Jason Cox | The Leader
- Samara Barend
speaks to Corning Rotary Club members Thursday about the economic impact completing the Interstate 86 improvements could have on the Southern Tier.
CORNING | Seven years after becoming the catalyst of a grassroots campaign, outlining the potential benefits Interstate Highway 86 would bring to the Southern Tier, Samara Barend
continues to lobby for funding to complete the project.Barend stressed the economic benefits the Interstate would have on the area Thursday to members of the Corning Rotary Club at the Radisson Hotel Corning.
"Studies have found the project would bring $3 billion to the Southern Tier if completed," Barend
said."A definite boost to the area."Her
talk Thursday is one of many she
is making to Rotary Club's
across the Southern Tier.Barend
is urging the service organizations to pass resolutions asking federal representatives to secure funds in the federal highway bill so the project will be completed on schedule.
"In the first seven years, almost half of the project has been completed," Barend
...Barend first pitched the idea of creating the Interstate while working as an intern to the late Sen.
Moynahan ask Barend
to write him a memo, outlining the project and its benefits.
...Barend, with Moynahan's support, helped organize a campaign that led to the start of the large economic development project.Barend
, 26, now lives in Corning and is eyeing a possible House seat in the 29th Congressional District if U.S. Rep.
...Barend, originally from Vestal, is a graduate student at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and would run as a Democrat.
"I am just exploring the possibility of this because I have been approached by both Democrats and Republicans about the possibility," Barend
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