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Owens says jobs are his top priority; citizens air opinions on gun control

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens talks about gun control measures with area citizens at a public forum held Tuesday March 26 in Glens Falls. Owens said job creation and bipartisan cooperation were currently two of his top objectives.

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens talks about gun control measures with area citizens at a public forum held Tuesday March 26 in Glens Falls. Owens said job creation and bipartisan cooperation were currently two of his top objectives. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “Across the board cuts don’t work,” he said.

Owens also said his top priority was job creation, emphasizing he supported more efforts in training people for high-technology jobs, whether they were computer-related or machinists’ positions that are now going unfilled.

“There are job opportunities out there, but we’re not now putting the pieces together,” he said.

Owens added that while there’s an effort underway to allow more people from overseas into the U.S. to be trained with technologically advanced skills, the legislative priority should be on training U.S. citizens.

”We need to make sure we press forward on this,” he said. It’s critically important in filling jobs.”

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