BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Congressman Richard Hanna was in the Southern Tier Friday, touring the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment.
AVRE hires people who are blind for many positions throughout the company, which makes copy paper and other products. A large part of the company’s service territory lies within the 24th district, which Hanna represents. He says he understands some of the challenges the blind community faces and he supports the work AVRE does in Binghamton.
Hanna said, "I’ve been in congress for almost two years now and a number of issues have come up, seeing a lot of things under pressure, budgetary-wise, my office, myself having been on the board of directors at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica for a number of years and part of our Local Community Foundation, I’m very familiar with the issues and support the work they do here."
AVRE also aims to educate friends and family members of people who are visually impaired. Most of AVRE’s government work flows through the AbilityOne special procurement program. Hanna was recently recognized as an AbilityOne Champion on Capitol Hill.