PENN YAN — Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY20) is endorsing his fellow Democratic colleague Tracy Mitrano in her bid to unseat the Republican incumbent in New York’s 23rd congressional district. Tonko’s district includes all of Albany and Schenectady counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. He is serving his sixth term in Congress.

"Tracy has the energy, commitment and passion for public service that is required for the job. She doesn’t hesitate to roll up her sleeves to find common sense solutions to the challenges in her district. I endorsed Tracy in 2018 and I am proudly endorsing her again," Tonko said. "Her voice as a cybersecurity expert is sorely needed in Congress, and I couldn’t be more proud to support her campaign."

"I’m honored by Congressman Tonko’s confidence in me," said Mitrano. "Working together as fellow upstaters, we could do a great deal of good for our region in Congress, from extending broadband Internet services to rural areas to preserving the natural beauty of our districts."

Tonko chairs the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change and serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, as well as on the Natural Resources Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, or SEEC. Since Democrats took the majority in the House of Representatives in 2018, he has worked as a primary architect of Congressional climate change legislation to protect clean air, water and soil, and to create new clean energy jobs.

Tonko is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House. He’s the first upstate New York Democrat to serve on that committee since 1966.

Mitrano faces Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, in November’s general election, a rematch of the 2018 election.