Washington, D.C. - House Democratic leaders have appointed Rep. Anthony Brindisi to fill an open seat on the House Armed Services Committee.
Brindisi, will fill the committee seat that opened when Rep. Katie Hill, resigned after she admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer.
The appointment is a boost for Brindisi as he will become only the second New York representative, and only Democrat from New York, on the 57-member Committee. The other New York member is Rep. Elise Stefanik from the 21st District.
Stefanik’s District includes Fort Drum, while Brindisi’s 22nd Congressional District includes the Air Force’s Rome Lab, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and Eastern Air Defense Sector, all located in Rome.
Brindisi will also have some say regarding other Central New York military installations, including the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field, which operates MQ-9 Reaper drones.