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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Feb 19, 2023 6:03 pm

Here is this week's WGXC Congressional Report, tracking the votes, statements, positions, and campaigns of the representatives and candidates for the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Congressional seats in New York. Democrat Pat Ryan is representing the 18th Congressional District, Republican Marc Molinaro represents the 19th Congressional District, Democrat Rep. Paul Tonko represents the 20th District, and Republican Elise Stefanik represents the 21st District. Click here to listen to this report.

Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Rep. Marc Molinaro has give the $1,000 campaign donation he got from Rep. George Santos to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group in Binghamton. Santos is under investigation and much criticism for an unusual amount of lies, even for a Congressperson. So far, local Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents Rensselaer County and the rest of the 21st Congressional District, has kept the money Santos have her campaign. Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan have called for Santos to resign. Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media

Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that Republican Rep. Marc Molinaro was appointed chair of the House Small Business Committee’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development Subcommittee by House Small Business Committee Chairman Roger Williams, a Republican from Texas. The subcommittee works on growth for small businesses and the development of new technologies. Williams, in a press release, said that in his first weeks in Congress, Molinaro has “shown promise in his ability to be a leader on this committee” and expects Molinaro will “push forward pro-growth policies that will help our nation’s small businesses.” Molinaro said, “Small businesses have an outsized impact in Upstate New York and I look forward to working on commonsense policies that unleash the potential of local small businesses and create good-paying jobs." Molinaro represents the 19th Congressional District, though he lives in the 18th District. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

Mid-Hudson News reports that Congressperson Pat Ryan, who represents the 18th Congressional District, has introduced his first bill, the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act. Ryan, himself a military veteran, said, “It is not an accident that it is focused on supporting veterans and military families.... Specifically, it gets at the issue of rising costs and rising healthcare costs that put so much pressure on families and military families.” Children of military families get to extend the eligibility for health insurance coverage to 26 years of age under the legislation. Ryan was first elected in August to represent the 19th District, and began representing the 18th District after winning the fall election in the 18th because of redistricting. Read the full story at Mid-Hudson News.

Nick Reisman at New York State of Politics reports that former Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, now in Congress, on Feb. 15 formally endorsed former state Sen. Sue Serino to take his old job. Serino announced her campaign earlier this year. Molinaro held the post from 2012 until January, when he took over the 19th Congressional District seat. Molinaro said. "Sue will be a familiar face to County residents as someone who grew up here, represented Dutchess in the State Senate, served as a County Legislator, and operated a local business. Sue's track record of success as a public servant and business owner, and independent approach to solving problems will make her a perfect fit to be Duchess's next County Executive. Sue Serino cares. She listens. She leads. She has my full support." Serino lost last fall to Democrat state Sen. Michelle Hinchey in a redrawn Hudson Valley Senate district election between two incumbents. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics reports.

WXHC reports that new 19th Congressional District Representative Marc Molinaro has been hosting town hall meetings in the western part of his district. On Feb. 16 he held a short town hall in Cortland County, and another in Broome County. Molinaro said he plans to hold similar events in each county he represents. Molinaro said, “Being able to get together with residents so that I can hear you and you can hear me. Questions, answers, comments in a respectful way I think is so very very important.” Read more about this story at WXHC.

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