2009-01-14 / Editorials

Maloney Is Still Best Choice For Senate

As of this past Monday, New York Governor David Paterson had not made a choice as to who will fill the United States Senate seat that will become vacant when Hillary Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State, a confirmation expected to come about soon after Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States on January 20.

Some six weeks ago, on Dec. 3, 2008, we named Congressmember Carolyn Maloney as our candidate to be Clinton's successor. We have seen no reason to change our opinion.

Maloney a Democrat who represents the 14th Senate District, encompassing Western Queens and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, comes in first in a number of ways. She is the first woman to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, the first woman to represent the New York City's 7th Councilmanic district, and the first woman vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation's most pressing economic issues. She has introduced more bills than any other member of the House of Representatives in the 110th Congress. On a site called Congress.org that lists the power rankings of all 435 members of Congress, in 2008 Maloney moved to 57th place from the Number 80 slot she occupied in 2007. She is ranked seventh in the New York delegation, 53rd among Democrats in Congress overall, and 57th among all Congressmembers.

Maloney has worked to secure adequate healthcare monitoring and treatment of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. In the last months of 2008, Maloney saw passage of bills in three of the areas for which she is noted as being active and involved: the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights; a bill establishing a database to better monitor all federal contracts with the private sector that was incorporated into the Defense Authorization Act, and the reauthorization of her landmark "Debbie Smith" bill, expected to jail 50,000 rapists with the help of DNA.

In addition to Maloney's continuing efforts to pass legislation benefiting the district she represents and all American citizens, the Congressmember from the 14th District has years of experience as a legislator on the city and national level. Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney is clearly the best candidate to become the junior Senator from New York.

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