Congressman Anthony Brindisi was in Cortland County yesterday (August 13), where he toured Gutchess Lumber, held a senior town hall at Walden Place Assisted Living Home and visited the Family Health Network facility in Cortland.
Brindisi visited with Gutchess employees about the effects of tariffs on the lumber business. Lumber is a big target of China in the ongoing trade war and Brindisi says he’ll continue fighting for the timber industry on behalf of New Yorkers. Gutchess Lumber employs more than two hundred people in New York’s 22nd district.
After touring Gutchess, Brindisi took a short ride to the Walden Place Assisted Living facility, where he held a senior town hall and took questions from residents on Medicare, Social Security, and prescription drug costs.
Brindisi touted his bipartisan Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act, which would crack down on tactics used by pharmaceutical companies to delay generic drugs from coming to market. In addition to health care, Brindisi updated seniors on his Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019 to crack down on phone scams, including those targeting seniors. The legislation was recently passed the House of Representatives and is being taken up in the Senate.
Finally, Brindisi visited the Family Health Network facility in Cortland, where he listened to hospital executives and health care professionals discuss the needs of rural communities.He also thanked the employees for their work and willingness to serve the underserved, vowing to continue pushing for better rural access to affordable health care.
The Family Health Network is the only source of care in three of the five communities it serves.
“I take the title of ‘representative’ seriously – that means being open and accessible and meeting with people in every community to make sure their voices are heard,” Brindisi said. “I visited with business owners, workers, seniors, and health care providers about the issues facing Cortland County and how we can work together to end the trade war, lower prescription drug prices, and increase access to health care for rural communities. I got a lot of good ideas from the people on the ground, and I look forward to taking them back to Congress.”