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NY residents have their say on Syria in town hall

5 September 2013 Last updated at 15:05 BST

As a vote on US military action in Syria looms, some US lawmakers are holding constituent meetings to hear from the voters directly.

The BBC followed Congressman Tom Reed, a Republican from New York, as he spent a day speaking to his constituents.

Many of the people who spoke opposed US action.

"What I'm hearing today is, which something I've heard consistently across the district, is great concern about authorising military force in Syria," Mr Reed said.

While others at the meetings argued the US should act, by the end of the day Mr Reed was leaning towards voting no.