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19th district

Delgado Backs Bill That Puts Flexibility Into PPP Assistance

Delgado Backs Bill

That Puts Flexibility

Into PPP Assistance

Congressman Delgado

Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, today voted with a bipartisan coalition to add flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make this tool more accessible to upstate businesses in need of assistance, his office announced.

Established in the bipartisan CARES Act, PPP provides small businesses and other entities loans of up to $10 million. These cover payroll and other operating expenses, and PPP is designed so loans are forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels.

Heroes Act To Include Direct Aid To Counties Proposed By Delgado

Heroes Act To Include

Direct Aid To Counties

As Proposed By Delgado

Aim: To Help Localities Rebound From COVID
Congressman Delgado

WASHINGTON – The Heroes Act, unveiled this week in the U.S. House of Representatives, is expected to be voted on Friday and includes a number of provisions to from Congressman Antonio Delgado’s Direct Support for Communities Act.

The Otsego County congressman office’s said the bill provides local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the COVID-19 emergency.

Otsego County, with its dependence on sales- and bed-tax revenues associated with tourism, is expected to be hit particularly hard by the coronavirus fallout.

Delgad0 Signs Onto Bipartisan Statement: Keep Ventilators Here

Delgado Signs Onto

Bipartisan Statement:

Hands Off Ventilators

Delgado

Today, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, signed a bipartisan statement opposing Governor Cuomo’s order allowing National Guard to remove ventilators from Upstate hospitals for transport to the New York metropolitan area.

“We stand ready to help our fellow New Yorkers,” said the signators, who included Delgado, “but moving needed ventilators from our region now would be devastating and counter intuitive to all data on the spread of COVID-19.”

German Leaves Congress Race

German Leaves

Congress Race

‘Couldn’t Raise The Money,’ He Says

Tony German

ONEONTA – Tony German, the retired general of the state’s National Guard, announced today he has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado in the 19th District.

“I couldn’t raise the required money,” he confirmed a few minutes ago.  An Oneonta resident, he was the only candidate to emerge so far from Otsego County.

In a statement, he threw his support behind Ola Hawatmeh, , 42, a fashion designer and two-time breast cancer survivor who moved back to her hometown of Poughkeepsie from St. Louis in July to run against Delgado.  She’s a 1999 graduate of Marist College.

Delgado Focused On Job, Not Next Year’s Campaign

PRESS OFFICE STATEMENT:

Delgado Focused On Job,

Not Next Year’s Campaign

Delgado

With the 19th Congressional District election still 14 months away, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado declined to engage with Adjutant Gen. (ret.) Tony German, the Oneonta Republican who filed papers yesterday to challenge the freshman incumbent next year.

His press office issued this statement: “Congressman Delgado is focused on making life better for the people in our region, and working to find bipartisan solutions to lower health care costs, expand rural broadband and support family farmers and veterans. That’s why he has held 21 town halls across the district, and will continue to serve with accessibility, accountability and transparency.”

Delgado Unveils New Way To End Health Deadlock

Delgado Unveils

New Way To End

Health Deadlock

Delgado

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, introduced legislation Monday that would allow all Americans to buy into a version of Medicare – an approach designed to avoid the substantial system-wide overhaul that would come with any effort to create a government-run health care system.

“There’s a need here to figure out where we all can come together and rally around achieving – achieving – a real change to our health care system,” Otsego County’s congressman said in an interview with CNN.

The move is being described as an incremental move toward expanded health insurance, one that is creating a fissure between moderates like Delgado and progressives like AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who support abolition of private health insurance.

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Delgado Wins Schoharie

CD-19 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Delgado Wins Schoharie

With all precincts reporting, attorney Antonio Delgado – seen here at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club at a May 2017 forum – has captured Schoharie County, according to nytimes.com.  It is the first county in the 11-county 19th Congressional District to report in. Polls closed at 9 p.m. Seven Democrats were vying in a primary today for their party’s nomination, and the right to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in the November election. With Delgado here are Anne Geddes-Atwell, right, the former Otsego town supervisor, and Jeannine Webster, both of Cooperstown. (AllOTSEGO.com) photo
Cooperstown Grad Runs In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

Cooperstown Grad Runs

In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso

Erin Collier announced today she is running for Congress in a video that declares, “I’m Not Gonna Let Those Boys Beat Me.”

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/

Candidate Diane Neal Cancels Cooperstown Appearance

Candidate Diane Neal Cancels

Today’s Talk In Cooperstown

Diane Neal

COOPERSTOWN – Diane Neal, former “Law & Order SVU” actress and an independent candidate for the 19th Congressional seat, has cancelled this afternoon’s planned 3 p.m. appearance at Cooperstown Village Hall, according to organizer Richard Sternberg, due to an illness in her family.

Sternberg said he will conducted a round table discussion about the five candidates who have appeared so far.

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.

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.”
Faso, Teachout Neck And Neck
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Faso, Teachout

Neck And Neck

Sienna Poll: Too Close To Call

ballot-boxLOUDONVILLE – John Faso and Zephyr Teachout are neck and neck.

The respected Siena Poll released numbers yesterday showing the Congressional race in the 19th District, which includes Otsego County, is too close to call.

Republican Faso has support of 43 percent of voters; Democrat Teachout, 42 percent, the poll of “likely voters” found.

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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