Chatham, New York
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10 June 2020 04:18PM


RHINEBECK, NY—Last week, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) wrote an op-Ed in the Washington Post, I Know How Painful Racism is. But We Can’t Give Up on Voting. Following the release of this op-Ed, the Times Herald-Record wrote an editorial highlighting the Congressman’s voice, his work to reach out to constituents across the district, and the importance of voting.

In addition, Rep. Delgado joined MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes and Morning Joe to discuss his op-ed and legislation Rep. Delgado is an original co-sponsor of, the Justice in Policing Act, which now has the support of more than 200 members in the House. Below are videos from the interviews and transcripts of his remarks.

On All in with Chris Hayes

“Well, I think [conversations across the district are] a combination. It’s a combination of self-reflection where people are really trying to do the work of internally investigating how they can improve and build upon the work that we see happening all across the country. As you noted, you know, back in 2018, there was an onslaught of negative advertising grounded in degrading notions of black masculinity. And we rose above that and we leaned on love and led with compassion, and empathy, and mutuality. And I think, you know, my district, which is a very diverse one, a third independent, a third Democrat, a third Republican. What we value more than anything is humanity, civility, decency. We see things happening across the country, people coming together, multi-cultural, multi-racial, I think people feel hope and want to feel moved and inspired by that. Also understanding, though, that we have a long, long road ahead of us.”
“Well, I think the concept of policing, while important, there is the deeper issue, and it’s about equality, and how we treat each and other how we account for one another. And, you know, policing fundamentally is about public safety. And treating each other with a level of respect and serving the community and enabling the community to thrive. So to the extent that any community, whether it’s black, brown, yellow, they have to feel accounted for. They have to feel protected. They have to feel enabled. And so that, to me, is how we’re able to cross this sort of urban/rural divide, if you will, because at the end of the day, it’s about the humanity, it’s about the heart, right? And I think to the extent that people cannot see that happening in other places or don’t feel it at home, it is profoundly problematic. On a human level it is problematic.”

“Well, it’s an incredibly important issue. Even before this bill, Justice in Policing Act, which was introduced this week, it came on the heels of one of the most multicultural, multiracial, cross generational movements we’ve seen in decades. So, first, let’s not overlook the fact that this is a powerful, powerful moment where the government is responding to the will of the people in this moment, and we cannot overstate that enough. We’ve got to be able to take this thing all the way to the finish line because it is an extension of the will of the people. And so for me doing that work, and making sure we can bring folks together across the political spectrum to make real, meaningful change, that’s how you give people confidence in the system that the system actually can reflect the will of the people.”

”My district, in many respects, has been hallowed out. We don’t even have broadband access in much of the district. Here we are in the 21st century, richest, most powerful country in the world and we have communities not living with broadband access. We know how important that is with the impact of COVID-19; tele-medicine; you’re thinking about our students needing to learn online; small businesses having to convert their operations. And Yet we have communities here by the thousands that do not have broadband access. It’s because so much of how government is operating, to date, isn’t about promoting general welfare but enabling private capital. So how do we strike the right balance to make sure rural communities, rural communities who do not have densely populated areas where private actors are not prone to invest because the demand not being as high. Where does government step in and do that work? For me, it’s about being an advocate for our community to make sure we are on the front lines being thought of and prioritized by the folks in Washington.”

“Well, for the 27,000 small business owners, including self-employed, nearly 5,000 small family farms in my district, it’s a tough road ahead and it’s been tough before COVID-19. Because we are in desperate need of infrastructure. We are in desperate need of making sure we have workforce development. We’re in desperate need of affordable housing and all of these issues, all of these trends predate COVID-19….So for me, it’s about making sure we utilize this moment to propel ourselves, you know, investing in ways that have a return on investment. Investing in our education system; investing in our roads and our transportation. You know, people need equal access opportunity here…That’s why with the Heroes act, I partnered up on a bipartisan basis to get direct aid to every state and local government irrespective of population size. Government units over 500,000 people. We don’t have any unit like that in New York 19.”
On Morning Joe:

“Well, first, let me start off by saying how important it is that Congress was able to introduce [the Justice in Policing Act] on the heels of a multi-cultural, multi-racial, cross-generational movement, the likes of which we have not seen in quite some time. And we have to really accept the moment here for what it is. The people are speaking out and they want change. So, for me, being able to tap into that, and as a Member of Congress serving at a time like this is incredibly moving on a personal level. The first African-American person of color to represent upstate New York. And if you walk through the bill, we are taking significant steps in the right direction to bring about transparency and accountability to law enforcement, whether it’s things like racial bias training, whether it’s banning choke holds, whether it’s banning no-knock search warrants, whether it’s making sure we have a registry when it comes to police misconduct. Again, transparency and accountability, good policing, making sure that we are really amplifying the needs of the community, protecting, and serving it and doing it in an accountable fashion.”

