Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter

Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter

Hi,


It’s been a busy few weeks working on upstate priorities in Washington, D.C. and at home in NY-19.

Hearing from people in our region shapes the work that I do in Congress: from addressing the lack of investment in rural communities, to making college more affordable, to holding my 27th town hall. Here are a few highlights:

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Introduced in Congress: Rebuild Rural America Act

We know that federal investment in rural upstate communities is a critical need, from rebuilding aging infrastructure to replacing failing water systems. As I hold town halls across NY-19, I often hear from community leaders about the challenges they face when seeking federal grant funding. A common roadblock for rural areas is the administrative cost associated with grant management. Many small towns cannot compete with larger cities and lobbyists to secure public resources like development grants and loans.

That’s why I introduced the Rebuild Rural America Act in the House. This bill seeks to improve the way the federal government supports economic development projects in small towns and rural communities by creating a direct line of funding for local investment.

Specifically, the legislation creates a Rural Future Partnership Fund through the USDA and would provide $50 billion for non-competitive, multi-year, flexible block grants to rural regions to ensure that they have the funding to implement their economic development initiatives without having to navigate the complex federal grant process.

I’m excited about the future of this legislation and the much needed support it will bring to our community.

 

Passed in Committee: Strengthening FAFSA Act & Young Farmer Success Act

The financial burdens facing students today are significant. Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, but rising tuition costs and the absence of adequate financial assistance are pricing our young people out of the system.

My bipartisan Strengthening FAFSA legislation was included as a provision of the College Affordability Act and it aids non-traditional students by extending students’ lifetime Pell Grant eligibility from 12 to 14 semesters. I’m pleased to report this legislation passed the House Education and Labor Committee, and I’ll keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle until every young person has a shot at a college education.

My Young Farmer Success Act was also included as a provision of the College Affordability Act. The bill is a bipartisan effort to remove obstacles to success for our new and beginning farmers by expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to include full-time farmers and ranchers. This is a positive first step to address the barriers young farmers experience to accessing and affording farmland, particularly the burden of student debt.

 

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY AND HONORING OUR LEADERS

Honoring a hero in Greene County


Rep. Delgado honors Greene County Veteran of the Year, Sergeant Robert F. Gurley, and discusses his work in Congress to ensure veterans get the benefits they’ve earned

I was honored to join in paying tribute to a living model of service to our country and our community: Greene County Veteran of the Year, Sergeant Robert F. Gurley. Sergeant Gurley served in the United States Army in the Korean War. Sergeant Gurley selflessly and honorably served this country, and today, he tirelessly serves the veteran community in Greene County. From marching in Memorial Day Parades, organizing Veterans’ Day programs, wrapping and delivering Christmas presents to hospitalized veterans, and raising over $300,000 in goods and contributions for veterans, to working to keep local veterans’ monuments pristine, Sergeant Gurley’s commitment to serving those who serve is unmatched. May his example empower and inspire our communities for generations to come.

 

Recognizing a pillar in the Kingston community


Rep. Delgado presents Kingston Recreation Leader Rob Dassie with a Congressional Recognition of Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community

Rob Dassie has been a pillar of the Kingston community for over 20 years as Recreation Leader of the City of Kingston. I was honored to join in recognizing him as he begins retirement.

I know from my own life the impact leaders like Rob can have — my high school basketball-playing days taught me the discipline and work ethic that I bring to my work every day as your Congressman, listening to folks in upstate and delivering solutions.

Rob has helped give that transformative experience to so many young people and has lived by the idea that everyone has a part to play in the betterment of their communities. We’re so thankful that Kingston and our young people have benefitted from Rob’s twenty-plus years of service.

 

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Our 27th town hall!


Rep. Delgado takes questions from constituents about health care and rural broadband at his 27th town hall

Thanks to all who came out to my 27th town hall in St. Johnsville! Hearing from folks across our region shapes the work I do in Congress. We had a great conversation around the issues that matter to folks here at home.

 

Need help with an issue or working with a federal agency?

Are you a veteran who is trying to replace a lost medal? Having trouble resolving a problem with your Medicare or Social Security benefits? For these and any other problems with federal agencies, my staff is here to help — and you can meet them at mobile office hours across NY-19 in November.

November 18: Schoharie & Montgomery Counties

Fulton Town Hall
1168 Bear Ladder Road
West Fulton, NY
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Canajoharie Village Office
75 Erie Blvd.
Canajoharie, NY
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

November 25: Sullivan County

Roscoe Free Library
85 Highland Avenue
Roscoe, NY
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mamakating Library
128 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, NY
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CONNECT WITH US

We’re always here to help — each week, my staff holds mobile office hours to bring important information and services directly to the communities I represent. Find out more information here.

You can also always get in touch with us in the following ways:

Visit one of my many offices:

  • Visit one of my many offices:
  • Kingston Office at 256 Clinton Avenue (open 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday)
  • Delhi Office at 111 Main Street (open 10 AM – 4 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
  • Oneonta Office at 189 Main Street #500 (open 10 AM – 4 PM Thursdays and Fridays)
  • Liberty Office at 59 North Main St. #301 (open 10 AM – 4PM Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Hudson Office at 420 Warren St. (open 10 AM – 4PM Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

 

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