New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is campaigning for reelection to a third two-year term to represent the sprawling 21st House district. During a visit to Plattsburgh Tuesday, Stefanik discussed several national issues with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley. Several of the victims of the Schoharie limousine crash that killed 20 people have ties to the district. Stefanik says Congress should act to tighten regulations on the vehicles.
“And I think we should do so on a bipartisan basis. I worked with Senator Schumer to make sure that the National Transportation Surface Board is able to get all information they need so we can insure this tragedy never happens again. The fact that this we’ve had such an extraordinary loss of life is just unimaginable being a part of the family with the four sisters. And obviously this community in my district has been touched because they grew up here or attended college here and one of the couples lived in Watertown. So yes Congress should act and take a good look at this. And there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Why was a vehicle on the road that failed inspection? Why was the driver allowed to drive that vehicle that he didn’t have the appropriate license for?”
Republican Elise Stefanik was first elected to the House in 2014. She is being challenged by Democrat Tedra Cobb and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn in November.