“There is nothing in the [the Justice in Policing Act] that zeros out police budgets. Nothing. And so, when we’re hearing folks talk about this piece of the conversation – it’s a strawman – let’s focus on exactly what the bill does. Let’s focus on the power of this movement. You know, it’s such a profound time that we’re living in right now. With all of the divisiveness that we’re experiencing, with all of the partisanship, we are seeing people all across this country come together in ways that we haven’t in a long time, despite the hate, despite the ugliness, despite all the noise. I heard Joe [Scarborough] earlier talking about that fact. Let’s focus on the power of this moment, the love, the compassion, the empathy that people are expressing in their hearts in the face of great division. Let’s not focus on the noise.”

“Well, I will say, first and foremost, the [Justice in Policing Act] was introduced a couple days ago. We are already at over 200, over 200 within a matter of a couple days here, of co-sponsors. So, there is a real effort to push this thing through. Now, yes, making it bipartisan, unfortunately, is always going to be a challenge in this environment because of how much the noise dominates the conversation. Nonetheless, we have got to continue to do the work. I made it a point to be somebody who seeks out common ground all the time, trying to figure out a way to bridge the gap. My district, which is a rural one, the eighth most in the entire country and third of any Democrat, by the way — you know, we have to make sure that we’re finding common ground. A third independent, a third Democrat, a third Republican. So, being able to bring to bear the urgency of this moment, doing so in a way that invites good dialogue without demagoguing is of criminal importance. We cannot assume people’s perspective. I can hear out that perspective and give it a chance to breathe, and then from there, attempt to build consensus. So, I hope that in this moment, all of my colleagues all across the political spectrum can understand the import and how much the communities across this country are desperate to see us come together and reflect the will of the people. That is how you instill confidence in our system.”

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Chatham, New York
Local food/farms | Local living | Soft news
23 August 2019 03:51PM
Betsy Miller


CHATHAM – When you hear the words “county fair” you automatically think of livestock, rides and yummy fair food. There’s another important part of the Columbia County Fair. Entertainment. Fairgoers are eager to see exhilarating events like the Demolition Derby, Professional Truck Pull and Championship Rodeo. They also flock to exciting acts that seldom get seen outside of major arenas.

Booked this season is Jay Mattioli. He was hailed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians as a “Champion of Magic” and was awarded 1st prize at the Society of American Magicians International Stage Contest of Magic. Few performers can claim both honors. Mattioli is known as a magic innovator who creates many of his signature tricks. The Magician will be performing daily from Thursday, Aug. 29th through Monday, Sept. 2nd.

On Sunday, September 1st, local celebrity Moriah Formica will take the Main Stage at 3:00PM for one performance only. A childhood fan of Aerosmith, she wrote her first song at age 11. And by the time she was 16, she was ready to take the country by storm. And, boy, did she! Her name is now recognized across the nation from her work on NBC’s The Voice and, more recently, American Idol. These days, she’s touring nationally with the likes of Joan Jett whose sound has been compared to Formica’s. The Latham native has added some soulful blues to her repertoire – as well as some of her own original songs.

If a night under the stars, listening to country music seems like a perfect ending to a perfect day at the Fair, then claim a seat in the grandstand at 7PM on Sunday, September 1st when Frankie Ballard starts to sing. The three-time gold record recipient has been called one of the most promising up-and-coming artists in country music. He began his career by winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in 2008 and shortly thereafter was signed by Reprise records. Starting in 2014, his album “Sunshine & Whiskey” broke through on country charts and he scored three hits: “Helluva Life”, “Young & Crazy”, and the title track, “Sunshine & Whiskey”. Since then, when he’s not touring with Lady Antebellum or Sugarland, he’s busy writing. Big & Rich recorded his song “I Came to Git Down”. Pretty good company!

The 179th Columbia County Fair opens at the end of August. Located on Route 66 (GPS: 182 Hudson Avenue) in Chatham, NY the Fair starts on Wednesday, August 28th at noon and runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 2nd. Admission includes all entertainment and parking. Daily hours are Wednesday: noon to 11PM, Thursday – Monday 10AM – 11PM. Daily admission is $10.00. Sunday, $15.00. Children 12 and under are always free. Thursday, seniors can enter for half price until 4PM and youth under 18 are free until 4PM. Discounted advance sale ticket information is at http://www.ColumbiaFair.com or call 518.392.2121.

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