The 21st Congressional District is an amazing place, but we face challenges. Our communities and people struggle with issues ranging from healthcare to agriculture to infrastructure. Like many other small-town and rural regions, we ask the question “how do we help our communities to be the places where we, our families, and future generations can live and enjoy this amazing region?”.
Our Federal Government has an important role in helping us to solve our problems, and it can do a better job. Some of our issues need legislative solutions requiring new laws, a challenge since about 10,000 bills are proposed to Congress each year, and only 300 become law. Many issues need administrative attention; our government employees need persistent reminders that life in the 21st Congressional District is different than life in Washington, D.C. or its nearby suburbs. Those that support us need encouragement during difficult times.
As you review the examples of these issues which follow, consider the following:
Is this the time to send to Washington an experienced citizen who has heard these issues from thousands of our neighbors, has had a successful life in this region, is not a politician, and has no higher political ambitions?
Is this the time to send a citizen who works with others and can stand up to the forces which are shaping federal policies in ways that do not serve our nation or our communities?
The 21st Congressional District is a vast and remarkable place. Starting in the southeastern corner is the Saratoga Battlefield, the turning point of the American Revolution in 1777, and Saratoga National Cemetery, sacred ground for our Veterans and their families. Going north one finds Glens Falls (“Hometown U.S.A.”). Further north is Lake George (“Queen of American Lakes”) and Schroon Lake, vacation sites for generations of families. Fort Ticonderoga, another contributor to our nation’s military history, and nearby Whitehall (“Birthplace of the U.S. Navy”) lead to Lake Champlain (briefly designated the “sixth Great Lake”), itself a repository of history and home to Plattsburgh (“The Lake City”). Heading west, one follows the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway past Massena(“Gateway to the Fourth Coast”), Ogdensburg (the only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway), Clayton and the Thousand Islands region. Immediately south is Fort Drum, one of America’s key military bases which is home to past and future sacrifices. Nearby is Watertown (“The Garland City’), a city with a long history of manufacturing. In the center of the District is the Adirondack Park, itself a vast region mixing forever wild areas with private land in a unique social experiment which mirrors our democracy.The scale of the Adirondack Park is unprecedented: it could hold most of the famous National Parks and still have room. At the center of the Adirondacks are Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, home to two Olympic games and the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” an iconic moment known by Americans of all ages as a symbol of our Nation’s spirit.