19th District Congressional candidate Jeff Beals, a former CIA agent and State Department staffer in the Middle East, this afternoon burnished his progressive credentials before 40 voters in Sunday forums in Cooperstown Village Hall for candidates running against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook. He embraced his endorsement by Bernie Sanders’ progressive, called for “Medicare for All,” and told the gathering when they here any of the seven Democrats being called “carpetbaggers,” they should respond that Faso is a “corporate-bagger,” given the sources of his funding. Beals, currently a history teacher at a private school in Woodstock, said his family has associations with the Catskills and current 19th District going back two generations, and said he is one of only tw0 of the seven Democratic candidates vying in the June 26 primary who actually voted locally in 2016. Listening to Beals are Bob Eklund, New Lisbon, left, and Ken Fogarty, Chenango County, right. Inset, one of Oneonta Assembly candidate Dan Buttermann’s daughter returns from handing moderator Richard Sternberg a written question from the audience. Sternberg announced Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the latest Democrat in the race, will appear at a Sunday forum at 3 p.m. April 22. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso
COOPERSTOWN – Erin Collier, a Cooperstown Central graduate, nationally ranked tri-athlete, and daughter of a local beef farmer, announced today she is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District, where she will be the only woman against six Democrats.
“I’m not going to let those boys beat me,” she declares in a video posted on http://people.com/politics/erin-collier-running-new-york-district-19/
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
TREADWELL – Celebrating 25 years of existence, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center made several announcements about the current state and the future of the Treadwell-based literary center at a special event today.
Founder and Executive Director Bertha Rogers was on hand to debut Bright Hill Press’s newest anthology “Like Light,” published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bright Hill with poetry and prose from 220 poets and writers.
Rogers also announced the dedication of Bright Hill’s reading room in honor of her late husband, Ernest Fishman, who served as the literary center’s president until his death in 2016.
As he signaled Wednesday afternoon that he would do, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, today joined 12 Republicans and 192 Democrats – 205 in all – in voting against his party’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill.
Enough members of the Republican majority – 227 – voted aye to pass the bill. The U.S. Senate is preparing its own version of tax reform, and the versions will have to be reconciled before becoming law.
ALBANY – Governor Cuomo plans to target five Republican Congressman, including John Faso, R-19, who represents Otsego County, in a “New York Fights Back” campaign to be announced today, according to reporter Ken Lovett, New York Daily News’ Albany correspondent.
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 the six “dynamic” Democrats who are interested in challenging U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, next year. They appeared Sunday at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, heard concerns of key local players in the national healthcare debate this afternoon, and the two sides appeared to politely disagree on a future course of action.
“We have fundamental concerns that it” – the Obamacare revision being revived in Congress – “will not be an improvement over the current ACA.” said Bill Streck, retired Bassett Healthcare president, now director of innovation for the state Hospital Association (HANYS). “From our analysis, 200-700 thousand people would be at risk along with healthcare in our region.”
OBAMACARE REFORM SPURRED RALLIES
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Congressman John Faso, R-19, is in Oneonta today, meeting with key players in the medical community on the future of the Affordable Care Act.
The meeting has been sought for several weeks by Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, director of Bassett Healthcare’s Fox Hospital Susquehanna Family Practice and The Gender Wellness Clinic, and county Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta.