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‘Virtual Fundraiser’ For Delgado Sunday

‘Virtual Fundraiser’

For Delgado Sunday

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown-based “virtual fundraiser” is planned at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) for  Democrat Antonio Delgado’s reelection as 19th District congressman.

Participants are asked to send an RSVP and contrbution to, and donors will then receive a Zoom link.

Delgado Grant Helps Keep Hall, Fans Linked


Delgado Grant Helps

Keep Hall, Fans Linked

Tim Mead

COOPERSTOWN – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, today announced $300,000 in federal funding for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for “virtual education” and access to the digital collection.

The money will come through the National Endowment for the Humanities and was approved through the House and Senate through the bipartisan CARES Act.

Calling the Hall “an iconic landmark and driver of the local economy,” Delgado said “it is vital for the long term well-being of our economy that we support the jobs and build accessibility” there.

Make The Call. Avert Disaster EDITORIAL

Make The Call.

Avert Disaster

Please, Congressman, Senator, Convince

Governor To Approach Dreams Park Owner

Cooperstown Dreams Park’s decision to cancel the 2020 season was only announced Friday.

Two days before, county Treasurer Allen Ruffles, who chairs the county Emergency Task Force, had called Mike Walter, Dreams Park COO, and received no inkling such an economy-shattering decision was in the making.

It’s not locked in concrete.  It’s not too late to turn it around.

Four men may be able to make it happen.  Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, and state Sen.  Jim Seward, R-Milford, should approach Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ask him to intervene with Dreams Park COO Mike Walter to keep the door open to a Dreams Park season this summer.

Delgado Among 363 Passing COVID-19 Bill

Delgado Among 363

Passing COVID-19 Bill

Measure Goes To Senate Monday


Last night, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-NY, joined a majority in the House in voting to pass bipartisan legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

“We must to do everything in our power to keep our communities safe, and we need to act now. Over the last week we have seen the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases increase in NY-19 and across the country,” Delgado said in a statement.

Democrats Back Delgado; Casale Says, ‘Do Your Job’


Democrats Back Delgado;

Casale Says, ‘Do Your Job’

The Otsego County Democratic Party praises Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, for his “judgment and commitment to the critical oversight role” in changing his mind and now supporting President Trump’s impeachment.

But Republican County Chairman Vince Casale said the first-term congressmen is simply “appealing to a small angry group of socialist liberals who control his re-election.”





Congressman Delgado

For the first time, Otsego County’s Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, today declared articles of impeachment are warranted against President Trump.

“Having taken an oath of office before God and my fellow citizens to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said in a statement released by his office today, “I can only conclude that Congress move forward with articles of impeachment.”

Delgado Meets With OFO, Says Session ‘Illuminating


Delgado Meets With OFO,

Says Session ‘Illuminating’

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, today met with the poverty-fighting Opportunities for Otsego’s board of directors and staff.

The freshman congressman called the meeting “illuminating and deeply important to understand the headwinds facing thousands of Upstate New Yorkers experiencing poverty and homelessness.”

OFO CEO Dan Maskin said he was “honored” to have Delgado visit the organization, adding, “I was thoroughly impressed that he took the time to listen to each of the 25 participants’ stories about issues impacting the poor.”

Delgado Focused On Job, Not Next Year’s Campaign


Delgado Focused On Job,

Not Next Year’s Campaign


With the 19th Congressional District election still 14 months away, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado declined to engage with Adjutant Gen. (ret.) Tony German, the Oneonta Republican who filed papers yesterday to challenge the freshman incumbent next year.

His press office issued this statement: “Congressman Delgado is focused on making life better for the people in our region, and working to find bipartisan solutions to lower health care costs, expand rural broadband and support family farmers and veterans. That’s why he has held 21 town halls across the district, and will continue to serve with accessibility, accountability and transparency.”

U.S. Grant To Milford School Expands STEM Opportunities

U.S. Grant To Milford School

Expands STEM Opportunities

MILFORD – Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, today announced $83,000 in federal funding to increase access to STEM programs in the Milford Central School through “micro credentials,” mini-degrees or certifications in science, technology, engineering and math.

