The Congressman joined State Senator Mike Nozzolio and HWS President Mark Gearan aboard the HWS William F. Scandling for a closer look at Seneca Lake and the local environment.
August 23, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y. – Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), along with staffers and members of the House of Representatives’ Energy Subcommittee and Science Committee and State Senator Michael Nozzolio (R), visited Hobart and William Smith Colleges today to learn more about the Colleges’ scientific research and energy initiatives.
“I am thrilled to be part of an area as beautiful as this, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges are certainly the jewels in this area’s crown,” said Boehlert as he, Nozzolio and Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan spoke with environmental science faculty aboard the Colleges’ research vessel, the HWS William F. Scandling (formerly known as the HWS Explorer). “It’s exciting to see this high level of meaningful undergraduate research being conducted on Seneca Lake. It adds an important dimension to the educational experience of the students and to the community at large. Geneva and Hobart and William Smith have a great partnership and I’m looking forward to being part of this area.”
Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman led the group outside the Seneca Marine harbor to collect a sediment dredge to look for and discuss the issue of zebra mussels. The group then traveled down the lake to take another sediment dredge and a deep-water sample. On the way faculty members spoke with the Congressman, Senator Nozzolio and staff members about our educational use of Seneca Lake for the Colleges research and outreach programs.
“I was enormously impressed with the Congressman’s keen understanding of Geneva and the importance of the Finger Lakes to the region,” said Gearan. “Having such an influential member of Congress as a good friend of our area will be beneficial to us all.”
Boehlert, chairman of the House Science Committee, is running in the Republican primary for the newly-designated 24th District, which includes Geneva. He has been a member of Congress for 20 years.