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Congressman Antonio Delgado

Delgado Introduces Bill To Connect Small Farms, Local Schools

Delgado Introduces Bill To

Connect Small Farms, Schools

Congressman Delgado

Congressman Antonio Delgado, NY-19, has co-sponsored the bipartisan Small Farm to School Act, an eight-state pilot program where public schools would be reimbursed at a higher rate for sourcing school lunches from small farmers under the National School Lunch Program.

“Our family farmers are essential to our way of life in upstate New York, and we should be looking for every opportunity to support our small businesses and farmers, while helping our young people access more nutritious food,” said Rep. Antonio Delgado, member of the Agriculture Committee. “The Small Farm to School Act which would reimburse schools at a higher rate for sourcing their school lunches from local farms and incentivize partnerships between our upstate producers and public schools to help get more locally grown foods into schools.”

Cooperstown Rotary Applauds Delgado

Cooperstown Rotary

Applauds Delgado

Detail In Congressman’s Remarks Lauded

Introduced by Cooperstown’s Richard Sternberg, a state Democratic Committee member, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, acknowledges applause at today’s noontime Cooperstown Rotary Club meeting at The Otesaga. At left are Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and her predecessor, Jeff Katz; at right, Melinda Hardin, a Democratic activist. Delgado’s description of his legislative efforts ranged from aid to small farms, to combining all federal regulatory requirements on one website, to creating a Medicaid- or Medicare-based “public option” to encourage health-insurance competition, to a $50 billion Rebuild Rural America Act, which would bypass state government and provide block grants directly to localities. Attorney Bob Birch told Delgado that no congressman who has addressed the club in his 30 years as a Rotarian had spoken with such specificity. Delgado planned a stop in Oneonta later in the afternoon. At right, Jim Miles, a consultant with The Leatherstocking Corp., which owns The Otesaga, and Otsego General Manager/Vice President John Shideler, brief the congressman on tourism-related issues. (Jim Kevlin /

Delgado Honors Youth Who Lives By Micah 6:8


Delgado Honors Youth

Who Lives By Micah 6:8

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, presents the Micah 6:8 award Sunday to Pierre S. Jeune, a graduating senior at Hudson High School.

HUDSON –  Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, Sunday present the Micah 6:8 Award to Hudson High School senior Pierre S. Jeune, as an examplar of living by that Biblical tract: “act justly, love mercey and walk humbly with your God.”

Delgado, who represents Otsego County, made the presentation at the Hudson Interfaith Council’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service at Shiloh Baptist Church.

At SUNY, Delgado Hears Student Veteran Struggles

At SUNY, Delgado Hears

Student Veteran Struggles

SUNY Oneonta student Matthew Williams, an Army veteran who served for five and a half years and recently enrolled at the college, addresses his financial struggles at a meeting with Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19. Delgado met with student veterans today at the Morris Conference Center on campus to discuss methods to support them, both financially and in legislature.

“My main grievances are with the V.A.,” said Williams, who told the Congressman he was not getting the housing allowance he was promised after enrolling in classes at SUNY Oneonta. He left the Army early in order to start school in September and has relied on his wife, who works a full-time job to support him and his two children. “We will try and figure out what we can do on that front,” says Delgado, who has been actively trying to implement legislature aimed at helping veterans. SUNY Oneonta president Barbara Jean Morris, pictured left, was also in attendance.

He is part of a large number of veterans that aren’t getting the financial assistance they need once they return home. Even the few that get back on their feet will still be burdened by their financial history because their credit score will have been negatively affected by their struggles. In a lot of states, your credit history can have a big impact on your homeowner’s insurance rates and also any rates on things like auto loans. This means that they need to look for one of the Credit Cards to Build Credit and take steps to improve their credit score once more. While it’s good the veterans have this option, it can often take a long time to get their credit score to a place that will allow them to start saving money because of it.

(James Cummings/

Delgado: Invest in Health Care, Housing To Solve Poverty


Invest In Health Care,

Housing, U.S. Rep. Says

Rep. Antonio Delgado,NY-19, was one of the featured speakers at “Living with Dignity & the Crisis of Poverty in Otsego & Delaware Counties,” held at the Foothills Performing Arts Center this afternoon. “We have the highest level of inequality in the country…the working poor is the fastest growing class in America today…and we are dead last in labor mobility.” The event was organized and moderated by Jeri Wachter, executive producer of filmmaker Joe Stillman’s “Faces of Rural Poverty.” Sitting at the table are speakers Dr. Karen Joest, professor of Child and Family Studies at SUNY Oneonta, JoAnne Bragonier, Program Manager for Catholic Charities Housing Oneonta, Timothy Peters, Executive Director of Otsego Rural Housing Assistance, Inc. and City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig. (Jennifer Hill/
Oneonta General Set To Challenge Delgado In 19th


Oneonta General

Set To Challenge

Delgado In 19th

Recently Retired, Tony German

Commanded All State’s Forces

On his promotion to lead the state’s Air National Guard in 2015, General German paid a courtesy call to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, his senator. The following March, Governor Cuomo named German the state 53rd adjutant general, in charge of all the state’s forces.

ONEONTA – An Oneontan, Maj. Gen. Anthony German, who retired as New York State’s top military officer Feb. 2, is planning to challenge freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, in next year’s election, county Republican chairman Vince Casale confirmed a few minutes ago.

The Times Union is reporting that German planned to file his paperwork this morning with the state Board of Elections.

Raised in Schoharie County, German graduate from SUNY Oneonta (and also is a graduate of the Naval War College.)  While rising to the top of the state’s Air National Guard, and then to lead all 20,000 of New York military, Oneonta continued to be his home.

