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Congressman John Faso

Faso Co-Sponsors Legislation To Close Limo Loophole

As Term Near End, Faso Aims

To Close Limousine Loophole

Rep. John Faso

With his term due to end in 20 days, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19,  has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to to close a legal loophole that may have contributed the 20-fatal crash two months ago in Schoharie County.

The loophole allows retrofitted limos, like the one in the crash, to avoid compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

“The recent tragedy in Schoharie County, which took the lives of 20 people, must move the Congress to close this loophole and enact stricter rules on modified vehicles,” the outgoing congressman said.

Faso Makes Three Stops On Oneonta Business Tour

Faso Visits Noah’s World,

Toonie Moonie In Oneonta

Congressman John Faso, R-19, above, meets with the owner’s of Noah’s World in Oneonta, Sheila Andreic and husband Aleksandar, during a visit to Oneonta today.  “The congressman … wanted to learn about initiatives in our county that focus on early learning and development.” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president. “I immediately thought of Noah’s World. They provide an excellent service for … parents who work struggle to find affordable, quality childcare.”   He then went next door to tour the production floor of Toonie Moonie Organics with owner Kim Condon, inset, seen overlooking their kitchen. (Ian Austin/

Anti-Faso Billboard Erected Over I-88

Anti-Faso Billboard

Erected Over I-88

County Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-City of Oneonta, snapped a photo of this I-88 billboard, just outside of Oneonta, which calls Congressman John Faso, R-19, “No-Show Faso” for his failure to host town halls or meet with constituents. The billboard was paid for by Mad Dog PAC, a super-PAC dedicated to putting up billboards across the country on a variety of issues, including gun control, impeachment and flipping the House and Senate towards Democratic and progressive candidates.  The PAC is run by Claude Taylor, a former staffer in the Clinton White House.
Constituents To Faso: ‘Don’t Defund ACA!’

Constituents To Faso:

‘Don’t Defund ACA!’

Constituents from the area – including Otsego County, above, gather outside the U.S. Rep. John Faso’s office in Delhi this afternoon to encourage the freshman congressman not to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act.  This is the second rally outside the State Sen. Charles D. Cook County Office Building.  Protesters also were asking Faso to schedule a Town Hall meeting.  At right are Oneonta’s  Sue Murphy, Peggy Pendrak, Deb Dalton, and Rebeca Byam on Delhi’s Main Street.  (Ian Austin/


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