Members of Congress Face Constituents During Recess

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Setauket resident Tali Hinkis has questions for her representative in Congress, Republican Lee Zeldin.

“Why, for example, is he supporting of allowing guns in schools zones in our district?" Hinkis asked. But Hinkis isn't sure when she’ll be able to ask Zeldin — because he has no town halls scheduled for this week, and he cancelled an event scheduled for April. 

As Congress takes its first recess since President Donald Trump's inauguration, a WNYC survey found only one-third of the tri-state region's three dozen members of Congress are holding public events this week. Republicans have already faced rowdy crowds in recent weeks, and most are avoiding town halls during the recess. Just one local Republican, New Jersey's Leonard Lance, has announced a town hall meeting next week.

But Democrats are more than happy to give constituents worried about health care, immigration or other issues a chance to vent their fears.

To find out what your representative is up to during the recess, use WNYC's Town Hall Tracker, below.

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