Hawley gives assemblyman from NYC tour of local district today

Staff Reports Posted 15 July 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, will give a colleague in the Assembly from New York City a tour of the local Assembly District today, visiting nursing homes, farms, Batavia Downs and other sites.

Hawley and Michael DenDekker, a Democrat from Queens, will tour various veterans affairs organizations. The lawmakers are conducting the tour to raise awareness of veterans’ needs across the state as well as allow representatives from downstate experience the unique rural aspects and farm life of Western New York residents.

DenDekker is chairman of the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Hawley, a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, is ranking minority member of the committee.

“I look forward to this opportunity to highlight various veterans organizations as well as make New York State more inclusive and bridge the gap between upstate and downstate needs,” Hawley said. “My hope is that Assemblyman DenDekker leaves my district with a new perspective on Western New York life. Places like Batavia Downs and fruit and dairy farms offer unique experiences not found in New York City.”

Hawley and DenDekker are scheduled to visit the Batavia VA Medical Center, State Nursing Home/ Genesee County Veterans Administration in Batavia, Batavia Downs, Lamb Farms in Oakfield, The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitative Center in Albion, Toussaint Farms in Medina and Western NY Energy in Medina.