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27 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Episode 43: Karen Smythe Returns & Justin Gets Naturalized
In Episode 43, Justin talks about his naturalization and upcoming musical fundraisers, and Sajaa interviews candidate for NY State Senate District 41, Karen Smythe. Karen returns to the podcast for a third time, which ties her with Gareth Rhodes for most appearances! Karen talks about issues ranging from the impact of Justice Ginsburg's passing to the COVID crisis's implications on Dutchess/Putnam Counties and beyond. Please chip in to elect Karen here. Get Involved with Karen's Campaign Here: https://karen4nysenate.com There are two upcoming musical fundraisers for NY19 candidates available to stream: Wreckless Eric, Amy Rigby & Brian Dewan in support of Betsy Kraat, Assembly District 102 Candidate October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/412073336445074 Woodstock Democratic Committee Fundraiser featuring Justin! and Jack DeJohnette October 8, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/433358900963531
21 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Episode 42: Betsy for Assembly District 102 in the Wake of Coroneonta
In Episode 42, we hear an excerpt of Rep. Antonio Delgado's campaign kickoff speech before we hear Sajaa's discussion with Assembly District 102 candidate, Betsy Kraat. Betsy and Sajaa talk about COVID isolation, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta, and Betsy's background as a tenant organizer. You can reach out to Betsy's campaign and get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to get involved as we enter the final few weeks before Election Day by signing for a phone bank shift or eight: https://delgadoforcongress.com/get-involved/.
34 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Episode 41: Relaunch & Overtime with Michelle Hinchey
Spotlight 19, NY19’s original podcast on all things Congressional District 19 is back after a year-long hiatus! We talk to MichelleHinchey, candidate for NY Senate District 46, about growing up in Saugerties and in a campaigning household and hear a call to action from Representative Antonio Delgado on how important it is to get involved this cycle. Visit delgado.vote to learn more about the Weekend Of Action phonebanking days on September 4-6 and visit www.hincheyforny.com for more comprehensive information on Michelle Hinchey’s platform.
29 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Episode 40: Over the Hill with Ulster County Comptroller Candidate March Gallagher & Clegg for D.A.
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.
31 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
Episode 39: NY19 Veteran's Advisory Committee Chair Malia Du Mont & 2020 NY19 Speculation
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.
32 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
EPISODE 38: ENVIRONMENT/PFAS DEEP DIVE WITH JUDITH ENCK AND REP. DELGADO
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/ To sign up for Representative Delgado's newsletter and stay up to date about when he will be in a location near you, visit: https://delgado.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe
33 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
Episode 37: Spotlight 19 Returns to Discuss Education with Alexandria Wojcik, New Paltz Village Trustee Candidate
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.
5 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
Spotlight 19 RETURNS for Season 4 & Women's History Month
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!
44 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
Episode 36: A Potential Series Finale, Joyce St. George Takes on Dark Money and Gareth Rhodes with Show Up 2018
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
21 minutes | Oct 22, 2018
Episode 35: Visiting Faso's Own Kinderhook & Conversation with Tistrya Houghtling, Assembly Candidate NY District 107!
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!
23 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
Episode 34: Mike Pence Doubles Down for Faso and Interview with Obama-Endorsed Karen Smythe for NY State Senate
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!
38 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Episode 33: NY19 Youth Spurs Change with Hudson Valley Votes & NY Senate Candidate Jen Metzger
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.
27 minutes | Aug 20, 2018
Episode 32: McEvoy for Gerrymandering Marvel NY Assembly District 101 and Iris Gillingham Will Save Earth
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!
36 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Episode 31: Faso's Missing in DC, Tin Horn Uprising & NY State Candidate Pat Strong
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.
35 minutes | May 1, 2018
Episode 30: A Red Slip, a Blue Shift, and Kingston Creative on Medicare for All
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.
20 minutes | Apr 19, 2018
Episode 29: Faso versus SNAP; a Partial Interview with Aidan O'Connor (Election 4/24!!)
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.
53 minutes | Apr 11, 2018
Episode 28: Equal Pay Day and Interview with Erin Collier
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!
71 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Episode 27: Faso's False Equivalence and Final TinyTownHall with Brian Flynn
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.
64 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
Episode 26: Irish Potatoes and #TinyTownHall with Antonio Delgado
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/ Please rate and review the podcast!
57 minutes | Mar 16, 2018
Episode 25: Faso's Anti-Walkout Stance and #TinyTownHall with Dave Clegg
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!
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