ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Some New York residents are outraged a freshman U.S. congressman is attending an expensive fundraiser instead of holding town hall meetings to hear their concerns.
Dozens of protesters lined the busy street outside Fort Orange Club in Albany where a dinner and reception for Republican Congressman John Faso was held Wednesday.
Demonstrators urged Faso with signs and chants to hold up the Affordable Healthcare Act and oppose President Trump's proposed policies on immigration and environmental protection.
Healthcare advocates say Republicans' proposed Medicaid cuts will mean millions of dollars in federal funding loses for hospitals and nursing homes in Faso's district.
Peggy Kiwalski of Delmar says it was her first time attending a public protest because she is concerned Faso's votes on clean air and Medicaid do not reflect his constituents.
In a statement, Rep. Faso's office said “John Faso is pursuing an aggressive schedule of one-on-one and group meetings with constituents and organizations on a host of issues while traveling back and forth to one of the largest congressional districts in the country. Since he was sworn into Congress on January 3 and continuing throughout this recess week, Congressman Faso has met with dozens of constituents in our district office who have successfully advocated their positions, met with healthcare and insurance industry leaders in the district and throughout the state to ensure that New Yorkers are protected, spoken at public policy forums, and participated in live call-in programs on both radio and television. He is currently planning additional media appearances and a telephone town hall for hundreds of residents who have already signed up through our website (faso.house.gov).”