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Delgado Unveils New Way To End Health Deadlock

Delgado Unveils

New Way To End

Health Deadlock


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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.”

Six Named To Chamber Hall of Fame

Six Named To

Chamber Hall of Fame

Aiden Vanessendelft, Cooperstown, dips daughter Lily on the dance floor at the Oneonta Family Y’s Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom.

Six business, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and Stagecoach Coffee were selected from 25 finalists to be the 2019 inductees into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.

5-Year Plan Coming Soon To O-Theatre


5-Year Plan Coming Soon To O-Theatre

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Mark Carbone, manager at Y2 Student Rentals, shovels snow at the Main Street location as the storm barreled down on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

ONEONTA – The consultants at Webb Management will give their final recommendations for a five-year business plan for the Oneonta Theatre at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Foothills.
The performing arts management consultants, who shared their initial findings in December, will report on their study of the local demographics and tourism data for our area and region, and give an overview of their recommendations for a five-year business plan, as well as estimates of restoration costs and devloping an arts and culture center.



20 Inches Of Snow On Way This Weekend

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal –  Chandra Kaczor of Cooperstown learns about Destination Wedding at Beaver Valley, Hartwick Seminary, at the Foothills’ annual Wedding Expo Sunday, Jan. 13, in Oneonta
Shannah Kane, Oneonta, was on site with The Village Printer, and Lydia Palmer, was representing Morris Tent Rental and table settings at the Foothills Wedding Expo on Sunday, Jan 13

As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.
The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday.
Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.
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►CONGRESSMAN DELGADO introduced his first bill in Congress: to extend veterans’ benefits to their spouses. He also refused a paycheck until the shutdown ends.
►2018 TEMPERATURES hit record highs, but was also 6/10ths of a degree below normal overall, Oneonta weather watch Dave Mattice reports.
►SENATOR SEWARD will also serve on the education, finance, higher education, insurance and rules committees.
►YOUNG REPUBLICAN Bobby Walker of Cooperstown is

Hampton Hit By Firemen, Competitors

Hampton Criticized By

Firemen, Competitors


Pat Wager/The Freeman’s Journal- Hampton Inn engineer Rudy Zona shows plans at Hartwick Planning Board public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Firefighters and competitors raised objections Tuesday, Jan 8, at a public hearing on a Hampton Inn & Suites planned in Hartwick Seminary.
Hartwick Fire Company #2 pointed out it lacks a ladder truck necessary if the four-story building were to catch on fire.

Mayor, DRI Could Finally Bloom In ‘19

City of The Hills

Mayor, DRI Could

Finally Bloom In ‘19

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig had plenty to smile about as he laid out Oneonta’s 2019 plans at the State of The State breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. ONEONTA

ONEONTA – In 60 days, Mayor Gary Herzig said, the new Main Street plans will be revealed.

“This redesign is not by City Hall, but by 80 downtown business owners whohave submitted proposals for $2.5 million in funding for improvements,” he said.

Herzig, alongside Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, spoke at the annual State of the State breakfast, hosted by the Otsego Chamber.

Delgado To Support Pelosi For Speaker

Delgado To Support

Pelosi For Speaker


Otsego County’s Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado today announced he has decided to support Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House.

He issued this statement: “I have always said that the only people I am beholden to are the people of my district and every decision I make as their representative will be to best serve them.

“I’ve recently met with Leader Nancy Pelosi and discussed crucial issues facing upstate New York and how they can be addressed in the 116th Congress.

Delgado Thanks Volunteers, Supporters In Oneonta

At Oneonta Victory Event,

Delgado Thanks Supporters

Just back from his Washington D.C. initiation, Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado, D-19, thanks volunteers at a victory gathering this afternoon at his Oneonta field office on Dietz Street.  Delgado thanked all the volunteers and supporters who, he said, knocked on more than 200,000 doors on the days leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms to encourage people to get out and vote. Following his speech, people lined up the thank the Delgado and get their pictures taken with him. Above, Oneonta’s NAACP President Lee Fisher and wife Joanne congratulate Delgado on his victory over Congressman John Faso. (Ian Austin/

Faso Leads Delgado Locally, But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Faso Leads Delgado Locally,

But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Republican incumbent Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, holds a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado in the “western part” of the 19th District, presumably Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, according to a Monmouth (N.J.) University poll released today.

Overall in the 10-county district, however, Delgado leads Faso by 49 percent to 44 percent, according to the poll, an increase from a month ago.


Delgado, Faso Due In County For Richfield, Oneonta Events

Delgado, Faso Due In County

For Richfield, Oneonta Events

The candidates in this fall’s campaign for Congress from Otsego County’s 19th District will be making local public appearances:

  • Today, Democrat Antonio Delgado will conduct a meet and greet at 7 p.m. at the Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Free; public welcome.
  • Friday, Republican John Faso, the incumbent will be in Oneonta at 5 p.m. for a fish fry to benefit Ed Telfer at the Vets’ Club, 278 Chestnut St. Telfer was injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago.
Delgado Wins Schoharie


Delgado Wins Schoharie

With all precincts reporting, attorney Antonio Delgado – seen here at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club at a May 2017 forum – has captured Schoharie County, according to  It is the first county in the 11-county 19th Congressional District to report in. Polls closed at 9 p.m. Seven Democrats were vying in a primary today for their party’s nomination, and the right to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in the November election. With Delgado here are Anne Geddes-Atwell, right, the former Otsego town supervisor, and Jeannine Webster, both of Cooperstown. ( photo
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