By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New U.S. Rep. Pat Ryan, D-19, took the oath of office Sept. 13.
Ryan, a Democrat, was elected in a special election Aug. 23, defeating Republican Marcus Molinaro. Ryan will complete the remainder of the term previously held by former U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado after Delgado was appointed lieutenant governor in May.
Ryan addressed Congress after his swearing-in ceremony was conducted. He spoke about the “honor of representing the community that raised” him and a desire to “restore faith in government.”
“This is a moment of immense consequence and challenge for our country — I believe it is truly an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy,” Ryan said. “And I pledge that I will fight every single day — with every ounce of my being — to deliver for the people of New York’s 19th District, and to renew trust and faith in our great nation.”
Ryan is a fifth-generation Ulster County native, small business owner and decorated combat veteran. He is the former Ulster County Executive. He was joined at the swearing-in ceremony by his wife, Rebecca, and their two young children, Theo and Cameron.
The new congressman also announced Sept. 13 the opening of two new offices for the 19th Congressional District. The Kingston office is located at 256 Clinton Ave., Kingston, and can be reached at 845-443-2930. Ryan’s office in Washington is located at 1007 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C., and can be reached at 202-225-5614.
“Constituent services is a top priority of mine, as it was during my time as Ulster County Executive,” Ryan said. “My team is hitting the ground running and ensuring that constituents are getting the services that they need and deserve. I take very seriously my solemn obligation and duty to serve every single resident, amplify their voices and their concerns, and to really fight on their behalf in Washington.”
Ryan’s term will expire Dec. 31.
The state redrew congressional district lines earlier this year. Ryan will not run for a full two-year term in the new 19th District, instead opting to run in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District, which includes most of Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties, where he will face off against Republican Colin Schmidt in the general election.
The two candidates vying for the newly drawn 19th Congressional District, which includes all of Greene County, will be Republican Marcus Molinaro and Democrat Josh Riley.
The general election will be held Nov. 8.