NY19 Forum

NY19 Forum

SUNY Hosts NY19 Democratic Candidates Forum December 6


NY 19 Congressional District

On December 6, Democrats will begin to take back the Hudson Valley congressional seat occupied for 20 years by the late, great Congressman Maurice Hinchey. All six registered Democratic candidates running for the New York 19th District congressional seat will appear at a “Meet the Candidates Forum” sponsored by The New Paltz Oracle and The New Paltz College Democrats on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

The candidates are: Jeffrey Beals of Woodstock, David Clegg of Woodstock, Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, Brian Flynn of Elka Park, Gareth Rhodes of Kerhonkson and Patrick Ryan of Gardiner. Each will offer opening and closing statements, take six rounds of questions, and answer prescreened questions from the audience. The forum will be moderated by Oracle Editor-in-Chief Melanie Zerah and New Paltz councilman Dan Torres.

The New Paltz Democratic Committee is proud to be a co-sponsor of the event along with The Gardiner Democratic Committee, Democracy Matters and NYPIRG.

The NY19 congressional seat is now held by Republican John Faso who does not face a primary challenger. Faso, a former lobbyist and state assemblyman, was elected in 2016. Faso was instrumental in bringing the failed GOP health care plan to the House floor, and has voted in concert with President Trump’s agenda during most of his first term. According to Roll Call, which covers Capitol Hill, Faso is the third most vulnerable congressman in the country.

So the choice of our NY 19 Democratic nominee for 2018 is critical! The New Paltz Dems encourage all registered Democrats, Independents and undecided voters to attend the forum to see and hear from all six of our primary candidates first-hand.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Place: Lecture Center Room 100, SUNY New Paltz Campus
Time: Doors open at 6:15. Event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and will be given out at the door. 400 seats available (arrive early).

It is important to note that the 19th Congressional District was reorganized following Maurice Hinchey’s retirement from Congress in January 2013. It now includes all of Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Sullivan, Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego counties and most of Dutchess County. Additionally the district includes sections of Rensselaer and Montgomery counties and a bit of Broome County — eleven in total. While the NY 19th district “leans Republican,” Ulster County Executive Mike Hein recently told members of the New Paltz Dems that, if the Democratic nominee can carry Ulster by 14 or 15 points, it will be possible to unseat Faso.

We urge everyone who plans to attend the forum to read about each of the candidates in advance and to also submit questions either to the moderators or during the event.

The website for each candidate is a good place to start:

Jeffrey Beals

David Clegg

Antonio Delgado

Brian Flynn

Gareth Rhodes

Patrick Ryan