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New York News
10:06 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Rep. Tonko Celebrates Mario Cuomo On House Floor

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko celebrated fellow Democrat Mario Cuomo on the House floor Monday night, days after the former governor died at 82. Tonko called Cuomo "the greatest of governors of New York."

New York News
12:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Tonko Clinches Fourth Term

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, one of only a few upstate New York Democrats to win convincingly on Election Day, is returning to a Congress in a decided minority.

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New York News
2:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Capital Region Congressional Candidates Head Into Election Season

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With election season now in full swing, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th district has been touring the Capital Region. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jim Fischer is ramping up his own campaign. 

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Capital Region News
4:47 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Leader Pelosi To Visit Albany Sunday With Rep. Tonko

Rep. Paul Tonko will join former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Albany on Sunday.
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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will join fellow Democrats in the Albany area on Sunday as part of a bus tour that is kicking off in Seneca Falls. Pelosi and Representatives Paul Tonko of the Capital Region and Carolyn Maloney from New York City are taking part in the When Women Succeed, American Succeeds: Women on a Roll bus tour. The visit is slated for 4:30 Sunday in Albany. The tour ending in Chicago will push for a minimum wage hike, equal pay, paid sick leave, and affordable child care.

New York News
5:51 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Saratoga County GOP Endorses Congressional Candidate For 20th District

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The Saratoga County Republican Party has selected a candidate to run for Congress in New York’s 20th District, where a longtime Capital District political figure cruised to reelection two years ago.

Recently, Jim Fischer was selected by the Saratoga County Republican Committee as the endorsed candidate to run in the Congressional race in the 20th District, a seat currently held by three-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko.

The 20th district was redrawn in 2012. Tonko, a former state Assemblyman, previously represented New York’s former 21st district.

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New York News
6:41 am
Fri November 29, 2013

NY Conressman Paul Tonko: Republicans Face Political Fallout

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, says his Republican colleagues could face political fallout if the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act gives way to a successful program in the long term. Tonko spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

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3:34 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

New York Rep. Paul Tonko - Obama On Climate Change And SCOTUS On DOMA

New York Rep. Paul Tonko

In a speech being lauded by environmental activists, yesterday President Barack Obama announced several proposals to limit pollution that is contributing to climate change. The policies include the establishment of carbon pollution standards for power plants and increased funding for clean energy technology over the coming decades.

For reaction to the speech WAMC spoke with Representative Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th District. Before discussing climate change we asked Tonko for his reaction to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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Capital Region News
12:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives

Congressman Paul Tonko reads to pre-K students in Albany, June 2013.
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As another school year comes to a close, education and education funding remain among the top concerns for parents, teachers and public officials.

President Barack Obama's “Early Learning Days of Action” initiative was highlighted in New York last week as Congressman Paul Tonko read to 16 children enrolled in what's called "The Butterfly Class" at Albany Head Start. The pre-K students were delighted with Tonko's chosen work: "Welcome To Kindergarten" by Anne Rockwell.

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US News
1:52 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Sequester Continues... How Long?

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Sequestration cuts continue taking their toll - U.S. Representative Paul Tonko says Congress is ready to bargain.

Sequester cuts are affecting everything from "Meals on Wheels" programs to cancer clinics being forced to turn Medicare patients away due to the high cost of chemotherapy.

Is sequestration any closer to resolution?

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko

  Tax reform means different things to different people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat who represents the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that certain corporate loopholes should be closed.