2015-09-02 / Political Page

Maloney Declares She Opposes Iran Deal

Citing her belief that the proposed Iran agreement would not give the US and its allies ample opportunity to assess that country’s atomic arms development, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney announced last week she will oppose it when it comes up for a vote this month.

Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) thus sides with other New York City and Queens lawmakers who oppose what would be President Obama’s major foreign policy achievement. In the past few weeks, United States Senator Charles Schumer and Queens Congressmembers Grace Meng (D–Flushing) and Steve Israel (D–Northeast Queens/Long Island) announced their opposition to the Iran deal. On the other side of the fence, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D–Manhattan) announced their support for the Iran deal.

Maloney, in her announcement, also emphasized that Iran has a reputation for not living up to its agreements. Maloney stated, “This is an agreement with a nation that has not honored its non-proliferation commitments in the past” and cannot be trusted to bargain in good faith.


Maloney, in her announcement, also emphasized that Iran has a reputation for not living up to its agreements. Maloney stated, “This is an agreement with a nation that has not honored its non-proliferation commitments in the past” and cannot be trusted to bargain in good faith. Maloney, in her announcement, also emphasized that Iran has a reputation for not living up to its agreements. Maloney stated, “This is an agreement with a nation that has not honored its non-proliferation commitments in the past” and cannot be trusted to bargain in good faith. Maloney also believes strongly that, under the deal, the United States and other nations will lift the trade sanctions that had been imposed against Iran. But by lifting them, Iran’s financial condition will get a tremendous boost, and it will be able to use those funds to promote terrorism in the Middle East.

But Maloney’s real fear is that there’s not enough restraint on Iran and it’s program to develop its nuclear program and nuclear armaments. Maloney stated: “Some believe that if we can just delay Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a more moderate regime in a country with a young population will assume power and abandon Iran’s nuclear ambitions. We can hope for the best, but we need an agreement that assumes the worst.”

Not surprisingly, the serious faults with Iran which led to Maloney’s decision to oppose the deal being pushed by President Obama, are very similar to the reasons cited by Schumer and Steve Israel to oppose the plan.

Schumer put it this way when he explained his decision to oppose the plan: “To me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great. Therefore, I will vote to disapprove the agreement… it is because I believe Iran will not change.”

Congressman Israel, who had a large chunk of Northeast Queens added to his Long Island district after reapportionment, stated in a Newsday article three key problems with the deal: “Iran’s likelihood of exploiting ambiguities in the deal and not facing punitive measures for doing so; the pathways created by the arms embargo repeal for increasing arms stockpiles for Hezbollah and Hamas fighters near Israel’s border, and the size, sophistication, speed and legitimacy of Iran’s [nuclear] enrichment capacity in the next 15 years.”

Meanwhile, President Obama recently started a push-back effort to try to firm up support among congressmembers who have not made up their minds on which way to vote when it comes up for a vote. For instance, we’ve reported Maloney’s and Israel’s concerns that Iran will benefit financially when sanctions are lifted which have blocked Iran from carrying on trade relations. When normal trade relations are resumed, and Iran’s economy improves, there are fears Iran will use its new-found wealth to pay terrorist groups to create problems against Israel, for instance.

President Obama said if this occurs, he will reimpose the sanctions against Iran under authorization contained in the treaty.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House and Senate, as expected, will vote heavily to defeat the treaty. Then the president will veto it and Republicans will mount a drive to override the veto, but the president’s people say the GOP will not have enough votes to override the veto – unless they can find enough Democrats to vote with them. That’s the key to blocking the treaty.

On the heels of Maloney’s announcement, three New York representatives just announced on Monday their support for the Iran deal: Congressmembers Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens), and Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn).

Before wrapping up this column, we’d like to make some comment about the lawmakers, such as Schumer, Maloney, Israel and others who are battling the President on this issue and maybe putting their careers in jeopardy. Let’s clear that up first – there shouldn’t be any retribution taken against anyone no matter which way he or she votes.

Starting at the beginning, the President’s aim in seeking to establish a treaty with Iran was to discourage their plan to develop the capacity to create an atomic bomb. But the trouble with that, as opponents of the idea see it, is that the plans to monitor Iran’s activities don’t appear to be realistic enough to get the job done, given Iran’s history of poor relations with other countries.

This being the case, and with the prospect of Iran possessing the ability to create and use the atom bomb, putting its neighboring countries and others in the world in great peril, our lawmakers must be encouraged to search for answers without any inhibitions and not follow blindly every solution that their leaders might put forward.

COMMEMORATING WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY: Congressman Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on August 26 commemorating Women’s Equality Day, which recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment:

“Today, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Though we have made great progress in becoming a more equal and just nation, there is still work to do. Women deserve equal pay for equal work, reliable and affordable child care, paid family and sick leave, and the opportunity to save for retirement and the future. On this Women’s Equality Day, we reflect on the work of generations of women who fought for a full and equal voice, and reenergize our efforts to ensure equal opportunity for every American.”

STAVISKY MARKS WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY: On the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Flushing) remembers the progress women have made in this country.

August 26 marks the start of a fight that spanned decades beginning in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848, which culminated with the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, granting women the right to vote. On this day in 1970, she recalled, the National Organization for Women organized the Women’s Strike for Equality in which women from all political, economic and social backgrounds united in the largest gender equality protest in United States history.

