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Local Literacy Center Celebrates Milestone

Local Literacy Center

Marks 25th Anniversary

Bright Hill Press founder Bertha Rogers addresses a crowd gathered at the literacy center’s library to celebrate Bright Hill Center’s 25th anniversary and to hear readings from the press’s new anthology, “Like Light” (Parker Fish/ AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Bertha Rogers accepts a framed copy of U.S. Rep. John Faso’s remarks, which will be entered into the Congressional record.

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.

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In Oneonta, Faso Explains Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

In Oneonta, Faso Explains

Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman John Faso, R-19, is at Otsego Now’s headquarters at 189 Main St., Oneonta, at this hour, discussing his vote against the Republican tax-cut bill in Congress last week. Participating are, from left, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Jeff Haggerty of Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cooperstown. With her back to the camera is Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director.  Faso issued a statement after the vote saying, while he supports simplifying the tax code, removing the SALT deduction for state and local taxes, as well as the mortgage-interest deduction will be too much of a burden on his 19th District constituents. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay

On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman
John Faso

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.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports On 6 ‘Dynamic’ Democrat at Forum

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On ‘Dynamic’ Democrats At Forum

Democrats already looking to challenge Congressman Faso in November 2018 are, from left, Brian Flynn, Jeff Beals, Antonio Delgado, Sue Sullivan, Gareth Rhodes and Steven Brisee. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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.

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Learn Who May Be Next Congressman

Learn Who May Be

Next Congressman

Exclusively in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, read about who may be Otsego County’s next congressmen. Six contenders for the Democratic nod to run against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, in November 2018 met with 80 of the party faithful at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club Sunday afternoon. Ours was the only reporter there. And there’s much more, from a quickly staged celebration of the Oneonta Post Office’s 200th anniversary, to reporting on the last meeting of the 95-year-old Cooperstown Women’s Club. Both papers on newsstands this afternoon.
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Faso, Healthcare Advocate Differ On Course Of Reform

Faso, Healthcare Advocates

Differ On Course Of Reform

Family Planning of South Central New York Director Deb Marcus, right, expresses concerns about proposed Obamacare reforms to U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, at a meeting this afternoon in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office. Others, from left, are county Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, the state Hospital Association’s Bill Streck, Antoinette Kuzminski, retired Bassett physician lobbying for a single-payer approach, Wayne Mellor of Fly Creek, Judy Fleischer of Oneonta, a former nurse and health-insurance broker, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Faso at this afternoon’s discussion.

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.”

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Congressman In Oneonta Discussing ACA’s Future
OBAMACARE REFORM SPURRED RALLIES

Congressman In Oneonta

Discussing ACA’s Future

Congressman Faso

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.

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In ‘Teletown Hall,’ Faso Reaches 20,000 Citizens

In ‘Teletown Hall,’ Faso

Reaches 20,000 Citizens

Sitting at his desk in his Washington D.C. office last evening, Congressman John Faso, R-19th, who represents Otsego County and 10 other counties, was heard by 20,000 constituents in an hour-long “Teletown Hall.” “I heard from them on various topics of concern, from property taxes to healthcare to our environment. I appreciate everyone who called in to listen and participate in a thoughtful discussion on issues that matter most to our community.”
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Repeal Of Obamacare Will Hit County Hard

BILL STRECK’S MESSAGE HOME:

Repeal Of Obamacare

Would Hit Here Hard

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – would leave 5,700 Otsego County people uninsured, retired Bassett President/CEO Bill Streck, now chief medical and health systems innovation officer at HANYS (the state’s hospital association), told a mostly medical-sector crowd of 75 at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown this evening.  Shifting Medicaid from an entitlement to block grants might raise county government’s costs by $700,000, he said.  He also said U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is part of a “Group of Nine” Upstate GOP congressmen that, working together, may be of sufficient size to influence where the U.S. House of Representatives ends up on ACA reform.     The talk was sponsored by Sustainable Otsego and Positive Action, which have organized a second talk 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, also at Templeton Hall, where Dr. Chris Kjolhede (inset photo) will lead a discussion on what people may do locally to influence the the national outcome.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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