Congressman Faso's Weekly Newsletter - Connecting with Constituents
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A Note from Congressman Faso

As the August district work period nears a close I want to pass along a special thank you to all of those who participated in events and meetings in the 19th District with me and my staff over these past several weeks. Traveling scenic Upstate, meeting with our neighbors, and learning about the real-world problems people are facing is the best way to inform the decisions I have to make down in Washington. Thus far, I have taken close to 500 individual and small group meetings, as constituent services are vitally important to me and my staff. In this spirit, I want to pass along a reminder of all the great services we provide and encourage you to reach out to our office if we can be of any assistance.

Congressman John J. Faso
New York’s 19th Congressional District

Learn About our Constituent Services

Visiting Washington and Touring the Capitol

Are you a 19th District resident and planning a trip to Washington to see some of our nation’s monuments? We would love to meet you. So don’t be a stranger and let us know you’re coming our way. While the schedule is often crazy and unpredictable down here, my dedicated staff will do everything they can to coordinate a time for us to meet. At the very least, we can provide tickets to some Washington, D.C. attractions, including a tour of the U.S. Capitol building. All tickets are free and are provided to constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors, please request tours with as much advance notice as possible
*White House tours require at least three-months advance notice.

We have an easy to fill out form to schedule tours that can be found here.

Help with a federal agency

If you can't get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your problem. For help with a federal agency, contact one of my district offices:

Delhi District Office
111 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753
Phone: (607) 746-9537

Kinderhook District Office
2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106
Phone: (518) 610-8133

Kingston District Office
721 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 514-2322

Help with federal grants

Our office stands ready to help your organization understand grant eligibility and the often convoluted processes associated with submitting an application. Our website is a good place to start – and it will provide you with a central location to search the wealth of information available from both government and private entities who offer financing to individuals, businesses and state and local governments. The links on this page offer helpful information that will enable you to research information efficiently and will guide you on writing grant proposals.

Service academy nominations

Are you a high school student looking to serve your country? There are many ways to serve – but for some of our nation’s most dedicated and gifted young people there is the potential for attending one of our nation’s fine service academies. This includes The U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. My office can help you through the application process and will support your laudable efforts in any way we can.

Activities for kids

We even have a section of our website dedicated to guiding you on how to best entertain and educate the kids when you come down for a visit! Learn more about these activities here.

Save the Date: Esopus Town Hall

As a reminder, a third town hall event will take place at Esopus Town Hall on August 31. Our last town hall event in April was a big success, and I look forward to engaging on the serious issues facing our district and our nation.

While the size of the venue limits the amount of tickets available, the town hall will be broadcast live on Public Access Channel 23 out of Esopus. Our office will also provide video from the event following its conclusion.

Who: Congressman Faso, Move Forward New York, and moderators Dr. Gerald Benjamin (SUNY New Paltz) and Debra Clinton of Move Forward New York

Note: Move Forward New York is a left-leaning organization of citizen-activists, and after meeting with Congressman Faso, in June they presented Congressman Faso with a proposal for a joint town hall event over the August work period. The details for this event are as follows:

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 6:30PM – 8:00PM. Doors open at 6:00PM

Format/Schedule: Dr. Benjamin and Ms. Clinton will welcome everyone and set ground rules about asking questions, the format of the town hall, and civility. Congressman Faso will deliver 10 minutes of opening remarks, which will be followed by Q&A from 6:45PM to 7:45PM.

Asking Questions: As attendees sign-in they will have the opportunity to submit questions on index cards. The moderators will alternate selecting questions – which will be asked by the person who wrote it in the audience. Moderators will determine whether a follow up question is appropriate.

Tickets: The venue holds approximately 200 attendees – 70 tickets will be distributed by Move Forward New York; contact: 70 tickets will be distributed by Congressman Faso’s office; contact: 202-225-5614. 60 tickets will be distributed at the door on a first come first serve basis. Limit 1 ticket per request.

Press: The event will be open to the press, but press credentials will be required. To request press credentials please contact John Lange –

Special Note: This event is intended to serve ALL residents of New York’s 19th district, including those who may not be able to attend but want to hear from their Congressman – not just to those called on to ask a question, or those in attendance to protest. With this in mind, we will ask that all in attendance respect their neighbors, and act in a civil manner so that as many questions as possible can be asked, answered, and heard. Any person(s) who cannot honor this request for respect and civility will be asked to leave.

Due to security reasons there will be no signage permitted into the town hall.

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