LI lawmakers return from Trump inauguration in Washington
Long Island lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were in Washington Friday for the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Republican Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, of South Huntington, drove home from Washington, D.C. Saturday morning. He says he believes the new president made it clear to Americans across the country that he will look out for them, even if it upsets the power players in our nation's capital.
"I think he wants to give opportunity to all," says Lupinacci. "To give everyone a fair shake at the American dream."
More than 60 house Democrats decided not even to attend the inauguration, but Rep. Tom Suozzi (D - 3rd District) says he felt it was important to be there.
"This was an obligation to represent all of my constituents...and see the president the United States of America and participate in that ceremony," says Suozzi.
Rep. Suozzi says while he certainly didn't agree with everything President Trump said Friday, he does believe lawmakers have an obligation to try and find common ground when they can.
"He's the president. I'm the congressperson. Let's try to work together, Democrats and Republicans, across party lines to try and make things better."