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Rep. Tom Reed and a protester outside his office on Exchange St. in downtown Geneva
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Congressman Tom Reed was in downtown Geneva Tuesday afternoon for a Tax Cuts Work rally. It was organized by the Job Creators Network, an organization funded in part by Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus. The event was billed as part of a campaign to publicize and amplify the positive impacts Americans are experiencing as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December. When Representative Reed arrived at his office on Exchange Street around 4 o’clock, a large crowd of protestors had gathered.



A map of New York's 23rd Congressional District
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Tuesday, January 23rd, there will be a Democratic Candidates forum at The Smith Opera House in Geneva. The forum will bring together the seven announced candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in the 23rd congressional district. That’s the seat currently held by Tom Reed.

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Congressman Tom Reed held four town hall meetings on Saturday including one in Geneva. The White Springs Fire Association opened two of their firebays to a standing room crowd that stretched just into the parking lot. The majority of crowd were critical of Reed on a variety of issues. They held up the pre-printed green “agree” and red “disagree” signs that have become common at town halls and frequently shouted their disapproval.

 

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Demonstrators returned to Congressman Tom Reed’s downtown Geneva office Wednesday. The gathering was a part of observations of International Women’s Day. Local organizers called their event the March 8th Women’s Assembly. Similar gatherings around the country were described as a Women’s Strike. Hannah Dickinson says organizers raised funds to support people who might have to take time off without pay to attend.

Last Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered on Exchange Street in downtown Geneva to demonstrate their opposition to a variety of Trump administration policies and appointments as well as Congressman Tom Reed’s support of them. The large turnout inspired organizers, including Brien Ashdown, to return to Reed’s office again this today. The demonstrations are growing to include other communities Reed represents.

Demonstrators opposing a variety of Trump administration policies, nominees and appointments gathered in front of the office of Congressman Tom Reed in downtown Geneva Tuesday afternoon. The crowd filled the sidewalk for the length of the block where the office is located. Liza Abraham held a sign with a photo of her Syrian immigrant great-grandfather standing behind the counter of the business he once owned just down the street.