CROWN POINT - Local officials trekked to the nation's capital recently to seek federal help.
Essex County Board of Supervisor Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses and Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider traveled to Washington, D.C., looking for assistance with grants and projects in their communities and the county.
"It was a great opportunity to meet with our representatives year and garner support for the needs of the towns and county," Kosmider said. "Though the economy is slumped, all agree that with the (federal) representatives' help major improvements and projects can become finished assets to the taxpayers."
The supervisors attended the National Association of Counties Organization conference. They met with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's staff, Rep. Scott Murphy, Rep. Bill Owens' staff and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Kosmider said Schumer offered hep securing federal stimulus money for local projects.
"Stimulus money is better than grant money because it brings jobs to the area and is obtained through sending an appropriations request form to the representative," Kosmider said. "Commanding privacy, the senator (Schumer) was ducking media to meet with us. An elusive run through the Rotunda, down an elevator through a narrow passageway to an office, his power was felt by all and his hospitality was unsurpassed."
Gillibrand's staff took the Essex County group on a quick tour of the Capital Building.
"Magnificent in its structure, the history and art work within its walls were captured in photo by the quad," Kosmider said. "Though the senator tried to arrange her schedule to attend the meeting, she was unable to be there but her staff stayed focused on the needs of the county and towns and promised to respond."
Murphy, who represents all towns except Crown Point, promised to assist all of Essex County - including Crown Point - in an way possible.
Moses thanked him for all the projects he'd supported in the past in Schroon Lake, especially the water/wastewater upgrade.
Owens' staff met with the of the local supervisors. They listened to the requests ranging from keeping Moriah Shock open to making sure the Lake Champlain bridge project is completed.