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).