District Work Week with Congressman Faso
October 20, 2017

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Connecting with Constituents in New York's Beautiful 19th District

There are few experiences more moving than getting to spend some time with a World War II veteran. I was very honored to visit Cherry Valley in Otsego County and present a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol to WWII veteran George Perry on his 100th birthday.

I had a great time in Rensselaer County joining the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company and the Berlin community for their lobster bake on Saturday.

I was privileged to be the keynote speaker at the SUNY Student Assembly Conference where we discussed ideas for higher education in New York and across the country. The SUNY Student Assembly Conference represents over 600,000 students.

On Sunday, in Dutchess County, I attended the "New Horizons Foundation Family Day" in Hyde Park, and had the chance to discuss issues affecting the disabled with community and family members.

Also on Sunday, at American Legion Post 1949 in Wingdale in Dutchess County, I joined State Senator Sue Serino and Vet-2-Vet to honor local veterans at their annual appreciation dinner. Vet-2-Vet is a peer services program that helps support and connect veterans.

I always enjoy getting to spend some quality time with some of our future leaders, especially in beautiful Greene County! These young folks joined me for a flag retirement ceremony in historic Athens.

On Monday, in Greene County I was welcomed by Hunter-Tannersville Central School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Vickers, Principal Tom Cervola, and government teacher, Chris Glennon, for a visit to the school’s ‘Participation in Government' class. During my visit, I was able to speak with the students and educators as well as take Q&A about my background and experience, civics, and the current state of politics in our nation.

On Thursday, constituent members of the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance stopped by my office in Kingston to discuss immigration, and specifically the DREAM Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In attendance were Father Frank Alagna of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Kingston, Tamara Gruszko of Poughkeepsie, Valerie Carlisle of LaGrange, Mariel Fiori of Kingston, Emma Kreyche of Cottekill, Robert Dorn of Staatsburg, Marco Ochoa of Kingston, and his nephew, a DACA recipient.

What an honor to be able to assist Lloyd Sellers - who reached out to my office looking to honor his Korean War USS Brush shipmates who were killed in action. Thanks as well to Ulster County Veterans Service Agency Director, Steve Massie.

On Friday, I had a meeting with the Watershed Affairs Committee in Delhi, Delaware County, to discuss NYC Department of Environmental Protection Filtration Avoidance Determination, the Delaware River Basin Commission, NYC Reservoir Management Plan, and other watershed issues.

Farm Listening Tour

Last week we recognized National Farmers Day, a day that has special meaning to much of Upstate New York and our 19th Congressional District. In that spirit, it was fitting that we held a farm listening tour throughout the 19th District this week so I could get input directly from farmers and agribusiness owners as to what I can do as their representative in Congress to help them succeed. Thanks to all of New York 19th's farmers for the invaluable service they provide to our communities and our nation.

Touring Hudson River Tractor in Chatham, Columbia County. Thanks to owner, Ron Davis, for taking the time to tell me about his business, and articulate the importance of the federal Farm Bill to farm equipment dealers and suppliers.

In Catskill, I stopped by Van Orden's Riverview Farm to chat with some folks about issues critical to Greene County farms. Special thanks to Jim and Donna Van Orden for their help in putting together this productive event.

On Wednesday, I took part in a Farm Bill listening session at McEnroe Organic Farm and Farm Store in Millerton in Dutchess County. Some of the attendees included, Erich McEnroe of McEnroe Organic Farm and Farm Store, Ruth Moore of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County, Brian Scoralick, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District, AICP Commissioner Eoin Wrafter, Dutchess County Agricultural Navigator Jennifer Fimbel, President of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Farm Bureau, Mark Adams of Adams Fairacre Farms, Ken Migliorelli of Migliorelli Farm, and more.

Visiting Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson. In the lively discussion with local farmers and agribusiness owners, participants posed questions about the Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill as well as other legislative initiatives affecting their families and businesses in Ulster County. In addition to participants, I was joined by Renee Schoonmaker of the Farm Bureau, and our host, Chris Kelder.

On Friday, in Fort Plain, I visited Hu-Hill Organic Dairy Farm and got to interact with some of Montgomery County and Upstate's up-and-coming farming leaders. I can’t thank owners Shirley Hudyncia, Julia Hudyncia, and Rob Hudyncia, enough for their hospitality.

I also recently introduced legislation to support organic farmers by cracking down on fake organics. Learn more about that initiative here.

To cap off our Farm Listening Tour I made a trip to Del Rose Farm in South Kortright in beautiful Delaware County. Farm owner Barbara Hansleman had a wonderful crowd, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to finish off the week. Among the participants was Delaware County Farm Bureau President Duane Martin.

I want to once again thank all of our gracious hosts, and every farmer and agribusiness worker who offered up their time and valuable input over the past week!

DACA Forum at Hunter College

This week, I joined my colleague Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) at Hunter College in New York to engage in a spirited conversation with students about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), among other issues.

I support Congress addressing DACA legislatively and believe that Congress must address this issue within the next six months. This is why I am a co-sponsor of two bills that maintain DACA – H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act or “BRIDGE” Act, and H.R. 1468, the Recognizing America's Children Act.

Medicare Open Enrollment

To all of the 19th District's seniors, a friendly reminder: Medicare open enrollment began on Sunday, October 15. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of my offices if we can be of assistance through this process.

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