Schumer Talks Business in Delaware County

By Erika Mahoney

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM EDT

Village of Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local stop becomes a valuable learning lesson for one of the highest ranked U.S. Senators.

"I learned more in this hour than you might learn from, you know, a week in Washington," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY).

Schumer reached out to economic leaders in Delaware County to find out how he can help both small and big businesses in one of the poorest counties in New York.

Among the issues discussed were health care, the farm bill and flood mitigation plans.

But what seemed to be on most people's minds was potential grant funding for Amphenol.

"We appreciate Senator Schumer's involvement," said Amphenol General Manager Rick Aiken. "He has done a very good job in helping us get funds to prepare the site. We've picked a very convenient site
for Amphenol and for our employees to continue to work in Sidney, New York."

After a $30 million loss in damages from September's flood, the company, which is the biggest employer in Delaware County, is looking to move to a new location.

Schumer said he's very optimistic about the company receiving
an Economic Development Administration grant to help with that move.

Another big push, especially from Amphenol's top officials, is a push to bring natural gas to Delaware County. Senator Schumer said that is the biggest thing he will bring back to Washington.

"There is a pipeline project for New York State, the Constitution Pipeline," said Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis. "It is going to run from one end of Delaware County to the other. We're interested in working with them to have interconnects, to provide natural gas service to our businesses, as I mentioned with Amphenol."

Nealis says there are a number of benefits to bringing in natural gas, as natural gas is cheaper than fuel oil and is a cleaner energy source.

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