Each year during the August District Work Period, I am fortunate to spend a full month in Long Island meeting with constituents and attending special events throughout the district. It's a welcome opportunity to escape the heat and frustrations of Washington and enjoy some of what makes our community such a special place to call home.
This has been another busy week. Starting on Monday at Stony Brook-Southampton, I attended the kickoff of an ambitious new pilot project to improve water quality in Shinnecock Bay by restocking shellfish populations and planting eelgrass beds. Protecting clean air and clean water is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I hope this project will serve as a model for similar restoration efforts in other estuaries across the country. Long Islanders know that a healthy environment is vital for a healthy economy, a point I made in a guest op-ed published this week on the National Wildlife Federation website.
Also on Monday, I attended a meeting regarding helicopter noise with Federal Aviation Administration officials, management of East Hampton Airport, and state and local elected officials. I delivered the message that the disproportionate noise burden being placed on certain communities is unacceptable, and I will attend another meeting with all stakeholders at Southampton Town Hall on September 10th with the goal of providing relief for affected property owners and hammering out a responsible plan for the future. If aircraft noise is affecting your quality of life, I hope you will contact my office with your concerns at email@example.com.
Later in the week, I visited the North Country Jewish Center to speak and answer questions about my work in Washington. I spoke about my cosponsorship of a bipartisan Iran Sanctions bill now signed into law by the President and participated in a spirited and informed discussion about the debt and deficit, Medicare, and other important issues.
In addition to meeting with small business owners, seniors, veterans, and other constituents this week in my office in Patchogue, I took a tour of TWINCO Manufacturing in Hauppauge. TWINCO manufactures advanced railroad equipment in their state-of-the-art facility right here on Long Island. Thanks to company President John Schatz for the opportunity to learn more about a great small company helping drive Long Island's economy, and to speak to TWINCO employees about my strong support for the investments in passenger and freight rail infrastructure that help John expand his business and employ more workers.
If you would like to invite me to visit your civic group or business, or to schedule an appointment in my office, please call 631-289-6500. I hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend.
Congressman Tim Bishop
First District of New York