Owens: Nearly $3 Million Taxpayer Dollars Returned to Constituents in 2012

Press Release

By:  Bill Owens
Date: Jan. 31, 2013
Location: Plattsburgh, NY

Today, Congressman Bill Owens announced that he helped secure nearly $3 million dollars in 2012 for constituents seeking help through his district offices. This assistance includes social security payments, veterans benefits and other due compensation that residents of the Congressional District required help to secure. In addition, Congressman Owens responded to over 30,000 constituent concerns related to policy and legislation through mail, email and personal phone calls, and reached over 27,000 constituents through town halls and tele-town hall events.

"Whether constituents have a concern about a federal policy or need assistance navigating the federal bureaucracy, I want them to know we're here to help," said Owens. "I am grateful that so many New Yorkers have turned to us for assistance, and I hope they continue to use my offices as a resource as I continue outreach efforts across the district."

Owens announcement comes the day after he attended the open house for his new district office in Glens Falls, New York. The Glens Falls office at 136 Glen Street will complement existing offices in Plattsburgh and Watertown that have been actively assisting constituents since Congressman Owens first came to office.

In all, Congressman Owens assisted over 1,000 individual constituents with cases before the federal government in 2012, and wrote over 100 letters of support for grants in the New York counties he represents.

"I consider direct constituent service a top priority, and I rely on input from constituents to guide my work in Congress," said Owens. "I will continue traveling the district and staying in touch, and I encourage residents of the district to do the same by calling, writing or attending a town hall meeting."

*Note -- This covered calendar year 2012 which would have comprised the former NY-23 congressional district including Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties.

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