Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,C-Greenwood Lake) today joined local business owners and elected officials from the region as she again launches her Shop Local, Buy Local campaign this holiday season. This important kick-off event was held at Star Liquors of Monroe, located at 475 Route 17M in the Town of Monroe.
“Large corporate stores are steamrolling their way into our quiet communities and as they do, our local small businesses are unable to compete. This is devastating our towns and villages, but this holiday season you can help change that,” said Rabbitt. “I am encouraging area residents to spend time in our local stores as they search for that ideal holiday gift. This is how, together, we can boost our economy and help lower taxes.”
On hand for this year’s kick-off were local elected officials, including Orange County Legislator Greg Townsend, and business owners.
“Many residents jump in their car and go off to the mall or large corporate stores, completely forgetting the resources we have right here in Monroe. A plethora of stores and restaurants can be found on main streets in almost every community. I applaud Assemblywoman Rabbitt for taking the initiative to launch this campaign that will, hopefully, steer people to our local businesses,” said Townsend.
“Like everywhere else, our small businesses are the foundation of our local economy,” said Rabbitt. “This effort is an important reminder to residents that when they shop locally, they’re positively affecting their own communities and enhancing their own quality of life.”
“Local businesses, which are the backbone of our economy, create jobs and preserve economic diversity. These businesses also bring in sales tax revenue, helping to keep our property taxes down. In addition, small businesses tend to support local causes and other local businesses. All these are perfect reasons to Shop Local, Buy Local,” said Rabbitt.
Residents with additional questions or concerns can contact Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt’s district office at (845) 291-3631.