ITHACA, N.Y. — Local conservatives are hosting a ‘cocktail reception’ for incumbent Congressman Tom Reed, who represents Tompkins County.

An invitation for the event was sent to local supporters stating that the reception is “in recognition of his efforts, support and leadership.” The event is being made possible by Mike Sigler, Roy Park Jr., David Feldman, Elizabeth Cree, Melinda Oakes and Bruno Schickel.

On the invitation, donation amounts are listed as follows: $100 for Friend, $150 per Couple, $250 for Sponsors, and $500 for Patron status. RSVPs can be made at 585-398-0318. Doors are only open to donors.

Nicholas Weinstein, Campaign Manager for Tom Reed for Congress, said in a statement, “We look forward to welcoming supporters to a fundraiser for Tom Reed for Congress this evening.”

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The event is happening from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday at the Country Club of Ithaca, located at 189 Pleasant Grove Road. Congressman Reed is expected to attend the event.

Ithacans and other local Reed objectors, however, are not letting the reception happen unnoticed.

Tompkins County Democrat Ann Sullivan is getting the word out that a protest is slated  take place on the sidewalk  across the street from the country club. The idea, she said, was proposed by several other local democrats.

Sullivan said the protest is a reaction to decisions Reed has made that she says do not represent the needs of his constituency. For her, that includes his voting against Obamacare and supporting policies that negatively impact social security and Medicare. It also includes a lack of leadership at Veterans Affairs.

“Reed is (President) Trump’s biggest cheerleader,” she said. “Trump is bad, but it’s these policies that are really hurting people that I am incredibly concerned about.”

Reed is up for re-election this year and several candidates are running in opposition of him. Read more about the opposing candidates here.To Catch up on Reed’s latest Q&A in Tompkins County, click here.

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Featured image: Tom Reed speaks at a town hall in Trumansburg in June 2017.

Editors’ note: This story has been updated since originally being published.

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.