Work Week with Congressman John Faso Friday, June 30, 2017
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Week in Review

Celebrating Community Milestones 

This week I was privileged to deliver remarks at the Spencertown Fire Company firehouse to commemorate its 100th anniversary. I also had the great honor of joining Mother Viola Harrison in Kingston as her neighbors honored her decades of service to the community, and to celebrate her 100 years. Mother Viola will turn 101 in November.

Close Up Washington Meeting

It was great getting to meet with some of the bright, future leaders of our country, as close to two dozen participants of the Close Up program paid a visit to my Washington office. Close Up carries out the important mission of helping our nation’s young people channel their interest in government into becoming active and engaged members of society. Over 825,000 participants have gone through the Close Up program.

Congressional Art Competition

I also had the opportunity this week to personally congratulate local high school student Tadgh O’Halloran, along with his proud parents, for winning the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 19th District. The FDR High School (Staatsburg, Dutchess County) junior’s artwork was selected by a panel of local judges. Upstate residents should be proud of his fine work which will hang in the United States Capitol for thousands of visitors to enjoy.

Strengthening Health and Safety on the Hudson River

On Wednesday news was released that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) suspended its plan to establish 10 permanent anchorages for barges traveling up and down the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. This was welcome news, as I fought hard in my role on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to ensure that all necessary steps would be taken to enhance the health and public safety of our rivertown communities. Specifically, I successfully advocated for a study to be conducted to analyze safety, environmental impacts, and any other potential pitfalls of the plan before additional actions could be taken. I was also pleased to see that the USCG directed a formal risk identification and evaluation of the Hudson River, known as a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA).

Legislative Corner
FAA Authorization
This week the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up and passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees all aspects of civil aviation. The biggest reform included in the bill is the transformation of our nation’s legacy air traffic control system into a modern nonprofit corporation. This change, which is supported by most major American airlines and unions representing pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers, would guarantee consistent funding for next generation (NextGen) air transportation safety systems. I am happy to be a cosponsor of this important legislation that will likely be voted on by the full House in the coming weeks.

WNYT Skype Interview

This week I joined host Jeff Wernick of WNYT News to discuss healthcare.

Watch the interview here or click the image above.

"Focus on the Capitol" with Fred Dicker

I also joined host Fred Dicker on his “Focus on the Capitol” radio program to discuss the various healthcare initiatives in Washington and more.

Listen to the program here or click the image above.

Interview with Carrie Sheffield and Clay Aiken of Bold Media

On Friday I spoke with Carrie Sheffield and Clay Aiken of Bold Media. Our conversation ranged from healthcare to infrastructure in the mid-Hudson Valley. 
Watch the program here or click the image above.

Independence Day Message from John

Two-hundred forty-one years ago this Tuesday, brave patriots declared our young nation’s independence from Britain. This new birth of freedom has been jealously guarded by the brave men and women of this country ever since. Each generation of Americans, in the solemn words of President Kennedy, has been prepared to “pay any price, bear any burden … to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Let this Fourth of July holiday serve as a reminder of that price, and the wonderful opportunities our nation provides its people.

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