|Amphenol Tour to Support Local Manufacturing
This week I had the opportunity to tour the Amphenol Aerospace plant in Sidney, Delaware County. Employing over 1,000 workers, Amphenol is one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world. They produce cables and electronic accessories for the military, commercial aerospace and industrial markets. Fun fact: Amphenol connectors are used in both NASA's Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft programs.
Unalam Tour in Delaware County
I also toured custom wood manufacturer Unalam’s Sidney facility where I learned about the construction of laminated poles, beams, spiral staircases and much more. Unalam is a multi-generational family business specializing in innovative wood products and designs. I met with Unalam President Craig Van Cott, Executive Vice President Zoe Vandermeulen, Vice President of Engineering Rik Vandermeulen and Vice President of Operations Leif Van Cott. We discussed healthcare concerns for small businesses and their employees; NAFTA and trade issues that impact the lumber industry and manufacturing businesses; and the Upper Susquehanna River Basin Comprehensive Flood Damage Reduction Feasibility Study that identifies current flooding risks and suggests policies to mitigate their impact.
Greene County Senior Corps Visit
I had a great meeting with Greene County Senior Corps RSVP volunteers as well as Erin McGrath, Acting Director of Senior Corps, Corporation for National and Community Service; Jessica Vasquez, New York State Director, Corporation for National and Community Service; Ruth Pforte, Volunteer Coordinator, Greene County Department of Human Services; and Terry Ward, Executive Director, Greene County Department of Human Services at the Washington Irving Senior Center in Catskill. I helped administer the Senior Corps oath and packaged and delivered meals for RSVP’s Meals on Wheels service project.
During the visit I also received an overview of the Senior Corps RSVP program, one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. I listened to volunteers discuss the importance of Greene County RSVP and their efforts to aid seniors who are no longer able to drive or are homebound due to physical restrictions. I reiterated my support for Meals on Wheels and thanked the volunteers and staff for their dedication and service to our community.
Faso Issues Statement on FBI Director James Comey
The firing of FBI Director James Comey is at the same time unsurprising and shocking. It is unsurprising in that his actions relating to the Clinton email matter caused major controversy on both sides of the political aisle. He appeared to assume a decision-making position which would have been better left to his Justice Department superiors.
However, the firing was shocking in that the FBI has an ongoing investigation into Russian efforts to influence the US elections last year. The public must have absolute confidence that the FBI investigation will be thorough, and result in a complete resolution of that question regardless of the outcome. The facts must be known.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon the administration to nominate a new FBI director who is someone of unquestioned integrity and experience, acceptable to both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, to lead this critical agency on the Russian investigation and all other matters coming before it. If the nominee does not pass that test, then the only alternative in my view would be the selection of an independent investigator to get to the bottom of this matter once and for all.