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Work Week with Congressman Faso
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Appearing on C-SPAN to Discuss School Safety and Firearm Policy
On Wednesday morning, I joined C-SPAN's Washington Journal program to discuss school safety and firearm policy. School safety and reducing incidents of gun violence are urgent issues.  I responded to questions from callers from around the nation. Watch the full interview on C-SPAN's website.

Treasury Needs to Weigh in on Proposed Tax Changes 

I wrote to the U.S. Department of the Treasury inquiring how the federal government would treat proposed tax changes currently under consideration by the Governor and the state legislature. The proposals under consideration in Albany are part of an effort to minimize the limitation on deductibility of state and local taxes enacted as part of U.S. tax reform last December. I’ve heard from constituents who were curious how these proposed changes could affect their financial planning. Read a copy of the letter in this Albany Times Union story.


Action to Combat Online Sex Trafficking

This week, the House passed, with my support, legislation that would strengthen criminal and civil tools to combat online sex trafficking. Currently, law enforcement does not have the ability to effectively hold websites accountable for not aggressively fighting online sex trafficking on their platforms. Additionally, current criminal penalties are not strong enough in punishing those who facilitate sex trafficking. H.R. 1865 is a big step in the right direction to fight the deplorable practice of sex trafficking.


Lifelong Dedication to the Veteran Community 

Bob Becker honorably served our country as a member of the Marine Corps and has continued to serve his community as a lifelong advocate for the causes he believes in.

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a ceremony recognizing Mr. Becker for being named the recipient of the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award. This designation recognizes those special individuals who serve the community without regard to the ethnicity, values, or beliefs of others. It is a true testament to Mr. Becker’s patriotism and steadfast commitment to improving the lives of veterans.


Upcoming Mobile Office Hours for March

New York’s 19th District covers an area larger than the state of Connecticut. I want to ensure residents throughout the district have an opportunity to easily interact with my office so that we may assist them in dealing with federal agencies.  A large part of our constituent casework involves issues relating to Social Security, the VA, immigration matters and federal grants to municipalities and fire companies.

A member of my staff will able to assist with these or other issues individuals and families may face when dealing with federal agencies. Interested constituents can contact my district office in Kingston at (845) 514-2322 with any questions or concerns.

List of Mobile Office Hours:

March 14th

11 am – 1 pm --- Milan Town Hall Building - 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, NY 12571

March 14th

1 pm – 5 pm --- Sullivan Co. Government Center – 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701

March 20th

2 pm – 5 pm --- Town of Canajoharie Government Building – 12 Mitchell Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317

March 21st

11 am – 1 pm --- Pawling Town Hall – 160 Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling, NY 12564

 


Supporting Arc of Ulster-Greene

The Arc of Ulster-Greene is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities so they can live a full life. The organization provides services for individuals starting as young as pre-school and into adulthood.

This past weekend, I attended a benefit event that will aid Arc of Ulster-Greene in their mission of helping our most vulnerable by providing assistance for maintaining and expanding services. 


IRS Releases New Tax Calculator to Help with Financial Planning

The IRS has released an updated tax calculator to help with your financial planning and adjusting withholding amounts following the new tax law: https://t.co/5ajePt1KUB


Inside the Office

I met with a wide variety of advocates and constituents in Washington this week. Here are just some of the meetings that occurred in our office:


Combating Rare Diseases

I met with local advocates to discuss efforts that would incentivize research and development of treatments and cures for rare diseases. The Rare Disease Legislative Caucus is a group of members who work in detail on legislation that addresses rare diseases. I’m excited to join the caucus and work on these issues.


United Postmasters and Managers of America

Representatives from Ulster County with the United Postmasters and Managers of America visited the office to discuss postal reform. We discussed Postal Service management and employee issues, as well as efforts to promote financial stability and innovation in the delivery of mail and packages.


American Alliance of Museums

I met with local representatives from the American Alliance of Museums to discuss funding and education policy. The 19th District boasts a particularly large number of museums and cultural institutions, which are integral to the region’s economy. I support funding for the competitive grant programs which have benefited numerous museums throughout our district.


School-Based Health Centers and their Role Combating the Opioid Epidemic

School based health centers (SBHCs) are an important component of New York's network of healthcare providers. In fact, New York has the largest network of rural SBHCs in the country, operated by the Bassett Health System in Cooperstown. These SBHCs primarily serve underserved communities, and are increasingly important in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. These health centers also play a crucial role in the provision of primary care services to school children, along with dental screenings and mental health services.

On Wednesday, I sponsored a briefing at the Capitol held by the national organization of school-based health centers. We were honored to listen to a presentation by Dr. Chris Kjolhede, co-director of the Bassett school-based health centers, on the opioid crisis affecting rural parts of New York State. I am a big fan of what Bassett is doing and am working to expand opportunities so that other health providers can be encouraged to team up with local school districts to provide these services.



Regulatory Burdens Hamper Access to Credit

New York's credit unions are an irreplacable source of loan financing and access to capital. Their financing is important for the many thousands of credit union members throughout NY19. I was happy to meet with local area credit unions to discuss federal regulatory issues and the general state of the upstate economy. 


 
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