UTICA — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna on Tuesday issued a year-end report as part of his ongoing commitment to transparency and accessibility to the citizens of Herkimer and Oneida counties.
The yearlong look back provides an update and sampling of Hanna’s work on issues important to a broad cross section of constituents in the 22nd Congressional District.
The report covers constituent services, legislative work, local successes and district outreach, among other areas of interest.
“As 2013 draws to a close, it is clear that Washington is broken,” Hanna, R-Barneveld, said in a news release. “However, your congressional office is not. We are making good progress both in the hall of Congress and across upstate New York to support families, businesses, farmers and veterans in the 22nd Congressional District. I look forward to constituents’ ideas on how we can serve them even better in 2014.”
By the numbers
Hanna responded to more than 48,500 constituent letters, emails and faxes in 2013.
Correspondence: 13,816 letters
Assistance with federal agencies: 409 individuals
Correspondence: 3,315 letters
Assistance with federal agencies: 111 individuals
Notable constituent service successes
Veterans affairs assistance: Hanna helped 303 constituents with Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense issues. Success stories include helping a veteran with terminal cancer by expediting his claim and assisting another veteran in getting reimbursed for life-saving emergency services.
Social Security: Hanna helped more than 123 constituents work through Social Security benefits difficulties. Success stories including helping one constituent receive retroactive benefits in the amount of $33,000 and another received benefits due to him from his late mother in the amount of $11,000.
Medicare: Hanna aided more than 28 constituents resolve Medicare claims in 2013. Notable successes include assisting a rural ambulance company in obtaining $30,000 in back claims and helping a constituent receive a favorable decision for immune system medication which was needed due to a life threatening illness.
Around the district
The Federal Aviation Administration selected Griffiss International Airport in Rome as an unmanned aircraft system national test site. Only six locations were selected nationwide.
Hanna and his staff met face-to-face with constituents to hear their concerns and find solutions to their problems. Hanna and his staff hosted 17 public meetings with constituents, including open doors with Hanna, staff open doors, veterans office hours and other open house events throughout the district.
In March, Hanna announced Remington Arms in Ilion was awarded a nearly $80 million contract to produce more than 5,000 sniper rifles for the U.S. military. In December, Hanna announced a new $47 million contract for the company to produce more than 50,000 R4 carbine rifles for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. All work will be done in Herkimer County.
Hanna hosted a Military Service Academy Day for students in the 22nd Congressional District. The event enabled upstate high school students and their parents to meet with representatives of the five U.S. military service academies and obtain information regarding the academy nomination process.
Page 2 of 2 - Mohawk Valley Community College received a nearly $1 million Department of Labor grant for its YouthBuild workforce and community development program.
During and after the devastating floods in the summer of 2013, Hanna and his office were on the scene to provide assistance. Hanna toured areas with local officials in Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties affected by flooding. He assisted emergency responders in providing food and personal care items to individuals whose property was damaged. Hanna also ensured that all of his offices and staff were available to relay safety and recovery information to constituents and municipalities. He also led the full New York House delegation in sending a letter to President Obama requesting FEMA assistance for upstate communities affected by flooding.
Military medal awards
Hanna was able to provide 43 military medals to deserving veterans in the 22nd District.
18 Army medals
11 Navy medals
7 Marine Corps medals
5 Air Force and Army Air Corps medals
2 Purple Hearts
The Purple Heart recipients were the family of Sgt. Thomas Cook of Hamilton in Madison County, who served during Vietnam, and the family of Nicholas Maiola of Herkimer, who served during World War II.
To view Hanna’s full year-end report, go to http://hanna.house.gov/uploads/2013%20Year%20End%20Report.pdf.