Rep. Claudia L. Tenney

Tenney to host town hall Sept. 19 in Camden

Published Sep 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

CAMDEN — Congresswoman Claudia L. Tenney will field questions from constituents and discuss policy issues during a town hall event Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Nicole’s of Camden, 9501 Route 13.

This will be Tenney’s first large in-person public forum for residents since taking office. It comes nearly nine months after the Republican from New Hartford began her first term. Such events hosted by elected officials, especially members of Congress, are a part of American politics. The idea is that representatives should return home and mix with the people.

Reservations are required, and tickets are non-transferable. Duplicate or copied tickets will not be accepted. To sign up, visit Nicole’s can accommodate 300 people, according to its website.

“I look forward to hearing from the people of the 22nd District and sharing all that I have accomplished for our region during my brief time in Congress,” said Tenney in a statement announcing next week’s event.

The announcement was issued Monday afternoon through the congresswoman’s campaign committee and not her official office.

No other public forums in the sprawling district that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier have been announced. The 22nd is made up of all of four counties, including Oneida and Madison, and parts of four others.

Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica, who has announced he’ll run for Tenney’s seat in 2018, objects to the involvement of the congresswoman’s campaign committee with the town hall meeting.

“It is suspicious that a question-and-answer session with the congresswoman would not be sponsored by her official office, so that people attending who need help with a federal agency can receive assistance at the event by caseworkers,” he said in a statement. “A campaign-sponsored event is simply not the same thing.”

He added, “In addition, attendees may even be screened for party affiliation or other means, since this is a campaign event.”

The Tenney campaign dismissed Brindisi’s assertions.

“Liberal Anthony Brindisi is a fake news machine and a fake moderate,” said a statement issued by the campaign committee. “Rep. Claudia Tenney is having a town hall meeting and it is open and being promoted to the general public.”

It continued, “Unfortunately, paid field organizers from the NY Democratic Party are already working overtime to organize protesters to disrupt the event and prevent a constructive dialogue. These protesters do not want to productively discuss the issues with Rep. Tenney, instead they want to use the town hall as a platform for self-promotion.”

Tenney is expected to seek re-election.

The decorum at some congressional town hall meetings this year has more closely resembled shouting matches than two-way conversations.

Some members of Congress have curtailed public forums.