2016-02-03 / Political Page

Maloney Hails Indictment Of Propaganda Creators

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) released the following statement after a Houston grand jury indicted David Daleiden, the Director of the Center for Medical Progress, and another of its employees:

“A grand jury that was asked to investigate Planned Parenthood found cause to indict the creators of anti-Planned Parenthood propaganda instead. This outcome follows investigations by at least five states that found no wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood.

“These investigations are coming up short for one reason: the allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit and in violation of the law were baseless lies designed to shut down the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive women’s health care, defame its doctors, and terrorize its patients.”

Maloney continued: “The House of Representatives continues to waste taxpayer dollars on a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that state after state has found no wrongdoing, and that a grand jury has indicted not Planned Parenthood, but employees of the Center for Medical Progress.


“A grand jury that was asked to investigate Planned Parenthood found cause to indict the creators of anti-Planned Parenthood propaganda instead. This outcome follows investigations by at least five states that found no wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood...” “A grand jury that was asked to investigate Planned Parenthood found cause to indict the creators of anti-Planned Parenthood propaganda instead. This outcome follows investigations by at least five states that found no wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood...” “It is time to end this witch hunt. Congress should focus on the work of the American people instead of unnecessary and costly investigations into nothing.”

DROMM SUPPORTS CLOSURE OF HORSE-DRAWN TRAFFIC NEAR CENTRAL PARK: Councilman Daniel Dromm (D–Jackson Heights) issued the following statement supporting legislation (Intro 573 A):

“No compromise is perfect, but I am happy to say that the common-sense measures now in Intro 573-A will accomplish one of the major goals we should have as a city, primarily keeping our streets safe and treating our animals humanely. When I first became involved in this issue, I grew particularly concerned with the horses making their way through very intense New York City traffic. The images of the accidents and near-accidents on and around 59th Street and Central Park South compelled me to work with this administration to introduce legislation.”

Dromm explained, “This bill will restrict the horse carriages to the park, away from honking cars, massive trucks, and all the hazards faced by animals navigating these conditions. In addition, having the stables in the park will prevent the horses from ever having to leave the park while working.

“Make no mistake: while not a complete ban, this is a huge step forward to ensuring that we as a city and as a society treat our animal companions on this planet more humanely.

“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, my colleague and partner in this effort Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Rob Newman, and NYCLASS and all the advocates for your tireless work on this.

ADDABBO: SOIL PROJECT AT SPRING CREEK SOUTH: A project to protect Howard Beach residents and their property from future storm damage, which includes collecting soil samples from Spring Creek South, has started, state Senator Joseph Addabbo announced.

The six-week long initiative began on January 25, Addabbo (D–Howard Beach) reported, and its aim is to collect the soil samples in Spring Creek South, which is in Howard Beach. Addabbo said that state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will have crews at the intersection of 165th Avenue and 87th Street, and also at 164th Avenue and 83rd Street to collect the soil samples, which will then be tested for potential contamination.

The project, funded by FEMA, “will give key insight into the development of an elevated berm beginning in 2017… to help protect against flooding and other storm issues,” Addabbo said.

The lawmaker added: “According to DEC, the Spring Creek South Storm Protection and Ecosystem Restoration project aims to reduce the risk of storm damage and flooding in Howard Beach through the construction of the protective berm and by restoring more than 225 acres of wetlands. These two combined strategies will assist other storm resilience projects in the area to decrease the neighborhood’s vulnerability to flooding and other damage from coastal storms, DEC said.”

DEC will have equipment such as soil boring machines, storage containers, ATV rigs and a water truck at both sites to help facilitate the project. Work is expected to take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next six weeks, Addabbo said.

Addabbo stated: “Any project aimed at storm recovery and resiliency is always welcomed in my district. In 2012, when Sandy devastated communities in southern Queens, we saw first-hand the need for more protection from possible flooding and other damage from a major coastal storm. Projects such as this one work toward accomplishing that goal of making Queens better prepared for a natural weather phenomenon than ever before.

“I thank the state DEC for their commitment to this cause and for working with elected officials and constituents to ensure this project runs smoothly.”

Addabbo also reiterated his intention to keep a close watch on this project and to inform his constituency of any possible, temporary inconveniences the project may have on local streets.

Addabbo urged anyone who has questions or wants further information about the project to call his Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111.

ADDABBO, SACRED HEART CHURCH PARTNER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY FOOD DRIVE: State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach) announced that he will once again join forces with Sacred Heart Church in Glendale to collect donations for the church’s food bank.

“The recent holiday food drive organized by Sacred Heart and my office was a huge success, but it’s important to remember that the need for food does not disappear after the holiday season,” Addabbo pointed out. “There is always someone who can benefit from a simple act of kindness, such as donating a can of food.

“The items collected in this food drive will go a long way toward helping families and children who might not otherwise have dinner on the table. I urge all of us to pay it forward and help out whenever possible, and thank those who continue to support this food drive and others.”

Addabbo said that after a successful food drive before the recent holidays that gathered food for dozens of families to have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, he and Sacred Heart Church are once again encouraging the public to donate nonperishable items to continue helping those in need.

As with previous food drives, the Senator has once again opened his Middle Village office at 66-85 73rd Place as a drop-off location to make it easier for those who wish to donate.

Addabbo said the church will be accepting canned goods, boxed goods, rice, soup and pasta, as well as toiletries and paper products, such as napkins and paper plates. Donations will be accepted from now until February 12. For more information, contact Addabbo’s Middle Village office at 718-497-1630.

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