A podcast featuring Justin and Sajaa Tracy reviewing Representative John Faso's votes in Congress and other local and state issues affecting Congressional District 19. Each week, we will interview a new District 19 resident or candidate to address issues you care about!
In Episode 40 (!!!!!!!!!!!), Spotlight 19 speaks to Ulster County Comptroller Candidate March Gallagher, who would become Ulster County's first elected female comptroller on her vision for good governance and protecting the taxpayers and residents of Ulster County. You can find out how to get involved with March's campaign at www.marchforulster.com. We also hear from Dave Clegg, an old friend of Spotlight 19 who is now running for District Attorney to bring a progressive vision of criminal justice reform and an approach based in rehabilitation to the opioid crisis. Visit cleggforda.com for more information. This election season is the first time New York State voters will have the ability to vote early. To find out information on Ulster County's early voting sites, visit: https://elections.ulstercountyny.gov/early-voting/. For other counties, please visit your county board of elections site. You can access the State Board of Elections website here.
In Episode 39(!), Sajaa and Justin briefly speculate on the 2020 NY19 race before Sajaa interviews Malia K. Du Mont, Chair of the NY19 Veteran's Advisory Committee. Major Du Mont was named to the position by Rep. Delgado in May. Malia enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1999. Malia and Sajaa discuss her career, including service in Afghanistan, her current position as Chief of Staff at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and the work of the Veteran's Advisory Committee. Some of the issues that face NY19 veterans include difficulties navigating bureaucracy in receiving benefits and the lack of a women's VA clinic within NY19. Malia is also committed to issues facing student veterans. You can find out more about Malia here and can email her directly with questions about the Committee at email@example.com, and keep track of the work of the Veteran's Advisory Committee by signing up for Rep. Delgado's email list here.
In Episode 38, Spotlight 19 takes a deep dive into environmental issues in NY19, with a specific focus on the PFAS issue. PFAS are a group of chemicals used to produce firefighting foam and other heavy industrial products that are known carcinogens. Companies like Dupont and 3M are just some of the entities responsible for these chemicals. Spotlight 19's own Sajaa Tracy was fortunate to speak to Judith Enck, former Region 2 EPA Administrator who provides a primer on the PFAS issue. Sajaa also spoke with Representative Antonio Delgado, who appears on the show for the first time as our Congressman (after many appearances as candidate)! Congressman Delgado will talk about some of the legislation and work he has done on the PFAS issue. Three ways to listen: Stream directly here or here, or download on your podcast app here!
To find out more about the environmental initiatives discussed by Judith Enck in the episodes, visit, follow her on at https://twitter.com/enckj and visit http://beyondplastics.org/
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Hosts Justin and Sajaa Tracy return after a hiatus that began during the 2018 Election. They talk off-the-cuff on Congressman Delgado's impressive first few months in office, about education issues and wonder how Betsy DeVos is still in her position dismantling the Department of Education. Then, Sajaa interviews Alexandria Wojcik, SUNY New Paltz and Delgado campaign alum and candidate for New Paltz Village trustee. Alex shares her vision for New Paltz and thoughts on public higher education and the student debt crisis. She is the first Spotlight 19 guest to be running a no-dollar campaign! You can learn more about Alex here.
Spotlight 19 returns with a new season of full-length episodes in April 2019! In our short preview episode, we hear from Karen Smythe, one of many impressive women who ran for office for the first time and propelled 2018's blue wave. Despite the narrowest of losses to Sue Serino in Senate District 41, Karen has continued to advocate for the progressive, pro-women's equity agenda she committed to in her campaign and hold Sue accountable for her anti-women stances. We listen in to Karen's riveting speech from the International Woman's Day March and Rally in New Paltz and to her discussion of pro-choice legislation recently passed in New York. Be sure to follow Spotlight 19 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date. Be sure to subscribe to the Indivisible The Fight is On monthly blast to stay up-to-date on Spotlight 19 and access exclusive content from Karen Smythe and many more NY19 activists!
