Rep. Antonio Delgado Announces New Green Jobs and Climate Change Priorities

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.

Cuomo Signs the Reproductive Health Act

January 22, 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today fulfilled his promise to sign into law the Reproductive Health Act, a key component of the 2019 Justice Agenda, within the first 30 days of the new legislative session. The Reproductive Health Act protects women's reproductive rights by ensuring New Yorkers can make personal healthcare decisions and medical professionals can provide crucial services without fear of criminal penalty. The legislation codifies Roe v. Wade into New York State law.

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Rep. Antonio Delgado to Open First District Office in Kingston


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

RSVP: Media is required to RSVP to [email protected].

Delgado Keeps Focus on CD19, Elevates Local Priorities with DNC Leadership


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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Get Out The Vote!

Help turn Delaware County blue! Get Out The Vote (GOTV)!


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Join GOTV Team Walton, Team Delhi, Team Middletown or Team Sidney on Oct 27-28 and Nov.3-6 to do what it takes to win! These are our stations to GOTV throughout Delaware County!


Click on the one of the links below to join a team and sign up! For more information contact Melissa:
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Meet at 53 Main St., Delhi
Canvassing shifts at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, and 6 PM

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Meeting at 208 Old Prospect Street, follow the signs to the white house NEXT to the Walton Music House
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Complaints filed against Miller alleging campaign finance violations

Complaints filed against Miller alleging campaign finance violations


By Edward Harris / [email protected]

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.

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Republicans Are Praying for a Kavanaugh Bounce, but It’s Proving a Bit Elusive


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.

Gideon Resnick

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.’”

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Race-Baiting Politics Has No Place in Our District, or Any

From Gotham Gazette


Race-Baiting Politics Has No Place in Our District, or Any

September 27, 2018 | by Gareth Rhodes

(photo: DelgadoforNY19)

Drive through Greene County New York, just 90 minutes north of New York City, and you’ll see a large sign on the highway that pretty concisely states the main takeaway of the campaign Republicans are running here in New York’s 19th Congressional District: “DELGADO FOR CONGRESS. NEVER. EX-RAPPER HATES WHITES & AMERICA.”

The sign’s recent appearance coincided with the release of a new television ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where the narrator states that Antonio Delgado, the Democratic nominee for Congress, who is African American, “claims he’s like us,” before playing 30 seconds of cherry-picked and spliced hip-hop lyrics over noticeably darkened, hooded images of Delgado, taken from a short music career he pursued over a decade ago. As anyone living here in NY-19 will tell you, this ad, and many just like it, have been playing non-stop on television, radio, and sites such as Hulu and YouTube since early July, backed by nearly $2 million in spending from the NRCC and Speaker Paul Ryan's Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC (CLF).

This isn’t the first time in history stoking racial prejudices has been deployed as an electoral strategy. But with a record number of Democratic House candidates who are people of color, the Republican party in 2018 appears to be abandoning its decades pattern of innuendo and coded language, and shamelessly taking these tactics to a new level – overtly race-based attacks against the candidates themselves.

Antonio Delgado is a formidable opponent. And I should know, he beat me in the Democratic primary campaign just a few months ago. He is an inspiring campaigner and tireless worker who grew up in Upstate New York to parents working middle class jobs at GE. He’s a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Law School — the type of story we don’t see enough of here in Upstate New York — a committed husband and father. And he has the kind of diversity of experiences Congress is so badly lacking, from his career in hip hop advocating for social justice, to his time as an attorney spending thousands of hours championing pro bono causes including fighting for reduced sentences for juveniles facing life imprisonment.

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Actress Diane Neal wins appeal, gets on congressional ballot


KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent congressional candidate in a sprawling upstate New York district after winning a court case over her petition signatures.

The state Board of Elections last month rejected over 1,800 of the more than 4,100 signatures on Neal’s petition to get on the ballot in the 19th Congressional District. On Monday, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled in Neal’s favor in her challenge of the decision.

Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City area.

Neal portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU.” She hasn’t held political office and lives in the Ulster County village of Hurley.

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Delaware County Dem's Endorse Elizabeth Burns

DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 – Delaware County Democrats today announced their support of Judge Elizabeth Burns, of Cortland, NY, as the next Supreme Court Justice for New York’s 6th Judicial District.

“Given the broad range in the kinds of cases heard by the NY Supreme Court, our committee understands that an extensive and well-rounded judicial experience is an imperative qualification for a Supreme Court Justice nominee. In the field of candidates, Elizabeth Burns’ background clearly stands out as best in fulfilling this criterion, “ said Kathleen Hayek, Chairperson. “She has practiced law in courts throughout the district on both sides of the bench, including in Delaware County. She is also an experienced judge and advocate for Drug Treatment Court. With drug addiction continuing to plague our rural district, her experience and advocacy for this program is a strong asset in this race.”


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