WASHINGTON -- It was another week of "recess" in Washington, another week of meetings and public appearances for our local members of Congress. Here are the highlights of what they did:
-- Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, brought Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to discuss the new runway plans there. In addition, Hochul toured small businesses, farms and senior centers in Erie, Genesee and Orleans counties.
-- Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, attended an event for Prisoners of War Recognition Day, and toured Graphic Controls, the Larkin Center for Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. He also attended an event marking the completion of homes renovated by HomeFront Inc And Higgins, a rabid Bruce Springsteen fan, also was in the crowd at HSBC Arena for the Boss's show on Friday night.
-- Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, filled the week with meetings with constituents. He also held a pharmacist roundtable in Steuben County and delivered the keynote address at the Alfred State Convocation on Saturday.
-- Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, continued her recovery from a broken leg at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester -- and did work from her hospital bed. "I'm working now," she said at a press conference at the hospital on Tuesday. "I'm not just sitting here eating bonbons."
-- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., attended an event at Vietnam Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park where he announced that Roland Settimi's first name will be corrected on the Vietnam War Memorial in the nation's capital. In addition, Schumer discussed Chinese counterfeiting issues at at Chautauqua County winery, a small business tax bill in Olean and student loans at Corning Community College.
-- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., spoke on the phone with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and a top official at the Department of Defense. She also held a roundtable in Oyster Bay on legislation to restore Long Island Sound, and toured a recycling center in Mount Vernon in Westchester County where she held a press conference.