ROME -- It was a packed room at a town hall meeting for Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D) Thursday.
Brindisi is speaking with the public about the work he has been doing in the 22nd district.
At his town hall in Rome, he addressed a variety of topics from gun safety, to infrastructure, to the opioid epidemic.
“What I’ve been doing is really trying to focus on the district and focus on representing constituents back home,” Brindisi said. “So, we've been using a lot of our time trying to help constituents whether it's veterans, or farmers, or people calling our office with social security issues, or Medicare issues, or IRS issues. That's really the role I see the representative should play.
Brindisi says the biggest issue he's faced since taking office is trying to get both parties in congress to work together.
“I've been trying to find folks, both on the democratic side and the republican side, that I can work with to move things forward like infrastructure, like bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, like fixing our healthcare system. These are all big issues that people back home are asking us to work on and it has to get done by bipartisan support,” Brindisi said.
Brindisi says the goal of the town hall is to speak with the public, face to face, about the issues they want him to tackle.
“I work for the people. The people are my boss, and if I’m not showing up and listening to what they’re saying, then I’m not doing my job,” said Brindisi.
Brindisi plans to visit every county in the district this year.