District Work Week with Congressman Faso
Friday, August 4, 2017

 
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Kicking Off August Across the 19th District


As Congress entered its month-long district work period, I had the privilege of traveling across Upstate New York’s beautiful and expansive landscape to meet with constituents. Check out some of the photos from our events below:

Civil Air Patrol Encampment Graduation

It was an honor to address our Civil Air Patrol cadets and their families at their encampment graduation this week at Stratton Air National Guard Base.

Stopping by the Schoharie County Fair

What a pleasure it was to take part in the beautiful opening day of the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair!

Touring the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp

Thank you to all our local scouts participating in the Ten Mile River Boy Scouts of America Camp in Sullivan County!

Davenport Celebrates 200 Years

I had a great time joining our local families and neighbors to celebrate the Town of Davenport turning 200 years old! Thanks to Supervisor Dennis Valente for the warm invitation to attend this local bicentennial event.

Honoring Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County

What a privilege it was to speak at Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County’s Student-Tutor-Volunteer Recognition Dinner this week and thank this local community group for its important work.

Touring Field Goods in Athens

This week I also toured the Field Goods facility in Athens, and afterwards joined in a discussion on the issues critical to Upstate New York agribusiness. I want to say a special thank you to Field Goods Founder and President Donna Williams. Watch the Register-Star’s coverage of the tour by clicking here or by selecting the image above.

Checking in on the Hudson Salvation Army

At the Salvation Army in Hudson I got the chance to tour the facility and discuss current Salvation Army programs, plans for future expansion, and food insecurity issues in Columbia County with Director Jill Wishon and others.

Stone House Farm in Columbia County

I was invited to tour Columbia County’s Stone House Farm recently and observe its organic-farming techniques and innovative carbon-capture technology. Stone House’s goal is to increase yields, decrease costs, and reuse energy in ways that reduce its overall carbon footprint. Special thanks to the farm’s Ben Dobson and Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Jan Storm for accompanying me on the tour.

Discussing Sustainable Practices at Our Local Farms

Thank you to farmer Chris Cashen and Peter Paden who helped guide our tour of Columbia Land Conservancy-assisted 19th District farms. Ironwood Farm and the Farm at Miller’s Crossing are both local crop and vegetable growers utilizing sustainable practices to protect the environment and deliver nutritious products to our Hudson Valley families.

Visiting Delhi Community Mainstay O’Connor Hospital

O’Connor Hospital has been serving the Delhi community for 95 years. I was pleased to join hospital staff and members this week to talk rural healthcare and more. Thanks to Ed McGrath, Senior Director of Operations; Scott Bonderoff, President; Deb Neale, Chief Nursing Officer; Amy Beverage, Director of Operational Support; and hospital Board Member John Hamilton for providing a tour and an informative discussion.

Learning the Fine Art of Craft Distilling at Union Grove Distillery

Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, Delaware County is a craft distillery drawing on the pristine waters of the New York City Water Supply System. This week I toured this 19th District small business and learned more about its operations. Special thanks to owners-distillers Brian Mulder and Todd Pascarella, as well as Todd’s wife Jeanine, daughter Amelia, and son Max for showing us their beautiful Catskills distillery.

Spending Some Time with Some Special Campers at Camp HASC

Camp HASC is a nonprofit summer camp located in Parksville, Sullivan County serving individuals with special needs. I was honored to tour the camp this week and meet with campers and counselors who have made Camp HASC a home away from home for more than 40 years. Special thanks to Abe Eisner and Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America, for the warm invitation to attend. Watch a video clip from my visit here, or by clicking the image above.

A Few More 19th District Visits...

I also took part in a very informative meeting with freight-rail advocates GoRail, I toured Lehigh Cement Co.’s Catskill facility and distribution terminal, and visited Delhi Telephone Company to discuss broadband-access issues and more.


Legislative Corner

Hoosick Falls Gets Long-Awaited Superfund Designation
 
The residents of Hoosick Falls will now see the contaminated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site eligible for federal cleanup funding, permanently. I was proud to stand with our residents in this fight for safe drinking water. Now state and federal officials must work together to ensure that the contamination is remediated and the health and safety of our families is protected. I wrote three letters on behalf of the community to resolve this issue. View these letters here:
 

Letter to the EPA, February 17, 2017 – Outlines past actions taken by the EPA, and the September 9, 2016 proposal to add Saint-Gobain site to Superfund NPL.

Follow Up Letter to the EPA, June 22, 2017 – Follows up with EPA Administrator to Pruitt to add McCaffrey site to Superfund NPL.

Faso/Welch Letter to the EPA, June 27, 2017 – Bipartisan letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt encouraging the EPA to take a more prominent role in determining the impacts of PFCs.

ICYMI: Senate Passes House Veterans Legislation

This week the U.S. Senate passed two critical pieces of bipartisan veterans legislation that previously passed in the House with my support. The bills now await President Trump’s signature.

The Veterans Appeal Improvement and Modernization Act addresses the VA’s broken appeals process – where there are close to 500,000 appeals pending – to deliver care to veterans who have been waiting far too long, by streamlining the process and allowing veterans to maintain the original claim date.

For full text of the legislation, click here.

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act makes much-needed improvements to the post-9/11 GI Bill, including an important expansion of benefits for our veterans pursuing degrees in the STEM field. Upstate New Yorkers understand well the need for more people with this kind of training, and there is no one better to fill this demand than the men and women who have served in our military.

For full text of the legislation, click here.


Spreading the Word on Problem Solvers Caucus

The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan, solutions-driven caucus I serve on with 43 other Republicans and Democrats, this week released its bipartisan proposal to stabilize insurance markets. I spoke to several local press outlets about these and the other healthcare reforms being worked on by the caucus.

Watch my interview with Josh Robin of NY1 by clicking here or selecting the image below.


Watch my interview on Capital Tonight by clicking here or selecting the image below.



Save the Date: Veterans Assistance Fair


My office will host a Veterans Assistance Fair at SUNY Sullivan on August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An array of experts will be on hand to help our vets with everything from getting the healthcare they need to career and employment assistance. For any questions please contact Kathy Fallon in my office at (845) 514-2322
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