KINGSTON, NY — On Sunday, March 10th, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) held his 11th town hall in just 11 weeks – one in each of the 11 counties that make up the 19th Congressional District.
“These town halls – people coming together to ask questions of their elected officials – that’s the real work of democracy,” Delgado said. “The turnout at every one of these town halls shows a real thirst for a true, participatory democracy; for transparency, accessibility, and accountability. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or independent, people want to feel like they have access to their representative – ensuring that happens is critically important and my first obligation as a congressman.”
Attendees frequently asked about partisanship in Washington and our broken democratic system. “We need to restore the integrity in our system,” Delgado said at the Broome County town hall on March 10th. “The amount of partisanship and divisiveness is not sustainable. We’re not able to address complicated issues of our day – from health care to opioids to stagnant wages – because of the gridlock in our current political climate.”
Delgado also took questions on supporting local economies. “We need to invest in communities that have been left behind – one of the first things I hear from farmers is, I’m not here for a handout, I just want to do what I love. And the mindset for too many folks in DC is they’re so far removed they can’t even comprehend that. If they don’t see a price tag, it doesn’t even register. We have to change that mindset,” Delgado said at the town hall.
Throughout the town halls, he pointed to the work he has done to bring the priorities of local communities to Congress, including by elevating the rural broadband, infrastructure, and technology needs of farmers and local business owners to the Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Small Business Committees that Delgado serves on.
At the town halls, Delgado also discussed expanding opportunities for green jobs, lowering health care costs, addressing water contamination, and more. In addition to holding town halls to connect with constituents, Delgado has opened three offices so far in Kingston, Delhi, and Oneonta. Delgado focused his first in-district work period on touring farms and sitting down with local farmers to hear about localized infrastructure, technology needs, and sustainable farming practices.