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Hochul meets federal lawmakers

WASHINGTON – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s agenda with federal lawmakers from the state and to hear what Albany can do to address those lawmakers’ concerns.

More than half the state’s House delegation, including four Republicans, attended the hour-long gathering, Hochul said.

“We had a very good meeting,” said Hochul, who detailed the governor’s budget, as well as his education and ethics reform proposals, to the assembled lawmakers.

Local concerns addressed at the meeting included federal disaster aid and federal highway funding. In town for a meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, Hochul also had a meeting at the White House to discuss New York issues, including the conversion of the James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan into a railroad station named for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, attended the Capitol Hill meeting with Hochul, but Reps. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and Tom Reed, R-Corning, did not.