Utica, NY (WUTR-TV), The 22nd Congressional Race was hotly contested with the final outcome not known until two months after Election Day. Now that some time has passed, we sat down with the former Congressman, Anthony Brindisi to hear his thoughts about his time as congressman , the election and what’s to come in the future. In this three part series, Eyewitness News uncovers it all.
Anthony Brindisi first ran for Congress in 2018 and he beat incumbent Claudia Tenney. He says his choice to run stemmed from wanting to be in a career where he could help people.
“Whether it was my service in the state legislature or being in congress, I believe in public service. I believe that we need good people going into government so that we can have a functioning government. The most important part of the job is being able to help people. So, whether it’s an issue like helping someone with their social security or Medicare issue or whether it’s getting legislation drafted and signed into law, the goal of any public servant is to be able to help and serve the people that put you in office. That’s why I was attracted to the position.”
Brindisi says running for Congress was challenging, ” I have a lot of respect for people who will put their name on the line, whether it’s running for your local school board or running for the House of Representatives. It takes a lot out of you, it takes a lot out of your family. I think with 24/7 news coverage and social media, it makes the job even more difficult because you’re under constant scrutiny. But, it’s a rewarding career, especially when you can accomplish something that helps people and I think that more people should go into it.”
In his two years, he says he is most proud of the 12 pieces of legislation that he authored that were passed into law, “On a whole range of issues, ranging from mental healthcare for veterans and active duty personnel. To lowering health insurance costs for seniors or bringing jobs back to manufacturing here in Upstate New York. You know when I was in Congress you had divided government. You had Democrats in the House, Republicans in the Senate and a Republican President. So, getting 12 pieces of legislation pushed and signed into law, not an easy thing to do but I’m very proud of that accomplishment.”
“The one bill that I wished that I could get passed before leaving Congress was Bianca’s Law which really stems from an incident that happened here. A young girl who was murdered.”
17-year-old Bianca Devins was murdered back in the summer of 2019 by Brandon Clark. Clark took pictures of her death and posted them on social media.
“The family had to suffer through seeing that online. No family should have to suffer through that and this was a bill that I had worked with the family to introduce to put more regulations in place over graphic content on the internet, specifically with social media companies. I wish we could have gotten that done, hopefully it’ll continue.”