Protesters denied access to Faso's Kingston office
Patricia Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman the group Indivisible Ulster says new rules at U.S. Rep. John Faso’s Kingston office denies citizens access to their elected representative. At noon every Friday for the past six months, residents have protested outside the building at 721 Broadway in Kingston, then headed into the building to fill out comment sheets in Faso's office. Recently that access was restricted and protesters are no longer permitted to enter the building. Their comment sheets must now be left at a window at the building's entrance. A representative of Indivisible Ulster said they were told procedures were changed due to "threats of violence" against the Kinderhook Republican. Faso's staff said the new procedures were instituted to reduce the disruption to other tenants of the building caused by the demonstrators. Press secretary John Lange said the changes were made at the recommendation of the building's owner. Lange declined to comment about the alleged threats to the congressman. Lange noted the restrictions are in place on Friday, only. At all other times, constituents seeking assistance on specific issues can always freely access Faso's office. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.