I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. Transparency and accessibility are two of my most important responsibilities in Congress, and staying in touch with constituents through emails like this one is a key part of that. Accordingly, as we move forward together, I will be consistently reaching out, asking for your feedback and updating you on my work in D.C. and back home.
Our first in-district work period was from February 16th to the 25th, where I held six town halls and focused on agriculture issues. As the representative for the third most rural Congressional district held by a Democrat and the eighth most rural district in the country, I’m deeply committed to working with farmers and being an advocate for them in Congress, especially as the Farm Bill is being implemented. The town halls are an essential opportunity for folks to come ask me questions and hear from me, whether or not we agree. I’m holding a town hall in each county in our district in my first year in Congress, because that is what I came here to do: Listen to what people are saying here at home and work on your behalf. We’ve also opened three offices so far and will be announcing more in the coming weeks, and all of our public events are listed on our website; you can find one near you here.
Rep. Delgado meets with Coast Guard members in Saugerties to discuss impact of the government shutdown
The in-district work period came on the heels of Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate coming to an agreement to fund the government. During the government shutdown, I heard directly from federal employees, farmers, members of the Coast Guard, and so many others. We kept the phone lines in our offices open on weekends and worked to alleviate the impact of the shutdown, including through writing to the Department of Agriculture to protect SNAP benefits. In addition, I decided to have my own pay withheld in solidarity with impacted federal workers. The shutdown was deeply irresponsible and unnecessary at a time when Congress should have been focused on getting to work for the people.
That’s why I was pleased that we were able to pass a bill to fund the government. However, that such an agreement could only be reached with the threat of yet another government shutdown is an indictment of our failing political system. Unsurprisingly, the terms of the agreement are far from perfect, but the bipartisan legislation does avert another harmful shutdown. I am, however, deeply concerned that in response to the agreement, the President chose to do what I view as an end run around Congress and declare a national emergency. Under Article I of the Constitution, the power of appropriations lies exclusively in the hands of the Congress.
Bipartisan Members of Congress launch the PFAS Task Force to address water contamination
I’ve met with constituents and community leaders on a wide range of issues including environmental protections, affordable health care, and veterans’ benefits. It’s also important to note that as a member of three committees very relevant to our district—the Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Small Business Committees—I will have a platform from which to advocate for economic opportunities here at home. Lastly, I’ve joined the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, the Lyme Disease Caucus, the Rural Broadband Caucus, and the Heroin Task Force in order to further action on these issues that really hit home for so many in Upstate New York.
Read on below to learn more about my legislative efforts during my first weeks in office, to see what we’re doing here at home across the district, and to share your priorities with me.
Yes, YOU should run for local office.
In 2019 there will be hundreds of county and town offices across New York that will go uncontested by Democrats, especially in rural areas. In my opinion, this is bad not just for the Democratic Party but for democracy itself.
One year ago, I wrote this: 10 Reasons Why Democrats Should Contest Every Election in Every Location in 2018
In 2019, I still think these reasons are as true as ever. We made some significant gains in New York in the last cycle but we can't let up the pressure. The good news is you can help. Get in touch with your town or county Democratic committee or your county board of elections and ask them what local offices are up for election this year. If you live in a small town or rural community there is a very good chance that no Democratic candidate has stepped forward to place their name on the ballot for at least one local elected position in your area.
Running for office can be very fun and rewarding, even if you don't win. Want to learn more about the mechanics and realities of running? Call me at 607-463-0860 or send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be very happy to give you all the advice and help I can.
Need a little push? Here is a short (and blurry) video of me trying to convince 1500 people at UPAC in Kingston to run in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITSldzlsRAg
For those in Otsego County here is a list of all offices up for election in 2019. We are actively looking for Democrats who live in the towns of Laurens, Otego, Unadilla, Hartwick, Milford, New Lisbon, Decatur, Maryland, Westford, Worcester, Burlington, Edmeston, Exeter or Plainfield who will put their name on the ballot for county board. We need you! Control of the Otsego County Board hangs in the balance.
