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Today’s mystery: Why did Park Slope’s Chamber of Commerce prez resign?

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The head of Park Slope’s main merchants group has abruptly resigned — and abandoned his job at a popular gym — leaving behind a fog of speculation and a temporary leadership crisis amongst neighborhood businessfolk.

Jason Daniels — the president of Park Slope Chamber of Commerce — quit last week after less than a year leading the group.

The fitness instructor-turned-businessman did not return several calls and e-mails seeking comment — but the Chamber’s new president, real-estate broker Tammy Shaw, said he resigned due to time restraints.

“He took on more than he could handle,” she said. “He left for the benefit of the Chamber.”

But that hasn’t stopped members of the tight-knit organization from speculating that the former president actually resigned under duress or amid pressure to leave.

Daniels’s Chamber responsibilities included leading monthly meetings, putting on festivals and events and, more recently, organizing a Seventh Avenue Business Improvement District, which would levy a new tax to help clean up Park Slope’s main shopping strip.

As president, Daniels maintained a highly private persona: He rarely responded to calls from the press, has a private number and almost zero presence online.

In September, however, he organized a self-defense class at his gym S-Clubs Fitness on Union Street after a string of attempted rapes in the neighborhood.

Former Chamber president Mitch Szpicek said he had “no idea” why Daniels had quit — but a receptionist at his gym offered a clue, explaining he had ditched his job around the same time.

“Jason?” she said.

“He is no longer with us.”

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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jj from brooklyn says:
Why would a Chamber president — someone who's supposed to be promotion-minded — be invisible online? No Twitter, no Facebook?
Dec. 7, 2011, 9:14 am
Ally Mc Boner from Brooklyn Heights says:
He was pushed out with the threat of his gay sex video being broadcast across the internet. He pulled some trick at the Dekalb ave. train station, and then tore him up back at his place. It was all captured on tape, and may soon be seen online.
Dec. 7, 2011, 10:57 am
Burns from Ditmas Park says:
Oh, Natalie O'Neill... how you try to pretend to be a journalist. It's adorable.
Dec. 7, 2011, 11:24 am
Miguel Carraway from Clinton Hill says:
You write: "But that hasn’t stopped members of the tight-knit organization from speculating that the former president actually resigned under duress or amid pressure to leave."

But there's no speculation reported in your story. Next time, back it up with some quotes.
Dec. 7, 2011, 11:38 am
jj from Brooklyn says:
Calling the reporter a little B is really classy, Twatilla. At least the reporter's working hard for a living, not earning a buck lying on her back like... Oh, sorry, that's impolite.

Also, where does bonehead [McBoner] come off publishing unproven allegations? Boner pretends to state a fact -- which means his comments are not "protected" from libel suit. If untrue, Boner will have a real HARD time defending himself.
Dec. 7, 2011, 2:13 pm
linus from the real world says:
get jobs. find friends. attempt masturbation if you can fit your hand around your iddy biddy weiners- anything else. read the paper and move on with your life.
Dec. 8, 2011, 11:24 pm
charlie brown from park slope says:
I heard that he was fired. he never owned the gym, and went around saying that he did. He was terrible to members and had a real chip on his shoulder.
Dec. 13, 2011, 2:29 pm

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