Lending a Hand in the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
We have all seen the images of devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and I know that many Upstate residents have bent over backwards to help in the wake of this terrible disaster. A couple of those people are Phil and Jennifer Gerster, who own Gerster Trucking in Davenport. The Gersters volunteered their trucking business to deliver critical supplies to those in need down in Texas and Louisiana. I contacted my colleague Representative Mike Johnson who arranged for delivery to be made to a Louisiana emergency management agency which was helping flood victims from both states. I was proud to be able to lend my assistance in this great cause.
With so much negativity in the news, the silver lining in moments like these is that Americans never cease to come to each other's aid in times of need.
To read a story on this wonderful philanthropic gesture click here or select the image above.
It was a great experience touring Sonoco Plastics in Chatham. Thanks to Scott Lundy, Thomas Rigney, and Michael Smith for taking the time to inform me about their important work.
Learning about Land and Water Conservation while Hiking along the Appalachian Trail
It's always great to get away from the office and into some hiking shoes! Special thanks to the Land & Water Conservation Fund for giving me a special tour of the Appalachian Trail in Dutchess County. I’m a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and these supporters were on hand to thank me for my efforts.
Cricket Valley Energy Tour
I want to give a special thanks to Scott Curry and Jim Frank of Cricket Valley Energy, and Dover Supervisor Linda French, for leading and joinging me on a tour of the Advance Power/Cricket Valley Energy plant. This plant will supply needed power to the electrical grid while providing significant tax revenue to local government and schools in eastern Dutchess County.
Meeting with some of Greene County's Fine First Responders
It was a privilege to meet with Greene County EMS representatives, Jennifer McGee of Saugerties, Stephen Brucato of Delmar, and Sean Hotaling of Leeds. I’m working with the emergency responders to help with grant applications at the federal level for key medical equipment which can save lives.