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September 20, 2009

Jobs, health reform are key Owens points

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PLATTSBURGH — William Owens said job creation and health-care reform are among his top issues at a pair of gatherings in Plattsburgh Sunday.

Owens spoke at the Clinton County Democratic Party breakfast and the opening of the Clinton County Democratic Party headquarters.

He said if he's elected, he will work to help President Barack Obama get support from Congress. Owens said the president is trying to come up with the right answers to a number of critical issues, such as health-care reform and the economy.

"My job in going to Washington is to support the president in that process."

Health-care reform needs to happen, Owens said, but in a manner that doesn't harm small business, the main driver of the economy. With more than 25 years experience as counsel for CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, he said he has a good grasp of the issues facing the health-care industry.

One way to save a lot of money would be to focus on preventive care rather than wait for disease or illness to hit.

Owens said he's part of a group that has helped bring jobs to the North Country for about 25 years. They started holding events in Montreal to entice businesses and industries to open a Clinton County location, a process that has since been picked up by local government officials and the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce.

Those efforts have been successful, to the point where more than 200 Canadian companies have a presence in the North Country. Owens said U.S.-content provisions can draw even more Canadian companies to the region.

"We have tremendous opportunities and options we can take advantage of."

New York State Democratic Party Chairwoman June O'Neill introduced Owens at both events. She said Owens will bring a voice of honest reason to Washington.

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