2016-11-16 / Political Page

‘Pres’ Trump Moving Slowly

President-elect Donald Trump, having achieved his near-goal by having gained the office of President of the United States, is now moving steadily forward as he starts building the bulging office and selecting the huge work force to administer the office.

Last week, he announced his first appointees, Reince Priebus, the Chair of the Republican National Committee and Stephen K. Bannon, the media specialist who was so valuable in guiding him in the crucial closing of the presidential campaign that led to his ultimate victory on election day.

Both appointments are very important as Trump looks ahead to starting his four-year term. Priebus was very strategically important during the close of the presidential campaign when few GOP congressmembers were backing Trump. Priebus was always a loyal backer when congressional support was almost nonexistent. As Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, Priebus will always be present as Trump gets started in his new role.

In the coming start of his administration, Bannon’s role in directing Trump outwardly to the nation will be vastly important in his establishing the vision that the new president wants to establish with the public, and that important role will be in Bannon’s hands.

Meanwhile, Trump’s first major policy moves, dealing with filling Supreme Court judgeship vacancies, immigration, abortion and Obamacare, did not have the expected shock reaction these positions evoked when discussed during the early days of his campaign.

This doesn’t apply to judgeship appointments, which he still expects to appoint someone who will oppose abortion rights and would support overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the issue to the states. But on the immigration issue, Trump back-tracked on building a huge wall between the US and Mexico, and scaling the mountainous wall back to fences here and there.

But his immigration proposal still had shocking proportions, as he proposed instead deporting two or three million immigrants whom he deems as being dangerous because of their criminal records. This was a considerable come down from his original plan to deport close to 10 - or 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Trump’s new position on Obamacare – which he stated throughout the campaign would have to be abolished completely – he now explained he was comfortable with certain sections of Obamacare, such as covering people with pre-existing medical conditions and the provision that allows young people to be covered who are already covered in their parents’ policies until age 26. The question is how exactly would he propose cutting back Obamacare?

Another surprising response the president-elect touched on was FBI Director James Comey’s late campaign decision to reopen Hillary Clinton’s email investigation so late into the campaign. There are many people who feel that the timing of Comey’s move was a major factor in Clinton’s loss of the election.

Another development that surprised were the huge anti-Trump demonstrations that have occurred is some places in the US. It also was surprising that Trump expressed the opinion that they were being carried out by “professional protesters incited by the media.” We don’t agree with that.

QUEENS GOP CHAIR BOB TURNER HAILS TRUMP: The Queens county Republican Party Chairman Bob Turner released a statement congratulating Presidentelect Donald J. Trump on November 9:

“The Queens County Republican Party offers congratulations to the 45th President of the United States, President-elect Donald J. Trump, on his historic election victory. The Queens native’s Make America Great Again movement connected with millions of voters across the country, securing the win for a Republican House and Senate. President-elect Trump’s pledge to fix veterans and put millions of people back to work is real change for all Americans.”

“We also acknowledge our 21 down-ballot candidates who ran for office throughout Queens County. We are very grateful for their dedication, courage and commitment. As we look ahead, with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s win, our party is now stronger and unbowed.”

CROWLEY REELECTED: Congress Member Joe Crowley (D–Queens, the Bronx), vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after voters in New York’s 14th Congressional District reelected him as their Representative in Congress:

“It is my greatest honor to represent Queens and the Bronx in Congress, and I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve. I have been privileged to represent one of the most diverse districts in the country, and I will continue to fight on behalf of my constituents on the issues that matter to them most.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have put New York families first and I’m proud of my record of supporting job creation, expanding middle class opportunities, protecting veterans’ hard-earned benefits, keeping Medicare and Social Security strong, and working to make the Bronx-Queens community more prosperous and secure.

“In the next Congress I will continue to work for good paying jobs, affordable child care, comprehensive immigration reform, college affordability, and the opportunity for every American to retire with peace of mind after a lifetime of work. And whether it is working to address airplane noise, improving our schools, or keeping our communities safe, I will never stop fighting for the people of Queens and the Bronx.

“I thank the voters of New York’s 14th Congressional District for their support. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to serve once again.”

