HARRISON, N.Y. Seven years have passed and a new chapter is about to unfold for Harrison's Chamber of Commerce President Ada Angarano, who announced her resignation Wednesday afternoon. The longtime local chamber head will step down this week in anticipation of the arrival of a new granddaughter in the coming weeks.
"I have held the reins probably longer than any other HCC president and can honestly say I've gone as far as I could," Angarano said. "My place is with my family now and new fresh blood needs to continue for the chamber at this point in time."
Angarano said the search for her replacement was already in full effect as she was in talks with three other residents who own Harrison businesses and were "more than qualified to take over."
"They all have a bigger stake than me on how the future of this town now develops and how fast it hopefully will turn around into the growing and prosperous community we once were," Angarano said.
Her lengthy service with the Harrison Chamber of Commerce dates back 10 years, when Angarano started as a volunteer. Seven of those 10 years were spent with Angarano serving as the chamber president. She said her decision to leave was solely based on her commitment to family time, with a new granddaughter on the way by mid-March.
Leaving without regrets, Angarano said the town needed fresh faces to help revitalize its identity. Past difficulties during her time at the helm have included renewing Harrison's downtown business district and spreading new business to West Harrison. "New blood," she said, will be needed to face the same problems in the future.
"I will still be around, but with my new little sidekick who needs me more," Angarano said.
Her volunteer spirit, however, will not be going anywhere. Angarano said she will still be working to push two upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives and New York Organ Donor registrations scheduled this year on April 18 and Sept. 19, respectively.
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