Hudson Valley 360: Delgado opens first office in Twin Counties
U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, on Monday cut the ribbon to open the newest office in his congressional district, at 420 Warren St., in Hudson. It is his first office in the Twin Counties.
Delgado will share the space with Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106.
“This is the fifth office that we have opened across the district,” Delgado said as he welcomed the crowd. “Over the last couple of years I have talked a lot about accessibility and transparency, I have talked a lot about the need for you to feel connected with your representative, and this is the first order of business when it comes to democracy — if you don’t feel connected to me, your rep, then we have no chance to solve these complicated matters. Across the district, no matter the party affiliation, people appreciate accessibility.”
The new office will serve as a resource for residents to call, email or come by in person to discuss issues or seek assistance with state or federal services.
Monday’s ceremony drew a packed house.
“I’d like to welcome all our constituents to visit us in our new district office in the heart of Warren Street,” Barrett said. “This location offers a walkable, accessible space that will better help us provide direct services to the people of Columbia and northern Dutchess counties. I look forward to sharing this location with Rep. Delgado and his team, and to continuing to deliver the best service possible to our constituents in the 106th Assembly District.”
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jeffrey Hunt said having both Delgado’s and Barrett’s offices in one location will be a benefit for the community.
“The fact that they are sharing space is something that we have talked a lot about here in Hudson — sharing space,” Hunt said. “It’s a pleasure to have them both here, so if you have an issue that may have state implications but also national implications, it’s one-stop shopping, which is a great thing for our community.”
There are no plans to open a district office in Greene County, and the Warren Street office is expected to handle constituent issues for residents in both counties, Greene County Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Jeff Friedman said.
“This office will serve the region,” Friedman said. “This brings access and that’s really important. In the past, our representative has always had an office in Kinderhook, which made it difficult for Greene County residents to go to the office, it was a further drive. This is more accessible now. From a Greene County perspective, it will give a lot more access and ability to communicate with the congressman, which is extremely important.”
The Warren Street office is Delgado’s fifth office in the 19th Congressional District, joining brick-and-mortar offices in Kingston, Delhi, Oneonta and Liberty.
The office opening came a couple of hours before Delgado was scheduled to hold his 16th town hall meeting at Subversive Malting + Brewing’s beer cafe on Main Street in Catskill. More on the town hall meeting in Wednesday’s edition.
Delgado’s first Greene County town hall was held at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville in February. Over the weekend he held a town hall meeting in Amenia in Dutchess County.
“Talking to folks, hearing their concerns and using my position as their elected representative to address them is the most important part of my job,” Delgado said. “Despite all of the noise going on in Washington, I am squarely focused on doing the work, and I’m looking forward to hearing from everyone.”