Serino begins small business listening tour

A Poughkeepsie cafe was one of Serino's stops along the listening tour.

POUGHKEEPSIE – NYS Senator Sue Serino began her “Small Business Bounce Back” tour last week to meet with business owners affected by the pandemic.  On Wednesday, Serino was in the City of Poughkeepsie to meet with shopkeepers and listen to their concerns.

The listening tour is designed to solicit feedback from area employers about their experience and their efforts to rebuild. As part of her ‘Small Business Bounce Back’ tour, Senator Serino will be visiting small businesses across the community throughout the summer to hear first-hand about ways in which the state can empower businesses to ensure they thrive again.

The tour kicked off last week with stops in and around Pine Plains, where Senator Serino was joined by Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, Gregg Pulver, and Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud.

“Our small businesses are the heart of our community, and the drivers of our economy,” said Senator Serino. “If they fail, we fail, and we have a duty to ensure that they have the tools they need not just to survive the pandemic, but to truly thrive in its wake. I govern by listening, and no one knows what a small business needs better than its own team. As we work to rebuild, we must do the work to truly understand their needs and ensure they are able to effectively bounce back if we want to get our community, and our state, back on track, and that is what this initiative is all about.”

Pulver praised Serino’s initiative by saying “The Senator has always been a strong advocate and resource for small-town businesses who are too often left out of the conversation. Throughout the pandemic, she guided us all through ever-evolving and difficult-to-manage state regulations. I’m glad to partner on her rebuilding tour.”

Senator Serino plans to continue the listening tour throughout July and August. Local small businesses interested in having Senator Serino stop in to discuss the issues can call 845-229-0106 or email

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