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April 24, 2014

Gibson assails opponent for relocating


Eldridge is expected to face Gibson in the November election.

“Politician Chris Gibson wants voters in NY-19 to believe that he stands for their values, but the Real Chris Gibson is a member of the least productive Congress in history and his votes have harmed families in our region,” Hook said in an emailed statement. “While Sean Eldridge was partnering with small businesses and creating local jobs, Chris Gibson was voting to shut down our government, to block raising the minimum wage, and to cut taxes on companies that are sending jobs overseas.”

Eldridge is expected to face Gibson in the November election. Gibson is seeking a third term in Congress, and has represented New York’s 19th Congressional District - consisting of all or portions of 11 counties - since January 2013. For the previous two years, he had represented the 21st Congressional district whose lines were altered as a result of redistricting brought on as a result of New York shedding two congressional seats due to slow population growth.

Earlier this month, Gibson was one of a dozen House Republicans who voted against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget package.

“The Ryan budget was not the best budget,” Gibson said, noting he favors a bipartisan budget that would benefit upstate New York. “I made the right vote for our district.”

Gibson was the featured speaker Monday afternoon at an economic development brainstorming session organized by Richfield Town Supervisor Fran Enjem and Otsego County Industrial Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Alexander “Sandy” Mathess. State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, also participated.

The congressman said he would support grant applications aimed at garnering federal community block grant funding as well as rail trail funding and senior housing developments. He also said the recently passed Farm Bill could help fund local agricultural enterprises, pointing out some local craft brewers are now taking advantage of locally grown hops after that crop had been nearly blighted out of existence a century ago.

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