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Congressman visits Oneonta, fields questions

WEST ONEONTA — A new congressman introduced himself to constituents in the area on Monday, March 13.

Rep. Marc Molinaro, R-Red Hook, who was elected to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District in November, spoke at town hall meetings in Oneonta and Walton. The local stops were part of a tour of the 11 counties in the district, Molinaro said during his stop at Oneonta Town Hall.

“I think it is really important that any elected official ... spend time like this,” he said, as he greeted about 40 people in attendance. He said it is important to “listen to and learn from the people.”

Molinaro recalled his time as a village trustee and mayor in Tivoli, a Dutchess County village, and said he understands the challenges of local government. “When the roof leaks, it leaks on Republicans and Democrats,” he said. “It’s the job of local government to fix the roof.”

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