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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
Follow developments on www.AllOTSEGO.com
►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
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.
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
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.