U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has been criticized for not holding large town hall meetings to hear from constituents, has announced plans for a televised "town hall" in May and a "Coffee With Your Congresswoman" event next week in Lewis County.
The coffee event will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Lyons Falls Library.
Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was elected in 2014 to represent the 21st Congressional District, which stretches from Saratoga and Fulton counties to the Canadian border.
During the debate over health care policy, other Republican members of Congress across the country drew large crowds angry about the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which brought health insurance coverage to millions of people. Critics organized a meeting in Glens Falls in February and invited Stefanik, but she was overseas at the time on an Intelligence Committee trip to Japan and Korea.
While Stefanik has held no meetings that could have drawn crowds, she said she has been seeking feedback.
"Over the past several weeks I've had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of constituents in over 50 small meetings across the district and in Washington to discuss a range of issues facing our region and facing our nation, in addition to calling tens of thousands more in recent telephone town halls," Stefanik said in a statement.
The televised town hall meeting will be held May 8 in Plattsburgh. Her office said it will be live-streamed on the internet as well as being broadcast by Mountain Lake PBS. More coffee and telephone events are planned.
Stefanik, 32, was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress when she took office at age 30.