CNY Solidarity Coalition

Mark Rupert

About 400 people showed up at a Town Hall on Preserving Democracy to share opinions and ask questions of Congress Member John Katko – who wasn’t there. 

People voiced concerns about health care and not wanting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, about funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning services, about climate change and other environmental concerns, about education, and about honesty of the President.

File photo / WAER News

Ever since the Trump Administration entered the White House in January, local groups have been vocal about expressing their thoughts concerning policies on immigration, proposed federal spending cuts or plans to replace Obamacare.  This weekend, one group has decided to create their own public town hall meeting after requests for Congressmember John Katko to hold - in person - town halls never happened.  The gathering will be hosted by the C.N.Y. Solidarity Coalition.  Federal legislative team member Donna Oppedisano thinks the audience will hear more of those consistent messages.

Jacqueline King, center, was among nearly 300 demonstrators at the federal building Thursday.
Scott Willis / WAER News

Hundreds of Central New Yorkers braved the wind, cold, and snow by the federal building Thursday to call on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to lead the charge to resist President Trump’s cabinet appointments. The rally was part of a statewide day of action  to show support for Schumer.  Despite their efforts, democrats are in a losing battle so far to delay or altogether stop the confirmation process.   

  

             

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Several dozen people took to the streets Monday to have their voices heard – and want you to raise yours – in opposition to Trump Administration cabinet picks who deny climate change.  Local groups joined a national call to block certain appointments.