Reflecting on the past year, Congressman Tom Reed pointed to the many communitywide successes and the day-to-day stories of families and individuals helped through his office.
"Working with constituents to provide solutions on problems big and small is what we are here to do and it is by far the most important part of the job," Reed said. "We've held more than 110 town halls throughout our 11 counties and helped constituents work through more than 5,000 constituent cases as we continue to make their priorities our priorities."
Reed reflected on some of the district's major victories in the past year, including keeping the NRG plant in Dunkirk, awarding Salamanca School District impact aid, maintaining the Elmira Psychiatric Center, working with the FAA and Corning Hospital to expedite construction, strides combating the invasive species Hydrilla and efforts to keep the tower at the Ithaca Tompkins airport open.
He also reflected on working with families on the day to day issues that Reed says are so critical to the role of the office. "We were able to help one constituent who because of a medical condition, her father was not able to recall where he put his mortgage discharge paperwork in order to sell the business. In another instance, we helped a local organization recently get their 501c3 status that had been stalled since 2007.
"It's these kinds of issues we tackle on a daily basis that have the biggest impact and really stand out," Reed continued. "There will undoubtedly be plenty of talk about politics but despite all of that talk, I will continue to focus on what really matters: constituents of the 23rd district and their needs and concerns."