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Congressman Antonio Delgado holds town hall in Montgomery County

February 20, 2019 11:21 PM

CANAJOHARIE – Dozens of people attended a town hall at Canajoharie High School Wednesday night. They were there to ask Congressman Antonio Delgado questions. Delgado represents the 19th Congressional District after winning one of the most hotly contested races in the country.

“People have to overcome first of all, a lot of cynicism right now and skepticism with our politics so I really am pleased with the people coming out and engaging,” said Delgado.

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Some of the topics touched on at the town hall included concerns over the dairy farming industry, social security, education and job growth.

The 19th Congressional District voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Delgado said he hopes these town halls allow him to connect with republicans in the district.

I'm not here to play the partisan games I'm here to figure out how to actually work and unpack the issues that are happening here locally,” explained Delgado.

The congressman did discuss President Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southwest border. It comes as house democrats plan to file a resolution as soon as Friday that’s aimed at blocking the president’s declaration.

“There is no justification for the president’s decision and I will certainly sign any resolution to block the declaration,” said Delgado.

Delgado also weighed in on reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia Investigation could be released as early as next week.

“It’s important to let the investigation unfold it's been very revealing and thorough and I think fair,” said Delgado. “I think we got to a point if it's going to be this week or whenever it comes we should make sure we all read and it should be made public."

Wednesday’s town hall was Delgado’s fifth this week and he says there was a consistent concern from people.

“People really wanting to understand what are we going to do about the integrity of our system, because these are all issues that matter,” explained Delgado.

Delgado will be holding two more town halls on Saturday Feb. 23. One will be in Greene County at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. and the other is in Ulster County at Ellenville High School Auditorium at 3:30 p.m

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Emily De Vito

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