Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) yesterday participated in a roundtable discussion with owners of numerous Upstate restaurants and a representative of the New York State Restaurant Association to discuss federal issues that affect the restaurant industry. The conversation centered around healthcare and immigration, which are prevailing concerns for area restaurants.
“As one of the largest private sector employers in the state, it is always a pleasure meeting with local restaurant operators and employees who create high quality dining experiences for customers every day. These New Yorkers are the backbone of their community and are a reminder of why I am committed to working tirelessly on their behalf and on behalf of every constituent I have the privilege of serving,” Faso said.
“At a time when little is getting accomplished in Washington, the New York State Restaurant Association is proud to know Congressman Faso is continuing to fight for our state restaurant employees’ and operators’ best interests. His commitment to advocating against burdensome regulations and policies are key to the long-term success of New York’s restaurant scene,” said Melissa Autilio Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association.
New York’s 19th Congressional District is home to 1,817 eating and drinking establishments, employing more than 26,437 employees. The industry is expected to generate $43.3 billion in sales this year.