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Douglas, Ferebee and Bartley return from D.C.

Three supervisors from Essex County have returned after meeting with their federal representatives.

Elizabethtown freshman Supervisor Margaret Bartley, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee, and Jay Supervisor and Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas visited with Congressmen Bill Owens and Chris Gibson, Sen. Charles Schumer and a representative from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office last week.

“I thought the trip was very productive, “ said Ferebee. “Any time that you get to sit down and talk with your federal leaders about the issues that are affecting the county and towns, it is a productive thing.”

Ferebee said that they were able to touch on each of the topics that they planned to with the representatives.

“There were some things that they did not know a lot about and said that they would look into it, like the EpiPen legislation” Ferebee said. “There were other issues that they were very aware of. Gibson had a lot of information on the synthetic marijuana issue and said he would support any legislation to curb its sale.”

Other topics talked about were help with building sewer systems and drinking water upgrades in 12 Essex County towns, help in getting doctors to staff the VA Clinics in Westport and Saranac Lake, the closure of small post offices, additional HEAP funding for Essex County residents who have run out of heating fuel, funding for debris removal in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the expansion of the Crown Point historic site.

“We impressed upon our Congressmen that the lack of this basic service is hindering economic growth and job creation in many communities,” Bartley said about the need for water and sewer aid.

Bartley added that along with meeting with elected leaders, the trio attended classes on veterans affairs, county financing and taxation in a time of recession, and learned more about green energy innovations that could help our local governments.

“Meeting with other county officials, some from as far away as Hawaii and Alaska brought home the fact that all local governments are facing the same issues and by sharing information, we can all benefit,” she said.

Hamilton County Supervisor Neil McGovern and New York Sen. Charles Schumer are joined by Essex County supervisors Randy Douglas, Bill Ferebee and Margaret Bartley during their trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss issues facing Essex County.

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