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Bronx Chamber Takes Manhattan

Bronx Chamber President Lisa Sorin (R), Board Chairman Joe Kelleher, and Marianne Reilly, Manhattan’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at center court during a break in a Jaspers men’s basketball game. (photo: Gary Axelbank)

by Gary Axelbank

Febraury 6, 2019

On Tuesday night the Bronx Chamber of Commerce took center court at Manhattan College to honor their Chairman and new president during a Jaspers men’s basketball game. Aside from a night out to root for the home team at the Draddy Gym, there was dialogue about the connection between education and the building of the Bronx.

“The Bronx right now is going through major economic development with commercial office buildings, retail, and new train stations coming,” 13-year Chamber Chairman Joe Kelleher told thisistheBronX at a reception before the game. “More businesses will be coming to the Bronx in the next 10 – 15 years. So schools like Manhattan College are very important because to have a good employee base, you need to have educated people and this is where they can get their education and also hopefully work, live, and play right here and be educated in the Bronx.”

Joe Kelleher and Chamber guests celebrate a Jaspers bucket in the Draddy Gym
(photo: Gary Axelbank)

Kelleher attended Manhattan College as an undergrad and is the President of Simone Development. He also hosts a BronxNet show called the Bronx Now where he recently reviewed the “Borough of Universities”, as the Bronx is sometimes called.

“The connection to the community is so important for Manhattan College in so many different ways,” said Rob Walsh, Special Advisor to Manhattan’s President, a former Commisioner of Small Business Services, and now a Bronx Chamber Board member. “We’re encouraging our students, our faculty, our staff to go to retail corridors like West 238th street and we’re making people aware that they’re part of not only the campus for four years, but also the surrounding neighborhood. That is and should be part of the Manhattan College education.”

The Manhattan / Fordham rivalry goes back more than 100 years. (photo: Gary Axelbank)

Kelleher was recognized during a first-half time out in the Jaspers game against Rider.  (Manhattan won 73-66). He was presented with a framed archival photo of the “Battle of the Bronx” between Fordham and Manhattan taken in 1896. The college also formally welcomed Lisa Sorin, the Bronx Chamber’s new president.

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