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Zakrevsky, Nick’s Diner Owner Named To Delgado Committee

Nick’s Diner Owner, Heegan,

Zakrevsky To Advise Delgado

The Goal:  To Help Small Businesses Prosper


KINGSTON –  Nick’s Diner proprietor Rodney Thorsland, Oneonta, as well as Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now CEO, and Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan will represent the county on Congressman Antonio Delgado’s 19th District Small Business Advisory Committee, it was announced today.

All 11 counties in the district are represented.

“The district is home to more than 27,000 small businesses and self-employed owners, and I am proud to advocate on their behalf as a member of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives,” Delgado said.

At Colgate Graduation, Congressman Delgado Elevates Mother’s Love


At Colgate Graduation,

Congressman Delgado

Elevates Mother’s Love

Future Congressman Delgado with mom Thelma and younger brother Kito during his Schenectady boyhood.

“There are no second acts in American lives” has been attributed – some say misattributed – to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Antonio Delgado – as he recounts in his splendid commencement address last weekend at his alma mater, Colgate University – is a contradiction in point.

His experience as hip-hop artist AD, The Voice, which he assesses here for the first time we’ve seen, very well could have ruled him out as a prospective Congressional candidate, particularly – as he puts it – in the 19th Congressional District, which is 90 percent white.

Still, his first-rate credentials – they include a mother’s love, which he touchingly revisited in his speech – plus Colgate, Oxford and Harvard degrees. And his experience – as a litigator, not a lobbyist, he’ll tell you – with a top-flight law firm, certainly qualified him as a successor to the consensus-building Chris Gibson of Kinderhook and – projecting ahead – to the canny and effective Sherwood Boehlert of Greater Utica.

That Delgado is black was, in itself, never disqualifying in the 19th District – certainly, not in Otsego County, which – split a third, a third and a third Republican, Democrat and independent – voted twice for Barack Obama, with folks generally, if not unanimously, thrilled to do so.

‘Love Conquers All’: At Colgate Graduation, Delgado Says He Resisted Fighting Fire With Fire


‘Love Conquers All’

At Colgate Graduation, Delgado Says

He Resisted Fighting Hate With Hate

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, addresses the 200th commencement of his alma mater, Colgate University, last Sunday in Hamilton. (Colgate University photo)

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s commencement address Sunday, May 19, at Colgate University, his alma mater.  Click here to read related editorial.

I want to start with a story about my mother, who has often told me that she loves me with every fiber of her being, and there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it.

She had me when she was 21 years old; and did so against the wishes of her doctors. They advised that her heart was not strong enough to survive the pregnancy. Mom disagreed.

Now, she did not disagree because she somehow forgot about that fateful Easter Sunday when, at the tender age of 9, she was rushed to the hospital with a severe case of the rheumatic fever – so severe that she was read her last rites.

Delgado Tours Job Corps, Airport, Even Flies Drone

Delgado Tours Job Corps,

Airport, Even Flies Drone

Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, pauses for a photo op this afternoon at Oneonta Job Corps’ Robert B. Sweeney Smart Grid Advanced Training Yard. He observed the new class of Overhead Line students climbing – see them on the poles? – and talked to a graduate who is leaving with five others to start his new job as a lineman at Rocky Mountain Fiber Plus in Connecticut. Delgado then visited the Drone Pilot Class at Oneonta Airport, even trying his hand flying a drone.  With Delgado in this photo are, from left, Bill Renwick, Kimberley McIntyre, Israel Delgado, Barbara Torrey, John Patrick Baptista, Dave Simmons, Steve Brown, Amy Fleury, Jacob Martetin and Tracie Hunt. Crouching in front is Andy Guerrero Reynoso.
Delgado: Assess Threats, Then Uphold Rule Of Law
Congressman React To Mueller Report

Delgado: Assess Threats,

Then Uphold Rule Of Law

Congressman Delgado

With the Mueller Report made public today, Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, issued a measured response this evening:

“Now that the Special Counsel’s redacted report has been released, I will review it in full in order to understand any threats to the integrity of our democracy, especially our electoral process. As our intelligence community has made clear, Russia directly interfered in the 2016 election.

“All branches of government must work together to uphold the rule of law, protect our democracy against interference from adversaries and restore public trust in our elections.”

Delgado Says He’ll Support Trump’s Shutdown Hiatus

Delgado Says He’ll Support

Trump’s Shutdown Hiatus

KINGSTON – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, issued a statement a few minutes ago saying he expects to support a three-week hiatus in the government shutdown proposed by President Trump.

“I’m pleased that this agreement will come to the floor and I look forward to supporting it,” said the freshman congressman, who represents Otsego County.

Suicide Bomb Kills 19th District Sailor

Suicide Bomb Kills

19th District Sailor

Cryptologist Tech Shannon Kent, Pine Plains,

Mourned In Congressman Delgado Statement

Shannon Kent (Navy photo)

A Navy sailor originally from Dutchess County, on the eastern end of Otsego County’s 19th Congressional District, is one of three Americans killed after a suicide bomber triggered a fiery explosion Wednesday in northern Syria, the Poughkeepsie Journal is reporting.

Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, a 2001 graduate of the Pine Plains Central School District, “provides an example to all of us with her dedication and sacrifice for our country,” U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, R-19th, said in a statement released a few minutes ago.

Faso Leads Delgado Locally, But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Faso Leads Delgado Locally,

But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Republican incumbent Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, holds a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado in the “western part” of the 19th District, presumably Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, according to a Monmouth (N.J.) University poll released today.

Overall in the 10-county district, however, Delgado leads Faso by 49 percent to 44 percent, according to the poll, an increase from a month ago.


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