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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/



Delgado To Host Town Hall In Cooperstown On Monday

Delgado’s To Host 1st

In-County ‘Town Hall’

In Cooperstown Monday


COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, will host his first in-county “Town Hall” meeting 12:30-1:30 Monday, Feb. 18 – President’s Day – in the ballroom at Village Hall, 22 Main St.

This is Delgado’s first event in Otsego County since a thank-you reception he hosted in Oneonta after the Nov. 6 election.

Last week, there was a “soft opening” of Delgado’s Otsego County office in Otsego Now’s headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main St., Oneonta.  An official opening is planned when the congressman can be there.

U.S. Companies Seeing Profit In Climate Change


U.S. Companies

Seeing Profit

In Climate Change

Editor’s Note: Paula DiPerna of Cooperstown, a special adviser with CDP-North America (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), which tracks companies’ environmental performance, testified Wednesday, Feb. 6, before the House Committee on Natural Resources.  Here is an excerpt, discussing opportunities for business among Climate Change’s challenges.

Paula DiPerna, herself a former Congressional candidate, confers with U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, after testifying before the House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington D.C

The withdrawal (from the Paris Agreement) has left the U.S. as the
only nation on earth to stand outside the circle of consensus that Climate Change must be addressed, not only because of the risks it poses, but the extraordinary
opportunities that addressing it represents as we redesign, retool, rebuild and refit almost all our critical infrastructure, generating jobs and helping the U.S. regain dominance of 21st century technological innovation and manufacturing.
For example, in Maryland,

National Republicans Aim To Unseat Delgado In 2020

National Republicans Aim

To Unseat Delgado In 2020

Antonio Delgado

He’s barely taken his seat, but U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, is already in the crosshairs of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which today announced its “initial targets” for 2020.

These 55 seats are currently held by vulnerable Democrats and represent prime pickup opportunities for Republicans, the NRCC said.

“Freedom or socialism – that’s the choice in 2020,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer.

At Hearing, Delgado Urges Rural Broadband Expansion

At Hearing, Delgado Urges

Rural Broadband Expansion

WASHINGTON – At today’s Small Business Committee hearing on under-served businesses, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, said rural broadband needs to be expanded so businesses can prosper in Upstate New York.

“In parts of my district, I drive by large signs that read, ‘broadband coming soon.’ It’s a sight that is hard to imagine in New York, in the USA, in the 21st Century,” Delgado stated.

Delgado Meets With Small Business Community In Oneonta

Rep. Delgado Meets With

Small Business Community

Ahead of opening his Oneonta office on Thursday, Feb. 7, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, met with members of Otsego County’s small business community at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel this afternoon. “I’m best equipped as your advocate when I have spoken to you” he told, seated from left, Michelle Catan, Small Business Development Center director; Jill Morgan-Meek, owner, Transitions Boutique; Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky, and developer Ed May. The discussion was hosted by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, and earlier that afternoon, Delgado spoke with the Leatherstocking Young Farmers. At right, Jason Tabor, Principal Financial Group of Cooperstown and President, Friends of Bassett, engages Delgado on his thoughts about solving the county’s housing crisis. (Ian Austin/

Delgado Visits Coast Guard, Unpaid During U.S. Shutdown

Delgado Visits Coast Guard,

Unpaid During U.S. Shutdown

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, visited the U.S. Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation team at Saugerties on the Hudson River over the weekend to reassure sailors who are going unpaid during the government shutdown.  “We’re talking about a military department, the first in history that has not been paid,” he told WAMC yesterday.  “So I want to just make sure, tour the facilities, understand the dynamics here on the ground, and let them know that I’m here to help any way that I can.”


Delgado To Refuse Paycheck Until End Of U.S. Shutdown

Delgado To Refuse Paycheck

Until End Of U.S. Shutdown

Antonio Delgado issues statement from his D.C. office: If workers won’t get federal paychecks, neither will he.

With federal employees in Upstate New York and across the country missing their first paycheck Friday because of the government shutdown, U.S. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, today said he will be asking the House of Representatives chief administrative officer to withhold his pay as long as the shutdown continues.

“As someone who grew up in a working-class family in Schenectady,” said Delgado in a statement issued from his Washington D.C. office. ” I understand what a paycheck means for a family, whether it’s for paying for groceries or filling a prescription, paying the rent—no one should have to put their lives on hold because of our inability here to find common ground and reopen the government.”

Delgado Co-Sponsors 1st Bill: ‘For The People’ Legislation

Delgado Co-Sponsors 1st Bill:

‘For The People’ Legislation

Congressman Delgado

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, yesterday cosponsored his first piece of legislation, H.R. 1, the “For the People” Act, aimed at “addressing the imbalance of corporate power to make government work for the people,” according to a press release.

The package aims to reduce corporate money in politics, enhance voting rights, expand conflict-of-interest law, require greater transparency for lobbyists, and end gerrymandering by requiring states to create independent redistricting commissions.

Otsego County Office?  Maybe Mobil One, Delgado Suggests


Otsego County Office?  Maybe

Mobile One, Delgado Suggests

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado today said he couldn’t “say for sure” he would open an office in Otsego County.

Calling New York’s District 19 constituents his “North Star,” Delgado said he is opening offices in Delhi and in Kingston this month, but he is still deciding whether there will be an “actual physical office (in Otsego County) or a mobile office.”

Delgado Thanks Volunteers, Supporters In Oneonta

At Oneonta Victory Event,

Delgado Thanks Supporters

Just back from his Washington D.C. initiation, Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado, D-19, thanks volunteers at a victory gathering this afternoon at his Oneonta field office on Dietz Street.  Delgado thanked all the volunteers and supporters who, he said, knocked on more than 200,000 doors on the days leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms to encourage people to get out and vote. Following his speech, people lined up the thank the Delgado and get their pictures taken with him. Above, Oneonta’s NAACP President Lee Fisher and wife Joanne congratulate Delgado on his victory over Congressman John Faso. (Ian Austin/

Canvass Gives Delgado Otsego


Canvass Gives

Delgado Otsego

Antonio Delgado chats with Anne Geddes Atwell, right, the former Otsego town supervisor, and Jeannine Webster, Cooperstown, during his introduction to the county in May 2017 at a forum at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club. ( file photo)

MIDDLEFIELD – The canvass of Nov. 6 ballots that ended yesterday confirmed Richard J. Devlin Jr. as sheriff and John Salka as 121st District Assemblyman.

But it did change one local tally: Democrat Antonio Delgado, who trailed incumbent Congressman John Faso, R-19th, on Election Night, ended up winning Otsego County by 110 votes.

The final tally in Otsego County was 10,675 (48.9 percent) for Delgado vs. 10,565 (48.47 percent) for Faso.

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