The Fire House is the key community center to many rural towns in upstate New York. That includes the Schuyler County Town of Tyrone. The meeting room is known for Pancake breakfasts and Harvest Dinners, as well as a community meeting room. Last Saturday (April 1), it was filled with those who traveled to Tyrone to partake Rep. Tom Reed third Town Hall meeting of the day.
The following is a summary of the event from a Facebook entry. I received permission to post it here. (Thanks, Kay).
Congressman Tom Reed – 23rd District NY – held a Town Hall Meeting today in the firehouse of the Town of Tyrone. Approximately 150 people attended and the following issues were addressed:
- Planned Parenthood
- President Trump’s tax returns, and
- a brief mention of the Russian investigation.
Needless to say he is pretty much supporting this administration’s agenda but he was open to having people ask questions. Everyone was quite respectful but very concerned as to the direction of this country —
He is obviously very supportive of coal, natural gas and oil but did say he supports wind and solar; he feels the EPA needs to relax regulations so more coal jobs can be created;
He is against Planned Parenthood and against invading Trump’s privacy on his tax returns.
The bulk of the crowd were not in agreement and a lady from Corning area spoke very eloquently about the Planned Parenthood issue, scolding him on his stance on this issue.
Cong. Reed is a very smooth talker and one can’t help but wonder if he is getting a subtle message from these town hall meetings — people are coming to these that have never been involved in politics in the past and they are not happy with him and the positions he is taking.
I believe it is safe to say “we will remember how you have voted and what you have said when it comes to 2018. Your re-election won’t be a cakewalk!”
Since Kay posted her summary to Facebook, The (Dundee) Observer, a weekly newspaper, published their take on the meeting. You can read Reed’s comments on the above issues. The reporter ended the article with the following question:
The meeting closed with a man noting Reed is a close friend of Trump who is “making huge dollars” during his presidency “which is totally non-presidential.” The questioner wanted to know if Reed could stand up to Trump in this regard. Reed said he could.”
The follow-up questions could have been: “Will you, and when?”