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Congressman Delgado

Delgado: Focus On Treatment, Not Incarceration, To End Opioid Epidemic

Delgado: Treatment, Not

Just Incarceration, Will

Help End Opioid Scourge

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Delgado

Drug courts and treatment, rather than immediately resorting to incarceration, are key to tackling the opioid-addiction epidemic, Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19,  said in a press conference this morning.

“The more we can get away from incarceration and toward treatment, the better,” he said.

Though he did not offer specifics, Delgado has been meeting with organizations ranging from hospitals providing medical treatment to community groups giving moral and psychological support to  addicts and their families during his in-district workweek.

COUNTY BOARD VIDEO: Delgado, Salka, Justice for Jill Focus When County Reps Meet

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Delgado, Salka, Justice for Jill

Focus When County Reps Meet

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, shakes hands with County Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-Oneonta, at the end of his surprise appearance at the Otsego County Board’s meeting on Oct. 2. The congressman discussed broadband, the opioid crisis and energy challenges facing the region. Also at the meeting, a resolution was passed supporting the goals of the “Justice for Gillian” campaign, and Assembly John Salka, R-Brookfield, briefed reps on issues in Albany that will have a local impact. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com video)
Is Delgado Risking Reelection Over Impeachment

Is Delgado Risking Reelection

Over Call For Impeachment?

Congressman Delgado

Within minutes of Antonio Delgado proclaiming his support for impeaching Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 23, the National Republican Campaign Committee declared it is the freshman 19th District congressman’s “political death sentence.”

It’s out of character, for sure. On issues to date, Delgado’s played it safe, focusing legislative efforts on agriculture, broadband and healthcare, knowing, regardless, little legislation sent from the Democratic House of Representatives to the Republican U.S. Senate is going anywhere.
He’s played it just right in what Otsego County’s Republican Chairman Vince Casale calls “a textbook definition of a swing district.”

What did he have to gain by coming out for impeachment?

The 19th District voters who supported impeachment –Democrats and some centrists, mostly – had nowhere to go except Delgado. Sensible centrism made sense for an out-of-district candidate in his vulnerable freshman year: build cred, firm up the base incrementally.
That’s out the window now.

“My impression is this is a pure moral, ethical stand,” said Richard Sternberg, Cooperstown, the Democratic strategist and his party’s Town of Otsego chairman. “Having identified and political risks, he’s basically making a courageous stand.”

Still, risky.

A look back on Election Night 2018 is illuminating, and shows vulnerability.

Delgado beat incumbent Republican John Faso handily by an 11.3 percent margin (147,873-132,873), but given the four-way race – remember the Green Party’s Steve Greenfield and independent Diane Neal, the “Law & Order SVU” actress? – he garnered less than a majority (48.6 percent) of the total vote.

We forget: Ulster County, a Democratic stronghold in the swing 19th, won the election for him. The Delgado lead there – it makes sense the congressman then established his district office in Kingston – was 19,052. Districtwide, he only won by 15,000.

And he only won four of 11 counties in the 19th: Otsego and Schoharie, both squeakers, the Dutchess portion just comfortably, plus Ulster.

Not a landslide. Reelection isn’t a sure thing.

Until the Sept. 23 announcement, Delgado had played it cool. It’s hard to think of any controversial stance on anything.

Maybe he simply got carried away by the Democratic fever that swept the House of Representatives over
the weekend of Sept. 21-22, after the Ukraine-gate surfaced.

Think 40 years ahead. A young lad is sitting on his grandfather’s lap, “What did you do in Congress,
Granpa?” Would grey-haired Delgado really want to reply, “Sat on the sidelines of history, Sonny.”

Casale presented an alternate scenario to Sternberg’s: “He’s scared of the left of center” – in Ulster County, if anywhere. “If he’s not with them, they will threaten him with a primary.”

Leading up to presstime this week, it appeared it may be, where goeth the polls, so goeth the presidency.
On Saturday the 28th, an NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll found 49 percent of Americans favored
impeachment – up 10 percent from April, when the Mueller Report was first released; 46 percent said impeachment was unnecessary.

By the next day, a CBS poll found 55 percent favored impeachment, to 45 percent saying it wasn’t warranted. Building, building… (Monday the 30th, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there WILL be a trial in the Senate if the House sends up articles of impeachment. Hmmm.)

But FiveThirtyEight, and pollsters who led the New York Times over a cliff in 2016, were expressing caution in the form of the “differential nonresponse bias.” – “If partisans on one side of a political question respond to a survey more readily than partisans on the other side, … the results in your poll won’t match the real-world opinion. “… Instead, the poll will be skewed by how willing some people are to respond to a survey.”

Given how sure-footed Antonio Delgado was in dispatching six Democratic primary challengers last year, then grinding down Faso, it’s interesting to see him bet all on this impeachment thing. It’s a plunge.

Delgado’s next local Town Hall meeting is 6-7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct 5, in the Cherry Valley Community Center, 2 Genesee St. Go and ask him about it.

