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By Kiara Catanzaro, ’15
St. Bonaventure University’s College Democrats will host Martha Robertson, Democratic candidate for Congress from New York’s 23rd district, for two public meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The first meeting, designed primarily for students, will take place in the Thomas Merton Center from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet Robertson and ask about her views on issues that might be presented to Congress during her term.
The second meeting will feature a lecture titled “What Can Local Governments Do to Spur Economic Growth?” The event will take place in the William F. Walsh Science Center Auditorium at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Ample time will be allowed for questions from the audience.
The 23rd district includes the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Tompkins, Schuyler, Yates, and Seneca, as well as parts of Ontario and Tioga.
Robertson is chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and the Tomkins County Industrial Development Agency. She also represents the county on the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.
As a potential Congressional candidate, Robertson says that she understands the importance of economic development to have a prosperous community. She hopes that her vision of growth and prosperity will become a reality for the entire Southern Tier of New York.
She points to her experience in Tompkins County, where she worked with Republicans and Democrats to bring in $453 million in new investments, 1.5 million square feet of new construction, and 700 new jobs. Tompkins County now has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
“We can create an environment that keeps our kids here when they want to start their own careers and families,” Robertson said. “With smart investments and planning, New York’s 23rd District can expand the opportunities here for all.”
Ryan DeOrdio, president of St. Bonaventure’s College Democrats, hopes to learn more about Robertson and her views on public issues, such as job development.
“I'm looking forward to her speech on how local governments can create jobs,” DeOrdio said. “I’m not as informed as I should be on the topic, so it will be interesting to learn more while hopefully gaining insight into Martha’s policy positions. The speech will give her a good forum to get in depth on an issue.”
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