This funding comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Career Opportunities in Rural Education-Transformative Workforce program.

Delgado, Wife To Join Delegation Meeting Israel, Palestine Leaders

Delgado, Wife To Join Delegation

Meeting Israel, Palestine Leaders

Congressman Delgado and wife Lacey are joining a 41-member delegation to Israel and Palestine.

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, and his wife Lacey Schwartz Delgado will join 41 House Democrats, led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, on travel to Israel and the West Bank, Delgado’s office announced today.

The Delgados are raising their two sons in the Jewish faith, said the father, “grounding them in an understanding of respect for all religions and with a deep appreciation for Jewish history and traditions.”

Delgado Unveils New Way To End Health Deadlock

Delgado Unveils

New Way To End

Health Deadlock


Special to

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, introduced legislation Monday that would allow all Americans to buy into a version of Medicare – an approach designed to avoid the substantial system-wide overhaul that would come with any effort to create a government-run health care system.

“There’s a need here to figure out where we all can come together and rally around achieving – achieving – a real change to our health care system,” Otsego County’s congressman said in an interview with CNN.

The move is being described as an incremental move toward expanded health insurance, one that is creating a fissure between moderates like Delgado and progressives like AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who support abolition of private health insurance.


Delgado Co-Sponsors Bill To Create Office To Fight Spread Of Lyme Disease

Delgado Co-Sponsors Bill

To Create Office To Fight

Spread Of Lyme Disease

This is a tick bite. If you notice the characteristic shape, see a doctor. ( photo)

WASHINGTON – With Lyme disease cases rising 78 percent from 2007 to 2017 in the 19th District he represents, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado has signed on as a cosponsor to the National Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Control & Accountability Act of 2019.

The bipartisan legislation creates a new Office of Oversight & Coordination for Tick-Borne Disease and would create a national plan to address Lyme disease.

“Lyme disease is under-studied and under-reported; we need a comprehensive federal plan that looks at Lyme disease from all angles,” Delgado said.

Congressman Emerging As Moderate, Balanced


Congressman Emerging As Moderate, Balanced

In moderate, nuanced responses to some blunt questions, Antonio Delgado showed he’s no Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

If anyone was looking for a bomb-thrower – Urban Dictionary: “A colloquial term used to describe people who stir up trouble” – Antonio Delgado isn’t he.
That had to be the conclusion of any objective ear at his Feb. 18 “Town Hall” in Cooperstown Village Hall, where one speaker, opining President Trump is “mentally ill,” asked the freshman congressman if he would vote for impeachment.
The reply was perfectly circumspect: “I’m going to do whatever the truth requires me to do. This process has been thorough and extensive, but I intend to read the Mueller Report and make my decision from that.”
No one’s painting oneself into a corner here.

Hearty Applause Greets Freshman Congressman


Hearty Applause Greets Freshman Congressman

COOPERSTOWN – Entering the ballroom at 22 Main St., Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, looked around for a flag.
“I like to start these events off with the pledge,” he said as he took the mic.
There was one by the window, and he led the 400 attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance before launching into his remarks at his first Cooperstown “Town Hall” since defeating Republican John Faso on Nov. 6.
“I take pride in representing this district,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of truly diverse districts like ours in D.C., so their representatives aren’t motivated to find common ground. My hope is that we can all come together and
be civil.”
In opening remarks, he spoke about visiting the Coast Guard in Saugerties during the shutdown, his bi-partisan bill to extend federal-contracting preferences to surviving service-disabled veterans’ spouses, co-sponsoring the Family Leave Act, support for Universal Background Checks, and efforts to bring down prescription costs.
Many of his comments brought applause from the audience.

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal & HOMETOWN ONEONTA’ Karen Katz applauds Congressman Delgado’s arrival, flanked by her husband, former mayor Jeff, and Otsego 2000’s Ellen Pope. In the foreground is Randy Velez, Catholic deacon.

“Despite the longest shutdown in our nation’s history, me and my team are still working,” he said. “We need to restore integrity back into the system.”

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