STACEY PHEFFER AMATO DECLARES VICTORY IN 23RD AD: Beaming with pride at winning her first race to become the representative of the 23rd AD in the Rockaways, Assembly Member-elect Stacey Pheffer Amato issued the following news release:

“I am extremely grateful to the voters of southern Queens and Rockaway for electing me the next State Assembly Member in the 23rd District. Our families demand a lot from their elected officials. We have been lucky to have truly dedicated public servants who have been instrumental in our recovery from Sandy and who have been strong voices in City Hall and in Albany. I am humbled by the community’s faith in me to continue this important work and I intend to be a strong advocate for our families. I would like to commend my opponent for his spirited and hard-fought campaign.

“Most of all, I want to thank two special people. Tonight, I follow in the footsteps of our Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and my mother, Audrey Pheffer. My mother taught me the importance of public service from an early age and, together with Assemblyman Goldfeder, supported me at every step along this campaign. I look forward to following their example as our next Assembly member.”

MALONEY ON PASSING OF FORMER US AG JANET RENO: Following the news of the passing of former US Attorney General Janet Reno, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“Today we mourn the loss of a pioneering, brilliant woman, former Attorney General Janet Reno.

“It was a privilege to serve with Janet, our nation’s first female attorney general, as she led our Justice Department during a time of a great change and challenges. She stood strong in the face of our nation’s enemies, getting justice for the victims of the “Unabomber,” the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing, while always vowing to follow the law and do the right thing, even in the face of immense pressure to do otherwise.

“Janet Reno set an example as a thoughtful, independent leader that I will always remember. Back in 1994, when I hosted a town hall at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on crime and violence, Secret Service didn’t want Janet to join because of a security threat, but she knew how important it was to address the issue, and she was there. I also proudly remember walking with her at several Parkinson’s Walks in Central Park, even as she herself battled this terrible disease.

“As we honor her legacy, let’s take her words after the Oklahoma City bombing to heart and ‘speak out against the hatred, the bigotry and the violence in this land.’ As she showed, good wins out.”

FOREST HILLS LIBRARY ROOF FIX DELAYED: Council Member Karen Koslowitz (D–Queens) was advised by the Queens Library that the roof replacement scheduled for the Forest Hills Branch will be postponed. “These critical roof repairs which I have provided funding for, would have necessitated a temporary closure of the library beginning on November 10th and would last approximately 4-6 weeks; however I was told that the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the agency managing the roof replacement is not yet ready to start work,” explained Koslowitz. “I was further informed that since this is a roofing project, and the weather is getting colder, it may be possible that work will not start until the early spring of 2017. I told Queens Library that my office must be given construction updates so that we can continue to inform our community as to when their library might be temporarily closed. This branch is the fifth-busiest in the borough, serving over 300,000 customers last year, and any closure must be advertised in advance and take the least amount of time possible. I am also committed to having Queens Library provide mobile library service while construction takes place, and will be keeping our neighborhood residents informed as to when construction will begin.”

GIANARIS’ STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS: State Senator Michael Gianaris released a statement in response to the November 8th election results. He said, “Last week, many in our community shared their post-election thoughts with me. While many of us are still processing the meaning behind the results of this election, I want to let you know that I will continue to make sure our neighborhood remains a welcoming, safe place that everyone is happy to call home. I am prouder than ever to represent such a diverse and inclusive community. The values we share and the vision we hold for our country remain, and together, we will push to build a better and stronger America. With the help of our friends, families, and neighbors, I know we can inspire one another and continue to do great things. I look forward to working with each of you to continue our progress.”

VAN BRAMER, CONSTANTINIDES ON REDUCED W TRAIN SERVICE: Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Council Member Costa Constantinides released the following statement in response to new W line timetables that show a reduction in service of 20 trains per day to and from Astoria.

“Last week, the W train returned to Queens. The W train has come back because of the Q train’s rerouting along the Upper East Side to accommodate the new Second Avenue line. MTA timetables show that with the return of the W, approximately 20 fewer trains will run to and from Astoria per day. It is unacceptable that increased service for Upper East Side residents has translated to fewer trains for people in Queens, who have just as much right to functional, timely public transit as Manhattanites. We are demanding that the MTA restore these 20 trains to the N/W line in Astoria—because all New York City residents should have access to transit.”

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