In perhaps the ultimate episode of Spotlight 19, Justin gives a pep talk on the podcast's journey. Then, we talk to Senate District 51 Candidate Joyce St. George about her district, the environment, and fighting dark money. And one last conversation with our friend and former NY19 Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes on his new youth voter turnout initiative, Show Up 2018. He tells us his opinion of the race as well!
Nothing left to do but get out the vote on November !6t
In Episode 35, Spotlight 19 explains that there are no more John Faso votes to track since Congress remains on recess until Election Day on November 6. Then, a great conversation held in Kinderhook (home of John Faso!) this summer with Tistrya Houghtling, who is running for state assembly in District 107. Find more about Tistrya here!
In Episode 34, Sajaa and Justin return with a little over 30 days to go until the election. A quick update on the NY19 Congressional race between Faso and Antonio Delgado; talking about Faso's hypocritical support of Judge Kavanaugh, his fundraiser with Mike Pence in NYC, and a recap of some of his September votes. Then, an interview with Karen Smythe, running for NY State Senate for District 41, who was endorsed by Barack Obama this week!
In Episode 33, Spotlight 19 talks to Jazmin Kay and Liam Kahn of Hudson Valley Votes on getting NY19 youth involved and voting. The Hudson Valley Votes concert is on October 20, so save the date! Then, we speak to Jen Metzger, NY State Senate candidate for the 42nd Senate District. We talk about the environment, funding our public schools and much more. Please don't forget to vote in the Thursday, September 13th primary. If you are in Jen's district you can vote for her via write-in even if you are unaffiliated with a party.
Don't forget that you can find out about all of Antonio Delgado's town halls in all 11 counties here.
In Episode 32, a brief update on the Delgado campaign's new office in Hyde Park, where Faso closed his office early in his term as NY19 Congressman. Sajaa speaks to Iris Fen Gillingham, youth activist from Sullivan County who is combating climate change through This is Zero Hour and saving the planet with Earth Guardians. Then, we talk to Chad McEvoy, candidate for New York's 101st Assembly District, perhaps the most gerrymandered in the state. Chad tells us about a petition scandal and his vision for the rural communities in the 101st. He also shares his excellent campaign jingle!
Spotlight 19 returns after a three-month hiatus, ready to flip #NY19 blue. We talk about a few of Faso's actions and votes from the summer and speak with Caroline Crowell, an NY19 youth activist who was denied a meeting with Faso while attending an ACLU Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. We learn about the origins of Tin Horn Uprising, NY19's Resistance Brass Band. Finally, a conversation with Pat Strong, Democratic candidate for New York State Senate's 46th District.
In Episode 30(!), we talk about the special elections that weren't quite the win hoped for, but did indicate a huge shift blue! We talk about Faso's votes, that help musicians, harm endangered species, and Five Fast Faso Facts dips into Faso's actions in 1998. Then, we hear from Gabrielle Green and Alex Panagiotopoulos of Kingston Creative, who created a Medicare for All Guide to this year's November elections that went viral in the best way. We talk about their own experiences with health care as #NY19 constituents pursuing the gig economy, volunteering for Dave Clegg, and more.
In Episode 29, Sajaa and Justin talk about some of Faso's votes since he returned to DC after his recess, and his new war against SNAP beneficiaries that will undoubtedly result in more food insecure constituents right here in #NY19. Then, we discuss the special election in Assembly District 102 which includes parts of NY19, including Greene, Ulster, Albany, Columbia, Schoharie, Delaware and Otsego Counties. Chris Tague, the Republican candidate, is being supported by Faso and is wholly unfit to be representing anyone. Then, a phone interview with Aidan O'Connor, the Democratic candidate, that's unfortunately cut short because of a dropped call, the norm in NY19! Luckily Aidan has a plan to address cell and broadband once he's in the Assembly! Find out more about Aidan here: www.aidanforassembly.com.
