Today, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law.
The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections not just in the workplace, but in every place – in employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations.
“Our LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and family deserve access to the same rights and protections as every other American,” said Delgado.
ONEONTA – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will give the keynote address at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the State breakfast, held over Zoom this year at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
According to organizer Alan Rubin, Interim President/CEO, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, and Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, are also confirmed to be in attendance, with more speakers to be announced.
The event, which is sponsored by Community Bank, is free.
In effect, the Republican Party this season failed to field a candidate against freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado in the 19th District, which includes Otsego County.
While a contest can sharpen an incumbent’s resolve, Delgado – except for voting “aye” on impeachment – has pretty much done everything right in his first term.
First, he’s been present, holding more than two-dozen town hall meetings district-wide, including at Oneonta, Cooperstown and Cherry Valley, and showing up with his family at such places as the Cooperstown Bat Company.
He was at a poverty summit at Foothills last year, and followed up with special funding to Opportunities for Otsego. That’s one of many examples of his attentiveness.
And he’s educated himself on farming, challenges facing small business, broad-
band and other regional challenges. Most astonishingly, he has sponsored legislation of sufficient breadth to pass the Republican Senate and get signed into law by the Republican in chief.
He’s certainly earned reelection, as the Republican Party and major GOP donors seem to have concluded, too.
As of Oct. 14, Delgado had raised $5,689,567 toward his reelection. His challenger, a Poughkeepsie lawyer, Kyle Van De Water, had raised $130,381; that’s 2.3 percent of his opponent’s take.
Van de Water was further damaged, as if that were necessary, by the Ola Hawatmeh sideshow. The St. Louis fashion designer, by way of Poughkeepsie, lost the Republican primary, but continues on as an independent. Her signs are everywhere around here, compared to few to none for Van de Water.
What’s that all about?
Looking ahead, a Delgado victory may work for us in another way.
If Joe Biden wins the presidency, our junior U.S. senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, has been mentioned for a Cabinet post. And Delgado’s been mentioned, if that happens, as the leading prospect to fill the Gillibrand vacancy.
Having one of two U.S. senators with such an understanding of Otsego County and the rest of the 19th as Delgado, and all the local contacts he’s developed in the past two years, can’t hurt us.
This may be his local swansong, anyhow. With New York State looking to lose two Congressional districts in next year’s redistricting, one scenario has Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney retiring, and his 18th District in the Hudson Valley being folded into Delgado’s 19th.
If that happens, it’s likely Otsego County could be folded back into a Central New York District – Democrat Anthony Brindisi’s (or Republican Claudia Tenney’s) Utica-based 22nd.
Thinking back on Sherry Boehlert’s and Mike Arcuri’s congressional tenures, that sounds pretty good. After all, the Hudson Valley is a long
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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 ⬇️
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.”