On impeachment overall, waiting for the outcome of the 2020 presidential election – it’ll be here before we know it – would have been a better way to tamp down acrimony. But that’s not to be.

Delgado Talks Broadband, Energy, Housing At County Board Meeting

Delgado Talks Broadband,

Energy To County Board

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, stopped by the Otsego County Board of Representatives this morning to promote his upcoming Broadband Summit, which will include FCC chair Jeff Stark, on Friday, Oct. 4 at Columbia-Greene University. Delgado also spoke about the opioid crisis, housing and energy. With him is board chair David Bliss, R-Middlefield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.c0m)
Poverty-Fighting Forum To Include Congressman

Poverty-Fighting Forum

To Include Congressman

‘Faces Of Rural Poverty’ Producer

Planning Panels Oct. 5 At Foothills

Jeri Wachter

ONEONTA – After meeting with poverty-fighting officials in Oneonta earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, R-19, plans to return Saturday, Oct. 5, to participate in a public forum, “Living in Dignity and the Crisis of Poverty in Otsego and Delaware counties,” organized by the Faces of Rural Poverty organization.

Moderated by Jeri Wachter, executive producer of filmmaker Joe Stillman’s “Faces of Rural Poverty” documentary, the forum – 2-5 p.m. at Foothills – will address current issues in education, health care, housing, wages, and transportation.

Delgado’s Family Farm Bill Signed By President Trump

Delgado’s Family-Farm Bill

Signed By President Trump

Law Widens Bankruptcy Help For Farmers

Congressman Delgado

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s bi-partisan bill to aid family farmers during downturns in the agriculture economy was signed into law Friday by President Trump, the congressman’s office announced.

H.R. 2336, The Family Farmer Relief Act, eases the process of reorganizing debt through Chapter 12 bankruptcy rules, a tool created specifically to help family farmers during tough economic times. Delgado introduced the legislation in April with support from House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Reps. TJ Cox (D-Calif.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.). This legislation passed the House on July 26, the Senate on Aug. 2.

General’s 1st Mission: Can He Raise Enough?

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General’s 1st Mission:

Can He Raise Enough?

Oneonta’s German Challenge To Delgado

Intrigues Former Congressmen Gibson, Faso

Congressional candidate and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Anthony German and wife Diana pose with family, from left, Josh, 32, Zach, 24, Becca, 21, (a spring SUNY Oneonta grad, soon to be married) and Ben, 29. The sons followed their father into military service.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.ALLOTSEGO.com

Tony German and wife Diana at their home in the hills outside Oneonta.

ONEONTA – After 36 years in the New York State National Guard, retiring Feb. 2 at adjutant general, the top commander, Tony German’s career was guided by a set of values:  Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

That’s the code of the U.S. Air Force, he explained.

“I’m not going to change now,” he said Sunday, Aug. 18, in an interview at his Cemetery Hill home as he contemplates his latest challenge:  Running for the Republican nomination for 19th District congressman.  If he faces a GOP primary and wins next June, he’ll face the Democratic freshman, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado on Nov. 3, 2010.

Delgado Answers: Impeachment, Distilleries, Favorite Beer

Delgado Answers:

Impeachment, Distilleries,

Farmers, Favorite Beer

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

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.

USDA Secretary Perdue: Upstate Farms Important

USDA Secretary Perdue:

Upstate Farms Important

During a surprise visit to Chobani’s yogurt plant in West Edmeston yesterday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonnie Perdue emphasized the importance of farming to New York State’s economy. The visit following testimony before the House Agriculture Committee in February where, in under questioning by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, Perdue said the USDA has no responsibility to support Upstate farms if they were too small to be financially viable.  At Chobani, an international farm-product success story, Perdue appeared on a panel with U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.  (Photo courtesy WKTV)
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 Appoints 3 From Otsego County To Healthcare Pan

Streck, Kjolhede, Smith Named

Delgado Appoints 3

From Otsego County

To Healthcare Panel

Dr. Streck

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, included three Otsego County representatives to a 19th Congressional District Health Care Advisory Committee he announced yesterday to advise him on “skyrocketing costs of healthcare and on healthcare legislation before the House.”

They are Bassett Healthcare Network President Bill Streck, Dr. Chris Kjolhede, director of Bassett’s School-Based Health Center Program, and Sue Smith, Otsego County Health Department deputy director.

Delgado To Host Town Hall In Cooperstown On Monday

Delgado’s To Host 1st

In-County ‘Town Hall’

In Cooperstown Monday

Delgado

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.

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/AllOTSEGO.com)

Delgado Joins Congress’ Small Business Committee

Delgado Joins Congress’

Small Business Committee

Congressman Delgado’s official portrait.

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19th, today announced  he will serve as a member of the Small Business Committee.

The 19th Congressional District is home to over 27,000 small businesses, his office’s announcement reported.

“From simplifying bureaucracy for business owners to ensuring that they have access to federal loans and resources, serving as a member of this committee will allow me to help the small businesses that are vital to our local economy in Upstate New York,” Delgado was quoted as saying.

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