In Episode 28, Justin tells us about the upcoming Faso Friday (4/13/18), where Jewish Voices for Peace will be in attendance, and Tin Horn Uprising, in cooperation with Rise Up Kingston and Citizens Action is sponsoring another protest outside Faso’s office at noon on April 17, 2018, tax day for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Five Fast Faso Facts is Equal Pay Day themed, focused on the 21 times Faso voted against measures to guarantee equal pay for equal work for women. Then, Sajaa's March 29 interview with our newest NY19 Democratic candidate, Erin Collier!
In Episode 27, Justin reminds us about the Black Women's March on April 7, talks about Faso's usual inaccessibility during Congressional recess, and his unwillingness to denounce the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which Robert Mercer, a prominent Faso supporter, among others, aided in facilitating stealing Facebook user data for political purposes. Faso instead likened the scandal to social media techniques used during the Obama campaign. A return of #FiveFastFasoFacts travels to 1997, when Faso voted against a raise in the minimum wage.
We end our #TinyTownHall series with #NY19 candidate Brian Flynn. We delve into his background and any questions that may have arisen, we get deep with a discussion on morality, and about the time he rented a fancy car.
This week, Justin talks about the Black Women's March and Rise Up Kingston's #PackTheCourtforCallie protest. We delve into Faso's support of Ben Shapiro and ex-Sheriff David Clarke, two public figures on the extreme conservative side of things, as well as newly-named war-hawk John Bolton's support of Faso. We talk Faso's votes for the budget, and #FiveFastFasoFacts explores 1996, the year John Faso thought required curriculum about the Irish Potato Famine was "silly".
Then, we talk to Antonio Delgado, candidate for Congress in #NY19. Our lovely youth correspondent from Eye On Politics talks to Delgado about guns and her experience with the walkout, Antonio fields questions on his stance on Medicare for All, his residency, how he intends not to be influenced by his donors, and reflecting on race in this primary and the general. You can learn more about Antonio at www.delgadoforcongress.com/
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In Episode 25, Justin wishes NY19Votes a happy birthday, explains why we need to #PacktheCourtForCallie on Tuesday, March 20 as Callie Jayne, former activist with Citizens Action of Hudson Valley and founder of Rise Up Kingston, becomes the 10th protester at Faso's Office to be met with criminal action. We talk about Faso's votes to incrementally roll back consumer protection, good and bad votes for the environment, and the bill for school safety that fails to address guns. #FiveFastFasoFacts returns with a journey to 1995.
Then, we turn to Dave Clegg's #TinyTownHall. Maitreya Motel of Eye on Politics returns, and Dave's asked about his positions on HUD and AR-15s. Sajaa asks about foreign policy, law school hypotheticals and the candidates as job creators for the mechanics in the district as they log thousands of miles!
This week, Justin and Sajaa speak to the constituent who wrote an OpEd in the Poughkeepsie Journal about the various barriers Representative Faso has created in being an accessible representative to #NY19. Faso responded to her by calling her objections to his accessibility, "sour grapes." Faso's vote to diminish protections offered by Dodd-Frank is summed up, as is his total silence on #BlackHistoryMonth. Then, Jeff Beals' #TinyTownHall in which Eye On Politics girl Maitreya Motel asks about gun control, we hear from a long-time union member, and Sajaa digs deep into Beals' background regarding his family farm and experience in Iraq. Find out more about Jeff Beals' campaign for Congress here. Happy Petition Season!
In Episode 23, Pat Ryan joins NY19 constituents and Spotlight 19 for tough questions ranging from 12-year-old Maitreya on gun control, to not taking corporate money, to his time working for military defense contractors. Sajaa asks how his concept of patriotism has evolved over time and why he should be the one of the six candidates to take on John Faso. Prior to the #TinyTownHall, Justin talks about Faso's blank calendar during the week-long Congressional recess and we hear from Faso's teletown hall, in which he refuses to reject money from the NRA.
