Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce President Doug Seiferling got his two cents in about the much maligned Village “Holiday Tree” during last night’s Village Council Work Session.
Speaking publicly at the meeting room podium, Mr. Seiferling revealed that the December 6, 2008 “Downtown for the Holidays” event was sponsored and paid for entirely by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce.
Total related expenses incurred by the Chamber this past season were $15K, according to Seiferling, who also stated that there were approximately 4,000 people in attendance.
Even though the holiday season event was sponsored and totally paid for by Chamber of Commerce members, Seiferling alleged that his organization was not given an opportunity to provide any input whatsoever into the contentious Village “Holiday Tree” decoration project.
The Chamber’s president said that he recalled being summoned to a hastily called meeting in Village Manager Jim Ten Hoeve’s office, during which Ten Hoeve and Councilwoman Anne Zusy informed him of how the tree was going to be decorated, and told him in no uncertain terms: “this is the way it’s going to be, period.”
It is rumored that many Chamber of Commerce members are so upset over the way in which this season’s event was conducted, that consideration is being given to the Chamber pulling their sponsorship from any future winter holiday function.
How to not win friends and influence people in the worst way – nice job Village Council.