Bob Duffy Statement on Mayoral Candidates Employer Forum

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy issued the following statement regarding the scheduled September 7 Rochester Chamber Mayoral Candidates Employer Forum:

Duffy said, “When Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce began planning our September 7 Mayoral Candidates Employer Forum in April, we could not have anticipated the recent events that led to the cancellation or postponement of debates and forums hosted by other groups.  The purpose of our forum is to give Rochester Chamber member businesses an opportunity to hear from all of the candidates appearing on the mayoral ballot regarding issues important to them, determined by a survey we distributed.  As a non-partisan organization, Rochester Chamber never intended our Mayoral Candidates Employer Forum to serve as a single-party debate.  We plan to move forward with our forum as originally intended.  However, should the Democratic candidates wish to hold a single-party debate on September 7, Rochester Chamber would respect those wishes and give up the date by cancelling our event with apologies to the other candidates.  This would allow the Democratic candidates to make their own arrangements.”

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce passionately serves, promotes, and advocates for its members in order to bring economic prosperity to the Finger Lakes region.