“I think this guy is starting way too early, and the people are tired of politics 24/7, 365 days of the year,” Casale said.
Gibson’s new office is staffed by one of his constituent services representatives, Ridge Harris. In addition, Mark Westcott, a field representative for Gibson, said he will make regular stops at the office.
Gibson said the office will help people with questions about veterans benefits, Social Security, Medicare, passports, immigration, federal tax issues, military service and Service Academy nominations.
The congressman said he believes the controversial gun control legislation enacted in Albany last month is flawed and will be overturned in the courts. He also predicted that Obama’s gun control proposals, framed after the massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn., will fail to win congressional approval.
“At this point what I want to see us do is take a hard look at mental health,” Gibson said. “We certainly want to do this in a smart way so that we don’t infringe on anyone’s rights.”
Cooperstown Village Mayor Jeff Katz, a Democrat who attended the grand opening with his wife, Karen, said he welcomes the new congressional office.
“To have a congressional office in the village is a huge plus,” Katz said. “I’ve very happy he is here. I have worked really well with Chris. In terms of availability, communication and interest in what we do, he has been great. I have no complaints.”
Asked about Eldridge’s interest in taking the office, the mayor said, “I’ve never heard of the guy.”