Owens Holds Town Hall in Plattsburgh

Aug 21, 2013

Town Hall with Congressman Bill Owens 8-20-13
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Upstate New York Congressman Bill Owens held a town hall at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh Tuesday evening to take questions from constituents in the Northeast part of his district.

Taking part in a meeting with constituents common to the summer district work session, Owens began the meeting with a short overview of his travels across the 16,500-square mile district and the status of several bills related to the region, primarily noting that he expects the farm bill to get caught up in a continuing resolution and doubts it will pass this year.

A primary focus of constituent questions was the Affordable Care Act with several individuals challenging Owens’ support.

Questions were posed regarding the Keystone pipeline and tar sands oil, the affordability of post-secondary education, and unfunded mandates in schools.

Morrisonville resident and teacher Katherine Brown wasn’t impressed, but also wasn’t surprised with the Congressman’s response to her question.

Businessman Peter Guibord was among those who questioned Congressman Owens about the Affordable Care Act.

Guibord felt his question was only partially answered.

Following the Town Hall, Congressman Owens said the meeting was civil with good questions posed.

A Democrat, Owens was first elected to Congress in 2009 in a special election. Two Republicans have already announced campaigns challenging him in 2014 - Joseph Gilbert of De Kalb Junction,  the St. Lawrence County Director of Emergency Services, is a retired military intelligence officer and Tea Party member. Elise Stefanik of Willsboro worked in the George W. Bush White House and on the Paul Ryan vice presidential campaign.