OV E R N M E NT A F FA I R S CO M M IT TE E M E E TI N G 8:00am – 9:00am, Chamber Business Center M I N O R IT Y A N D WO M E N I N B U S I N E S S CO M M IT TE E M E E TI N G 8:30am – 9:30am, Chamber Business Center 2nd Floor GENERAL MEMBERSHIP B R E A K FA S T 7:30 am -9:00am, West Hills Country Club Middletown Open to the Public Speaker: Ed Harrison, Port Authority of NY and NJ

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M IX E R AT TH E S TO R M K I N G A R T C E NTE R 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 1 Museum Road New Windsor Sponsored by Prestige Lexus of Middletown H A PPY H O U R YO G A 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Chamber Business Center

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N O N PRO F IT TH O U G HT LE A D E R S P RO F E S S I O N A L D E V E LO P M E NT WO R K S H O P SERIES 10:00am – 1:00pm Lunch provide by RECAP’s Fresh Start Café Sponsored by Paycor

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M/ W B E S E M I N A R 9:00am – 11:00am, Chamber Business Center Larkin Room Part 2 – Government Market Place Topic: What do you do while waiting for Certification? A M BA S SA D O R CO M M IT TE E M E E TI N G 7:45am – 9:00am, Chamber Business Center H A PPY H O U R YO G A 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Chamber Business Center

JUNE EVENTS

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G OV E R N M E NT A F FA I R S CO M M IT TE E M E E TI N G 8:00am – 9:00am, Chamber Business Center

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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP B R E A K FA S T 7:30 am -9:00am, West Hills Country Club Middletown Open to the Public

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JOIN THESE COMMITTEES! MINORIT Y & WOMEN IN BUSINESS

2nd Tuesday of every month 8:30-9:30AM Gallery Room, 2nd Floor of Chamber Headquarters  (Next to Larkin Room)  30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery Join the committee as they plan events such as the Women’s Conference, Mentorship Programs, and more! Great networking opportunities exist here, and it’s open to any minority and/or women within the chamber. The committee also opens avenues for the WMBE Certification for your business in New York!  If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Barbara at BarbaraM@OrangeNY.com  YO U N G P R O F E S S I O N A L S

2nd Friday of every month 8-9AM Larkin Room, 2nd Floor of Chamber Headquarters 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery Join the committee as they plan events throughout the year such as professional development workshops, mixers, and meetings off-premise to learn about businesses and topics in Orange County. Learn about Hello-toHired, their fundraising and donation efforts, and more!  If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Erin at ErinP@Orange

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