Congressman Bill Owens

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Speaking after returning from Washington D.C. Friday, retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Northern New York said leaving his job is ‘bittersweet’ but that he would also like to stay engaged in the North Country.

“I think that from my perspective, I believe that I will be able to contribute by continuing to help in the economic development arena in particular, and I think that that is something that the North Country cries out for, whether you’re talking about Saratoga or you’re talking about Lewis County, and everything in between.”

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  New York’s border with Canada is a major issue for the 21st Congressional district.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock retiring Congressman Bill Owens deserves credit for his attention to border issues.

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    What should the U.S. do about the influx of Latin American refugees?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that this issue can’t be about politics.

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    Fighting between Israel and Hamas has distressed much of the world.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there are no easy answers.

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    The race for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat is heating up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks Aaron Woolf is the right choice for the district.

Political newcomer Elise Stefanik has won the battle for the Republican Party's slot on the November ballot in New York's 21st Congressional district, a key step in the race to replace retiring Democrat Bill Owens in the massive district.

After Friday’s announcement that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned, area Congressmen are offering their thoughts on how the agency should change in months ahead.

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21st District Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf joins Congressman Paul Tonko and other local leaders this afternoon on a business tour of Johnstown and Gloversville.

The two will meet small business owners to discuss job growth. During the tour, Tonko is expected to officially endorse Woolf for Congress.  "He has a very earnest interest in how we can develop the policy that best promotes the growth of small business, which is the economic recovery engine of our area," said Tonko.

Congressman Bill Owens of New York’s North Country held a telephone town hall meeting with constituents last. 

Congressman Owens opened his latest town hall meeting by providing an update on what he’s been working on lately with his colleagues in Washington and the district. The Democrat, who is retiring after this term, said much of his work currently has been focused on federal budget negotiations.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week more than $2.7 million in funding to help a village in Washington County make upgrades to its faulty sewer system. 

The Democrats announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program for the Village of Whitehall. The Washington County village near the Vermont border will use the funding to make repairs and comply with environmental regulations.