LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. - Road improvements and helping small businesses were two of the key points brought up by area legislators Friday morning at the annual Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast in Little Falls.
Among those who spoke at the event included state senators James Seward and James Tedesco, as well as state assembly members Brian Miller, Marianne Buttenschon and Robert Smullen and Herkimer County legislative chairman Bernie Peplinski.
Miller said infrastructure is key to economic development, "We're to the point where the roads are deteriorating so quickly that we can't manage the decline on these roads, we're trying to keep up on a 40% level. And we all know that infrastructure is the lifeblood to economic development. We've got road problems, we've got water problems, we've got sewer problems all through upstate."
Miller went on to say the state needs to do what he calls economic gardening, "We need to come up with a good plan economically to help the companies that are here and make sure that they're here. We want them to grow. If we can put another 1,000 employees at Remington that would be absolutely wonderful or any other small business."
Sen. Seward echoed that point, "Because the sad truth is New York State leads the nation in out-migration, people leaving the state of New York, and particularly in our region of the state. This is a dangerous trend, it hurts our local communities or local schools, employers are hard-pressed to find employees, the ramifications of this out-migration process is serious for our future."
This was the first year new Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Hummel hosted the breakfast.