Local Republicans talk politics

By Conor Mooney

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM EDT

Norwich NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dozens of local Republicans met to talk politics and seafood in Chenango County.

The Chenango County Republican Committee hosted the 38 Annual Lobster Fest at the Canasawacta Country Club.

Republican law makers met with locals to discuss the upcoming session and enjoy some seafood.

"(We) discuss some of the issues and how the sessions turned out and start working on issues for the following year, and look for support for the agricultural industry and consumers of food products," said Bradd Vickers, the president of the Chenango Farm Bureau.

Sen. Thomas Libous (R-52nd) added, "It's just a lot of fun, a lot of problem solving, a lot of politics going on. I've already had two or three people say I need your help on something so, we see if we can help them out."

The festival began back in the early 1970s, when politicians decided to bring lobster up from Long Island and begin a fundraiser upstate.

Republican Congressman Richard Hanna was in attendance.

He shared his view on the controversial immigration reform.

The Senate-passed bill would allow illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. legally if they pass a background check, but they would not receive benefits like welfare or health care.

The Republican controlled House has said it will not pass the immigration bill.

"Our side would prefer to do issue by issue by issue, deal with it that way. We'll see, it's early in the process," said Hanna.

Hanna added that the bill will not be debated before August, but will be looked at in September.