The Greater Binghamton area will soon have a new representative in Congress. Tuesday, voters selected Republican Congressman Richard Hanna to represent them in the newly formed 22nd Congressional District. The region was a democratic stronghold. Democrat Maurice Hinchey served the area for 20 years. Our Melissa Kakareka has more on how the newly elected republican is connecting with the Southern Tier.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- When Congressional lines were redrawn earlier this year, Broome County and its surrounding area became a part of Congressman Richard Hanna's territory. His victory over Dan Lamb means the congressman and Southern Tier residents will be getting to know each other even better.
"We look forward to meeting and knowing all the new people that wonder who they just elected, so we intend to prove you did the right thing," Hanna said.
So how does the Congressman do that and what kind of expectations do Hanna's colleagues have? Local Republican leaders say they are excited to work with the Congressman. And hope to see a lot of their new representative.
"Throughout the campaign, he would come down and we would go with him places, meeting people. I have to say that during his campaign, he's been down here quite a bit and we will be seeing a lot more of him," Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said.
"Even though he has such a big district, if I can get him acclimated here to the issues in Broome and some of Tioga County that I represent, then we can get a lot of done," State Senator Tom Libous said.
Democratic leaders will also make their needs known to the representative as he takes over the region represented by Democrat Maurice Hinchey for nearly two decades.
"We will certainly reach out to Mr. Hanna and hope to have a good working relationship and get our area the best representation," Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said.
Hanna is hoping to make his next visit to the area towards the end of this week. He also has plans to create a full time, fully staffed office for his Binghamton constituents.
"We will be down there this week, we are going to keep our presence there full time as soon as we can after the first of the year," Hanna said.
As he takes on the needs of voters in both his old district and the Southern Tier.