SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A group of NY-21 constituents reserved the Moreau Community Center for the hour following a scheduled town hall meeting with Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Thursday to assure those attending have enough time to discuss important issues.

“We as constituents would like her to have the decency of taking her time. It is her job and we are paying her salary. We want her to stay and not hurry out of there when we’re not done,” said Joe Seeman of Saratoga County who, along with several others, would like the congresswoman to take more than the scheduled one hour to interact with constituents.

“We’ll continue the conversation without her, but we would like her to stay,” Seeman said.

The Stefanik-hosted event, billed as a “Coffee With Your Congresswoman,” is scheduled to run for one hour, starting at noon, at the Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St., South Glens Falls.

According to a news release issued Wednesday by Stefanik’s office, it is an open, public forum.

Stefanik selected Mark Frost, the editor of The Chronicle in Glens Falls, to moderate the event, according to earlier information published in The Chronicle.

“The format is a traditional town hall format. The moderator will call on questioners. They are free to ask on topics of their choosing,” said Tom Flanagin, deputy chief of staff. “Congresswoman Stefanik will give brief welcome remarks and then take questions. We encourage press to attend this event and the ‘Coffee with your Congresswoman’ on Friday in Moriah.”

Nonetheless, there are size and parking limits at the Moreau Community Center.

According to Kelly Obermayer, director of development for the Moreau Community Center, the space holds 200 and doors open at 11:30 a.m.

As far as parking, Obermayer said Kilmer Funeral Home, two doors down from the center, is often used for the center’s overflow parking and will be available on Thursday.

“I will post a sign,” said Obermayer on Wednesday. “Look for a sign that says ‘event parking’ with an arrow.”

Since last year, constituents have been asking the congresswoman to hold an open public town hall meeting and, because of that, many would like more time with Stefanik.

“An hour is not enough time,” said Christopher Di Mezzo, director of communications for NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Emily Martz of Saranac Lake, adding that a community group booked the space last week from 1 to 2 p.m. “We want to give people time to ask questions and we’ll be continuing the town hall for another hour with or without the congresswoman.”

There is an additional noontime town hall meeting with Stefanik scheduled for Friday at the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department.

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


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