SARANAC LAKE - Over 8,000 residents of New York's 20th Congressional District took part in a tele-townhall meeting with Congressman Scott Murphy last Wednesday evening.
Constituents tuned in to ask Murphy a variety of questions on topics ranging from health care and the economy to job creation here in upstate New York.
Murphy says the event was a success.
"Getting input from my constituents is incredibly important to me," he said. "This was a great way to be able to communicate while I'm working from Washington."
Officials from Murphy's office estimate that a much larger segment of the 20th Congressional District was able to participate in Wednesday's virtual meeting than if Murphy had appeared in person.
Murphy was happy he could hear concerns and criticisms in such a direct manner.
"As we work to stabilize our economy and reform our health care system, it's essential that I get feedback from the people I represent," he said. "I encourage them to contact me anytime at my offices."
The Congressman will spend the next month traveling across the district before returning to Washington for the next legislative session.