ROME, N.Y. -- Congressman Anthony Brindisi has been appointed to two committees -- agriculture and veterans affairs. Friday he held a press conference to go into details about what his goals are to help local farmers and veterans.
The press conference was held at the Harry P. Smith American Legion Post in Rome, and the congressman was accompanied by some local veterans, and some local farmers.
Brindisi says he will work across the aisle to make sure local farmers and veterans have the support they need.
In the ag-committee he says he will work to help get a fair price for farm products, which will help farmers succeed financially, and help them make an honest living.
Brindisi says he will also work to help the 46,000 veterans in the 22nd Congressional District. He says 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.
Brindisi says he's also in support of funding for a military cemetery in the area. Right now, the closest one is about two hours away in Saratoga.
"That’s awesome, with the amount of veterans that we have in this area, we unfortunately all where we're going to go and I’ve been to Saratoga. I have friends that are there and it's definitely a plus to have one closer,” said Michael Grogan, the post's chaplin.
"It has been such a long time to be honest with you. I don't even know how long it's been since we've had a voice directly from the 22nd Congressional District or even Oneida County Health Department. A direct voice in Washington on our committee," said Oneida County Farm Bureau member Ben Simons.
Brindisi says he is setting up two advisory councils made up of folks from the district – the Agriculture Advisory Council and a Veterans Affairs Advisory Council.
He says he and his team will meet the council to hear directly from those on the frontlines about the challenges they're facing and what they would like to see done.
To apply to be on Congressman Brindisi's Veterans Advisory Council, you are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or to be on the Agriculture Advisory Council, email email@example.com. You are asked to apply by Friday, February 1 expressing interest.