“You can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by not sending those out, and I don’t believe in them,” he said.
That money comes from Members Representational Allowances provided to members of Congress that can be as much as $1.4 million to $2 million per year based on a formula for each district, according to the House of Representatives website.
It pays for office expenses, staff salaries, travel from districts to Washington, mailings and other costs.
Owens said his constituents like the mailers and he will continue to send them as well as hold town hall meetings and mobile office hours.
He also said that he has returned money from his office budget each year since he was elected in 2009, including about $100,000 in 2011.
“I have always used every tool available to stay in touch with constituents, keep them up to date on what’s happening in Washington and make sure they know how to reach me for help or questions,” he said.
Doheny also said he would host a town hall meeting in every one of the 194 municipalities in the district every year.
“That will give people a chance to see me and get to know me and see that me and my staff are working hard for them,” he said.
Owens, a former Plattsburgh attorney, said he has been visible in the community throughout his career working with entities like the chamber to create jobs.
“I’ve taken on many of these same initiatives in Congress and will continue doing so in the years ahead,” he said.
Doheny trails Owens in most polls that have been done so far, but the race is expected to be close.
“This will come down to policies as well as who the person is, and people know that I am the hardest working guy out there,” Doheny said.
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