District Work Week with Congressman Faso
September 1, 2017

 
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Constituent Town Hall Event in Ulster County

On Thursday evening we hosted, along with left-leaning Move Forward New York, a very spirited public town hall in Esopus. The forum brought people of a wide-ranging opinions out to have their voices heard and hear answers to pressing questions from their Congressman. While we may not always agree on the issues, I understand the importance of having ALL 19th District voices heard. This is why I decided to co-host a third town hall, and why I have had over 400 meetings with constituents since taking office.

To read some of the stories on what was covered at the town hall select from the links below.

Faso questioned on issues at forum - Times Herald-Record

Faso, at town hall session in Port Ewen, defends his support of defense bill - The Daily Freeman

Faso meets with supporters, opponents at Esopus forum - Mid Hudson News

Check out some of the video coverage from the event at the links below.

Faso Town Hall in Port Ewen At Times Feisty, Intense – Hudson Valley News Network

Faso takes quesions at town hall event – Albany Times Union

Faso Meets With Supporters, Opponents At Esopus Forum – WAMC (audio clip)

Congressman John Faso held a town hall on Thursday in the Town of Esopus -Times Herald Record (Facebook)


Traveling the 19th District

Lending a Hand in the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort


We have all seen the images of devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and I know that many Upstate residents have bent over backwards to help in the wake of this terrible disaster. A couple of those people are Phil and Jennifer Gerster, who own Gerster Trucking in Davenport. The Gersters volunteered their trucking business to deliver critical supplies to those in need down in Texas and Louisiana. I contacted my colleague Representative Mike Johnson who arranged for delivery to be made to a Louisiana emergency management agency which was helping flood victims from both states. I was proud to be able to lend my assistance in this great cause.

With so much negativity in the news, the silver lining in moments like these is that Americans never cease to come to each other's aid in times of need.

To read a story on this wonderful philanthropic gesture click here or select the image above.

Sonoco Plastics

It was a great experience touring Sonoco Plastics in Chatham. Thanks to Scott Lundy, Thomas Rigney, and Michael Smith for taking the time to inform me about their important work.

Learning about Land and Water Conservation while Hiking along the Appalachian Trail

It's always great to get away from the office and into some hiking shoes! Special thanks to the Land & Water Conservation Fund for giving me a special tour of the Appalachian Trail in Dutchess County.  I’m a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and these supporters were on hand to thank me for my efforts.

Cricket Valley Energy Tour

I want to give a special thanks to Scott Curry and Jim Frank of Cricket Valley Energy, and Dover Supervisor Linda French, for leading and joinging me on a tour of the Advance Power/Cricket Valley Energy plant. This plant will supply needed power to the electrical grid while providing significant tax revenue to local government and schools in eastern Dutchess County.

Meeting with some of Greene County's Fine First Responders

It was a privilege to meet with Greene County EMS representatives, Jennifer McGee of Saugerties, Stephen Brucato of Delmar, and Sean Hotaling of Leeds. I’m working with the emergency responders to help with grant applications at the federal level for key medical equipment which can save lives.


Legislative Corner

The Veterans and Beginning Farmers Assistance Act

This week, myself and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) introduced bipartisan legislation called the Veterans and Beginning Farmers Assistance Act, which reauthorizes the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas program (ATTRA).

ATTRA is set to expire next year, helps veterans returning from war transition to civilian life by way of farming, assists beginning farmers in starting their new agricultural endeavors, and provides valuable resources to current conventional and organic farmers who wish to farm more profitably and sustainably.

The average age of a farmer is almost 60 years old while the post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is at more than 4.5%. This commonsense piece of legislation addresses these two problems and ensures that this program continues to serve our veterans and farmers. A veteran returning from service, a young farmer breaking into the industry, and those who wish to farm more sustainably should have reliable resources at their fingertips. I teamed up with Congresswoman Kuster to introduce this bipartisan bill because when it comes to veterans and the farm economy, there is no time for partisan politics.

Congresswoman Kuster:
 “Farming and local agriculture is an important component of our economy and identity in New Hampshire and communities throughout the country. Supporting our men and women in uniform when they return home is crucial and this legislation helps young veterans pursue or advance their careers in agriculture. This is a win for our veterans and a win for our economy. I look forward to working with Congressman Faso to advance our legislation to offer veterans and beginning farmers the resources to succeed.”

Young farmer and co-organizer for the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition Andrew Pezzullo: "ATTRA is the most vetted and reliable source for farmers, and it's the first resource I turn to when I'm looking to improve my own vegetable cropping systems. I found my first farm job on ATTRA, and next year when I launch my own farm business, I'll post my job opportunities there."

Margo Hale - Southeast Regional Director and Armed to Farm Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT): "ATTRA has served our nation's farmers for thirty years through training and technical assistance. In addition, we have been honored to assist military veterans as they enter farming careers through our ATTRA-supported Armed to Farm program, including trainings specifically for New York veterans. We have seen veterans start and expand farming operations, enter new markets, and contribute to their local economies. We look forward to continuing this work for New York farmers, and all the farmers and veterans across the country."


ICYMI: Otsego Electric Co-op Annual Meeting


Recently I was given the privilege of delivering remarks at Otsego Electric Co-op's 73rd annual meeting. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out these remarks I encourage you to do so by clicking here or on the image above.

 
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