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Stefanik is sometimes misleading about pork she brings to her district

Oct 03, 2022 12:21 pm

Zach Hirsch reports for North Country Public Radio that Rep. Elise Stefanik claims she brings $600 million into her 21st Congressional District, but that figure is misleading. Scott Horton, the town supervisor of Caroga in Fulton County, supports Stefanik’s record on agriculture and veterans issues. But he says he applied for federal grants through Stefanik's office to help with the repairs to a fire-damaged town hall and got rejected twice. “It was not supported by the Congresswoman and I think it should have been,” Horton said. Correction officers at the federal prison in Ray Brook say the local prison workers' union has tried to meet with Stefanik to talk about staffing issues, but she has not talked with them. While many supporters quoted in the story praise Stefanik for help winning federal aid, she also takes credit for money she did not help to secure. A recent press release titled “Stefanik Delivers Over $586,000 for NY-21 Fire Departments” but in the fine print, the release acknowledges that Stefanik only helped some of the fire departments. Stefanik also has taken credit for projects she opposes. Last year Stefanik described the American Rescue Plan Covid relief package as “filled with pork projects, special interest giveaways, and the Far-Left’s policy wish list.” But after it passed she sent out a press release celebrating a grant for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe with over $850,000 from the relief package that she voted against. A spokesperson for Stefanik would not directly comment on any of these issues, changing the subject instead. Starting in January, the 21st Congressional District will include Rensselaer County. Read the full story at the North Country Public Radio website.

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