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Antonio Delgado

Delgado Meets With Business Owners On Main Street Tour

Delgado Talks Shop

On Main Street Tour

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, bought Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent,” on recommendation from Jim Havener, owner of the Green Toad Bookstore, during his tour of Oneonta businesses this morning. Accompanied by Mayor Gary Herzig and Council member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, he also stopped by the Latte Lounge, Theresa’s Emporium and the Underground Attic to ask how the owners had fared during the COVID-19 shutdowns.   He then moved on to stops in Cooperstown. (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Voices Of The Game To Honor Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons 07-25-20

Voices Of The Game To Honor

Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons


BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to honor Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Ted Simmons who played alongside hall of famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount for the Milwaukee Brewers. Join them as they reminisce about the Brewers team and their journey to the Hall of Fame. Visit for details.

Delgado Bill Enables Veterans’ Cemeteries In Counties Like NY’s

Delgado Bill Enables

Veterans’ Cemeteries

In Counties Like NY’s

Congressman Testifies Today In D.C.

Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act Testimony

Today, I testified before Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Majority on the importance of my Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act, which would ensure #NY19 counties can qualify for VA funding to allow them to protect, support and maintain the final resting place of our nation’s heroes. Watch here ⬇️

Posted by Congressman Antonio Delgado on Thursday, 16 July 2020

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, today testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on legislation to authorize the Veterans’ Administration to issue grants to counties to establish, expand or improve veterans cemeteries. “As the law is written, only state-run veteran cemeteries are eligible for the National Cemetery Administration’s Veteran Cemetery Grants Program,” Delgado said. “This prohibition cripples counties in states like New York that do not have state-operated veterans’ cemeteries, but rather county-operated facilities.” Today’s hearing was on Delgado’s Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act,

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.

Delgado’s Provisions In Democrats’ Bill That Moves To GOP Senate

Delgado’s Provisions

In Democrats’ Bill That

Moves To GOP Senate

Congressman Delgado

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s Direct Support for Communities Act made it into the $3 trillion HEROES Act, a second round of proposed federal aid at the coronavirus threat continues, his office announced after Friday’s passage.

The vote was 208-199, with only one Republican vote, that of Long Island Congressman Peter King, who is retiring.

Delgado’s piece of the bill “creates a formula to ensure governments of all sizes – including rural counties, towns, villages, and hamlets across Upstate – receive federal funding to support essential and front-line workers responding to this crisis,” the 19th District Congressman said.

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.

DAILY BRIEFING: Block COVID-19 Business Bailouts, Cuomo Declares


Block COVID-19

Business Bailouts,

Cuomo Declares

ALBANY  – Governor Cuomo today announced some members of New York’s Congressional Delegation will propose the “Americans First Law” to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo did not list Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, among the representatives supporting the legislation.

Delgad0 Signs Onto Bipartisan Statement: Keep Ventilators Here

Delgado Signs Onto

Bipartisan Statement:

Hands Off Ventilators


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.”

Delgado Offers Condolences On Dutchess County Victim

Delgado Offers Condolences

On Dutchess County Victim

CDC image of the Coronavirus

“This weekend, our community lost a neighbor and a friend. My condolences and prayers are with his family members and loved ones during this painful time. We owe a debt of gratitude to the health care professionals on the front lines of this public health emergency.

“I will continue to work alongside our state, community, and local officials to combat this ongoing challenge and keep folks safe throughout our region.”

Political Races Aplenty In 2020

Political Races

Aplenty In 2020

Lawyer Challenges Delgado;

Jim Powers In Assembly Run

Both candidates for the 19th Congressional District seats were in Otsego County in recent days. Republican Kyle Van De Water, left, shakes hands with county committee members at the Worcester White House Inn Thursday, Feb. 13. Democratic incumbent Antonio Delgado, right, poses with State Committee Member Richard Sternberg and Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch at the Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Having filled a vacancy on the Millbrook Village Board in 2017, Republican Kyle Van De Water, a Poughkeepsie lawyer, ran for a full term in 2018.

As he knocked on doors and handed out literature, he discovered volunteers for Democratic Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado had gotten there before him.

And Delgado’s army of volunteers also handed out literature for the two Democratic Milbrook trustee candidates, Kevin McGrane and Tim Collopy, Van De Water told the Otsego and Schoharie Republican county committees at a two-county gathering last week at the Worcester White House Inn.

