Work Week with Congressman Faso
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Protecting New York Families during Tax Reform

I joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business to talk tax reform and how we can protect New York families. The complete removal of the deduction for state income taxes and the limitation on deductions for local property taxes, both currently in the House version, will impact New York families more severely than taxpayers in other states. These provisions are central to why I voted against the House version that came up for a vote two weeks ago.

Reducing Regulatory Burdens, a Big Win for NY Dairy Farmers

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave schools increased flexibility to offer low-fat flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. This is a big win for our schoolchildren and New York Dairy Farmers. Increasing access to crucial markets is an important step toward putting our businesses in a position to succeed.

I applaud Secretary Perdue’s decision.

Honoring the Life and Career of Maurice Hinchey

Along with members of the entire New York delegation, I spoke on the House floor to honor the life of Maurice Hinchey. He was a dedicated public servant and advocate for the causes he believed in. You can watch my remarks by clicking the photo below:

Strengthening Brownfields Cleanup Programs is Crucial for Upstate New York

The Brownfields program has been an important environmental and economic driver for Upstate New York. Shortly after the program was authorized, the EPA selected the City of Oneonta as a recipient of a brownfield assessment grant to prepare reuse plans for a 100-acre heavy industrial area.

This modest assessment grant helped accelerate ongoing efforts to support site enhancement by providing essential financial support to the city. Remediating Brownfields like the one in Oneonta, supports economic growth while protecting the safety and well-being of nearby families.

You can watch my remarks on the House floor highlighting the importance of Brownfields for Upstate New York.

On the Ground

I always enjoy visiting our great small businesses and farms throughout the 19th Congressional District. The conversations with employers and employees are enlightening and inform my work in Washington. Here are a few stops we made at the end of November. 

Tour of Lightning Express in Modena with Owner, Joe Fitzpatrick.

Tour of Hoober Feeds in Central Bridge with Duane Spaulding and Schoharie Town Supervisor Chris Tague

Tour of Lutz Feed Co. in Oneonta with Blake Lutz

Tour of Cannon Farm in Buskirk.  – Thanks to owners, Matt and Peggy Cannon, Teri Ptacek, Director of Agricultural Stewardship Association and Andy Brizzell 

I enjoyed my conversation with the residents of Woodland Pond in New Paltz where we discussed the tax reform legislation and other issues important to the residents.  Thank you to all the residents who participated and thank you to President and CEO, Michelle T. Gramoglia and Woodland Pond resident, Dorothy Jessup for the invitation. 

As the debate around tax reform continues in Washington, I met with members from the Otsego County and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce to discuss their concerns. Thank you to Barbara Ann Heegan and Jeffrey Hunt for helping organize the roundtables.  

Meeting with the Ostego County Chamber of Commerce

Talking tax reform with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

Honoring our Nation's Heroes

Tech Sgt. James A. Dawson is an American hero. His heroic service in the United States Army during World War II saw him honored with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and other military awards. 

Following his military service, James worked as a farmer, truck driver, and milk tester while raising three children with his wife Carolyn. His irreplaceable role in the community was embodied by his membership of the Hillsdale VFW and as a communicant at his local church. His life is a shining example of what the 'Greatest Generation' meant to our country and the values our country stands for.

I was proud to join his family in a ceremony to honor his service and his life.

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