Chamber has big fall agenda


The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has plenty of business on its agenda this fall.

As part of National Business Women’s Week, the chamber has partnered with Professional And Business Women of Rome to host a Congressional Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7: 30 a.m., to be moderated by Carolyn Trela-Ferlo.

Congressional candidates for the 22nd district U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) and state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica-119) will address voters’ concerns and explain their policy positions in a moderated setting ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Admission is $32 for individuals; $230 for tables of eight; $260 for tables of nine, $290 for tables of 10. Alternatively, individuals may choose to sponsor a high school government student’s admission for $32, or to sponsor a table of eight for $275.

The forum is presented in partnership with the Professional and Business Women of Rome, a local chapter of New York State Women, Inc. A member of the chamber, PBW of Rome has partnered with the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee in hosting candidate forums during National Business Women’s Week since 2003.

Those interested in asking questions for the forum can submit them ahead of time to, or may submit them on notecards that will be available at the forum. The chamber says that personal questions of any nature are not permitted, and encourages voters to ask about the candidates’ thoughts and views, as well as how they plan to conduct business in the House of Representatives. The chamber also asks that cells phones, pagers, and other electronic devices including cameras and recording equipment remain off, excepting duly accredited media personnel. Attendees should hold their applause and should not make comments during the forum, out of respect for time considerations.

Finally, the chamber has forbidden the distribution of campaign materials for any candidate seeking any office during the forum. This includes literature, t-shirts, and buttons.


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