Delaware County Republicans gathered for their annual breakfast Saturday at The Castle Restaurant in Walton. Local and state legislators reinforced missions to repeal the NY SAFE Act, comment on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education package and correct the health insurance exchange problems.
“The strategy is service,” said Congressman Chris Gibson of the 19th Congressional District. “We are here to serve regardless of party.”
“Legislators will vote next week on the Farm Rural Bill,” said Gibson, “and the next action will be the Water Bill, aimed to get money upstate for flood mitigation and recovery on a larger scale.”
After the event, Gibson said the Water Bill will reform the Army Corp of Engineers’ abilities.
“It will reflect more responsibility,” he said.
Gibson serves on the Watershed Advisory Group and is running for re-election this year. From the podium, Gibson encouraged all Republicans to ramp up efforts.
Speaking of his possible Democratic Party opponent, Sean Eldridge, Gibson said, “We will not take to fear. Campaign money is not power. But our, and your, integrity is.”
Sean Eldridge’s website reports that he serves as the president of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, an investment company that has created local jobs and grown small businesses throughout the region. Openly gay, he is married to Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook.
Gibson focused on growth at the breakfast, giving the Ioxus ultra capacitor company in Oneonta as an example, said, “I’ll work to revitalize policies that attract manufacturing.”
Also running for re-election this year in Delaware County is Sheriff Tom Mills.
“I want to seek out the solution to the drug problem in upstate New York,” said Mills.
Undersheriff Craig DuMond gave a short presentation outlining the development of a newly formed drug task force.
“The effort is to work at a local level, involving all agencies,” said DuMond. “We need to have treatment services available to drug offenders at the first or second arrests, not later arrests. We need to fix the cause and not only deal with the symptoms.”