Arcuri: Expand renewable energy
ROME - Expanding opportunities for local sources of renewable energy was among the topics U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, discussed Thursday morning at the annual Rome Area Chamber of Commerce “Meet Your Congressman” breakfast.
“Just about anything we do, in some way, touches on energy,” he said to the crowd of more than 200 business leaders, public officials and chamber of commerce members at The Beeches in Rome.
Arcuri cited the recent opening of the New England Wood Pellet plant in Schuyler, and said he believes the area to be the perfect place for similar businesses.
Business leaders were interested to hear what Arcuri hoped to accomplish this year.
Darlene Burns, president and CEO of Rome Memorial Hospital, was interested in hearing plans to draw young professionals, especially physicians, which she said the hospital has had trouble recruiting to the area.
“We have to make this area more attractive for young business leaders,” Burns said.
Arcuri said in order to attract a younger work force, the area has to become more vibrant and active.
Other local goals Arcuri said he has for the New Year include:
- Continuing to work toward an agreement in the Oneida Indian land claim.
- Continuing work to prevent the New York Regional Interconnects proposed power line from Marcy to Orange County.
- Controlling the tax rate.
Greg Mattacola, chairman of the Rome chamber, said the two issues he hears concerns about are taxes and national security, which could affect Rome lab and the surrounding businesses.
“Our goal as an organization is to promote as stable a business environment as possible,” he said.
Arcuri also will speak at Herkimer County Community College this morning regarding funding for science programs and classroom technology at the college.