MONTICELLO — As part of his August Action Plan, U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) visited several businesses in Sullivan County.
During the first week of his action plan, the Congressman attended the opening of Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, met with the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) in Narrowsburg, and visited Sullivan 180 in Liberty as part of his trip to Sullivan County.
Between visiting Sullivan 180 and New Hope in Loch Sheldrake on Thursday, August 3, Molinaro stopped by Action Toward Independence (ATI) in Monticello. He met several of the non-profit’s employees as well as its Executive Director, Deborah Worden.
“Small community-based organizations need the support of all of our elected officials so we are thankful when anyone wants to come visit,” Worden said. “I am grateful for people wanting to learn more about our organization, the individuals with disabilities whom we serve and our community.”
Molinaro heard about their Second Annual Vet Fest, which took place on Saturday, August 5 in Grahamsville and offered his support for any concerns they wanted to voice to him.
“Action Toward Independence in Monticello empowers members in our community to live happily and independently,” Molinaro said. “I am inspired by [their] work.”
One major concern that was voiced by the non-profit’s employees was that there is not a major transportation system in the area for individuals with disabilities to get around. Program Manager and Life Skills Specialist Shawn Comfort voiced that concern, which Molinaro said is definitely something he can advocate for.
“I certainly agree that there needs to be better transportation for those in need,” Molinaro said. “I will look into what we can do as far as that goes.”
Molinaro will be in all eleven counties in New York’s 19th Congressional District, particpating in community eventsi, roundtables, constituent service events and more.