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.

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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.

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    What happens to a Congressperson’s perspective once reelection is off the table?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the answer to that question.

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    The Pentagon has recommended broad cutbacks.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Bill Owens discusses the changing military with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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    Congressman Bill Owens of New York will leave the House at the end of the year. In today’s Congressional Corner, Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he does not regret his decision to retire.

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Three congressional representatives from New York are calling on the federal government to strengthen oversight of crude oil transport. They say the rapid escalation of train transport of crude oil throughout their districts has prompted concern.

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  Congressman Bill Owens of New York has survived three close elections.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his decision to retire from the House doesn’t mean he’s afraid of a fourth.

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    A Farm Bill compromise is finally in sight.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that compromise can leave both sides somewhat unhappy. The two spoke Tuesday, one day before the House passed the Farm Bill.

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Two of the region’s Congressional representatives say a proposed land border fee proposal has been defeated.

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The Saratoga County Republican Party has selected a candidate to run for Congress in New York’s 20th District, where a longtime Capital District political figure cruised to reelection two years ago.

Recently, Jim Fischer was selected by the Saratoga County Republican Committee as the endorsed candidate to run in the Congressional race in the 20th District, a seat currently held by three-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko.

The 20th district was redrawn in 2012. Tonko, a former state Assemblyman, previously represented New York’s former 21st district.

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New York 21st District Congressman Democrat Bill Owens announced today that he will not seek re-election.

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New York Congressman Bill Owens announced this afternoon that he will not run for re-election.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley joined a conference call as the Democrat explained his decision.

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    Immigration reform appears to have a hit a wall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that lawmakers have been too fixated on the border with Mexico.

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    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his new women’s advisory committee.

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    The world is mourning Nelson Mandela.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Mandela’s legacy will be hard to match.

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In the wake of the 16-day government shutdown, which polling shows angered voters of all stripes, New York Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from the North Country, says the GOP may be in danger of losing control of the House.

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North Country New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, in a conference call with reporters hours after the federal government shut down over a budget impasse, said Congress has forgotten the importance of civilian workers.

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Members of Congress are headed back to Washington to jump back into the fire as the U.S. Senate readies a budget that will likely be sent back to the House.  Unless both houses can find a compromise by Sep. 30th, disagreement over the debt ceiling and Affordable Care Act could bring the government to a shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House recently passed a budget with a provision to defund President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The House plan likely will not make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is not optimistic about comprehensive tax reform.

  The 2014 midterm elections are beginning to ramp up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he intends to focus on his work, not the election.

  Egypt is in turmoil.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens discusses the situation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Upstate New York Congressman Bill Owens toured Imperial Industrial Park in Plattsburgh this morning. The half-million square foot facility, one of the largest buildings in the North Country, hosts a number of tenants, including contractors for Nova Bus and Bombardier.

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