Rick Gallant's Response to White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia

CORNING, N.Y. — In response to white supremacists marching on the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Democratic congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued this statement:

“The racist hate displayed by torch-wielding white supremacists in this march is antithetical to our values as Americans. I stand with the people of Charlottesville, with their elected officials and with the University of Virginia community in condemning the hatred and bigotry of the white supremacists who have converged on their town.”

Rick Gallant's Response to President Trump's Opioid “Solution”

CORNING, N.Y. – While addressing the media at the clubhouse of his private golf resort, President Trump laid out his solutions for addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic: "We can keep them from going on [drugs] and maybe by talking to youth and telling them, ‘no good, really bad for you in every way,’ but if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.” ...

Poloncarz to Trump: Visit 'Upper New York' and we'll show you progress

Down in the Southern Tier, a Democrat challenging Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, issued both a statement and a tweet aimed at getting attention amid the kerfuffle.

"We're not abandoning Upstate New York," the candidate, longtime Corning school teacher Rick Gallant, tweeted. "This rhetoric demonstrates just how out of touch our president really is."

Gallant's Response to President Trump's Remarks on Upstate New York

PAINTED POST, N.Y. – President Trump suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal "When you have an area that just isn't working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you'll have another area 500 miles away where you can't get people, I'm going to explain, you can leave. It's OK. Don't worry about your house."

Reed breaks $1 million raised in 2017

New York 23rd District Congressman, Tom Reed, has raked in close to a staggering $1.06 million at the end of the second quarter for Federal Elections Commission filing.

... "Congressman Reed's fundraising total is neither surprising nor unexpected," Gallant said. "While I have spent over three decades educating our next generation of leaders, Congressman Reed has spent that same time fostering his reputation as Washington lobbyists' go-to-guy. This is simply his reward."

Challengers respond to town halls

By Stephen Borgna in The Leader

Two democrats running to challenge Rep. Tom Reed for Congress next year issued responses to the town halls he hosted Saturday.


Congressional candidate Rick Gallant also attended Reed’s Lindley town hall Saturday.

“Although Rep. Reed is doing his job by holding towns halls around this district, his voting record in Congress shows that he doesn’t listen to the concerns of the people he was elected to represent and that these town halls are little more than political theater,” Gallant said in a statement.

Response to Reed’s Claim That Trumpcare Doesn’t “Touch Medicaid”

PAINTED POST, N.Y. – Congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following statement in response to statements by Congressman Tom Reed on MSNBC today:

“Congressman Tom Reed was defending Trumpcare in an interview with Katy Tur today on MSNBC today when he stated ‘Well, that’s why we don’t touch Medicaid - Medicaid itself. People at poverty or below will be taken care of in both bills.’ Reed went on to clarify that ‘It’s touching Medicaid expansion.’ This statement is ridiculous since both the House and Senate versions of the bill cut Medicaid.

Senate Trumpcare Bill Just as Heartless and Harmful as House Bill

PAINTED POST, N.Y. – Congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following statement on the Trumpcare discussion draft released by Senate Republicans Thursday:

“Senate Republicans have finally revealed their previously secret draft of Trumpcare, which is just as heartless and harmful as the House version. Trumpcare will increase already high health costs for New York families and kick an estimated 68,300 in the district off of their health coverage. It also guts key protections for patients, adds a crushing age tax, and steals money from Medicare, all to allow a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. Representative Tom Reed voted for Trumpcare and he will be held accountable for its effects on regular hardworking American people.”

Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents endorse Rick Gallant for Congress

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents (CCCNTP) announced that they have endorsed Rick Gallant and his campaign for Congress in New York's 23rd District.

Shawn Howard, chairman of the CCCNTP said, “The people of the 23rd Congressional District deserve an advocate like Rick Gallant who will fight for the people of his district on issues like public education, health care, and people's right to make a fair wage.” Howard added that the CCCNTP felt it was important to come out early with their endorsement because in a crowded field of candidates, “it’s vital that we rally around the candidate who is best equipped to defeat the entrenched incumbent.”

“I’m grateful to have the support of such a conscientious, hardworking, well-respected group of educators,” said Gallant. “I’m committed to the fight for real change. I will be a strong voice for education and a tireless advocate for the residents of our district.”

About Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents (CCCNTP)

The CCCNTP is a group of New York State Teachers United (NYSUT) teacher presidents that meets once per month. Their mission is to strengthen our local associations by networking with other education leaders. The CCCNTP also works toward the betterment of public education.

About Rick Gallant

Rick Gallant is running for Congress as a Democrat in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Raised by a family of educators, Rick Gallant has served as a teacher and basketball coach in the Corning-Painted Post School District for the past 17 years. A former assistant college basketball coach and sportswriter, Rick and his wife, Amy, moved to the area two decades ago and ran a small business running whitewater rafting tours.

Rick took on a leadership role in his union, earning the trust of his peers to serve as President of the Corning Teachers’ Association and now represents 150 local unions from Waverly to Westfield on the Board of Directors for New York State United Teachers, where he fights for teachers, teaching assistants, bus drivers and monitors, custodians, and clerical staff.

Rick is running for Congress because the Southern Tier and Southwestern New York have been left behind by Washington. Tom Reed too often puts his own political party or himself ahead of families while Rick will put people first and work to bring jobs and opportunities back to our region. It’s time the people of New York’s 23rd District had someone who has walked in their shoes and hears their concerns.

Republican bill puts big banks and Wall Street ahead of Upstate families

PAINTED POST, N.Y. – Congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following statement on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), which removes significant protections from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:

“The House Republican Financial CHOICE Act is a blank check for Wall Street and big banks—letting them engage in the same predatory practices that led to economic collapse just ten years ago. Tom Reed's vote for this bill shows that he puts the interests of big banks and Wall Street ahead of the people of this district. We need a representative who will fight for Upstate families and Main Street, not Wall Street.”

Congressional Candidate Rick Gallant Issues Statement on James Comey's Testimony

PAINTED POST, N.Y. – Congressional candidate Rick Gallant issued the following statement on Former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony today:

“No one is above the law, and the American people deserve to know the truth about Russian interference in our elections. We need an independent investigation, including subpoenas and testimony under oath, to gather all the facts about exactly what happened. All related memos, tapes and documents should be turned over to Congress. If Tom Reed will not support an independent investigation to hold the administration accountable, he needs to be replaced with someone who will. If elected, I will take my Congressional oversight responsibilities seriously and always follow the facts.”