Also, please remember the petitioning timeline has changed significantly in 2019 and signature gathering will begin on February 26th.
These last two weeks have seen the passage of important legislation to protect our coast and fisheries, along with budget hearings on education, health, and transportation, and legislative hearings on sexual harassment in the workplace to help us identify further actions the state can take to combat harassment in the public and private sectors.
We have also begun work to address one of the biggest challenges threatening humanity – climate change. The science is unequivocal: we must take meaningful action now if we are to mitigate the worst-case scenarios for our planet. The Senate’s Committee on Environmental Conservation, which I serve on, held public hearings this past week in Albany, New York City, and on Long Island (the Senate will upload the video of LI's public hearing tomorrow, 2/20, on Youtube) on the Climate & Community Protection Act (CCPA) – legislation to comprehensively address New York's share of the problem and accelerate the reduction of climate-polluting greenhouse gas emissions. If you are not familiar with the legislation, I encourage you to review it here.
I believe it is critical that we have our own hearing here in the Hudson Valley – the birthplace of the environmental movement – and have invited Senator Skoufis to join me in convening one on Friday, March 1, in New Paltz. (You can find more details on the hearing and how you can participate, below.) We need the input of a broad array of stakeholders – community-based organizations, farmers, local businesses, local governments, labor, and of course, our citizens. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to communicate your views to me by email or regular mail.
I hope you find this newsletter informative. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and concerns with me at Metzger@nysenate.gov.
All my best,
New York State Senator, 42nd District
In this Newsletter...
February 1, 2019
KINGSTON, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced his key priorities for creating new green jobs and addressing climate change.
In a piece published today, Delgado writes, “It is critical that our nation enacts policies that lower carbon emissions and increase investment in renewable energy sources. And equally important, these policies must do right by our communities here in Upstate New York.”
Focusing on the potential for economic growth, Delgado emphasized the importance of creating new green jobs in Upstate New York and discussed legislation he is preparing to introduce that would require the Department of Energy to conduct a study identifying demand for green jobs and establish a pilot program to award grants to community colleges and small businesses to provide job training accordingly.
You can read Delgado’s piece here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2019
Contact: Laura Epstein
Rep. Antonio Delgado to Open First District Office in Kingston
Community members are invited to come by Sunday's open house to meet Delgado & learn more about services offered
KINGSTON, NY – On Sunday, January 13th, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) will open his first district office in Kingston and host an open house for folks to stop by, meet him and his staff, and learn more about the services offered through the office.
“Ensuring that folks across the district have a place to get their questions answered and voice their concerns is one of my most important responsibilities as a Congressman," Delgado said. "I hope to meet many new people on Sunday, and that throughout my time in Congress, 19th district residents see our offices as a resource -- we're here to help and to listen."
The Kingston office is the first of many offices and mobile offices that Delgado will open throughout the district as part of his commitment to transparency and accessibility. The offices serve as a place for 19th Congressional District residents to call, email, or come by in person to share their views as well as get assistance with federal services, from farmers applying for grants to seniors having issues with their Social Security benefits to veterans needing more information on VA services.
WHO: Rep. Delgado, members of the public
WHAT: Open house for Kingston District Office
WHEN: Sunday, January 13th, 12 - 2 PM
WHERE: 256 Clinton Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
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Statement from Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado:
I have always said that the only people I am beholden to are the people of my district and every decision I make as their representative will be to best serve them.
I've recently met with Leader Nancy Pelosi and discussed crucial issues facing upstate New York and how they can be addressed in the 116th Congress. During the discussion, she committed to help me lead the effort within the House to bring broadband access to our rural communities and help places like Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh which have been forced to endure a crisis of contaminated water. We also agreed on the need to prioritize legislation from the bipartisan heroin task force that will help family members cover treatment costs and better fund prevention in rural communities and we discussed me taking a leadership role on this task force. I also expressed that I will work tirelessly to ensure that the people of upstate New York have access to quality affordable healthcare that is accessible to everyone.
