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Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing More For Veterans At Bassett

Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing

More For Veterans At Bassett

Congressman John Faso, R-19, center left, and Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, center right, discuss ways the Cooperstown hospital might better serve veterans when they met this morning at a veterans’ resource fair organized by the congressman’s office at Foothills in Oneonta.  With them are the county board’s chair, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and vice chair Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla. Shortterm, LeCates, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who has served in the Middle East, agreed to be a point of contact at Bassett for county Veterans Director Jack Henson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Leaving Paris Accord ‘Ill Advised’; But Let Market Fix Global Warming
FASO REACTS TO TRUMP MOVE:

Leaving Paris Accord ‘Ill Advised’;

But Let Market Fix Global Warming

Congressman John Faso

Otsego County’s congressman, John Faso, R-19, issued a statement today calling President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord ill-advised, but adding that economic incentives are more likely to reduce greenhouse emissions than “a non-binding agreement with no enforcement mechanisms.”

Here is the statement in full:

“As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I support U.S. efforts to continue promotion of innovative clean-energy solutions which will mitigate the effects of man-made climate change. As such, I believe the withdrawal of the U.S. from the agreement is ill-advised.

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Faso Plans Private Talks In Oneonta On Thursday

Faso Plans Private Talks

In Oneonta On Thursday

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Faso confers with Oneonta Community Health Center director Kay Stuligross during his April 8 visit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is seeking to duplicate his meeting with a small group of Oneonta Community Health Center doctors and directors a week ago Saturday when he returns to the City of the Hills tomorrow.

The freshman congressman will be meeting with small groups — a half-dozen people each — at three sessions in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office.

At 2:30 p.m., he will listen to environmental concerns; at 3, more on healthcare concerns, and 3:30, on general issues, a Faso spokesperson confirmed this morning.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Describes Local Impact Of ACA Reform

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Describes Local Impact Of ACA Reform

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on former Bassett Healthcare president/CEO Bill Streck’s PowerPoint for HANYS, the state’s Hospital Association, premiered last week in Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall, that describes what the local impacts will be.

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Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises

Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.
19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.

TROY — Thursday night’s debate between Zephyr Teachout and John Faso largely mirrored the first encounter between the two congressional candidates, reprising themes of the outsider versus the insider, the carpetbagger versus the faithful local, Politico is reporting.

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Follow Teachout, Faso Debate Livestreaming From Troy

Follow Teachout, Faso Debate

Livestreaming From Troy Site

ballot-boxThe candidates in the 19th Congressional District that includes Otsego County will debate at 8 p.m. today.

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, who are running to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, will be facing off at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, but you can follow the exchange live at this link:

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Faso, Teachout Romp Here, Throughout 19th

Faso, Teachout Romp

Here, Throughout 19th

ballot boxCOOPERSTOWN – Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout will joust Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the 19th District Congressional seat after each trounced opponents in today’s primaries.

In Otsego County, Faso, a former Assembly minority leader and gubernatorial candidate from Kinderhook, beat businessman Andrew Heaney of Dutchess County 1,041-394, or 72 percent to 27 percent.

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THE FOOTHILLS DEBATES

THE FOOTHILLS DEBATES

HEANEY VS. FASO

The two Republican candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Andrew Heaney,
The two Republican candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Andrew Heaney, left, of Milbrook, who operates a oil distribution business, and John Faso, Kinderhook, a lawyer and former Assembly minority leader, debated for the first time of their campaigns this evening at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.  The two agreed that New York State’s economic climate is not good, and Heaney proposed going after entrenched interests, while Faso focused on regulatory change.  Foothills’ black box theater was filled for the event, which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters’ Oneonta and Cooperstown chapter.    Barbara Hein moderated this portion.

TEACHOUT VS. YANDIK

Democratic contenders for Gibson's seat – Zephyr Teachout of Dover Plains, the author and Fordham law professor, and Will Yandik, an Ivy League grad, and former and town board member in Livingston, Ulster County – agreed on many issues, from the need for broad band to trade adjustments necessary to revive mid-size farms. When asked to define their differences, Teachout spoke to her successes in generating grass-roots campaigns on particular issues; Yandik said that, to win the 19th District, a candidate has to win the middle, and his roots and knowledge of the district would work in his favor. Stephanie Bauer of Cooperstown moderated.
Democratic contenders for Gibson’s seat – Zephyr Teachout of Dover Plains, the author and Fordham law professor, and Will Yandik, an Ivy League grad, and farmer and town board member in Livingston, Ulster County – agreed on many issues, from the need for broad band to trade adjustments necessary to revive mid-size farms. When asked to define their differences, Teachout spoke to her successes in generating grass-roots campaigns on particular issues; Yandik said that, to win the 19th District, a candidate has to win the middle, and his roots and knowledge of the district would work in his favor. Stephanie Bauer of Cooperstown moderated.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DEMOCRAT AND GOP PRIMARIES ARE TUESDAY, JUNE 28
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Farms Under-Appreciated Resource In 19th District, 5 Candidates Agree

Farms Under-Appreciated Resource

In 19th District, 5 Candidates Agree

The five congressional candidates for the 19th Congressional District, in Oneonta the other night, are, from left,
The five congressional candidates for the 19th Congressional District, in Oneonta the other night, are, from left, Republicans Andrew Heaney, John Faso and Bob Bishop, and Democrats Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik.  Both party primaries are Tuesday, June 28.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By CATHY B. KOPLEN • for AllOTSEGO.com

 ONEONTA – A vision for the future of the Southern Tier – including healthy, productive farms; maximizing natural resources; and a saturation of high-speed, broad-band Internet access – was touted by five candidates vying for the 19th district U.S. Congressional seat Tuesday.

The candidates, Republicans John Faso, Andrew Heaney and Bob Bishop, and Democrats Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik, were invited to speak with local residents at Oneonta High School. The forum, which began at 7:30 p.m., was moderated by Steve Ammerman, state Farm Bureau manager of public affairs & associate director.

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