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If you want to be the most popular guy in a room, here’s a trick—run for congress and win. Proof of this phenomenon was evident this morning at the Rye Town Hilton where more than 100 of
Hall, himself the small-business owner of a record company, addressed members of the Westchester Business Council on three major topics of interest to the group—tax reform, the environment, and transportation—before taking questions on a range of issues including labor relations and housing costs. As is typical for Hall, whose commanding stage presence is well tuned from years of performing for the band Orleans (of “Still the One” and “Let There be Music” fame), guests were impressed enough with the congressman to award him a standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech.
So what’s on Hall’s mind these days? He believes that the alternative minimum tax is slowing the growth of small business. Hall pointed out that
Hall also touched on other issues important both to him. Regarding education, Hall acknowledged that property taxes needed to fund “Federal unfunded education mandates” are “really hurting the region.” “We need to make the area a more affordable place to live as a well as a profitable place to do business,” he said. As for the war, the United states Representative for the 19th district spent about a minute reminding the audience that he didn’t support the war from the get-go, and that “we’re not the ones” to fix the problems in Iraq. (We think he should have said “we’re still not the ones” to fix the problem in
As Hall finished his roughly 30-minute address, he was swarmed with area leaders of commerce who wanted to shake his hand and briefly advocate for their cause. It was no surprise as the approachable congressman emphasized his desire for feedback throughout his address. Indeed, he actively solicited e-mailed contributions of ideas. This attitude doesn’t hurt in a job where winning reelection is almost as hard as winning your first election. If Hall’s voters are anywhere near as inspired by Hall as