Legislators Discuss Issues Facing New York And Chenango County

By: Zachary Meseck

Legislators discuss issues facing New York and Chenango County (Submitted Photo)

GREENE – Commerce Chenango held a meeting for legislative leaders representing Chenango County on Thursday, and discussed issues facing the county, state, and nation.

The event was held on Thursday morning at the Silo Restaurant in Greene.

According to Commerce Chenango Executive Director and CEO Kerri Green, yesterday’s event exceeded her organization's expectations, with a great turnout and community response for questions. Greene said the event was sponsored by Chobani, NBT Bank, and Preferred Mutual.

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The main speakers included Senator Fred Akshar, Senator James Seward, Congressman Anthony Brindisi, and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, along with New York State Economic Development Council Representative Ryan Silva and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Representative Greg Biryla.

“It was an honor to be able to give our members the time to speak with our elected officials and our partners from NYSEDC and NFIB,” said Green. “There were clear themes echoed throughout the Q&A and it was great to know our representatives are on the same page and are working to advocate for Chenango County.”

“Broadband, manufacturing, relief for small businesses and a focus on agriculture were threaded throughout their comments. I’d like to thank our speakers for taking the time to speak with us and thank our members for engaging in these important discussions.”

Each speaker discussed an array of topics, but a common theme throughout the event was the coronavirus and how it continues to impact New York.

Brindisi said he is working with a bipartisan group to ensure that another round of stimulus gets passed, and that he is working with representatives in Broome County as they deal with a spike in cases.

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