Congressman Anthony Brindisi is seeking residents of the 22nd Congressional District to provide him input for the two committees he’s been assigned in the House of Representatives.
The Democrat who took office the first week of the month announced Friday he’s seeking nominees for a Veterans Advisory Council and an Agriculture Advisory Council. He was named earlier in the week to the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The House Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over issues related to livestock, poultry, dairy, agricultural credit, rural development, nutrition, and horticulture, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
The 22nd District, which extends from eastern Oswego County through Oneida County to the Binghamton area, is classified as more than 50 percent rural, according to Brindisi. The dairy industry alone supports nearly 4,000 direct jobs, more than $235 million in wages, and generates an economic impact of $1.83 billion.
“I am excited to begin my work on the House Agriculture Committee and deliver results for our farmers, producers, rural communities, and hardworking families,” said Brindisi, a lawyer by occupation. “I will work across the aisle to make sure our local farmers have the support they need to get a fair price for their goods, succeed financially, and make an honest living.”
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee oversees federal programs for veterans including health care, veterans’ hospitals, education programs, job counseling, and transition from service to civilian life.
More than 46,000 veterans live in Brindisi’s district, which has by three VA community-based outpatient clinics in Binghamton, Rome and Bainbridge. Veterans in the district also seek care at the VA Medical Centers in Syracuse and Albany. Brindisi is not a veteran.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is considered one of the most bipartisan committees in Congress, according to Brindisi, who was on the New York Assembly Veterans Affairs committee when he was in the Legislature from the Utica-Rome area.
“These brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country and they must come home to grateful nation,” Brindisi said.
“I will work every single day to meet the needs of our veterans and ensure the VA has the tools and resources it needs to give veterans the best possible care. If the VA falls short of this standard, I’m committed to holding them accountable to make sure veterans are being put first and that each and every one has access to the high-quality care he or she needs,” he said.
To apply for Brindisi’s Veterans Advisory Council send an email expressing interest to NY22vets@gmail.com by Feb. 1.
For the Agriculture Advisory Council, email NY22agriculture@gmail.com by Feb. 1.