“It is interesting to note,” she says, “that the Amendment passed by only one vote. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment and a male legislator changed his vote only after his mother admonished him to “do the right thing.”

Stavisky states: “Women’s Equality Day is a day to reflect on how far we’ve come, thanks to the will and dedication of so many women. As the first and currently the only woman from Queens County serving in the State Senate, I recognize that there is still work to be done to reach full equality, including equal pay for equal work, employment opportunities, health care and access to housing. It’s time we right these wrongs once and for all.”

CONDOLENCES TO CLAIRE SHULMAN: The Western Queens Gazette offers its belated, but most sincere condolences to former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman upon the passing of her husband, Dr. Melvin Shulman, who passed away at their Flushing home this past August 9. Mrs. Shulman said her husband of 67 years died peacefully of natural causes. He was 91.

Dr. Shulman had been a practicing psychiatrist for all of his adult life, beginning after serving in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War. They had three children, Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Dr. Ellen Baker and the late Kim Shulman, and five grandchildren.

AG SETTLES RADIOSHACK MATTER: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Radio Shack have reached an agreement in principle that will pay holders of unredeemed gift cards that were purchased by consumers at 100 percent of the value of their cards.

Schneiderman stated: “Businesses must honor their commitments to consumers, and that includes consumers who have purchased gift cards. We will ensure that debts owed to consumers across New York and across the country are a top priority in RadioShack’s bankruptcy proceedings.”

The AG explained that the agreement applies to gift cards purchased from RadioShack or other merchants who sold RadioShack gift cards and applies to consumers nationwide. The settlement doesn’t impose a minimum dollar threshold for consumer claims, Schneiderman said, and is supported by the Attorneys General of Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Tennessee and New Hampshire.

Schneiderman said if the settlement is approved by the Bankruptcy Court, consumers will have 12 months after RadioShack’s plan of liquidation becomes effective to file a simplified proof of claim form that will be available online or by mail.

The AG added that an independent professional claims agent company approved by and reporting to the Bankruptcy Court will review and process the claims. The exact notice procedures are still being negotiated by the parties, he said.

Schneiderman stated, “An escrow account with $500,000 will be established so that the first half million dollars’ worth of qualifying unredeemed gift card claims will be paid promptly and will not be delayed in the bankruptcy process. In the event that qualifying gift card claims exceed that amount, additional funds will be provided.

Schneiderman said that gift cards that were issued as promotional giveaways, offered for store credit on returns, or otherwise not paid for by any consumer may not receive priority status under the agreement.

This case is being handled by Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell and Bureau Chief Kathleen McGee of the Internet Bureau and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Karla Sanchez.

MILLER, ADDABBO SET ‘GIVEAWAY’ FOR CONSTITUENTS: Pursuing a water conservation goal, with their communities, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. and his neighbor Assemblyman Mike Miller will host a “rain barrel giveaway” for residents of their legislative districts on Saturday, September 26 in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The lawmakers said the giveaway event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glendale Community Garden, located at 88th Street and 74th Avenue. Those who are pre-registered can pick up their rain barrels from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and any rain barrels left over will be given out from 12 to 2 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis.

The lawmakers and DEP officials will give out 55-gallon rain barrels to residents of Addabbo’s 15th senatorial district (D–Howard Beach/Ozone Park) and Miller’s 38th Assembly District (D–Woodhaven). They said the barrels are “designed to catch excess rain water that can later be used for things like washing a car or watering plants.”

Addabbo and Miller added, “By using rainwater for these tasks instead of water from a hose or another household device, residents can do their part to help make sure clean water is not being wasted while saving money in the process.”

Addabbo stated, “Using rainwater for simple tasks like washing a car or outdoor cleaning is an easy and effective way for all of us to do our part to conserve water. These barrels give residents a free way to collect rainwater and recycle it for other uses and, in turn, participate in this vitally important cause of helping our planet.

“With the help of Assemblymember Miller and the Department of Environmental Protection, this event will give our constituents the peace of mind of knowing they can carry out their everyday household tasks without wasting clean water.”

The officials said to register to receive a rain barrel, visit: http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/rain-barrel giveaway-pre-registration. For more information, please contact Senator Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111 or Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

ADDABBO, PARKS DEPT. HOLDING MOVIE NIGHT OUT: This Friday night, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. is teaming up with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation to sponsor a “family movie night out” in Ozone Park. Addabbo (D–Howard Beach) said he and the Parks Department will present the movie Big Hero 6 on a large projector screen set up in Addabbo Playground/Tudor Park. The showing will begin at dusk (around) 7:30 p.m. the lawmaker said.

Addabbo stated, “Our city’s parks have so much to offer, including providing us with a great open space to hold family events, such as a movie night. By holding this event at Tudor Park, not only can we give our local residents an exciting family-friendly event to wrap up their summer right in their own backyards, but we can draw in visitors to truly show off the beauty of New York City’s public park space. I thank the Parks Department for hosting this wonderful event and look forward to our continued partnership in the future.”

For more information about this event, Addabbo said contact the Parks Department or the Senator’s Howard Beach office at 718-738- 1111.

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