ONEONTA – The Oneonta office of Catholic Charities, which serves Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, is joining efforts to assist furloughed federal workers.
Through programs like food pantries, counseling, and information and referrals, Catholic Charities can offer some assistance to workers who may be struggling at this time, Paul McEvoy Albany diocese spokesman, announced over the weekend.
With federal employees in Upstate New York and across the country missing their first paycheck Friday because of the government shutdown, U.S. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, today said he will be asking the House of Representatives chief administrative officer to withhold his pay as long as the shutdown continues.
“As someone who grew up in a working-class family in Schenectady,” said Delgado in a statement issued from his Washington D.C. office. ” I understand what a paycheck means for a family, whether it’s for paying for groceries or filling a prescription, paying the rent—no one should have to put their lives on hold because of our inability here to find common ground and reopen the government.”
U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, who represents Otsego County, voted yesterday for the House bill to avoid a governmental shutdown, and today blamed a “cynical ploy” by Senate Democrats for failing to follow through.