Bill Owens, Democratic Congressional candidate in New York's 23rd District, today continued his jobs tour of the district with stops in Ticonderoga and Crown Point to discuss the economic impact of the Crown Point Bridge closure.
Owens started with a visit to downtown Ticonderoga, meeting at the Corner Cafe with Robert DeChame and local voters to discuss economic issues of importance to Essex County. Owens later toured downtown to talk with local business owners about the difficulties they face as a result of the bridge's closure.
"People are rightfully concerned about the bridge's closure and its impact on the local economy. We must address these concerns and do so quickly," Owens said. "In Congress, I'll fight to make sure Upstate New York's infrastructure is funded and properly maintained. This is critical to our economy and to keeping Upstate New York businesses moving forward."
After the Ticonderoga meeting, Owens traveled to Frenchman's Diner in Crown Point, a local restaurant that reports a 40% decrease in business since the closure of the Crown Point Bridge.
"Upstate New Yorkers are worried about job security and that the opportunities they have today may not be there for their children and grandchildren. We all want the next generation to be able to work, settle and raise a family right here in Upstate New York. In Congress I will work to create jobs and encourage growth in our area so we can make this a reality," Owens said.
Bill Owens has devoted his life to creating jobs, bringing economic development to the North Country, and serving his country. As a Captain in the United States Air Force, he proudly served at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. When the base was closed he helped create the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation to ensure the land was used to create jobs, and currently there are more than 500 jobs based there as a result of his leadership. In all, Bill Owens helped to create over 2,000 jobs. He has also served his community on the boards of many civic and non-profit organizations. He is a Managing Partner at Stafford Owens Piller Murnane & Trombley, PLLC. Owens currently lives in Plattsburgh with his wife Jane where they raised three children. He is the proud grandfather of three with a fourth due this fall.