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Rep. Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks at a recent Post-Star editorial board meeting in Glens Falls. 

Last week I asked U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to respond to questions regarding her contact with constituents and if she was scheduling any in-person town halls; the status of a Glens Falls Town Hall she told a constituent at a Coffee with the Congresswoman in spring 2017 was in the works; her campaign funding to date; the date, location, purpose and number attending 700-cited community events; her responses to questions she recently asked of Democratic challengers; and why do her congressional staffers not have information about her views or how she intends to vote?

Some of the above questions were directed to Lenny Alcivar, campaign spokesman, on Feb. 17; and others to Tom Flanagin, congressional spokesman, on Feb. 20. 

While Alcivar and Flanagin did respond this week — Alcivar on Feb. 22 (six days after the request) and Flanagin on Feb. 22 (two days later) —  my questions remained unanswered.

Each gave me a short response to the questions that are related to upcoming stories or stories I filed this week. Here's what they had to say from the congresswoman and from her campaign.


"Congresswoman Stefanik has answered each of these questions publicly numerous times - many of the answers have been previously reported in your paper. The only candidates who haven't answered these questions are her Democratic opponents, so perhaps you should ask them."


"Shame on the Post Star for peddling ridiculous Democratic operative accusations - which are blatantly untrue. Our office takes pride in our strong record of casework, constituent correspondence, and constituent outreach."

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at for comments or story ideas. 



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