LAKE PLACID Sandy Treadwell (R-Lake Placid), appearing at a Sept. 8 campaign event on Main Street in Lake Placid, announced a plan to combat the impending home heating crisis and cut the ribbon at a new Essex County campaign office. Treadwells three-part plan aims to alleviate the mounting pressure that North Country families face this winter as heating oil costs continue to rise. People throughout the region are already being confronted with home heating bills that are estimated to be significantly higher than last year, he said. This puts a severe strain on family budgets and requires them to make tough choices about basic living expenses. The former New York Secretary of State noted that heating a home is a necessity not a luxury for year-round residents of the Adirondacks. The centerpiece of Treadwells proposal is a heating oil rebate that would be available to all individuals and families who qualified for this years Stimulus Act. The rebate would be worth up to $1,000. Its a plan that provides important help now, Treadwell said. And Im calling on Congress to end their gridlock on energy and protect our families before temperatures drop. The first component of the plan would allow middle and working class families using heating oil to apply for a rebate of up to $750 for individuals or $1,000 for families. Rebate applications would be available either online or through the heating oil supplier. The second component of the plan would allow households using an energy source other than heating oil (i.e. propane) to apply for a tax credit of $750 or $1,000. The final aspect of Treadwells proposal calls for the federal government to fully fund the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and to double the funding for the U.S. Department of Energys Weatherization Assistance Program. LIHEAP is currently funded at $1.996 billion. Treadwell said that he wanted the program to receive the entire $5.1 billion it needs. The federal government must step in and increase home energy assistance now to help individuals and families who will be facing severe hardships this winter, he said. Government has a duty to respond to peoples needs in a time of crisis, and with rising fuel prices, we know that families need assistance this year to heat their homes. Several county officials were also on hand to celebrate the opening of a Treadwell for Congress office on Main Street. Its an exciting day for Essex County, an exciting day for Lake Placid, and its an exciting day for Sandy Treadwell, said Essex Supervisor Ron Jackson. Were very fortunate to have a man like Sandy running to represent us in Washington. We need somebody from the 20th Congressional representing the 20th Congressional. Cathy Moses, co-chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, said that Treadwell was a relatable candidate. He has the knowledge and the know-how, and hes going to do a wonderful job for us, she said. North Elba Supervisor Robi Politi called Treadwell one of us. He knows our stores, he knows our faces, and he pays his electric bill, he joked. He understands our local issues and understands the challenges each of us has to face.