Mary Stanco, licensed salesperson, Laffey Fine Homes Real Estate
Previous community involvement: Long Island Board of Realtors; Glen Cove National Night Out; City of Glen Cove's "Senior Day" at Village Square; Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce: President 2010-2013, 1st VP President 2008-2010, Executive Board Member 2005-present; Glen Cove Rotary International; Sons of Italy, Loggia 1016
How many members are in your chamber?
When was your chamber founded?
How would you describe the business community?
There is a mixture of corporate-owned stores and “mom and pop” operations, the second being the greater majority. Many products and services fulfill most residences’ needs.
Briefly, what are the main issues for the chamber?
The main issue is one that is reflective of the economy nationally. We have felt the impact of a difficult economy and what is a slow recovery.
How has being involved in the chamber helped your business?
I have met many people who have networked with me and, who in turn, have referred me not exclusively for business but to be dedicated for the betterment of our community.
Ten years from now, how will things have changed?
There are many developments planned for this community and when completed, Glen Cove will be a showcase for others to follow. Businesses will not only increase but thrive with these projects proposed.
Tell us something no one knows about your community.
Within all are aware, but those not familiar with Glen Cove do not know how very diversified we are, which ultimately makes all groups comfortable living side by side as one community.
Tell us something no one knows about yourself.
Previous to establishing my career as a realtor and volunteering in so many capacities, I was actually shy and less than forthcoming. However, seeing the need in this city to help so many others has encouraged me to come forward. Volunteering has given me a voice in this community to better the city and its residents.