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News of Otsego County

District 19

Big Guys Keep Little Guys From Thriving, Delgado Says

Big Guys Keep Little Guys

From Thriving, Delgado Says

By JENNIFER HILL  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – Coming off a week of “Town Halls,” with students, small-business owners and farmers,  U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado,  D-19, said in a teleconference press briefing this morning that while there were “critically important” national issues, most people in his district want to know “how do we improve the area.”

In discussing how to improve the area, Delgado often framed his responses in big corporations/industry/Washington insiders versus the little guy: i.e., his constituents. He cited a poll published yesterday in the Washington Post that found 60 percent of Americans feel that way.

Delgado’s First Bill Extends Veteran Benefits To Spouse

Delgado’s First Bill Extends

Veteran Benefits To Spouse

Congressman Delgado’s official photo.

WASHINGTON – Otsego County’s new congressman today introduced his first bill.

The bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act was introduced by Delgado, along with Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., and Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., the congressman’s office announced today.

It would provide the surviving spouse of a service-disabled veteran with federal contracting preference as a “Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business” with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). This could be seen as similar to Social Security and death in which surviving spouses could be entitled to the Social Security Benefits of their deceased spouses.

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.
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