Congresswoman Tenney visits local businesses

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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney made a couple visits in our area Wednesday.

Tenney is checking on local businesses as part of her Renew NY-22 Tour to see what can be improved. 

The first stop of the day was at the Northern Broome Community Center in Whitney Point. 

The center has been in operation for over 35 years and provides nutrition programs and activities for local seniors. 

While there, Tenney discussed what issues were impacting the seniors from preserving Medicare to protecting social security.

Tenney says one of the issues she’s come across frequently is the need for affordable senior housing. 

“There seems to be a great need for people that are middle income pensioners and middle income retirees that need a safe and affordable place to be that isn’t necessarily assisted living but independent living. It seems to me that there’s a big marketplace for it but yet there doesn’t seem to be any options,” said Tenney.

The next stop was at Willow Run Foods in Kirkwood. 

Willow Run is a fast food distributor that delivers to franchises in 14 different states.

Tenney received a tour of the facility and discussed with management potential roadblocks for the business.

Company President Terry Wood says the area’s out-migration has presented some issues. 

“Our biggest challenge right now is employee development and getting people to work. It’s a problem because New York State has such a drain on people they’re leaving the area in droves. Even though the unemployment numbers are down, it’s because people aren’t here,” said Wood.

Wood says that Willow Run currently has 435 full-time employees.

He went on to say that they would like to hire around 25 more. 

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