Town Hall Meetings for February 15

Another set of Rep. Reed’s Town Hall Meetings are taking place next Saturday, February 15. Thay start at 8:00 at Hopewell (Ontario County) Town Hall, 10:30 at Prattsburgh (Steuben County) Town Hall, 1:00 at Addison (Steuben County) Town Hall, and 3:30 at Southport Town Hall (Chemung County). His website gives more information about the meetings.

Weather permitting I am planning on going to the Prattsburgh meeting. If anyone makes it to other meetings, let us know about the topics the crowd brings up and his responses. We would like to share them with other readers.

There was an article in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle about a month ago praising Rep. Reed’s meetings. After telling about his Reed’s January 14 slate of Town Halls, the author wrote

“While that’s as it should be, it is not always the case. Too many lawmakers, including local Rep. Louise Slaughter, avoid such get-togethers. They may argue that they attend public events regularly, and that’s true. But a press conference is different from a session devoted solely to hearing from constituents.

Speaking of which, constituents must make the most of such opportunities. Residents in the 23rd District with advice or questions about health care, immigration reform, unemployment benefits, the farm bill, gun control and a host of issues should not pass on the opportunity to take their case directly to their congressional representative next week. It’s an opportunity voters in many another district envy.”

I never did get back to the paper to inform them that the Town Hall meetings are not Press Conferences, but more like campaign stops. He by no means answers every question; he doesn’t even look at every question. His side kick Joe selects the questions that he think Tom would like to answer. Then, as illustrated in earlier articles, might not answer the question, but passes along his talking points. A classic example is when he was asked,  “What are your positions on dumping fracking fluids on roads and storing fluids in old wells?”   We heard four minutes of his Fracking Stump speech, and the question rephrased, and finally we heard his basic non-answer: “I feel the state is in a very good position  to address the issues to deal with it.”

Joe does tell you if Tom doesn’t answer your question, his staff will contact you with the answer. Just to let you know, they have never contacted me to answer any of my questions.

With that being said, these meetings do give us the opportunity to interact with him and to hear others’ concerns. We also meet people who do not agree with him.


About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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8 Responses to Town Hall Meetings for February 15

  1. BOB McGILL says:

    First of all the natural elements found in fracking fluids has been in the ground water for millions of years. Methane has been in well water forever you just didn’t know it, that is why they are testing the well water before they frack. The so called TOXIC CHEMICALS have been used in common everyday household products for decades. Women probably put more fracking chemicals on their face every morning than they will ever be exposed to by fracking gas wells. Have you ever read Penn Yan’s water quality report ? The same stuff that is in fracking fluids is in your drinking water NOW. The use of TOXIC CHEMICALS in municipal drinking water to kill bacteria is dangerous too and probably more so. I read a DEC report that said that there is so much DDT in the fish from Keuka Lake you shouldn’t eat them.


  2. pystew says:

    Bob, It took me a long time to figure out the connection between the article and your comment. I guess you missed the point about Rep. Reed not answering the Fracking question at the Jerusalem Town Hall meeting. He advertises them as a time to listen to each other. The question, which Sidekick Joe chose, asked about using the fracking water on the roads. We heard his whole list of the republican approved talking points…never getting to the question until it was rephrased, (and reality it had to be rephrased more than once). The D&C article called his Town Hall Meets as News Conferences, which they are not. Yes, I have read the Penn Yan water quality report. I would like you to site your source about Keuka Lake, something more than “a DEC report”.


  3. whungerford says:

    Bob, the toxic chemical used to kill bacteria in municipal water supplies is chlorine. It is also used in swimming pools. Chlorine isn’t dangerous at the concentrations used. Disease causing bacteria in drinking water or swimming pools would be very dangerous, however.


  4. BOB McGILL says:…/sedimentcore.p...

    If you actually knew anything about the DEC and the reaserch done on these lakes you would know the DEC relies on the reasearch done by FINGER LAKES INSTITUTE at HOBART !!!!!!!!!!! 😛


  5. BOB McGILL says:…/chemicals-drilling-mixes-source-fea…‎CachedThe VindicatorLoading…Feb 17, 2012 – In comparison, two other nearby Chesapeake wells used about … of the chemicals used in fracking are also in everyday household products is …HERE IS WHAT EXON SAYS—-While the composition of fracking fluids may be different from one well to another – depending on the depth and characteristics of the rock – the basic components of fracking fluids are fairly standard. In fact, many are used in a wide variety of consumer products. This chart shows the common ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids, as well as how they’re used in everyday life – in everything from detergents to cosmetics to food.…/fracking-fluid-disclosure-w…


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    The primary organic chemicals detected within the Finger Lakes sediment cores are
    dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolites, and Polychlorinated biphenyl’s (PCBs).
    These anthropogenic compounds are currently banned for use in the United States. In general, findings for DDT and its metabolites indicate that peak concentrations occurred several decades ago and that concentrations have declined markedly since that time. Although levels have declined, surficial sediment DDT concentrations remain above the TEL for total DDT in Keuka, Seneca, Conesus, and Canandaigua Lakes. As expected from the existing fish consumption advisory, Keuka Lake sediments show the highest
    DDT levels. However, indications from both sediments and fish flesh analyses suggest that DDT levels continue to decline in Keuka Lake. Findings for PCBs are somewhat less


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    I didn’t miss anything ! Point is when you only have 2 hours why get into a topic as complex as this, when you’re dealing with an idiot


  8. BOB McGILL says:

    By the way, if you see a DOT truck dumping brine on the roads in New York it is not necessarily brine from FRACKING. The DOT makes their own brine !


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