Congressman Pat Ryan will be heading out on a listening tour across New York’s 19th District following his victory on August 23 over Republican Marcus Molinaro. Ryan won the congressional seat in a special election to replace former Congressman Antonio Delgado who was picked to serve as lieutenant governor and is running alongside Gov. Kathy Hochul in November.
Though Ryan will only be representing the 19th District for the remaining four months of the term, he plans to make every second count. Ryan’s listening tour will consist of a series of town hall-style meetings to hear from his constituents and receive firsthand voter feedback.
“First and foremost, the role of a representative is to show up everywhere, to be engaged at the ground level, and to really listen to what issues matter most to folks,” said Ryan, the former Ulster County executive. “I take very seriously my solemn obligation and duty to serve every single resident, whether they voted for me or not; to amplify their voices and their concerns, and to really fight on their behalf in Washington.”
Ryan will be on the ballot again this November running for the newly drawn 18th Congressional District facing Republican Assemblyman Colin Schmitt of New Windsor. There is some overlap between the current 19th Congressional District and the new 18th Congressional District, including large swaths of Ulster and Dutchess counties.
Ryan’s campaign said the dates of the listening tour will be announced “shortly.” This article will be updated when specific dates, times and locations are announced.
Ryan is scheduled to be sworn in to Congress this coming Tuesday, September 13.