U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY and U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, are both going to be in Liberty on Friday, to make another bi-partisan push to pass the Farm Bill.
They made a similar appearance in Gardiner a few weeks ago.
The Farm Bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. The Republicans in the House amended it considerably, and it failed in late June, with most of the Republicans (including Gibson) voting for it and most of the Democrats voting against it.
According to a press advisory from Gillibrand’s office, she and Gibson will “push for passage of the Farm Bill, including an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Sullivan County and the Town of Wawarsing (Ulster County) that was part of the Senate version of the reauthorization. The measure would extend a designation that helps give the region priority access to federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help grow the local economy and revitalize rural communities. Sullivan County has seen much benefit from the REAP designation, and in 2012 and 2013, communities and organizations received over $485,000 in federal investments.”
They will be appearing at the Sullivan County Cooperative Extension, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty, at 3:15 p.m.
Gillibrand and Gibson used to represent the same congressional district — before the last redistricting, the district started in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks, snaked south roughly following the Hudson River to the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, then jutted west to the Cooperstown area. Gillibrand represented this district before she was appointed to the Senate; then, Gibson was elected in 2010. Gillibrand lives in Brunswick, which is in Rensselaer County; she lived in Hudson, in Columbia County, before that. (Both are in Gibson’s district.)
The district has since lost its northern part, and basically covers the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills, including all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.