Environmental Organizations Honor Maloney
Earth Day New York and the New York office of the Natural Resources Defense Council honored Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan/Queens) on April 22 with their 2011 Public Official of the Year Award. The award recognizes Maloney’s work to help designate Newtown Creek a federal Superfund site and the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a bill Maloney authored to provide health care and compensation for 9/11 responders and Lower Manhattan residents injured by the toxic aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.
“Whether it’s responding to environmental disasters like those at Newtown Creek and in Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, or standing against future threats like hydrofracking in our watershed – I am committed to making our city a healthier place to be and putting our nation on a more sustainable path,” said Maloney. “The declaration of Newtown Creek as a Superfund site is long overdue and will be a huge benefit for those who live, work, or play near our waterfront in Queens. The Zadroga law, which I worked for seven years to pass, will save lives and give support to the tens of thousands of Americans who are ailing because of the attacks on our nation. I’d like to thank Pamela Lippe, Eric Goldstein, and everyone at Earth Day New York and the Natural Resources Defense Council for this wonderful honor. It’s humbling to have your work recognized by such good friends.”