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MacGuire Benton Backing Cheney for Congress

MacGuire Benton Backing 
Cheney for Congress

MacGuire Benton, former Otsego County Young Democrats president and Village of Cooperstown trustee, has endorsed NY-19 Candidate Jamie Cheney for Congress. Ms. Cheney is a business owner, wife, mother of three boys and the daughter of a veteran.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she runs Prokanga, a recruiting and consulting firm focused on creating flexible roles for working parents, manages the family cattle operation alongside her husband, and is active in the development of youth agriculture in New York State.

According to Mr. Benton, young voters are looking for a representative who is ready to take on the big fights facing the district today and for the years to come. “Jamie is that fighter,” he said. 

At SUNY, Delgado Hears Student Veteran Struggles

At SUNY, Delgado Hears

Student Veteran Struggles

SUNY Oneonta student Matthew Williams, an Army veteran who served for five and a half years and recently enrolled at the college, addresses his financial struggles at a meeting with Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19. Delgado met with student veterans today at the Morris Conference Center on campus to discuss methods to support them, both financially and in legislature.

“My main grievances are with the V.A.,” said Williams, who told the Congressman he was not getting the housing allowance he was promised after enrolling in classes at SUNY Oneonta. He left the Army early in order to start school in September and has relied on his wife, who works a full-time job to support him and his two children. “We will try and figure out what we can do on that front,” says Delgado, who has been actively trying to implement legislature aimed at helping veterans. SUNY Oneonta president Barbara Jean Morris, pictured left, was also in attendance.

He is part of a large number of veterans that aren’t getting the financial assistance they need once they return home. Even the few that get back on their feet will still be burdened by their financial history because their credit score will have been negatively affected by their struggles. In a lot of states, your credit history can have a big impact on your homeowner’s insurance rates and also any rates on things like auto loans. This means that they need to look for one of the Credit Cards to Build Credit and take steps to improve their credit score once more. While it’s good the veterans have this option, it can often take a long time to get their credit score to a place that will allow them to start saving money because of it.

(James Cummings/

Congressional Candidate German Tours Springbrook Campus

General With Eye On Office

Tours Springbrook Campus

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Tony German of Oneonta,  a Republican candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Anthony Delgado, R-19, toured Springbrook Tuesday, Oct. 1.  Here, Traci Lanner, director of the Tom Golisano Center for Autism. describes the services it provides. “It’s important to know all the local businesses in the 19th district,” German said. “Springbrook has deep ties to the colleges in the area, and it’s important to understand how to draw young people from them to work at great organizations in the area like Springbrook.” Jeff Edelstein, right, GEMS School director, also briefed German. explained his program’s services to German as well. (Jennifer Hill/

Delgado To Serve On Ag, Transportation Committees

Delgado To Serve On Ag,

Transportation Committees

Congressman Delgado

In the 116th Congress, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, will serve on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“From Day One I’ve said I want to focus on the priorities of our district, and these committee assignments will give me the ability to do that every day in Congress,” said Delgado.

Faso Supports Local Biker’s Recovery After Accident

Faso Supports Local Biker’s

Recovery After Accident

Looking to garner local support on the campaign trail across the NY-19 congressional district, congressman John Faso stopped in Oneonta this afternoon to enjoy a local fish-fry dinner put on by the Legion Riders motorcycle club at the Vets Club in Oneonta earlier this evening. The dinner was held to raise money for Ed Telfer, a local biker who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 7. The injuries sustained were serious and may have warranted a consultation with an auto accident attorney. Faso made a donation to the Telfer family to show his support. Pictured, Faso is seen talking with WWII and Korean War veteran Fred Hickein of Oneonta. (Parker Fish/

Delgado In Oneonta For 4th of July Festivities

Delgado In Oneonta

For July 4th Festivities

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado meets with Carla Nordstrom, a democratic activist from Seeds of Change, during Oneonta’s Hometown 4th of July celebration in Neahwa Park this afternoon. With him are Mayor Gary Herzig and Police Chief Doug Brenner. The city was one of three stops on Delgado’s first day campaigning following his primary win on Tuesday, July 26. (Parker Fish/


ONEONTA – There are 163 towns in the 19th Congressional District, many of them with fireworks, parades and other events celebrating Independence Day.  And Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for Congress, chose to spend his Fourth of July in Oneonta.

“Oneonta is a wonderful place,” he said. “I have a responsibility to touch every part of the district, to meet with people and listen to them.”

Cooperstown Debate Lets Candidates Ask The Questions

Cooperstown Debate Lets

Candidates Ask Questions

All seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 19th Congressional District gathered in Cooperstown tonight for a debate, which was formatted to allow each candidate to ask one question that the other candidates had to answer. The format allowed candidates to showcase their strengths, while also allowing the audience to view the candidates under a more critical light, according to organizer Richard Sternberg. The debate, held in the Sterling Auditorium at Cooperstown Central School, brought Democrats from across the county to hear from all of the candidates. The Democratic primary election will be held on June 26 to determine who will go toe-to-toe with Faso in the general election to be held on Nov. 6.  The 300-seat auditorium was almost filled. (Parker Fish/

Mayor Gary Herzig Endorses Jeff Beals For NY-19 Primary

Mayor Gary Herzig Endorses

Jeff Beals For NY-19 Primary

NY-19 democratic congressional candidate Jeff Beals, left, met with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, right, at City Hall to discuss his vision for Oneonta. This afternoon, Herzig announced his endorsement of Beals’ progressive agenda.

ONEONTA – Citing a “bold progressive agenda,” Mayor Gary Herzig has endorsed candidate Jeff Beals for Congress in the June 26 Democratic primary in the 19th Congressional District, the first and only endorsement by a city mayor in the race.

“Jeff Beals is the tough, experienced progressive we need to take on John Faso in the fall,” Herzig declared. “He stands out in this race with a bold progressive agenda and the government background to make change happen.  He will win this race, and I stand with him and the movement he has built to change life here for the better.”

Cooperstown Grad Runs In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

Cooperstown Grad Runs

In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso

Erin Collier announced today she is running for Congress in a video that declares, “I’m Not Gonna Let Those Boys Beat Me.”

COOPERSTOWN – Erin Collier, a Cooperstown Central graduate, nationally ranked tri-athlete, and daughter of a local beef farmer, announced today she is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District, where she will be the only woman against six Democrats.

“I’m not going to let those boys beat me,” she declares in a video posted on

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