PREBLE, N.Y. - Ivanka Trump has visited an upstate New York paving company to promote the Republican-engineered tax cuts approved by Congress last year.
President Donald Trump's eldest daughter told about 150 people at the Suit-Kote facility south of Syracuse on Monday that it was "incredible" to see the effects of the tax cuts in a local community.
Suit-Kote CEO Frank Suits Jr. said the tax bill prompted the company to give its 800 employees a 5 percent raise.
Ivanka Trump was given a tour by Suits and Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney and climbed aboard a paver for a demonstration.
"This is really great that she gets to come back to our area and highlight the kinds of jobs we have and to keep our workforce here, because we have an out-migration of jobs and people," Tenney said. "We want it to stop we want to grow jobs in upstate New York."
Following the tour at Suit-Kote, Tenney and Trump held a roundtable discussion with local community leaders.
About 30 people holding anti-Trump signs stood on the road outside the event in rural Cortland County, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Syracuse.
In response to Ivanka Trump's visit, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica, who is running against Tenney in the 22nd Congressional District race in November, issued the following statement:
“Ivanka Trump and I both know that people shouldn’t fear losing their job when caring for a newborn, sick loved one, or a family member serving overseas. In the Assembly, I was proud to vote for New York’s paid family leave plan, and disappointed when Claudia Tenney voted against it. Claudia Tenney is again out of step with the needs of middle-class families in Upstate New York. Instead of a private taxpayer-funded campaign event, perhaps Ivanka can educate Claudia Tenney on the importance of Paid Family Leave. The media should ask: why doesn’t Claudia Tenney agree with Ivanka and me on Paid Family Leave?”
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Great day with @RepTenney visiting Suit-Kote, a NY-based asphalt company, to see the positive impacts of #TaxReform in Tully, NY first-hand. Following historic #TaxCuts, Suit-Kote announced a 5% raise for ALL 800+ employees! pic.twitter.com/ZH3uQuf5Mi
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 9, 2018
Great day touring Suit-Kote Corp. with @IvankaTrump! After the tour, we held a roundtable with local community leaders to discuss workforce development and how #taxreform has positively impacted NY-22. pic.twitter.com/hqvwIpeW5G
— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) July 9, 2018