U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, spoke Friday at the Rome Chamber of Commerce's "Meet Our Congresswoman" event.

ROME — Whenever U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney says she speaks of Rome in Washington, she finds that the city is well-regarded in the eyes of several of her colleagues in the federal sphere.

Tenney, R-New Hartford, expressed those sentiments Friday during a meet-and-greet event hosted by the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. The event saw Tenney recall her first year in Congress, including efforts to secure funding support for the Air Force Research Laboratory (also known as Rome Lab) and Griffiss International Airport.

“All of our assets at Griffiss, with Rome Lab, with (the Defense Finance & Accounting Center), everything is going really well. You’re doing a great job and you’re getting great reviews,” she said. “I really feel confident that those are going to be things we think the president is going to recognize are important. We’d love to have him come here.”

President Donald Trump was among other topics that Tenney spoke to during the Chamber event. She did not address the derogatory remarks the president reportedly made about other countries.

Tom Rahn, chair of the chamber’s government affairs committee, said the chamber has held annual events with the area’s Congressional representatives for more than 30 years.

He said the meet-and-greet gives the Rome community a chance to meet their Congressional representative and focus on federal matters that have local impacts.

“It’s very important that we understand not only the issues that they are today, but what our Congressional representatives is doing in Washington to address those issues,” he said. “I think her message is one of enthusiasm (about Rome). It’s important to remember what she was saying to cut through the clutter going on in Washington, the theatrics that are going on and focus on what we are getting done.”

More than 150 people attended the event, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

Along with area business representatives, attendees included groups of students from Rome Free Academy, Strough Middle School, the New York State School for the Deaf, Camden High School and South Lewis Senior High School. Their attendance was sponsored by the Rome Teachers Federal Credit Union.

RFA Principal Brian LeBaron said his high schoolers were from a mix of students from social studies and government classes along with prospective members of a men’s leadership club that is in the works. The latter included junior Amir Williams.

“She had a lot of interesting things to say,” Williams said. “I was just paying attention the whole time.”

Contact reporter Greg Mason at 315-794-5074 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_Mason).

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