Congressional Candidates Faso, Teachout at Ulster Chamber Breakfast Meeting

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September 07, 2016
The next Monthly Breakfast Meeting of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce will feature the candidates to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. Republican John Faso of Kinderhook and Democrat Zephyr Teachout of Dover Plains will be answering questions from local business leaders at the event, scheduled for 7:30-9:00 a.m. Thursday September 29th at the Best Western Plus in Kingston.
Chamber President Ward Todd said the candidates would lay out their platforms and then answer questions from Chamber members at the breakfast.
“We want our members to be informed when they go to the polls,” Todd said. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to come and meet the candidates. One of them will be our next representative in Washington, so this is extremely important.”
The candidates, who have both waged campaigns for governor in the past, cruised to easy primary wins in the spring.
Faso served in the state Assembly from 1987 to 2002. He was minority leader from 1998 to 2002, when he surrendered that post to make a run for state comptroller. He also ran for governor in 2006.
Since leaving politics, Faso has worked as an attorney, but he made a political comeback because American and upstate New York “are in the midst of an economic crisis. Stagnant or declining wages, job losses and exorbitant property taxes are driving people and jobs away from our region,” Faso said.
Teachout is an associate professor of law at Fordham University. She stepped down late last year as CEO and chairwoman of the campaign finance reform-oriented Mayday PAC.
She challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. She lost the primary, but did manage to receive 34 percent of the vote, winning several upstate counties, including Ulster.
Teachout’s platform includes campaign finance reform; protecting public education; fighting for renewable energy; using innovation as a source of jobs and economic growth; and giving small business owners a voice.
New York’s 19th Congressional District, which Gibson has represented for the last three terms, includes all of Ulster, Greene, Columbia Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Sullivan counties and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Breakfast programs are open to members and non-members alike. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at
Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100