Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter
I want to update you on the many opportunities I’ve had to engage with folks across NY-19 as well as the work I’ve done to elevate and address local concerns in Washington. Hearing directly from you is paramount to my work in Congress and I thank all of you who took the time to reach out to our office and attend one of our many events across the district.
From working with local veterans, to holding our 15th and 16th town halls, to an informative trip to the border and introducing legislation on infrastructure, small businesses, Lyme Disease research, and family farms, it’s been a very productive summer.
I also wanted to make sure you know that I’ve announced my seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twenty, and twenty-first town halls in Otsego, Columbia, Montgomery, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties. Click here to find out when I’m holding a town hall your community.
Below you’ll find the latest information on legislation I’ve introduced and that the House has passed this past month, as well as updates from our work around the district.
We have some big news to share! We recently opened our fifth office in the district. It is located in Hudson and will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as by appointment. We are working hard to be accessible and accountable to everyone in NY-19. Thanks for tuning in!
- DISTRICT UPDATE
- BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE BORDER
- LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
- SURVEY YOUR PRIORITIES
- CONNECT WITH US
Fifth District Office Opening in Hudson
Rep. Antonio Delgado and New York Assemblymember Didi Barrett cut the ribbon at their new Hudson office opening in Columbia County. At the Hudson Office, Rep. Delgado’s staff can assist with federal services and casework.
This week I opened my fifth district office in NY-19. I encourage everyone to come by my newly opened office in Hudson at 420 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534, which I share with Assemblymember Didi Barrett or to visit one of my offices in Kingston, Delhi, Oneonta, or Liberty.
15th & 16th Town Halls
Rep. Delgado answers questions from constituents and discusses the needs of Dutchess and Greene Counties at our 15th and 16th town halls in the district since swearing in.
In-District Work Week Focused on Veterans
Rep. Antonio Delgado tours Sheffer's Grassland Dairy Farm in Hoosick Falls and meets with members of the Farmer Veteran Coalition as well as representatives from the Cornell University Small Farms Program and Heroic Food to discuss agricultural needs.
Other visits during the July in-district work week include the Catskill VA Outpatient Clinic, Albany Stratton VA Women’s Wellness Center, Samaritan Daytop Village Cape Road Residential Treatment Program in Ellenville, and the Fort Plain "4th on the 3rd" Fourth of July Celebration as part of their Veterans Helping Veterans event.
First Meeting of our NY-19 Health Care Advisory Committee
Congressman Delgado discusses the cost of health care and prescription drugs with his 19th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Health Care. The committee includes over 30 patients, providers, and health care advocates from all 11 counties in the district.
The Health Care Advisory Committee is my fourth in-district advisory committee. Our other local advisory committees are focused on issues related to veterans, small business, and agriculture. Find out more about the 19th Congressional District Health Care Advisory Committee here.
BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE BORDER
Importantly, I joined a bipartisan group of my congressional colleagues on an impactful and informative trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to see first-hand the conditions at our border facilities and hear directly from Customs and Border Protection officials.
The very next day, I returned to the district to discuss what I saw at a town hall and take questions. It is clear our system is overloaded and underprepared for the gravity and complexity of this immigration crisis. The visit renewed my resolve to work with my colleagues to pair resources with oversight while working toward comprehensive immigration reform long-term.
Town Hall in Amenia where Rep. Delgado discussed our immigration system, climate change, and the need for greater bipartisan cooperation.
I’ve passed two bills: Legislation to Ease Regulatory Compliance For Small Businesses & the Family Farmer Relief Act.
I’m very proud to share that the House has passed two bills I introduced. The first, H.R. 2142, creates a centralized website to serve as a one-stop shop for Small Business owners in NY-19 and across the country to access resources and ease the regulatory burden on small businesses.
The second bill, the Family Farmer Relief Act, is bipartisan legislation that makes more family farms eligible to declare Chapter 12 bankruptcy amid a continued downturn in the farm economy. I wrote about this legislation in my last newsletter and since then I testified before the House Judiciary Committee to rally support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I was proud to see this important bill pass the House and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to continue to advance it. Find out more about the bill here.
First Bill I Introduced as a Member of Congress Passed Out of Committee
The House Committee on Small Business passed the first bill I introduced as a Member of Congress, the bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act. I testified before the Committee on the need for this legislation to support military families in New York’s 19th District and across the country. Find out more here.
House passes Raise the Wage Act
The House passed legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. This important piece of legislation will give a raise to 33 million hard-working Americans, including nearly 80,000 workers in NY-19, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. Find out more here.
Promoting Infrastructure and Promoting the Economy (PIPE) Act
I’m using my position on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to lead my colleagues on legislation that would fix outdated drinking and wastewater infrastructure at the local level, especially in our rural areas. The PIPE Act would create a new $5 billion grant program to help communities in New York and across the country invest in critical water system upgrades. Find out more here.
Young Farmer Success Act
I introduced this bipartisan bill to help young farmers succeed by adding full-time farmers and ranchers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This program currently helps people working in critically important professions like teachers, nurses and first responders pay off their student loans. Find out more here.
Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
Last year, nearly 50 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, more than double the number of robocalls placed the previous year. Illegal robocalls affect American life in increasingly harmful ways, from scams to defraud consumers to disrupting our health care system and beyond. For this reason, I was proud to cosponsor the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to bring much needed relief to NY-19 and Americans from abusive robocall practices. With my support, this legislation passed the House.
Appropriations Wins for Upstate New York
The House has been working to pass appropriations legislation before the end of the fiscal year, and I fought hard for several amendments that will benefit people across Upstate New York:
Lyme disease is a growing concern for Upstate New York residents: From 2007 to 2017, Lyme disease cases rose by 78% in the 19th Congressional District. To help combat this growing epidemic, my amendment increased funding for Lyme Disease treatment, prevention, and diagnosis at the CDC by $1 million. This represents a nearly 8% increase in funding from current levels.
Everywhere I go, I hear from folks who are frustrated by unreliable broadband service. A major obstacle to improving coverage stems from our federal government’s reliance on bad census maps that use unverified provider-reported data, resulting in maps that overstate coverage in rural communities. My amendment would put an end to this, increasing access to broadband across NY-19 and Upstate New York. I’m proud that it was included in House-passed appropriations legislation and I will continue working to see it become law.
House Passes Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act
The House came together to pass the SAFE Act in order to ensure the security and integrity of U.S. elections and protect our election systems from foreign interference. This legislation includes critical modernizations for our election systems and sets strict cybersecurity standards, building on the important election reforms that were included in H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Find out more here.
SURVEY YOUR PRIORITIES
Hearing from you is critical to my work as representative. Click the link below to tell me about your priorities.
CONNECT WITH US
I hope you’ll connect with us soon. We’re always here to help, and you can get in touch with us in the following ways:
- Call 202-225-5614
- Reach out online: Delgado.house.gov/contact/email-me
- Visit the Kingston Office at 256 Clinton Avenue (open 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday), visit the Delhi Office at 111 Main Street (open 10 AM – 4 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays), visit the Oneonta Office at 189 Main Street #500 (open 10 AM – 4 PM Thursdays and Fridays), visit our Liberty Office at 59 North Main St. #301 (open 10AM – 4PM Thursdays & Fridays), or visit our Hudson Office at 420 Warren St. (open Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10AM – 4PM)
- Come to one of my town halls or public events: Delgado.house.gov/about/events