When the votes were counted that Nov. 4, Delgado had won – and McGrane and Collopy had narrowly surpassed Van De Water. Thanks, Delgado, Van De Water implied.

If Delgado was the shadow candidate against Van De Water in 2018, this year it will be a mano a mano between the two attorneys, as the Republican announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, he will challenge the first-term Democrat for the 19th Congressional District seat, which includes Otsego County, in this year’s Nov. 5 election.

Jim Powers, Butternuts, announced he is running to succeed Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, R-Bainbridge.

With Van De Water’s announcement and that of Jim Powers, Town of Butternuts, former county board chairman, who is running to succeed retiring assembly Clifford Crouch, R-122, almost all voters across Otsego County will have choices in every race on this fall’s ballot, leading off with President Donald Trump and a Democrat to be named.

The exception proving the rule is Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, who locally represents the towns of Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester. He stepped back from a run to succeed retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and so far faces no challenge to his incumbency.  Also, so far a Democrat is lacking to succeed Assemblyman Cliff Crouch in the 122nd.

Another Republican Congressional contender, Ola Hawatmeh of Poughkeepsie, who presented herself as “the Republican Ilhan Omar,” also spoke to the GOP committees at Worcester, but Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale said Van De Water, having lined up county committee supports – “most important, he has his own county committee” – is likely to divert a primary Hawatmeh said she would pursue.
“If these candidates need to spend resources and time in the primary, they aren’t going to have the kind of resources they need to run an effective campaign against Delgado; it’s just not going to happen,” said Casale.

He estimated $2-3 million will be needed to mount an effective challenge, adding, “If a campaign (Van De Water’s) takes off, the money will be easy to raise.”

Delgado hasn’t officially announced he’s seeking another term, but it’s expected he will. In an appearance at the Cooperstown Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 18, he ticked off a laundry list of legislation passed in the Democratic House and sent on to the Republican Senate.

Two of Delgado’s bills have even been signed into law by President Trump, he said, achieved by only six Democrats. They include the Family Farm Relief Act, which raises the cap on smaller farms able to reorganize under Bankruptcy Laws from $3 million to $10 million.
He also has high hopes a bill that would organize all federal permitting processes in the same website, making it easier for citizens and businesses to determine what they can and can’t do.

In other races:


Adam Hall, Moravia, is running to succeed Senator Seward, who has endorsed Peter Oberacker, Schenevus, as his successor.

Adam Hall, a young father of four from Moravia, Cayuga County, announced he is running to succeed Senator Seward. A conservative, he’s opposed to the state’s bail-reform regimen and worries about impingement on Second Amendment rights.

He joins a race that includes county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, whom Seward is supporting as his successor. Praising the senator’s 34-year tenure, Oberacker, president of FormTech, which does product research for national food companies said he’s applying a maxim from his industry to succeeding Seward: “Find something successful – and copy it.”

Hall planned to run as a Republican, but learned county committees have already gotten behind Oberacker. He may run in a Republican primary regardless, he said.

The Democratic candidate in the race is Jim Barber, a farmer from Schoharie and son of J. Roger Barber, state Ag & Markets commissioner in Gov. Hugh Carey’s administration.


In announcing he’ll run in the 122nd, a four-county district that includes the Otsego towns of Morris, Butternuts and Unadilla, Powers expects to face perhaps a half-dozen contenders in a Republican primary.

He said Crouch is supporting Jim Angelino, a retired Norwich police chief, and that Nick Libous, son of the former state senator from Binghamton, is also running.

But, he said, he’s the only contender who has actually held an elective office. The splintered field may actually help Powers, he reasoned, and said he has a strategy he’s not yet ready to reveal.

A Democrat has not yet surfaced there.

In the two other in-county Assembly district, Dan Buttermann, NYCM adjuster, Oneonta school board member and organizer of Ted-X Oneonta programs, is challenging first-term Republican John Salka of Brookfield, in the 121st, which includes Cooperstown and Oneonta.

In the 101st, incumbent Republican Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, is challenged for a second time by Chad McEvoy of Westford. The narrow district that runs from Utica to Orange County, called “The Catskill Snake,” includes Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland locally.

Van De Water Says He’s Running In 19th

Van De Water Says

He’s Running In 19th

Millbrook Lawyer Takes On Delgado

Kyle Van De Water, Millbrook, a former JAG lawyer and attorney in Poughkeepsie, is running for Congress.

