Congressman Paul Tonko Endorses Zephyr Teachout


Congressman Paul Tonko Endorses Zephyr Teachout

Pledge to work together on infrastructure & jobs package in the next Congress 

Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) today endorsed Zephyr Teachout in her campaign for Congress.

"Zephyr Teachout is an independent fighter with a proven record of standing-up to powerful interests and putting people first. She understands that we need to protect our water, cut out the red tape so independent businesses can flourish, and clean up the corruption in Washington. Her positive vision for what our politics can be is a refreshing departure from the overwhelming negativity that people are sick of. I strongly endorse Zephyr for Congress because we need more people like her willing to stand up to the status quo and bring the change we need,” said Congressman Paul Tonko, NY-20.

“I’m thrilled to have the support of Congressman Tonko, a true champion for renewable energy and strengthening our infrastructure. In Congress I’ll work with him to fight flooding, repair our bridges and roads, and stand up for our independent businesses against the big corporations and lobbyists trying to squeeze out the little guy,” added Teachout.

Tonko, who used to represent parts of what is now NY-19 but has since been redistricted, endorsed Teachout at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, a location chosen to symbolize their shared dedication to improving infrastructure, creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity through public investments.

The next Congress is expected to consider funding for massive new infrastructure initiatives, and Tonko and Teachout pledged to work together to bring a big share of that funding home to New York.

“Rebuilding our infrastructure means more good jobs for New York workers:  lots of good-paying construction jobs in next few years, and a great payoff for businesses and taxpayers over the long run,” said Teachout.  

Both leaders pointed to the benefits of high-efficiency rail transport linked to key New York economic development and clean-energy initiatives.  “Let’s get the solar cells built in Buffalo down here by train and put them in the hands of thousands of carpenters, builders and electricians who are ready to install them at schools, businesses and homes across our districts,” said Tonko.

“An effective and energy-efficient transportation infrastructure will help local businesses grow and thrive across both of our districts,” said Teachout.  “New federal investments in clean water and wastewater infrastructure will protect our watersheds and help us mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.  Now’s the time:  we need the jobs, we need wise investments, and we need a team that will work together to deliver concrete benefits to the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.”