In Episode 22, Spotlight 19 gears up for the June 26, 2018 Democratic primary election by having Gareth Rhodes back on the show. Gareth speaks to a small cohort of #NY19 constituents who ask him some tough questions, followed by an interview with Sajaa. This is all preceded by Justin recounting Faso's votes this week, including one gutting the American with Disabilities Act and reminding listeners about Faso's record on gun control in light of the horrific Florida shooting. Please subscribe, rate, review, and follow us on social media!
More on Gareth here: www.garethrhodes.com
Justin and Sajaa discuss Faso's comfort with the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign while he voted to extend the ability for the government to surveil Americans; Five Fast Faso Facts returns with some gems from the 80s that are so fitting today, and Melanie Whaley and Scott Duquette from Indivisible, the Fight is On to tell listeners more about how this fantastic Dutchess County group got started and what's next.
Spotlight 19 is back! Justin and Sajaa talk about the GOP Tax Bill and how John Faso was able to vote no, his vote on concealed carry, and allowing mining leases in federally protected lands in Minnesota. They also size up Faso's response to #MeToo and the Women's March. Then, an interview with Emilio Gironda and Lynne Lamoree, who have been working with Citizens Action of the Hudson Valley on Faso Friday to ensure that there is a protest outside of John Faso's district office every single Friday! Be sure to find out what actions you can take to turn NY19 Blue by heading over to NY19votes.com.
Over Veteran's Day weekend, Sajaa and Justin had the opportunity to meet Chris Gibson, NY19 (and NY20) Congressman from 2010-2016. They talk about his new book, Rally Point, and discuss the future of conservatism, America's role in the world, his time serving our country and in Congress, and successfully campaigning in NY19. You can get your own copy of Rally Point here or better yet, head to your local bookstore. We like Oblong in Rhinebeck!
We return to our regular format and record on Election Day, tracking Representative Faso's votes throughout October, including one against the initial GOP tax plan, as well as some of his activities during recess. All that followed by a conversation from early October with Maitreya Motel, 11-year-old Rosendale #NY19 activist, vlogger, and creator of Eye On Politics! Watch all of Maitreya's videos here: http://eyeonpolitics.net/
In Episode 17, Spotlight 19 speaks to Dave Clegg, candidate for Congress in NY19, about his years working with the NY19 community and going up against Faso. We speak about Dave's positions on health care, reproductive freedom, the Second Amendment and more. This completes Spotlight 19's first round of conversations with NY19 candidates (unless, of course, more file to run!) and we hope to have everyone back!
In Episode 16, Spotlight 19 speaks to Joe Concra, mission control and co-founder of the O+ Festival, being held this weekend right here in Kingston in NY19. We speak on the importance of health care programs and the Festival's growth and inception. And, a recap of Representative Faso's voting record, spanning from stripping away reproductive freedoms to guaranteeing government funding for programs affecting mothers and young children. We also discuss briefly two of his cosponsored bills including the Scaffold Law repeal and a crackdown on fake organic crops.
In Episode 15, Spotlight 19 finally speaks with Representative Faso, via telephone on September 20, for fifteen minutes. Hear him responses to Sajaa's questions on DACA, drastic cuts to the EPA budget, the elimination of fiduciary duties of brokers, the Secretary of Education's position that online education might be an alternative to public school, Graham-Cassidy repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the estate tax. The featured organization for this week's show is the O+ Festival, in Kingston on October 6-8--learn more at opositivefestival.org and buy your ticket today!
Episode 15 will drop next week, with Spotlight 19 finally getting to speak to Representative John Faso. Given the mounting anxiety about the Graham-Cassidy Bill, here's what Rep. Faso had to say about his position.
In Episode 14, a discussion on Representative Faso's vote to cut budgets of agencies including the EPA and an appearance on CNN on September 17. Spotlight 19 also speaks to Dustin Reidy, of NY19Votes, on his take on the upcoming Congressional election in 2018 and the importance of voting in local elections this November, as well as what he's hearing from constituents on the ground during the NY19Votes Canvasses. The Fall Canvass is this Sunday, September 24!
