Written by Pamela Murray Wojtowicz in the Press-Republican on October 8, 2020
TO THE EDITOR: Elise Stefanik gets it done for her constituents.
I built a home on Cumberland Head, Lake Champlain. My mornings and nights always began and ended watching all the lake activity, all the boats, kayakers, jet skiers, kite surfers and all the fun the lake provided.
I loved all the activity but was always fearful of a hidden danger in the water right in front of my house. For years and probably decades, according to the neighbors, this danger existed. A huge rock as big as a rock ledge was hidden beneath the water’s surface only visible in late summer.
Over the years, numerous boats, kayakers and others have hit this rock, many damaged or stranded on it. I witnessed many boats limp off it and watched a man and his kids get stranded with their damaged kayak.
I was always afraid someone going fast in their boat or jet ski would get seriously hurt and I would be calling 911. My neighbors had tried many times to secure a buoy on it, but to no avail. I was determined to get help before any more mishaps. I turned to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. I contacted Elise and told her our problem. She went right to work on it.
She put not only her office manager, Jonathan, on this but she contacted the Department of Army, the United States Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Her persistency to get action for us took months of communications, but she never gave up.
Her efforts paid off the following summer when the U.S. Coast Guard showed up and secured a permanent buoy on this hazard. I feel a lot of personal damage and possibly loss of life has been spared.
Thank you to Elise for keeping us safe on Lake Champlain. Lets keep Elise working for us.
PAMELA MURRAY WOJTOWICZ
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