Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bill Owens to attend legislative breakfast

Just a quick reminder that Congressman Bill Owens will be in Saranac Lake Friday morning for a couple events.

Owens, who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, will start his day at a "legislative breakfast" hosted by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The event kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. at North Country Community College's Clermont Hall.

SLACC Executive Director Sylvie Nelson hosts these breakfasts from time-to-time to give chamber members a chance to discuss legislative issues with political leaders.

Tomorrow morning's event will focus on health care reform, border issues and the Patriot Hills project in Saranac Lake.

"Bringing Congressman Owens to the Tri-Lakes area lets our members discuss federal issues important to their businesses so that the Congressman can bring them back to Washington, D.C. and address them," Nelson said. "It is very important for us to have that communication door opened."

Nelson notes the chamber's Legislative Resources Committee has identified a variety of federal issues important to the Tri-Lakes area. Aside from health care and job creation, the committee has also identified broadband development as an important issues for the North Country.

"These issues are important to us and it will also give Congressman Owens an opportunity to update our membership on what is happening in Washington D.C. and how that affects our local businesses," Nelson said.

If you're interested in attending the breakfast, RSVP as-soon-as-possible by calling 891-1990. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Following the breakfast, Owens will join local officials at the Adirondack Regional Airport to celebrate a new EAS contract with Cape Air.

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