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Delgado Bill Proposes Whole Milk, Healthy Kids


Delgado Bill Proposes

Whole Milk, Healthy Kids

Congressman Delgado

WASHINGTON – Otsego County’s Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, (NY-19) and Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson have introduced the bipartisan Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2021, which allows for unflavored and flavored whole milk to be offered in school cafeterias.

It “will help young people maintain a healthy diet while supporting our upstate dairy farmers and processors,” said Delgado. “This legislation is good for young people and good for our dairy producers in today’s tough farm economy.”

Delgado Plans ‘Town Hall’ On American Rescue Plan

Delgado Plans ‘Town Hall’

On American Rescue Plan


Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will hold a virtual town hall focused on the American Rescue Plan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

This week, the House will vote to pass the American Rescue Plan, which includes a provision introduced by Rep. Delgado that delivers $130.2 billion to local governments across the US. Rep. Delgado’s funding formula will bring over $400 million directly to local governments in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Zoom Town Hall Meeting Planned By Congressman

Zoom Town Hall Meeting

Planned By Congressman

Delgado To Brief Public On COVID Relief

Congressman Delgado

Otsego County’s congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will host a telephone “town hall” meeting via Zoom at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

He will brief attendees on the House’s COVID-19 relief package, which he said would deliver an estimated total of more than $400 million in direct federal funding to counties, towns, and villages across the 19th District.  He will also answer questions from the public.

Participate, dial (855) 905-3295 to join the town hall, or view by clicking here.

DELGADO: I’ll Focus On What 19th District Needs


DELGADO: I’ll Focus On

What 19th District Needs

Antonio Delgado’s wife Lacey and their twin sons – Coltrane, left, and Maxwell – joined him in Washington D.C. Sunday as he was sworn in for a second term. (From Congressman Delgado’s Facebook page)

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Otsego County’s Congressman Antonio Delgado’s State of the District address Monday, Jan. 4, the day after he was sworn in for a second term at the U.S. Capitol.

Accessibility, accountability, transparency. To me, these are not just words—they are my creed. I can’t promise that we will always see eye-to-eye on a particular issue.

But I can and do promise you that I will listen to your views, that I will treat them and you with respect, and that, whether we agree on an issue or not, I will explain my position to you.

As I look ahead at my second term in office, these principles will continue to guide me.

I will remain a member of the Committees on Small Business, Agriculture, and Transportation & Infrastructure – not the most high-profile committees in Congress, by any means,
but by far the most important for the needs of our district.

That’s where I want to be.

Using my leverage on these committees, I will redouble my efforts to help our 27,000 small businesses and self-employed individuals thrive despite challenging economic

I will keep fighting to ensure that our more than 5,000 farms – the backbone of both our upstate economy and our rural way of life – can compete in today’s farm economy.

And I will keep pushing for investments in our region’s infrastructure – from roads, to rail, to broadband, to cell service, to hospitals, to public schools, to affordable housing – so that we can ensure a healthier, safer, and more productive future for ourselves and our children.

Our first order of business in this new Congress, however, will be to confront the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While public health experts tell us that the darkest days of the pandemic have yet to come – and it is essential that we remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to keep our loved ones safe – we can find hope in the fact that the scientific community has produced a safe and effective vaccine in record time.

As of today, New York has administered more than 275,000 vaccine doses with almost 500,000 more doses on hand. While the vaccine rollout in New York and across the nation has gotten off to a slower than anticipated start, I’m confident that our state and our country will continue to accelerate the rate of vaccinations in the coming months.

To that end, it is imperative that Congress provides more funding for state and local governments to support those on the ground doing the heavy lifting of coordinating the vaccine’s distribution.

“As some of you know, I received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine here in D.C. on Dec. 18, and I will receive my second and final shot here this coming Friday. I took the vaccine upon the advice of the attending physician and consistent with continuity of government guidelines.

But I also took the vaccine to show that the vaccine is safe, and to demonstrate my trust in the public health officials whose expertise and advice has so often been ignored and undermined by those in elected office since the pandemic began.

As I travel back and forth between home and Washington and then make my way all across the district engaging with constituents about the health and the safety of the vaccine, my goal is to build trust and faith in this treatment. When I look someone in the eye and urge them to get vaccinated, I want them to know that I’ve done it, myself.

We have seen the impact of inconsistent leadership on important measures like mask-wearing, and I believe it is critical to clear up any confusion there may be around the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

I will continue to put my faith in this treatment while also ensuring that New York State, and the local governments therein, from counties to hamlets, have all the federal support needed to continue to roll out the vaccine at home.

In closing, I want to say how honored I am to be representing New York’s 19th District for another term. It has been the privilege of a lifetime. On Sunday, I took a sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution and faithfully discharge the duties of this office.

Tonight, I make another pledge to you: that I will continue to listen to your concerns and priorities for our nation; that I will always put what is right for our community above what is easy but wrong; and that I will strive to be an effective representative for everyone in our district.

Thank you, and God bless you.”

Congressman Delgado, now living in Rhinebeck, is a Colgate and Harvard Law School graduate, a Rhodes Scholar, and an experienced litigator on his election in 2018.

Delgado To Headline Virtual State Of The State Breakfast

Delgado Keynotes Virtual

State Of State Breakfast

Herzig, Tague Will Also Give Remarks


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.

