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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Nov 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.

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Battle Ground New York, with members of the Working Families Party, and 1199 SEIU and the Indivisible Communication Workers of America unions rallied against Rep. Marc Molinaro in Hudson's Public Square on Nov. 13. Several local politicians attended the rally, including Columbia County District Attorney-elect Chris Liberati-Conant, Columbia County Democratic Party Chairman Sam Hodge, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Hudson Third Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides and 4th Ward Supervisor Linda Mussmann. Crystal Perry, political organizer for 1199 SEIU United HealthCare Workers, said, “Today is to shed light for the constituents of Congressional District 19, on how we’re being misrepresented in Washington.... The folks of CD19 face a lot of issues, and they’re being failed by U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro. We want Molinaro to say what he means and mean what he says. Don’t tell the constituents that you believe in them, but in Washington you vote for something different.” Others at the rally complained about Molinaro's political positions on on abortion rights, and his votes supporting Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Mike Johnson for Speaker of the House. Molinaro did not comment for the story, but there is a quote from his spokesperson making an unsubstantiated allegation against some unnamed member or members of one of the group's involved in the rally. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

All four Hudson Valley Congressional representatives voted to keep the federal government open on Nov. 14. Republicans Elise Stefanik and Marc Molinaro and Democrats Pat Ryan and Paul Tonko all voted for "Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024." The bill to temporarily fund the government until the beginning of 2024 passed 336-to-95 with 93 Republicans and two Democrats voting to shut down the government. Meanwhile, The Daily Freeman reports that the group Empire State Voices had planned a protest to demand that Molinaro do whatever he could to avoid a government shutdown on from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 15 on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge between Greene and Columbia counties. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon reports for Columbia-Greene Media that on Nov. 13 an unknown number of protesters gathered outside of Rep. Marc Molinaro’s office in Leeds for a ceasefire in Gaza. The protest was part of the American Friends Service Committee’s Day of Action for peace in Palestine. Spee Braun, organizer of the Greene County protest, said of the makeshift memorials for those killed in the fighting, “We wanted to remember the children who have been killed up to now.” In a statement to the media, Molinaro said he does not support a ceasefire. He said, “There was a ceasefire on Oct. 6. Then, on Oct. 7, Hamas launched a savage attack, murdering innocent civilians and taking hostages. Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorism and the United States will stand with them.” Braun disagreed, saying, “Our tax dollars are paying for Israel’s actions, we’re paying for bombs to be dropped on hospitals.... We need Molinaro to stand up and say no tax dollars for war crimes.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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