Brindisi Listens to Cortland County; Tours Gutchess Lumber, Holds Senior Town Hall at Walden Place Assisted Living, and Visits Family Health Network


August 13, 2019
Press Release

Brindisi Talks Tariffs and Jobs at Local Business, Touts Prescription Drug Legislation and Vows to Protect Social Security and Medicare, and Assesses Rural Health Care Needs for County Residents

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) visited Cortland County where he toured Gutchess Lumber, held a senior town hall at Walden Place Assisted Living Home, and visited the Family Health Network facility in Cortland.

“I take the title of ‘representative’ seriously - that means being open and accessible and meeting with people in every community to make sure their voices are heard,” Brindisi said. “I visited with business owners, workers, seniors, and health care providers about the issues facing Cortland County and how we can work together to end the trade war, lower prescription drug prices, and increase access to health care for rural communities. I got a lot of good ideas from the people on the ground, and I look forward to taking them back to Congress.”

Brindisi toured Cortland’s Gutchess Lumber and visited with employees about the effects of tariffs on the lumber business. Lumber is a target of China in the ongoing trade war and Brindisi is working to fight for the timber industry and against China on behalf of New Yorkers. Gutchess Lumber employs more than two hundred people in New York’s 22nd district.

Brindisi continued his visit to Cortland County with a senior town hall and tour of Walden Place Assisted Living facility. Brindisi took questions from residents on Medicare, Social Security, and prescription drug costs. Brindisi touted his bipartisan Ensuring Timely Access to Generics Act. Brindisi’s legislation would crack down on tactics used by pharmaceutical companies to delay generic drugs from coming to market. In addition to a health care discussion, Brindisi updated seniors on his Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019 which recently passed the House of Representatives to crack down on phone scams, including those targeting seniors.

Finally, Brindisi visited the Family Health Network facility in Cortland. Brindisi listened to hospital executives and health care professionals discuss the needs of rural communities. The Family Health Network is the only source of care in three of the five communities served. Brindisi, a champion of access to affordable health care for rural communities, vowed to work towards bipartisan solutions to strengthen rural health care access and affordability. He thanked the employees for their work and willingness to serve rural communities.