He and wife, Diana, raised four children here, Josh, Ben, Zach and Bekah.

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.

Impeachment Would Be Good For Nation; Delgado Shouldn’t Resist Initiating Steps

Impeachment Would

Be Good For Nation;

Delgado Shouldn’t

Resist Initiating Steps

To the Editor:

This is a copy of a letter I sent to Congressman Antonio Delgado.

Dear Congressman Delgado,

It was a pleasure talking with you at the Middleburgh Town Hall. I was the person who asked the first question. We have the same goals, just a different approach.

I brought up the idea that an impeachment inquiry will prevent President Trump from preemptively pardoning persons, as was the case of Ford pardoning Nixon, and more recently by Trump pardoning Arpaio. The impeachment inquiry will, in my estimation, lead to possible convictions while preventing an abuse of the pardon power.

Here is a hypothetical:

Attorney General William Barr has been found in contempt by the Judiciary Committee; he still needs to be found in contempt by the full Congress.

After being found in contempt of Congress, Barr will fight the ruling in court. Assuming he loses in court, Congress will then impose penalties. Barr then continues to refuse to testify, in the end Trump simply pardons Barr, nothing was accomplished. Barr doesn’t testify and walks away from any consequences.

I again cite the Constitution: “The President… shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” Impeachment is necessary.

You also brought up several reasons to delay impeachment where I disagree. During the Town Hall, I didn’t want to debate you, I remained silent; I respect you and did not want to keep interrupting, therefore I would like to outline some of the points where we differ:

1) Process: The “process” is an impeachment, not some new invented process. We are better off holding an impeachment inquiry instead of several ad hoc hearings. Witnesses will then know they will not be able to “weasel out” of jeopardy with the issuance of a pardon, all six proceedings under one umbrella. The facts will come out by starting the impeachment inquiry, it doesn’t need to end quickly.

I can make an argument for holding impeachment hearings into the election if the delaying tactics by Trump continue. Impeachment will give you unencumbered access to the Grand Jury information that Robert Barr is withholding.

2) Senate: The argument is that impeachment won’t pass the Senate; then why are you passing legislation that also won’t pass Senate? The act of starting an impeachment inquiry is an accomplishment. If there are impeachment hearings, and as evidence comes out, it will become harder for senators to politically defend Trump without running the risk of losing re-election.

Remember, when Watergate started, no Republican senator was in favor of removal; that changed when it no longer served their political purpose. Put the Senate on record.

3) Divide: That impeachment will divide the country is a fallacy. The country is already divided by Trump’s actions. It is difficult to become more divided. Right now less than one-third of the people in the country are determining the fate of the two-thirds majority. An impeachment inquiry can only help to bring the country back together.

4) Precedent: Impeachment, if not now, then when, or ever? You will be negating your Constitutional duty and allowing for an Imperial Presidency to exist where an elected dictator will do whatever he/she wants without regard to his/her subjects. That is a terrible precedent to set.

We agree there are urgent needs facing the country, from the Russian interference to combating Climate Change, as well as dozens of other very important issues. You’ve already passed over 50 legislative acts to take us into future. I commend you. We now need you to immediately end the obstruction of justice by the criminals in office with an impeachment inquiry, otherwise no meaningful legislation will ever become law.


Delgado: Medicare-X Is ‘What It Means To Deliver’

Delgado: Medicare-X Is

‘What It Means To Deliver’

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


During his recent campaign, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado heard the same question, he told members of the 19th District press corps this morning,

“No matter the county, no matter the party, individuals have asked me about rising health care costs and what we can do about the lack of affordable care,” he said during a 9 a.m.  conference call, where he detailed Medicare-X, a middle-way concept reflected in a bill he introduced Monday.

“In creating a public option in Medicare-X, that’s what it means to deliver. First and foremost, I am hearing the people on the ground and representing their interests,” he said

Delgado’s bill, he said, creates a public option in the existing healthcare system that is open to anyone regardless of age or income. However, individuals may keep private or employer-covered insurance coverage if they choose.

Congressman Delgado To Open Oneonta Office

Congressman Delgado

To Open Oneonta Office

Congressman Delgado’s official portrait.

ONEONTA – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will open his office in the Otsego Now offices at 189 Main St. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

“Having an office in Oneonta was always going to be a key priority of mine. I’m very glad we’ll be opening the doors next week,” said Delgado. “Accessibility and transparency are key priorities of mine, and offices help ensure that we can make it as easy as possible for folks to share their views and get assistance with federal services.”

Delgado To Serve On Ag, Transportation Committees

Delgado To Serve On Ag,

Transportation Committees

Congressman Delgado

In the 116th Congress, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, will serve on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“From Day One I’ve said I want to focus on the priorities of our district, and these committee assignments will give me the ability to do that every day in Congress,” said Delgado.

Delgado ‘Will Work Hard With Anyone’ To Stop Shutdown

Delgado ‘Will Work

Hard With Anyone’

To Stop Shutdown

He Reviews Top Issues With Press

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Congressman Delgado confers with Congressman John Lewis, the Hero of Selma. (Twittered by Delgado office)

Otsego County’s new congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, began work in Washington D.C. today, but many of his fellow federal workers weren’t on the job.

“It is incredibly irresponsible to find us in this position,” Delgado said in a conference call this morning with reporters from 19th District news outlets. “We do right by the people when we keep the government open for the people.”

He pledged to “work hard with anyone” to pass a spending bill that will re-open the government.

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