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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20190320

Mar 16, 2019 9:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck). The Fivethirtyeight.com website reports that, so far, Delgado votes with Donald Trump's positions zero percent of the time. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (5:52).

• Delgado voted March 14 "expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress." This was one of those rare bipartisan votes, passing 420-0, with four representatives voting "present" and seven not voting.

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media John Mokszycki, superintendent of the Water and Wastewater Department for the tow n of Greenport, testified last week in Washington D.C. at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on rural infrastructure needs. Mokszycki responded to questions posed by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado about the challenges faced by small rural communities like Greenport when it comes to maintaining and upgrading their water infrastructure. Mokszycki is an expert on rural water infrastructure and has led numerous projects in Greenport, including the latest project that will replace 14,000 feet of pipe in the town. He said small communities face the same kinds of infrastructure problems that larger municipalities do, but have trouble financing the solutions. Mokszycki told the committee that federal funding has gone a long way to curb some of the infrastructure expenses for residents in Greenport. He cited as an example a project upgrading Greenport’s wasterwater treatment facility — a project that came with a $9.5 million price tag, and by the time the 30-year loan was paid off, it would have cost the town $17 million. Federal funds helped defray the costs. “We were fortunate — we will end up spending about $4 million for that same plant, which made it something our community was able to afford,” Mokszycki said. “We could never have afforded it without that help. We were very fortunate to get a zero interest loan and we were extremely fortunate to get half-loan forgiveness.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

Hudson High School announced March 7 that Rep. Antonio Delgado will be the school's commencement address speaker at graduation ceremonies June 28. Delgado is a first-term legislator who has held 11 town hall meetings since taking office in January. This week, on March 19, Delgado holds an "Interactive Federal Budget Workshop" at 4 p.m. at the Professional Academic Center at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson.
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