Congressman-elect Suozzi Gets to Work

December 6, 2016

Congressman-elect Suozzi Gets to Work
Tours Northport VA Medical Center, Visits U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Meets with Local Water Districts Regarding Plume

Glen Cove, NY – Tom Suozzi, the Congressman-elect for New York’s third Congressional district, is not waiting until he’s sworn in to get to work. In the weeks since his successful election, Suozzi, in addition to his responsibilities as an incoming member of Congress, has toured the Northport VA Medical Center, visited the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and met with local water districts members to discuss the Northrup Grumman plume.
“There is so much to do! These issues impact peoples’ lives and we must work together to find solutions to the problems facing families on Long Island and in Queens,” said Suozzi. “That’s why I held over 20 town halls, in every part of the district, during the campaign and will continue to hold events across the district so everyone on the North Shore knows they have a voice in Congress.”
The day before Thanksgiving, Suozzi went to the Northport VA Medical Center where he met with staff, including Northport VAMC Director Phillip Moschitta, to discuss issues facing the medical center, especially those impacting the quality of service and medical care for veterans, and explored opportunities and solutions available to address the issues. After the meeting, Suozzi toured the facilities where he had the opportunity to meet with some of the veterans receiving treatment to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. 
“A government’s first obligation is to support those that served our country,” said Suozzi. “In Congress, I will work to ensure the services and benefits our veterans earned are available when they come home by helping to make sure the Northport VAMC, and other facilities on Long Island are among the best in the country.”
Yesterday, Suozzi met with members of the Bethpage, South Farmingdale and Massapequa Water Districts to discuss the impact of the Northrop Grumman plume on the water supply and what actions are needed to reduce delays in the cleanup.
Suozzi called on all parties to step up, saying “we need Grumman, the U.S. Navy, the DEC, the EPA, the New York State and Nassau County Departments of Health, and all other stakeholders to get this cleanup moving. Forty years and millions of dollars and the plume is still spreading, and that’s unacceptable!” 
Earlier this month, Suozzi also visited the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he toured the grounds, met with the Academy’s leadership and midshipmen attending the academy. Suozzi asked how he can help the academy and midshipmen in Congress and promised that he would “always have an open door for the Academy, as well as all residents of the district.” The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers of exemplary character who serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.
The 3rd Congressional District covers northern portions of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Tom Suozzi was elected on November 8th and will be sworn in on January 3rd as a member of the 115th Congress.