Also, check out host Justin Tracy's new record, Mumbai Night, available now!
In Episode 13, Sajaa and Justin return to recap votes, discuss DACA and do a Faso Town Hall post-mortem. Justin talks about the differences at Senator Gillibrand versus Representative Faso's August Town Halls. Some more information on Representative Faso's trip to Israel this August, and on his July regulatory rollback votes. Then, an interview with Brian Flynn, candidate for Congress against aso. Find out more about Brian Flynn here, and don't forget to sign up to canvass with NY19votes on September 24!
In Episode 12, Spotlight 19 asks listeners to consider donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, specifically, to Americares. Then, Justin recounts some of the July Congressional votes cast by Representative Faso, Spotlight 19 participates in its first press gaggle following Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's town hall on Saturday, August 26 and she graciously provides a message to our listeners, and we speak to Glenn Geher of Move Forward NY, candidate for Ulster County Legislator, and SUNY New Paltz professor on the efforts it took for his group to set up a town hall for Representative Faso. Please subscribe and review!
In Episode 11, Justin explains where the hosts have been for the past month and a few general notes on what has been going on in NY19 over the past few weeks before getting into Sajaa's August 6, 2017 discussion with Sue Sullivan, Congressional candidate for NY19.
In Episode 10, Sajaa and Justin take a break from going through Representative Faso's votes to speak with Jeff Beals, democratic candidate for Congress. Jeff and Sajaa discuss a wide array of issues ranging from Jeff's time in Iraq as a diplomat to whether 8 candidates for Congress is too many. The interview was recorded July 31. Find out more about Jeff at www.uniteny19.com
In Episode 9, Justin recounts Representative Faso's June voting record, the return of Five Fast Faso Facts focusing on his time during and after law school, and Sajaa talks to Antonio Delgado, candidate for Congress in #NY19. Learn more about Antonio here.
In Episode 8, a special PSA from NY19 Votes' Dustin Reidy. Sajaa and Justin talk with Congressional candidate and veteran Pat Ryan over Independence Day weekend. Spotlight 19 will return to its regular format in the coming week, with a discussion of Representative Faso's voting record since June 21.
Sajaa and Justin talk about Faso's votes to roll back to consumer protection, additional bureaucracy for legal immigrants and an in-depth discussion with Lyndel Urbano, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Amida Care, on how the American Health Care Act (the ACA-repeal or "Trumpcare") will impact New York's 19th Congressional District. Featured organization this week is Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the episode is dedicated to the memory of Doris Kelly, long-time Hudson Valley activist and leader.
This week, Sajaa finally got through to ask Rep. John Faso a question, we debut our Five Fast Faso Facts section, and we talk to Congressional candidate Steve Brisee. Find out more about Steve at: https://stevenbrisee.com/. Check out our local farm, seedsongfarm.org, this week's featured organization.
Continued dismay over how Representative Faso continues to obscure his commitment to the environment by confusing the public, and Spotlight 19 somehow manages to spur interest of the Agricultural Retailer's PAC. Followed by an interview with Carla Nordstrom, a Delaware County resident with deep roots campaigning in the district. Visit her website at www.seedsofdemocracy.org.
This week, Spotlight 19 talks a little bit on Rep. John Faso's soft stance on Russia, deep cuts within the Department of Education, and National Police Week. But more importantly, they get to meet and talk to Gareth Rhodes, who just announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket to potentially run against John Faso in 2018. Find out more about Gareth at www.garethrhodes.com
In the third episode, Justin and Sajaa tackle John Faso's votes on overtime vs. comp time, flavored milk, drug testing those on unemployment, faking an interest in climate change solutions, and the zombie Trumpcare fallout.
Faso was on recess for two weeks--hear our take on his ShamHall, the event Representative Faso held outside of District 19 and our first interview with Meghann and Brian, two constituents who recently became involved with Indivisible Saugerties, met with Rep. Faso one-on-one and attended #FasoShamHall