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Annual chamber legislative breakfast slated for Thursday

GLOVERSVILLE — The annual Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast, hosted by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, will take place Thursday at the Hales Mills Country Club, 146 Steele Road, Johnstown. The event will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the program and breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 for chamber members; and $30 for future members, according to a news release.

Members of the business community and the public are invited to hear firsthand from New York state lawmakers about current issues and initiatives for the future,

This event will feature Sen. Jim Tedisco R-Glenville, Assemblyman Robert Smullen R-Meco, and Doug Breakell, chief of staff to Sen. George A. Amedore Jr., and is planned as “an opportunity to meet decision makers face-to-face and gain insight into their viewpoints on the issues affecting business today.”

Each of the featured legislators has been active throughout the year, and will speak to the challenges they have faced, and successes they have achieved.

Tedisco has been in the spotlight recently, leading the fight against the governor’s plan to charge motorists for new license plates, and also advocating to keep proposed legislation at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds in the wake of the report published by the National Traffic Safety Board on the Schoharie limo tragedy.

In June, Amedore announced the Senate passage of legislation to increase limo safety. On Passage of 2019-20 New York State Budget in April, he said the plan did nothing to make New York more affordable, and bristled against what he called the shift of costs and burdens to local governments.

Smullen has stated his commitment to focus on important economic development issues, and recently participated in a joint Senate and Assembly hearing on the status of rural broadband service in New York state. He spoke out against a bill that the Assembly Transportation Committee voted in favor of, that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain official driver’s licenses in New York.

Chamber President Mark Kilmer said the breakfast is “always an interesting and informative event, where we can hear about pending laws, current legislation, and the nature of politics in Albany. It gives attendees the chance to see several legislators all in one room, discussing the most pressing issues that affect business in area.”

To register for the legislative breakfast, contact the chamber at (518) 725-0641, or e-mail Nicole Tennant at info@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

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