Voters urge Faso to hold a town hall meeting

May 07, 2017 06:15 PM

HUDSON -- Community members in Hudson held a voter registration event on Sunday.

It comes after their representative, Republican John Faso, voted for the health care bill the House of Representatives passed last week.

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Hundreds showed up to the Hudson Public Library to train before knocking on doors to register new voters in the 19th Congressional District.

Volunteers are also asking voters to join the call for Faso to address their concerns in a town hall. So far, Faso has only met with constituents in smaller groups.

Organizers say about 500 people showed up on Sunday in the pouring rain. The health care bill passed a few days ago motivated many.

The event was planned before the health care vote, but organizers say the bill is just another reason why voters need to know about these issues.

"We are his constituents,” said volunteer Erin Stamper. “He works for us. He seems to forget that sometimes but he works for us. It's his job to listen to us [and] to show up to a town hall meeting."

In a statement, Faso noted he recently held a televised town hall with a live audience and interested voters could watch it on television.

Rep. Sean Maloney, who represents the 18th Congressional District, has been critical of Faso’s refusal to hold a town hall. Maloney will be meeting with Faso’s constituents in Kingston on Monday.


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