To Register, Click Here

Delgado Plans ‘Virtual Town Hall’ At 7 Today

You Can Listen In, Ask Questions

Delgado Plans ‘Virtual

Town Hall’ At 7 Today

Congressman Delgado

WASHINGTON – Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, today at 7 p.m. is planning a Facebook Live Town Hall to update his Upstate constituents and answer their questions.

NY-19 residents are invited to tune into the congressman’s Facebook page this evening with their questions and concerns, or submit questions in advance by clicking here.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have prioritized transparency, accountability and accessibility to everyone in our region, irrespective of party affiliation,” said Delgado in announcing the event.

During his first term, Delgado held 47 town halls, including 35 in-person events, and 12 virtual town halls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

60 Applaud Delgado At Cooperstown Stop

60 Applaud Delgado

At Cooperstown Stop

Some 60 Democrats hailed incumbent Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, on a campaign and sign-distribution stop a few minutes ago in Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park.  Top photo, he chats with Layla Butterman, 8, of Oneonta, who attended with her dad Dan, who is running for state Assembly against incumbent John Salka, R-Brookfield.  Others, from left, are party activists Melinda Harden and Richard Sternberg, both of Cooperstown, and former Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz.  Inset, Paula Diperna, who ran for Congress from Otsego County’s district in the 1990s, advises Delgado on climate policy.  Delgado is being challenged by Republican Kyle van de Water, a Dutchess County lawyer.  Delgado continued on to a campaign event in Canajoharie.  (Jim Kevlin/

Delgado Featured On Panel On Local Childcare Shortage

Delgado Featured On Panel

On Local Childcare Shortage

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will be among the speaker at 9 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 6, at an Otsego County Chamber “virtual roundtable” on access to affordable, high-quality childcare.

The discussion, including businesspeople, elected officials, child-care providers and neuroscientist Dr. Sloka Iyengar, a consultant with Phase Five Communications, New York City.

The program is co-sponsored by ReadyNation, a Washington D.C. consultancy focused on workforce issues and children.

Delgado Bill Extends Business Debt Relief Until February 2021

Delgado Bill Extends

Business Debt Relief

Until February 2021

Congressman Delgado

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, yesterday joined U.S. Sens. Chris Coons and Ben Cardin, Democrats from Delaware and Maryland respectively, in introducing the Small Business Debt Relief Extension Act to extend debt relief due to expire at the end of the month through next February.

Hundreds of thousands of organizations nationwide have taken advantage of debt reliefs in his Small Business Repayment Relief Act that was part of the CARES Act, Delgado said.

“Still, it is clear from my conversations with owners and employees across NY-19 that folks need more support,” he said.  The new bill allows “more entrepreneurs to access relief and further extending qualified loan payments for businesses hardest-hit.”

LEWIS HAMILTON: Rabid Bat? Play Ball!


Rabid Bat? Play Ball!

To the Editor,

Your last edition shows a photo of Congressman Delgado briefing the proprietor of the Cooperstown Bat Company. Immediately beneath in large bold print: “2 Infected in Cooperstown by  Rabid Bat.”

Journalistic levity or Steele Dossier class opposition research?

Respectfully submitted,

Delgado Seeks Advice From Local Merchants

After Oneonta, He Visits Cooperstown

Delgado Seeks Advice

From Local Merchants

After stopping in Oneonta, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, continued on to Cooperstown, where he canvased  Main Street with Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Village Trustees Cindy Falk and Richard Sternberg, asking business people about pandemic impacts on local business.  Here, he pauses at Kate’s Upstate, where he met with co-proprietor Jess Lanza, the new Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce president.  Delgado, a freshman, is being challenged by Republican Kyle Van De Water, a Dutchess County lawyer, in the Nov. 3 election.  ( photo)
Delgado Meets With Business Owners On Main Street Tour

Delgado Talks Shop

On Main Street Tour

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, bought Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent,” on recommendation from Jim Havener, owner of the Green Toad Bookstore, during his tour of Oneonta businesses this morning. Accompanied by Mayor Gary Herzig and Council member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, he also stopped by the Latte Lounge, Theresa’s Emporium and the Underground Attic to ask how the owners had fared during the COVID-19 shutdowns.   He then moved on to stops in Cooperstown. (Ian Austin/
Delgado Asks Citizens For Inputs On Delays In 19th Postal Delivery


Delgado Asks Citizens

For Inputs On Delays

In Local Postal Delivery

Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, today issued a survey  asking his constituents to share any mail delivery delays they have experienced with the U.S. mails.

Delgado said the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, has made changes leading up to the Presidential election that “have undermined the American people’s confidence in a 245-year-old institution.”

He’s seeking constituent input in advance of this weekend, when the House of Representatives will vote on the Delivering for America Act, a bill that would prohibit the USPS from making any changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and requires USPS to reverse any initiatives so far that have slowed the service of mail.

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.”

Delgado Reopens District Offices, Including Oneonta

Delgado Reopens Oneonta Office

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will reopen his Oneonta office at 189 Main St., Suite 500, to hold in-person meetings with constituents by appointment.

“My priority remains the health and safety of our community while continuing to serve every person in New York’s 19th Congressional District with transparency, accountability and accessibility,” said Delgado. “In accordance with health guidelines, my district offices in Kingston, Oneonta, Delhi, Liberty, and Hudson are now open for in-person meetings by appointment.”

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