"New York's challenges are not necessarily unique to the rest of the country, they are just more severe," said Congressman Richard Hanna at a meet and greet event Monday night at the Oneida Community Golf Club.
"Taxes have been high for years. New York is kind of a microcosm for what is going on in the rest of the country," he added.
During the event, Oneida Mayor Don Hudson talked about a water transmission line damaged in Oneida from Hurricane Irene. The condition of that line is crucial because Oneida supplies neighboring communities with water. Hanna helped get FEMA in touch with the city to apply for disaster relief funds, though Hudson said they're still waiting on the status of that money.
Oneida Ward 1 Councilman Brahim Zogby, who hosted the event with city Republican party co-chairs Janice Hedglon and Jim Hurd, said the area is in a holding pattern. Echoing Hanna's statements, he said people are worried about rising property taxes and the future of entitlements such as Social Security