Thomas Kehoe, Sr. and Jr. visited U.S. Representative Steve Israel, D-2nd, Thursday on Capitol Hill.
The senior Kehoe, a Northport Village Trustee and Sanitation Commissioner, as well as a local businessman as co-owner of was visiting on water quality and industry issues.
"We had a wonderful meeting with the Congressman," Trustee Kehoe said. "Steve visited with Tom when he was in Iraq on trip with then-Governor David Paterson. Tom was Steve’s host for the visit and they communicate regularly. They discovered that they are both Civil War buffs and have since gone to tour Gettysburg together with a historian. In fact, when we were just there, Steve invited him to come to Fredericksburg with him in a few months."
Israel has long been a proponent of veteran's issues. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he advocated for increases in veterans health care, according to a news release. For fiscal year 2010, Israel worked to secure $45.1 billion for veterans health care, an increase of $4.1 billion over last year and the largest increase in 75 years.
Kehoe, Jr., a graduate, is a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps who has spent two tours in Iraq. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star, and attended first Iona, then Fordham University, where he participated in ROTC, and St. John's Law School.