Welcome! This is the RSS feed of the podcast that helped flip New York's 19th Congressional District blue, featuring Justin and Sajaa Tracy. With interviews with area area activists, #NY19 candidates, and more. Find out more at www.nyspotlight19.com!

Episode 43: Karen Smythe Returns & Justin Gets Naturalized   

In Episode 43, Justin talks about his naturalization and upcoming musical fundraisers, and Sajaa interviews candidate for NY State Senate District 41, Karen Smythe. Karen returns to the podcast for a third time, which ties her with Gareth Rhodes for most appearances! Karen talks about issues ranging from the impact of Justice Ginsburg's passing to the COVID crisis's implications on Dutchess/Putnam Counties and beyond. Please chip in to elect Karen here.  

Get Involved with Karen's Campaign Here: https://karen4nysenate.com

There are two upcoming musical fundraisers for NY19 candidates available to stream: 
Wreckless Eric, Amy Rigby & Brian Dewan in support of Betsy Kraat, Assembly District 102 Candidate 
October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 p.m.  

Woodstock Democratic Committee Fundraiser featuring Justin! and Jack DeJohnette 
October 8, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m. 

Episode 42: Betsy for Assembly District 102 in the Wake of Coroneonta   

In Episode 42, we hear an excerpt of Rep. Antonio Delgado's campaign kickoff speech before we hear Sajaa's discussion with Assembly District 102 candidate, Betsy Kraat. Betsy and Sajaa talk about COVID isolation, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta, and Betsy's background as a tenant organizer. You can reach out to Betsy's campaign and get involved by emailing betsy@betsyforassembly.com. Be sure to get involved as we enter the final few weeks before Election Day by signing for a phone bank shift or eight: https://delgadoforcongress.com/get-involved/

Episode 41: Relaunch & Overtime with Michelle Hinchey  

Spotlight 19, NY19’s original podcast on all things Congressional District 19 is back after a year-long hiatus! We talk to MichelleHinchey, candidate for NY Senate District 46, about growing up in Saugerties and in a campaigning household and hear a call to action from Representative Antonio Delgado on how important it is to get involved this cycle. Visit delgado.vote to learn more about the Weekend Of Action phonebanking days on September 4-6 and visit www.hincheyforny.com for more comprehensive information on Michelle Hinchey’s platform.

Episode 40: Over the Hill with Ulster County Comptroller Candidate March Gallagher & Clegg for D.A.  

In Episode 40 (!!!!!!!!!!!), Spotlight 19 speaks to Ulster County Comptroller Candidate March Gallagher, who would become Ulster County's first elected female comptroller on her vision for good governance and protecting the taxpayers and residents of Ulster County. You can find out how to get involved with March's campaign at www.marchforulster.com.  We also hear from Dave Clegg, an old friend of Spotlight 19 who is now running for District Attorney to bring a progressive vision of criminal justice reform and an approach based in rehabilitation to the opioid crisis. Visit cleggforda.com for more information. This election season is the first time New York State voters will have the ability to vote early. To find out information on Ulster County's early voting sites, visit: https://elections.ulstercountyny.gov/early-voting/. For other counties, please visit your county board of elections site. You can access the State Board of Elections website here.

Episode 39: NY19 Veteran's Advisory Committee Chair Malia Du Mont & 2020 NY19 Speculation  

In Episode 39(!), Sajaa and Justin briefly speculate on the 2020 NY19 race before Sajaa interviews Malia K. Du Mont, Chair of the NY19 Veteran's Advisory Committee. Major Du Mont was named to the position by Rep. Delgado in May. Malia enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1999. Malia and Sajaa discuss her career, including service in Afghanistan, her current position as Chief of Staff at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and the work of the Veteran's Advisory Committee. Some of the issues that face NY19 veterans include difficulties navigating bureaucracy in receiving benefits and the lack of a women's VA clinic within NY19. Malia is also committed to issues facing student veterans. You can find out more about Malia here and can email her directly with questions about the Committee at maliakdumont@gmail.com, and keep track of the work of the Veteran's Advisory Committee by signing up for Rep. Delgado's email list here.  


In Episode 38, Spotlight 19 takes a deep dive into environmental issues in NY19, with a specific focus on the PFAS issue. PFAS are a group of chemicals used to produce firefighting foam and other heavy industrial products that are known carcinogens. Companies like Dupont and 3M are just some of the entities responsible for these chemicals. Spotlight 19's own Sajaa Tracy was fortunate to speak to Judith Enck, former Region 2 EPA Administrator who provides a primer on the PFAS issue. Sajaa also spoke with Representative Antonio Delgado, who appears on the show for the first time as our Congressman (after many appearances as candidate)! Congressman Delgado will talk about some of the legislation and work he has done on the PFAS issue.  Three ways to listen: Stream directly here or here, or download on your podcast app here! 

To find out more about the environmental initiatives discussed by Judith Enck in the episodes, visit, follow her on at https://twitter.com/enckj and visit http://beyondplastics.org/ 

To sign up for Representative Delgado's newsletter and stay up to date about when he will be in a location near you, visit: https://delgado.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe

Episode 37: Spotlight 19 Returns to Discuss Education with Alexandria Wojcik, New Paltz Village Trustee Candidate  

Hosts Justin and Sajaa Tracy return after a hiatus that began during the 2018 Election. They talk off-the-cuff on Congressman Delgado's impressive first few months in office, about education issues and wonder how Betsy DeVos is still in her position dismantling the Department of Education. Then, Sajaa interviews Alexandria Wojcik, SUNY New Paltz and Delgado campaign alum and candidate for New Paltz Village trustee. Alex shares her vision for New Paltz and thoughts on public higher education and the student debt crisis. She is the first Spotlight 19 guest to be running a no-dollar campaign! You can learn more about Alex here.

Spotlight 19 RETURNS for Season 4 & Women's History Month  

Spotlight 19 returns with a new season of full-length episodes in April 2019! In our short preview episode, we hear from Karen Smythe, one of many impressive women who ran for office for the first time and propelled 2018's blue wave. Despite the narrowest of losses to Sue Serino in Senate District 41, Karen has continued to advocate for the progressive, pro-women's equity agenda she committed to in her campaign and hold Sue accountable for her anti-women stances. We listen in to Karen's riveting speech from the International Woman's Day March and Rally in New Paltz and to her discussion of pro-choice legislation recently passed in New York. Be sure to follow Spotlight 19 on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to keep up to date. Be sure to subscribe to the Indivisible The Fight is On monthly blast to stay up-to-date on Spotlight 19 and access exclusive content from Karen Smythe and many more NY19 activists!

Episode 36: A Potential Series Finale, Joyce St. George Takes on Dark Money and Gareth Rhodes with Show Up 2018  

In perhaps the ultimate episode of Spotlight 19, Justin gives a pep talk on the podcast's journey. Then, we talk to Senate District 51 Candidate Joyce St. George about her district, the environment, and fighting dark money. And one last conversation with our friend and former NY19 Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes on his new youth voter turnout initiative, Show Up 2018. He tells us his opinion of the race as well!

Nothing left to do but get out the vote on November !6t

Episode 35: Visiting Faso's Own Kinderhook & Conversation with Tistrya Houghtling, Assembly Candidate NY District 107!  

In Episode 35, Spotlight 19 explains that there are no more John Faso votes to track since Congress remains on recess until Election Day on November 6. Then, a great conversation held in Kinderhook (home of John Faso!) this summer with Tistrya Houghtling, who is running for state assembly in District 107. Find more about Tistrya here!