Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) recently completed a tour of Putnam County businesses to recognize the winners of his inaugural Best in Business competition. The contest was created by Byrne to honor and highlight all the businesses within the 94th Assembly District that served their community through the extraordinary challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the district were able to vote for their favorite business in 20different categories.
The contest was done in collaboration with various chambers of commerce and business organizations throughout the 94th Assembly District, including the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, Putnam County Business Council, and the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Byrne previously honored the Westchester County business winners at the end of September.
“Essential has become an overused term this past year, but the truth is our local businesses are essential,” said Byrne. “They create jobs, provide products and services, contribute to our economy and tax base, and are a vital part of what makes our communities so great.”
This past year has only magnified the value of local businesses as they were forced to adapt to ever-changing restrictions from our state and federal governments. Many, including those, which provide dental services, had to directly advocate to their state representatives just so they could continue to provide the quality care their customers rely on. These entrepreneurs employ our friends and family, are civic leaders,and take pride in their profession.
“It was an honor to meet all of this year’s winners, hear their stories of perseverance and hard work, while having theopportunity to thank them,” said Byrne. “I would also like to thank all of our Putnam County partners from the various chambers of commerce and business associations who worked with us to promote the competition and highlight these remarkable local businesses in our community.”
“The Brewster Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have been a part of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne’s ‘2021 Best in Business’ contest, and we are incredibly proud of the number of winning businesses from Brewster, most of which are Brewster Chamber members,” said Candice Sciarrillo, president of Brewster Chamber of Commerce.
“We love and appreciate all our businesses in the Mahopac-Carmel area, and were happy to work with Assemblyman Byrne to recognize everything they do for our community,” said Michael Celestino, CEO of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. “Congratulations to all our winning businesses and thank you to all our local businesses for their service to our area.”
“We are thrilled to see our local businesses being recognized,” said Michael Bucci, Board Chairman of the Putnam County Business Council. “These awards are well deserved and we want to recognize the hard work, sacrifices, and long nights that went behind the earning of these awards. Congratulations to each of these businesses and a special thanks to the residents in Assemblyman Byrne’s district who voted.”
The 12 businesses honored from Putnam County are:
Daniel Jewelers (Southeast/Brewster): “Retail” Category
Seven Star School of Performing Arts (Southeast/Brewster): “Center for the Arts” Category
Salinger’s Orchard (Southeast/Brewster): “Agriculture”Category
Putnam Dental Associates (a Dental365 Company)(Southeast/Brewster): “Healthcare Services” Category
Aversano’s (Southeast/Brewster): “Formal Dining” Category
Camp Herrlich (Patterson): “Childcare” Category
Ultimate Auto Detailing (Kent/Carmel): “Auto” Category
Putnam Humane Society (Carmel): “Not-for-Profit”Category
Putnam County Golf Course (Mahopac): “Entertainment”Category
Planet Fitness (Mahopac): “Fitness & Wellness” Category
Groomingdales (Mahopac): “Pet Care” Category
Handle My Books (Mahopac): “Office Professionals” Category
The previous eight businesses honored from Westchester Countyin September were:
Furci’s Restaurant: “Casual Dining” Category
Suburban Wine & Spirits: “Wine and Spirits” Category
JCM Racing: “Manufacturing” Category
House of Hair Westchester: “Cosmetology” Category
Trailside Café: “Desserts” Category
JK Junk Removal: “Home Improvement” Category
Toney Kitchens of Westchester: “Construction” Category
Kimberly J. Brennan Agency, Inc.: “People’s Choice”Category
The above information was previously distributed and made public for immediate release by the Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne