NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. (WUTR-NY) — Yesterday evening Congressman Anthony Brindisi held a community town hall meeting at New York Mills high school.
“Tonight is our town hall here in Oneida County and we’re in New York Mills to talk to residents about some of their concerns and so I can give them a quick update about what’s happening in Washington, talk about some of the things I’m working on, but more importantly be able to hear from the voters and the constituents of New York 22 about what’s on their minds.” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi, (D) NY-22
Of the topics discussed, the rising cost of presciption drugs was the community’s greatest concern. In December Brindisi voted to pass a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies and cap out-of-pocket costs for people enrolled in Medicare Part D.
“I look forward to talking about some of the legislation passed in the house to lower the cost of prescription drugs. I want to talk about social security, Medicare and how we can protect those programs going forward so they’re available because those are earned benefits that people worked for. Talk about infrastructure and some of the work we’re doing about rural broadband. There’s a lot of issues that come up at town hall meetings and I love getting a chance to hear from residents firsthand what’s on their minds.” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi, (D) NY-22
Last night Sheriff Robert Maciol took a break from law enforcement and moderated the community event.
“I’ve never moderated a town hall for the Congressman for anyone as that matter goes. During my regular job as the sheriff, I’m out in the community hearing things all the time but it’s a different perspective when you’re in law enforcement. So, this kind of took me out of my element and, like I said had the opporunity to what’s on the mind of everyone in regards to what they want from the Congressman and from the federal government.”- Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office