Congressman Tours Sandy Creek Flood Damage

Viewing the damage from the lake
Viewing the damage from the lake

PULASKI – Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) visited Oswego County July 2 where he toured flood-damaged areas, delivered books to a local library, held a workshop for dairy farmers, and visited a local farm that partners with the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“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 in Washington,” Brindisi said. “Oswego County faces unique challenges — from ongoing flooding to an unpredictable dairy market. I got a lot of good ideas from the folks on the ground, and I look forward to taking them back to Congress with me.”

Brindisi started the day by touring areas damaged by Sandy Creek flooding.

Brindisi surveyed the area by boat and spoke with locals about the damage.

Last week, Brindisi joined Representative John Katko (NY-24) for a roundtable discussion about flooding and flood mitigation strategies with the International Joint Commission, the international governing body of Lake Ontario.

Brindisi held the commissioners accountable for their lack of foresight and planning.

He demanded that the commission do better in the future for all Oswego County residents.

Brindisi organized a workshop with Farm Service Agency officials to help local dairy farmers navigate the new Dairy Margin Coverage program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Touring an area farm

Brindisi and FSA officials answered questions and connected farmers with resources to ensure dairy farmers have the certainty they need.

Anyone who needs help navigating the program can contact Brindisi’s office at (315) 732-0713.

Brindisi toured a local farm that partners with the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Brindisi, a champion of conservation and agriculture, is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.

Local farmers showed Brindisi the latest management tactics for conservation.

Earlier this year, Brindisi voted for increased funding for agriculture and conservation programs at a federal level.

Anthony Brindisi and his wife, Erica, present some books to Pulaski Library Director Dawn Myers, left.

Finally, Brindisi and his wife, Erica, delivered books to the Pulaski library as part of the Brindisi Bookworms program.

Brindisi Bookworms, launched in March, has brought books to library shelves across New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Brindisi Bookworms takes advantage of the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program which allows members of Congress to donate the library’s extra books to schools, libraries, community centers, and other qualifying organizations.