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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Feb 27, 2022 11:03 am

Here is this week's WGXC Congressional Report, tracking the votes, statements, positions, and campaigns of the representatives and candidates for the 19th and 20th Congressional seats in New York. Current Democrat Reps. Antonio Delgado and Paul Tonko vote with the positions of President Joe Biden 100 percent of the time, according to the fivethirtyeight.com website. Click here to listen to this report.

Local Congressional representatives, and their opponents who want to replace them in elections later this year, weighed in on Twitter on Russia's invasion of Ukraine this week. On Feb. 22, Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat who represents New York's 19th Congressional District, Tweeted, "Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine constitutes a grave violation of international law and is an affront to Ukraine’s sovereignty. Together, our nation, NATO allies, and EU partners must hold Putin accountable.." Marc Molinaro, the Republican who wants to unseat Delgado, took the war as a chance to criticize the Congressperson. On Feb. 22 he Tweeted, "We have learned throughout history that silent appeasement from politicians like Antonio Delgado only leads to greater conflicts. We can do better. We must demand better from the Biden-Delgado administration." On Feb. 24 Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the 20th Congressional District, Tweeted, "I strongly condemn Vladimir Putin's unprovoked attack of Ukraine, which is in clear violation of international law. As President Biden has stated, we must quickly implement a powerful response to target Putin and his cronies with serious, aggressive sanctions, and continue coordinating with our allies to fullest extent to uphold gobal peace." On the same day Liz Joy, the Republican hoping to replace Tonko in Washington D.C., called Putin's invasion "alarming and destructive." She made a rare break from former President Donald Trump by criticizing Putin and Russia, Tweeting, "These actions by Russia are making the world more volatile and must be stopped."

Mike Gwizdala reports in the Troy Record that Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik made her first official tour of Rensselaer County with a visit to Herrington Farms in Brunswick earlier this week. The area is switching from territory represented by Democrat Antonio Delgado in the 19th Congressional District, to part of Stefanik's 21st Congressional District in this year's approved redistricting plan. “It’s great to be here in the Town of Brunswick and Rensselaer County. Agriculture is a huge priority of mine since I’ve represented the north country. I represent thousands of hard-working dairy farmers and this is going to continue to be a priority in the next Congress. We have the farm bill coming up in the next Congress. So my office is known for working with our local stakeholders, working with our agriculture leaders to deliver results that they need, because it is the lifeblood, it is the backbone of our local upstate and north country economy,” Stefanik said. “For the new voters in Rensselaer County, you should know that I am a worker who is always laser-focused on delivering results to you. Whether it’s helping our veterans, helping our seniors, I have a record of making sure that your priorities and your concerns have a seat at the highest levels of government,” Stefanik said. Last year the Republican from Schuylerville objected to certifying the results of the 2020 election just hours after a riotous mob broke into the U.S. Capitol and attempted to overthrow the government. Read more about this story in the Troy Record.

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that on Feb. 25 Bridie Farrell ended her campaign for the 21st Congressional District seat now held by Republican Elise Stefanik. Farrell was among several Democrats who are seeking to replace Stefanik in Washington D.C. Apparently, Farrell was counting on Democrats in the legislature to draw different district lines. "After closely reviewing the new district maps that emerged from the state legislature’s redistricting process, I’ve decided to end my race for the U.S. House of Representatives," said Farrell, a former U.S. speed skater. "New York’s 21st district now has a 23-point Republican advantage instead of the eight point margin it had when I launched my campaign. I no longer see a path to victory for a Democrat in this race." The new lines include the northern half of Rensselaer County in the 21st District. Democrat Ezra Watson, a technician who lives in Wilton; Matt Castelli, a former CIA and counterterrorism official who lives in the Town of Saratoga; and attorney Matt Putorti of Whitehall, are the other Democrats so far announced for a June primary election. Republican Lonny Koons will challenge Stefanik in the primary election. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.