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Doheny tours Oscar’s Smoke House, seeks to hear entrepreneurs’ views

Congressional candidate Matt Doheny (R-Watertown) talks about meat processing techniques with Jerry Quintal, owner of Oscar’s Smoke House of Warrensburg. Doheny toured Oscar’s as part of his ‘50 Days — 50 Businesses” tour that he said is intended to familiarize him with the challenges that North Country businesses are facing, and identify potential ways to boost their enterprises as well as prevailing economic conditions.

Congressional candidate Matt Doheny (R-Watertown) talks about meat processing techniques with Jerry Quintal, owner of Oscar’s Smoke House of Warrensburg. Doheny toured Oscar’s as part of his ‘50 Days — 50 Businesses” tour that he said is intended to familiarize him with the challenges that North Country businesses are facing, and identify potential ways to boost their enterprises as well as prevailing economic conditions. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Doheny’s tour this week included the Essex County Fair and Normandy Beach Resort, both in Westport, as well as Barton Mines in Johnsburg.

Doheny’s proposed tourism and business oriented initiatives include reducing the state gas tax, maintaining the current minimum wage, and forming a broad-based tourism council that would boost coordination among various existing tourism agencies and organizations.

In the new 21st Congressional District, Doheny is running against U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh), and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig.

After Doheny left Oscar’s Friday to tour Hillman Trucking and Fort Edward Express of South Glens Falls, Quintal said he appreciated the candidate’s visit.

“It was great that Matt took the time to tour our enterprise,” Quintal said. “He was really interested and curious about the details of our business.”

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