VA Hearing To Be Broadcast On 3-Local Stations & Live Web Audio

Three local radio stations will broadcast today’s CARES commission hearing live from the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Hospital, and one station will provide live audio streaming on the web.Two of the four Finger Lakes News Network stations-WSFW AM1110 and WCGR 1550AM will broadcast live from the hearing. Also broadcasting live will be WEOS- 89.7 & 90.3 FM in Geneva, as well as 88.1FM in Ithaca. WEOS-FM will also make the hearing available on the web at www.weos.org.Senator Hillary Clinton will press a federal commission to start over on a Veterans Affairs hospital realignment plan that has been four years in the making. The plan calls for the closing or downsizing of several hospitals around the country, including the 70-year-old Canandaigua medical center. Clinton, D-N.Y., said that if the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Commission, known as CARES, fails to heed recommendations that she and other lawmakers have made, Congress will act on bipartisan legislation to cut off its funding. The senator previewed her comments Saturday in advance of testimony she will deliver Monday at the Canandaigua V.A. The commission will meet there at 10 a.m. to hear arguments for and against closing the hospital, whose full- and part-time staff of 800 makes it one of Ontario County’s largest employers. Clinton called the CARES plan proposed by senior V.A. officials “ill-considered and rushed.” Clinton, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House representatives met last week with Principi, who will review the CARES Commission’s recommendations next month. The V.A. secretary is to make the final decision by year’s end on whether to shut down Canandaigua or other facilities in the 163-hospital, $26-billion-a-year V.A. network. Schumer said in a press release that Principi has promised to visit the Canandaigua campus before ruling on the closing proposal. Both Clinton and Schumer are scheduled to appear before the commission Monday, along with Reps. Amo Houghton, R-Corning; Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford, Oneida County; James Walsh, R-Onondaga; and Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, all of whom have said they oppose shutdown of the Canandaigua V.A. Also scheduled to address thge commission are: State Senator Mike Nozzolio, and State AssemblymanBrian Kolb and Bob Oaks.


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