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SL Chamber joins North Country Delegation

SARANAC LAKE Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sylvia Nelson met with the regions federal elected officials to discuss important issues relating to the Saranac Lake region, including Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and funding for the Adirondack Regional Airport. The chamber, a member of the North Country delegation led by the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, took part in the New York Day in Washington, D.C. on May 9 and 10, organized by the Chamber Alliance of New York State. It is an annual event when chamber, business and government leaders meet with the states senators and congressmen. This event enables us to access our friends in Washington D.C. and highlight projects, issues and challenges that the North Country, and more specifically, the Saranac Lake area is facing, said Nelson. This year, the main topics included WHTI, also known as the Passport Issue, the federal subsidies for our local air service and the cut federal funding to the Adirondack Regional Airport. Other topics included the request by the Town of Harrietstown to be the FAAs prime point of contact and to bring forth upcoming funding requests that will be made by the Village of Saranac Lake. Our elected officials were very attentive to the issues that were brought forth by the North Country delegation, Nelson said. They understand the unique area in which we live, specifically regarding Saranac Lakes location within the Adirondack Park. They also understand the potential for disaster that the passport requirement presently set to take effect on January 1, 2008, will have on our region which is just now recuperating from a low Canadian dollar. Additionally, the Chamber brought up the fact that many of our members indicated the frustration in added delays in obtaining or renewing passports. A breakfast on May 10 allowed the delegations to hear what the elected officials are working on at the federal level. This was very informative and moreover, by meeting our elected officials aides, it helped the Chamber create networking ties with Washington, Nelson said.

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