MILLBROOK – Last week he won the support of the Otsego and Schoharie county Republican committees in a straw poll at the Worcester White House Inn.

Today, lawyer and Army veteran Kyle Van De Water made it official: He plans to run against first-term Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado in New York’s 19th District.

Van De Water has been doing what he did in Worcester last week:  asking for and receiving support of most of the county committees in the nine-county district.

“With the complete support of my wife and children, our family and friends, and now the majority of the Republican county committees that make up the 19th District, I am excited to announce that I am running for Congress,” he said in a press release.


Otsego Chamber Hosts

State Of The State Panel


STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit

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.

Will Impeachment Vote Since Delgado’s Future?

Will Impeachment Vote

Since Delgado’s Future?

GOP: Freshman Voted Against Constituents;

Democrats: He Was Following His Conscience

By JIM KEVLIN • Special To

Antonio Delgado in Oneonta recently. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.con)

COOPERSTOWN – Impeachment is part of the issue.

The other part is: By voting for President Trump’s impeachment, is freshman Congressman Anthony Delgado, D-19, endangering his chances of reelection?

Yes, said Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale: “He’s going against the majority of the will of his constituents, against how they voted in 2016.”

Regardless, Delgado had to do what he believes, said Otsego County Democratic Chairman Aimee Swan: “Regarding impeachment, we think that Congressman Delgado is doing a great job communicating his reasoning to the voters and we believe that he will continue to have the kind of broad support that got him elected.”

The U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote Wednesday, Dec. 18 – this edition went to press the night before – on two articles of impeachment against Trump, and Delgado announced Sunday the 15th that he would vote for both articles.

His colleague to the north, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi of Utica, D-22, reached the same conclusion, but it was a tougher one:  In 2018, He had very narrowly beaten the incumbent, Republican Claudia Tenney, 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent, and she’s challenging him in 2020.

Delgado has a little more breathing space: He beat incumbent Republican John Faso by a lesser margin, 50.4 percent, but Faso’s margin was winnowed to 46.2 percent by Green and Independent candidates also running in the 19th.

So far, Delgado is facing a Republican challenge from Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tony German of Oneonta, former commander of the state National Guard.  And perhaps a more formidable one: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran for governor last year.  Casale said to expect news about formidable entries “after the first of the year.”

Hartwick College Poly-Sci Professor Laurel Elder agreed with Casale and Swan’s formulations, summing it up as follows: “We know it’s a very divided district; there’s no way he can please everybody.”

Harkening back to 2018, however, she recalled that several Democrats in the Congressional primary were significantly to the left of Delgado.  If he hadn’t stepped forward on impeachment, he might have provoked a primary next June.

“There’s energy in the wings of the party,” she observed.

Regardless, Delgado (and Brindisi) fall into a category that is generating a lot of interest: Democratic congressmen elected in 2018 to districts – some, like the 19th, are being called “purple districts” – that supported Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump won the 19th by 6.8 percentile points, to Delgado’s 4.2.  (In Otsego County, Trump’s margin was greater, 51.85 percent to Clinton’s 40.72 percent, or 11.13 percentile points.  In 2018, Delgado won 48.97 percent of Otsego’s votes; Faso, 48.47 percent, or 0.5 percentile points.)

Since, statistically, members of Congress are most vulnerable when running for reelection after one term, a counter-sweep next November could put Congress back in Republicans hands just in time for the 2021 reapportionment that will follow the 2020 Census.

An indication of that significance: Both national newspapers, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, had reporters shadowing Delgado the week leading up to his announced he’ll support impeachment.

The Journal’s Natalie Andrews reported Delgado being greeted by “vote no on impeachment cries” and a single “yes on impeachment” cry on arriving at a Town Hall meeting in Highland, Ulster County. She spoke to voters similarly split on the congressman, although they all seemed to like him.

Echoing what Aimee Swan said, The Times’ Emily Cochrane said voting for impeachment “had made it all the more important for Mr. Delgado and Democrats like him to find ways to show voters they are getting  things done in Congress, which is why he is crisscrossing his district through flurries, working on local issues and connecting with constituents.”

And why Speaker Nancy Pelosi scheduled Wednesday’s impeachment vote between votes on muscular legislation, one to fund the government, the other on the new NAFTA.

Delgado’s job could depend on it; and Pelosi’s.

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