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Congressman Gibson

Congressman Gibson Reports ‘Productive Day In Oneonta’

Congressman Gibson Reports

‘Productive Day In Oneonta’

Congressman Chris Gibson, R-19, at right, exchanges views with Citizen Voices leader Tom Armao, Country Club Automotive proprietor, during what Gibson termed "a productive day" of meetings in Oneonta.  At the table, from left, are former DEC commissioner Mike Zagata, Rebecca Lloyd and Bob Harlem of Oneonta Block, NBT Bank Vice President Jamie
Congressman Chris Gibson, R-19, at right, exchanges views with Citizen Voices leader Tom Armao, Country Club Automotive proprietor, during what Gibson termed “a productive day” of meetings in Oneonta. At the table, from left, are former DEC commissioner Mike Zagata, Rebecca Lloyd and Bob Harlem of Oneonta Block, NBT Bank Vice President Jamie Reynolds,  Otsego Now COO Elizabeth Horvath (partly hidden), Armao, Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes and Gibson.  The congressman also met with Mayor Gary Herzig and, separately, Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich on initiatives Gibson aims to help succeed before he leaves office at the end of the year.  
Gibson Presents Medals To World War II Veteran

Gibson Presents Medals

To World War II Veteran

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, poses with World War II veteran Donald Diamond, Central Bridge, a few moments after presenting him with a boxed set of all the medals the sailor earned during his service, which included the D-Day invasion. Diamond, now 90, enlisted when he was 17, and participated in the Normandy invasion when he was 18. Diamond, a coxswain, never spoke of his war experiences until approached by a reporter at a parade in Schoharie County following Hurricane Irene. His niece, Kathy Fallon, contacted the congressman's office, who was able to obtained a European Theater Medal, two stars; an American Theatre Medal, a Asiatic-Pacific Medal, one star, and a Victory Medal for his constituent. One of Diamond's son traveled from Washington State for today's ceremony, held in Gibson's Cooperstown office. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, poses with World War II veteran Donald Diamond, Central Bridge, and his family, a few moments after presenting him with a boxed set of all the medals the sailor earned during his service, which included the D-Day invasion. Diamond, now 90, enlisted when he was 17, and participated in the Normandy invasion when he was 18. A coxswain, he never spoke of his war experiences until approached by a reporter at a parade in Schoharie County following Hurricane Irene. His niece, Kathy Fallon, then contacted the congressman’s office, who was able to obtained a European Theater Medal, two stars; an American Theater Medal, a Asiatic-Pacific Medal, one star, and a Victory Medal for his constituent. One of Diamond’s sons traveled from Washington State for today’s ceremony, held in Gibson’s Cooperstown office. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Gibson Bill To Rename Post Office For WWII Medal Of Honor Winner

Gibson Bill Will Rename Post Office

For WWII Medal Of Honor Winner

Sergeant Dietz
Sergeant Dietz

WASHINGTON D.C. – Otsego County’s congressman, Chris Gibson, R-19th, announced a few minutes ago that the House of Representatives approved legislation he authored to rename the Post Office at 90 Cornell St. in Kingston in honor of Staff Sgt. Robert H. Dietz, a Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in action during World War II.

The bill passed the House today, September 24, with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Having served for most of my adult life in the U.S. Army and lost some of my own soldiers in combat, I have been especially proud to help my colleagues in Congress recognize Staff Sergeant Dietz and the heroism, bravery, and devotion to the cause of freedom that he personifies,” said Gibson.

VIDEO OF CONGRESSMAN GIBSON’S REMARKS ON HOUSE FLOOR

Congressman Gibson At White House For Suicide-Prevention Bill Signing

Congressman Gibson At White House

For Suicide-Prevention Bill Signing

Congressman Gibson (left) joined fellow lawmakers at today’s White House bill signing ceremony  for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.
Congressman Gibson (left) joined fellow lawmakers at today’s White House bill signing ceremony
for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, Otsego County’s congressman, attended today’s White House bill-signing ceremony for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which he co-authored.  It increases access to mental health care for military personnel and veterans.

“Military families across our nation are coping with unimaginable grief after the loss of a loved one to suicide,” said Gibson, a retired Army officer. “This bill makes it far easier for returning servicemen and women to get the care they need, including valuable peer-to-peer support, and it makes provisions to grow the ranks of mental health professionals working within the VA and DOD. Having lost some of my own troopers to suicide, it was a tremendous honor for me to advance this legislation and look on as the President signed it into law.”

Congressman Gibson To Attend Cooperstown Field Day

Congressman Gibson Due At Cooperstown Field Day

COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, will be in Cooperstown at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow to attend Cooperstown Field Day, a first-year celebration of the season, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and Brewery Ommegang.   Main Street will be closed for the event, which will include pairings of Ommegang beers and food from local restaurants, as well as rides, games and music.

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