SCARSDALE, N.Y. Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey gave her final address in Scarsdale as representative of the 18th Congressional District on Thursday at the Scarsdale Forum Inc. and the Town and Village Civic Club general membership meeting.
Due to the states 2012 redistricting, Lowey is running for re-election in the newly redrawn 17th district. She spoke about several changes she believes need to be made statewide and nationwide to help communities.
Our top priority needs to be creating jobs and fixing the economy, she said. Theres been growth, but we must do more. This has devastated our local governments. Too many of our neighbors are unemployed or underemployed.
Lowey said the key to creating these jobs lies in construction projects. By investing in infrastructure and transportation systems on our roads, bridges and railroads we can aid the construction industry, which has a statewide unemployment rate of 40 percent, she said.
We were all inconvenienced by the work done on Popham Bridge, Lowey said. It was a big project, but is anyone upset that we did it? Infrastructure means real projects. Were in bad shape; this could create important jobs for local workers.
Lowey also said it is important to invest in education. She suggested that $2 billion in school renovations could help accomplish this goal, while also creating more jobs for local laborers.
We need to invest in innovation, she said. Todays children are tomorrows inventors and entrepreneurs. Its essential we make that clear. How will we compete in the future if we dont invest in our children?
She expressed appreciation to her voters, who will be redistricted for the Nov. 6 election.
Ill miss the fine people of Scarsdale, but well keep working on these issues, she said. Its the greatest honor helping local constituents in the community. Ive been privileged to serve and help make a difference. This is not goodbye, this is a thank you.
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