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Sen. McConnell attends Henderson's Riverfront Dedication ceremony

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Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul were both in Henderson on Monday morning for separate events before making other stops in Western Kentucky. 

McConnell was in the city Monday morning for the Riverfront Dedication Ceremony which has been in the works since 2005, which he helped get the funding to complete.
     
The crowd dodged some occasional raindrops for the event. Judge Executive Hugh McCormick and Mayor Steve Austin were on hand. They say McConnell was instrumental in securing the funding for the project.
     
McConnell commended local leaders for getting the project off the ground and told the crowd that the riverfront now 'rediscovers the river in a very significant way.' 

"Everything along the riverfront is absolutely beautiful and it wouldn't have been possible without Senator McConnell," McCormick says.

"They're both good people. They've both been good for Henderson and to Henderson," Mayor Austin says.

"Really happy that I got an opportunity to be helpful. As I mentioned in my remarks, it's actually no longer possible to do Congressionally directed funding like this, so the community should really be congratulated for have the foresight to get this project together at a time when we could afford to do it," McConnell tells 14 News. 

Mayor Austin says discussions with both senators on Monday focused on how to fund the proposed I-69 Ohio River Bridge Project.

He called this a historic day for Henderson.

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