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Complaints filed against Miller alleging campaign finance violations
By Edward Harris / email@example.com
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at 12:01 AM
Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 7:31 AM
Six people in the 101st Assembly District have filed a complaint with the New York State Board of Elections and the Attorney General’s Office against Assemblyman Brian Miller for what they believe to be campaign finance violations in 2016.
The complaint specifically looks at loans Miller received from Michael B. Waterman. Campaign finance reports filed with the Board of Elections show Waterman provided Miller with two loans, one for $2,500 on July 25, 2016, and another for $6,000 on Aug. 12, 2016.
These same records show another set of loans coming from Waterman’s wife, Debra, for the same amounts on the same dates.
Michael Waterman serves as Miller’s chief of staff.
Miller, R-New Hartford, was elected to the Assembly in 2016, replacing Claudia Tenney, who was elected to Congress.
Cheryl Couser, deputy director of public information with the Board of Elections, said loans turn into campaign contributions if they are not repaid by the day after the election. After the election, the BOE’s Compliance Unit looks over the financial disclosure forms. The matter is referred to the BOE’s Division of Election Law Enforcement if the contributions come in over the $4,400 non-family contribution limit.
The general election in 2016 was Nov. 8. Therefore, the loans needed to be paid back by Nov. 9 or they would turn into contributions. According to campaign finance reports, the loans from the Watermans were not repaid as of Oct. 1, 2018.
“My opponent doesn’t have his facts right,” Miller said in a statement to the Observer-Dispatch. “My opponent doesn’t have the law right. I’m in compliance with all state Board of Election rules and regulations. Any suggestion that Mr. Waterman was not hired on the merit of his experience and qualifications is categorically false.”
Tom Schimmerling of East Meredith is one of the six people who filed the complaint.
“We just don’t like to see this,” he said. “It needs to be investigated.”
Schimmerling also took issue with Michael Waterman serving as Miller’s chief of staff. Couser said, however, there was no provision in the election law that prohibits hiring someone that makes a donation.
Republicans Are Praying for a Kavanaugh Bounce, but It’s Proving a Bit Elusive
In upstate New York, voters on both sides are animated about the Supreme Court battle. But it’s not clear if it will change any votes.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast
WALTON, New York—The day after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, Alice Kane was pissed.
A 74-year-old retired teacher, she stood in the foyer of the Walton Theatre on Sunday night on her way out to a poorly lit street in this small town in southeastern New York. Her anger, in that moment, was directed at the Republican-led Senate for what she felt was its irresponsible handling of judicial nominations that preceded even Kavanaugh’s.
“When Mitch McConnell, in my opinion, unconstitutionally said that a president did not have the right to appoint a Supreme Court judge for 8-10 months, he should have been impeached,” Kane told The Daily Beast, referring to the Senate majority leader’s stance on the appointment of Merrick Garland during the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency. “The president has the right, in fact he has the duty, to appoint somebody and the Senate had the duty to advise and consent.”
Kane is the type of voter the Republican Party could use if it wants to hold on to control in the House. She resides in one of the cycle’s higher-profile toss-up districts and has a history of backing Republicans. She voted GOP until President Trump burst onto the scene in 2016. And she’s extremely politically active, having once left the hospital to go cast a ballot.
But this year, in part because of both Kavanaugh and Trump, she is not returning to her party roots. Kane says she will not back GOP incumbent Rep. John Faso (R-NY), who is trying to hold on to his seat in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
“I wouldn’t vote for Faso,” she said, citing a conversation she had with the congressman in which he made it seem to her that he would stand up to Trump. “If the man turned into Lazarus asking for that one drop of water, I’d say, ‘Ask the president, he’s got a lot of it.’”