Pictured above, from left to right: David McCoy, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator; George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive; and Pierre Chagnon, Chautauqua County Legislator; prepare to meet with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Pictured above, Borrello (back left), Chagnon (back right), and McCoy
(front right) meet with U.S. Congressman Tom Reed and his staff to discuss abreakwater extension project in Dunkirk Harbor.
MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello led a
delegation to Washington, D.C. on March 7 – 9 to discuss several water-relatedprojects and topics with federal representatives and agencies.
The delegation included Borrello, County Legislator Pierre Chagnon (R-Bemus Point), and County Watershed Coordinator David McCoy. Among the Federal officials visited were Congressman Tom Reed and his senior staff.
“Tom and his staff are very aware and engaged with the various projects and issues in our county,” said Borrello. “Their guidance and assistance is always appreciated.”
Some of the items discussed were the environmental restoration of
Chautauqua Lake, funding for wastewater projects, flood mitigation studies, anddredging and breakwater projects in the Lake Erie harbors.
The delegation also visited with Congressman Chris Collins on working together concerning Cattaraugus Creek Harbor in Sunset Bay, which is split amongst the two congressional districts; and senior staff members from Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand’s offices.
“The timing of the trip is appropriate because Congress is in session and finalizing the budget to fund various programs that could potentially bring more federal funds back to our county,” said McCoy.
The group also met with high-level staff members at the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.Department of Agriculture. Topics with these groups ranged from better
utilizing existing programs and new programs that can bring funding andassistance to Chautauqua County.
Chagnon commented on the importance of relationship building with
“Federal programs are dynamic and ever-changing,” said Chagnon. “Each time we engage these agencies we find new opportunities.”
“Everyone we visited with in D.C. recognizes our efforts to directlyadvocate for Chautauqua County,” said Borrello. “It’s rather unique for
an area of our size to do so and I am proud to lead these efforts on behalf ofthe people of this county.”