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Antonio Delgado

Delgado Answers: Impeachment, Distilleries, Favorite Beer

Delgado Answers:

Impeachment, Distilleries,

Farmers, Favorite Beer

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Congressman Delgado

Calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony last week “incredibly important” in an afternoon press conference call today, Rep. Antonio Delgado suggested he would support impeaching President Donald Trump if the president continued to “steamroll” the House’s investigations of him.

“I will weigh progress in our public hearings against the obstacles Trump is putting up,” Delgado said. “If that reaches an impasse, then we have to make a decision.”

Delgado’s statement indicated a shift from his emphasis on unity and impeachment being perceived as “a purely partisan political act” in his Oneonta town hall last Saturday, July 27.  But since then, more Democrats – both members of Congress and presidential candidates – have called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment.

At Roots Town Hall, Delgado Stresses Unity

At Roots Town Hall,

Delgado Stresses Unity

Congressman Antonio Delgado packed the house at a Town Hall at Roots, where he spoke about the “devastating” conditions at the detention centers at the border, concerns about election interference and stressed bipartisanship. (Ian Austin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Delgado shakes hands with County Rep. Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta.

ONEONTA – Unity. Finding common ground. Bipartisanship.

These themes ran through U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s packed Town Hall meeting Saturday evening at Roots in downtown Oneonta – his 17th since being elected last November. When he was asked twice if he supported impeaching President Donald Trump, he said no both times.

“I can’t stand up here in this Town Hall and talk to you about how important it is to find common ground and bipartisanship…then say, rush to the first flames we can and stoke the division,” Delgado said.

Delgado’s 17th Town Hall Due Saturday In County

5-7 p.m. At Roots, Oneonta

Delgado’s 17th Town Hall

Due Saturday In County

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, has scheduled his 17th Town Hall meeting since taking office in January for 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Roots, the Oneonta microbrewery.

“I am looking forward to talking with folks about the priorities most important to their families and communities,” Delgado said in a press release issued today.  “Town Halls are an essential part of my job to represent every constituent.”

Delgado Sponsors Resolution Celebrating Colgate’s 200th

Brindisi, Scanlon Join 19th Representative

Delgado Sponsors Resolution

Celebrating Colgate’s 200th

Congressman Delgado addressed Colgate’s graduates in May.

Today, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, and two of his colleagues introduced legislation applauding his alma mater, Colgate University, on its 200th anniversary.

He was joined by his Upstate colleague, Rep.  Anthony Brindisi, the Utica Democrat, and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Colgate alumna and Democrat who represents the Philadelphia suburbs.

A member of the Class of 1999, Delgado delivered this year’s commencement address at the university, which has many Otsego County alumni, ranging from Attorney Michael Getman, the Oneonta city prosecutor, to John Odell, the Hall of Fame curator.

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 To Give Colgate Commencement Address

Delgado To Give Colgate

Commencement Address

Congressman Antonio Delgado at his 1999 graduation from Colgate University, where he will return to give the 2019 commencement address on Sunday.

HAMILTON – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will give the commencement address at his alma mater, Colgate University, this Sunday, May 19, the college announced today.

A 1999 graduate of the college, Delgado majored in philosophy and political science, graduating magna cum laude and earning Phi Beta Kappa membership.

He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving a second degree in the school’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, then returned to the United States to earn his JD from Harvard Law School in 2005.

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.
Politicians Much Seen At Cooperstown Bat

Politicians Much Seen

At Cooperstown Bat

Tim and Connie Haney’s Cooperstown Bat Co. was on the political circuit this week. Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, stopped by Tuesday to announce stepped-up funding to combat the Emerald Ash Borer, scourge of ash trees, a popular wood for bats. Yesterday, who showed up but Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, on a day’s excursion from Rhinebeck with wife Lacey and their twin sons.
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.”

Release Full Report,Delgado Asks Barr

Release Full Report,

Delgado Asks Barr

Mueller Found No Coordination,

Conspiracy With Russia, AG Says

By JIM KEVLIN  • Special to

Congressman Delgado

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, this evening called for release of Special Counsel Robert Muller’s full report.

“The American public has called for the release of the full Mueller report,” he said in a statement released a few moments ago.  “And Congress unanimously voted for its release. “To date, we have a four-page summary. Before rushing to comment, I believe it is important for the full report to be released,” he said.

U.S. Attorney William Barr this afternoon released a letter to Congress outlining the Muller report’s findings, saying the two-year investigation found no evidence President Donald Trump “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the the 2016 election.



Delgado:  Trump Budget Helps Rich, But Hurts Everyone Else

Delgado: Trump Budget Helps

Rich, But Hurts Everyone Else


U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, said President Trump’s proposed budget, sent to Congress today, “continues to throw tax breaks at the wealthy few at the expense of communities here at home in Upstate New York.”

In a statement from Washington D.C., the freshman Congressman said the Trump budget “puts forth billions for a wall that Congress squarely rejected, and increases military spending beyond what the Pentagon asked for while calling for drastic cuts in the programs that actually help folks here.

Steady Stream Of Voters At Delgado’s Open House
Congressman Opens Otsego County Office

Steady Stream Of Voters

At Delgado’s Open House

At the open house at his new Oneonta office this afternoon, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, listens to retired Hartwick College biology professor Laura Malloy explain why it was important to invest in local businesses and green technology instead of in big corporations and fossil fuels. In his welcoming remarks, Delgado said he will continue to do “Town Hall” meetings throughout the district because his priority is to be accessible to his constituents. “There is a genuine thirst for this level of representation,” he said.  Delgado’s new office is on the fifth floor of  189 Main St., sharing space with Otsego Now and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. It is Delgado’s third office in 19th District and will be open 10 a.m-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. (Jennifer Hill/
Delgado Wins Accolades On 1st Cooperstown Visit Since His Nov. 6 Victory

Delgado Wins Accolades

On 1st Cooperstown Visit

Since His Nov. 6 Victory

400+ Crowd Packs Village Hall Ballroom

The high-energy crowd included, foreground, the Catholic deacon Randy Velez of Cooperstown and, behind him from right, former mayor Jeff Katz and wife Karen, and Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope.  Is that Bill Waller, former Village Republican chair, in the back row?  (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Congressman Delgado was “articulate, principled and honest,” former Village Democratic chair Richard Sternberg said.

COOPERSTOWN – Small farms, rural broadband, the National Debt and the Muller Investigation – Congressman Antonio Delgado was there to answer it all.

“I take pride in representing this district,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of truly diverse districts like ours in D.C., so their representatives aren’t motivated to find common ground. My hope is that we can all come together and be civil.”

Delgado hosted a “Town Hall” for 400 participants in the Village Hall’s ballroom 22 Main Street this afternoon, his first in Cooperstown since he defeated Republican John Faso Nov. 6.







At this hour, freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, is speaking in Cooperstown’s Village Hall’s ballroom to packed house of perhaps as many as 400 people in his first “town meeting” in Otsego County since his Nov. 6 election.  In opening remarks, he expressed satisfaction that the 19th is one of the few “diverse” districts in the nation, split among Democrats, Republicans and independents.  Compared to districts that are more monolithic in their voters’ points of view, this requires him to seek compromise, which he said is his natural inclination anyhow.  The “Town Meeting” is scheduled to continue until at least 1:30.  Inset, Rita and Leo Tetenes, lower left, of Worcester, were among attendees from around the county, and there were even some Republicans, including county board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, and newly elected Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who said he received an invitation to the event.  The congressman will be in Oneonta 2-4 p.m. Wednesday to open his county office on the fifth floor of 189 Main.  (Jim Kevlin/



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