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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19)

August 20, 2019

Press Release

HENSONVILLE, NY—Yesterday afternoon, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) spoke before the Windham Ashland Jewett Prattsville Lexington Golden Age Club in Hensonville about his priorities in Congress, including his work to protect social security, lower heath care costs, and his work to advocate for investments in rural infrastructure including rural broadband. Delgado delivered remarks and took questions from the group.

During his opening remarks as prepared for delivery, Representative Delgado discussed his work to be transparent, accountable and accessible to New York’s 19th District in Congress. “The key to my work in Washington is to hear from you, and represent your interests. That’s why I’ve held 21 town halls, including 11 town halls in the first 11 weeks in all 11 counties of NY-19. I aim to be transparent, accountable, and accessible to the district. I’m holding my 22nd town hall tomorrow night in Broome County.”

He also discussed the importance of protecting Social Security in a bipartisan fashion to protect this resource for years to come. “First, I want to take a moment to recognize the anniversary of the Social Security Act, which was signed by Hyde Park’s own FDR 84 years ago last week. Protecting Social Security and Medicare and ensuring that they are solvent for generations to come will require compromise and bipartisan cooperation. I commit to you now and will continue to honor this commitment to America’s seniors.”

Congressman Delgado took questions from the group on a variety of topics including the rising cost of health care, prescription  drugs, addiction, and rural broadband. On broadband, Rep. Delgado said, “Investing in rural infrastructure must include rural broadband. Access to the internet ought to be treated as a utility, an essential for small businesses and small farms to be able to reach the global marketplace. As a founding member of the Rural Broadband Task Force, I have worked to make rural broadband and infrastructure in rural communities like ours a priority. These investments are crucial for economic development in Upstate and especially here in Greene County.”

This week, Rep. Delgado is visiting a number of senior resource centers as part of an in-district work week centered around seniors and the needs of older Americans. The Windham Ashland Jewett Prattsville Lexington Golden Age Club is a multi-town club for seniors that provides social activities for seniors in the nearby towns with meetings in Hensonville.