CALLICOON — Representative Antonio Delgado hit the streets in the hamlet of Callicoon on Tuesday to meet with local business owners and community stakeholders, discuss how they've weathered the …
CALLICOON — Representative Antonio Delgado hit the streets in the hamlet of Callicoon on Tuesday to meet with local business owners and community stakeholders, discuss how they've weathered the pandemic and hear what issues are important to residents in the Town of Delaware.
Delgado was joined by Town of Delaware Supervisor Stephan Lundgren, Councilmembers Cindy Herbert and Alfred Steppich, Town Clerk Tess McBeath and Sullivan County Planning Commissioner Freda Eisenberg.
“It was great to have Rep. Delgado come visit,” said Supervisor Lundgren. “For a small town like us, it certainly helps to establish a personal relationship with our congressman.”
The group met with Claire Marin of Catskill Provisions Distillery, Irene Nikolai of the Western Hotel, John Erik Karkula of the Callicoon Business Association's Depot Committee, Gene Burns of Riverside Remedies and Joe Lentini of Peppinos Pizza.
“As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, I'll keep working to deliver meaningful support and investment to our upstate businesses,” Delgado said.
Rep. Delgado had arrived in Sullivan County earlier that day to meet with staff at the Center for Discovery's future children's hospital in Rock Hill. He stopped in Callicoon afterward to meet with business owners before traveling to Hyde Park in Dutchess County to host a town hall later that evening.
It was Rep. Delgado's first time back in the Town of Delaware after he was joined by river conservation advocates and local elected officials to announce the formation of the Delaware River Watershed Congressional Caucus.
As the Democrat reported on April 13, this Caucus seeks to bring together members from both sides of the political aisle to secure federal funding to protect waterways.
Rep. Delgado voted to approve the American Rescue Plan that was passed by congress and signed into law in March which included a funding formula to deliver $130 billion in federal aid to smaller municipalities across the country.
As reported in the Democrat, that included $14.6 million in aid to Sullivan County and $280,000 to the Town of Delaware to help mitigate the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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