2017-09-27 / Political Page

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CROWLEY ON TRUMP’S SPEECH TO UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly:

“President Trump had the opportunity today to lay out a clear vision for US foreign policy that will ensure our national security, promote peace and stability around the globe, and maintain our role as a world leader capable of bringing people together. Instead, he used the unique platform of addressing the UN General Assembly to alienate our allies and further escalate dangerous tensions. We face a number of pressing challenges that require global cooperation and real leadership. Rather than look for a path to work together with our UN partners, President Trump continues to take an isolationist position that undermines important national security goals.”

CROWLEY INTRO’S 9/11 HEROES MEDAL OF VALOR ACT OF 2017: On September 21 House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY), along with members of the New York City delegation, announced the introduction of the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017 to recognize the heroism of public safety officers who responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and subsequently died of 9/11-related health conditions.

“The Medal of Valor is but a small token of appreciation for the bravery and strength of the men and women who sacrificed their lives answering the call in our nation’s darkest hour,” said Crowley. “We lost hundreds of public servants that day, but many more have since been taken from us, succumbing to 9/11-related illnesses. They too are heroes and deserving of this recognition. America has not forgotten them and we are eternally grateful for their service.”

In 2004, Crowley, with the support of New York’s congressional delegation, ushered passage of legislation to create the Presidential Medal of Valor award for the brave men and women who died on September 11, 2001 in the line of duty. The legislation announced Thursday would extend the honor to the public safety officers who died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.

The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017 is supported by the entire New York City delegation, including Reps. José Serrano, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, Adriano Espaillat, Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks, Dan Donovan, Tom Suozzi, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clarke, Nita Lowey, and Eliot Engel.

“The Uniformed Fire Officers Association applauds and thanks Representative Joseph Crowley’s efforts on behalf of all first responders. Congressman Joe Crowley has been with us from day one in the fight for the Zadroga Act and its reauthorization,” said Jake Lemonda, President of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said, “For New York City police officers and other first responders, the September 11 terrorist attacks are still an unfinished chapter….Every year, more of the women and men who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up operations fall ill as a result....every year, more of them succumb to their illnesses. Each one is a hero who deserves to be recognized and honored. I applaud Rep. Crowley....”

“Congressman Crowley’s introduction of this piece of legislation is proof that yesterday’s heroes are not forgotten. To be able to say you were awarded the 9/11 Medal of Valor 16 plus years later is validation of your heroic actions for our City & Nation,” said John Feal, Founder of the FealGood Foundation.

International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold A. Schaitberger said, “The terrorist attacks occurring on September 11, 2001, resulted in the greatest loss of America’s bravest fire fighters occurring on a single day. On that day, 343 IAFF fire fighters perished…the numbers of fallen fire fighters continue to climb….I, along with 305,000 members of the IAFF, rise in strong support of Rep. Joe Crowley’s legislation….”

Paul Nunziato, President, Port Authority Police Benevolent Association said the association “thanks Congressman Crowley for reminding our nation that after effects of the 9/11 attacks continue to impact many in ways that could not have been contemplated immediately after these horrific incidences. It is important to remember the sacrifices so that we never become complacent in our fight to protect our great country.”

In 2010, Crowley was instrumental in passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to provide first responders and workers with health monitoring and care. He was also the only member of Congress to lose a relative on 9/11, his cousin, FDNY Battalion Chief John Moran.

GIANARIS ON THE SENTENCING OF HATE GRAFFITI VANDAL:

NYS Senator Michael Gianaris released a statement on the sentencing of hate graffiti vandal who had been spraying Astoria with messages of hate for six months.

“The acts of hateful vandalism our neighborhood was forced to endure during the months of this vandal’s actions were outrageous and unacceptable. I am pleased justice is being served and urge our community to continue being the inclusive and accepting beacon it has always been.”

The culprit vandalized the Astoria neighborhood with bigoted and politically charged graffiti that repeatedly targeted, among other locations, the district offices of Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Councilman Costa Constantinides. The elected officials have been vocal against the Trump administration’s executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting our neighborhoods.

ADDABBO TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE HOURS AT REGO PARK LIBRARY: Acknowledging that libraries are an important part of the community where local residents gather, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will be holding mobile office hours at the Queens Library Rego Park branch on Thursday, October 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The library is located at 91-41 63rd Drive.

“People from many different backgrounds go to a library, and having office hours there allows me to speak to them about community issues and concerns,” said Addabbo. “I look forward to meeting and discussing issues with local residents in Rego Park, and I thank the Queens Library system for providing us with this opportunity.”

For further information, or to learn about other mobile office hours planned around the district, constituents may contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

‘MCCAIN COURAGEOUSLY OPPOSES DEVASTATING’ HEALTHCARE BILL: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement on September 22 in response to Senator John McCain’s decision to oppose the latest Senate Republican healthcare plan, commonly known as Graham- Cassidy. On Monday, September 25, at 11am on the steps of City Hall, Rep. Maloney gathered with other elected officials and health advocates at a press conference to call for additional Senate Republicans to join Senator McCain and kill this bill.

“Graham-Cassidy would be devastating to the lives of millions, bad for our economy, and especially harmful to New York. That is why I’m so relieved to learn that Senator McCain has courageously stepped up and announced his opposition to this latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He joins the Medicaid directors of all 50 states, the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Hospital Association and a long list of knowledgeable health care providers that have come out against this heartless bill.

“I applaud Senator McCain for his decision to oppose this bill, but I know that our fight against repeal is not over today. That is why on Monday I will be rallying on the steps of City Hall with other leaders and patient advocates to try and kill this bill once and for all.

“It is long past time for Republicans to give up their crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are ready to work in a bipartisan way to lower health care prices and expand coverage, but we need willing partners to do so. I hope more Republican senators and House members will join Senator McCain in opposition to Graham-Cassidy so that we can finally begin a bipartisan effort to improve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.”

Under Graham-Cassidy insurers could once again discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions; 32 million Americans will lose their insurance; out of pocket costs would skyrocket with premiums going up 20%; and older Americans would face a crushing age tax. Graham-Cassidy is particularly devastating for New York, robbing the state of $45 billion in health care funding and ripping away insurance from more than 2 million New Yorkers.

CROWLEY ON ANNIVERSARY OF END OF ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the 6th anniversary of the end of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:

“Six years ago, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was dismantled, allowing gay and lesbian service members the opportunity to openly serve our country free from discrimination. As a result, our military and our nation are stronger and better reflective of the values we hold.

“While ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a significant step toward equality, there is still much more to be done to achieve a truly inclusive military. Our armed forces are once again being used as a tool to push forward a hateful agenda. Instead of pursuing policies that make America less safe, President Trump should immediately reverse his politically motivated ban on transgender individuals serving in our armed forces. As we recognize this important day, we must recommit ourselves to the fight against the Trump administration’s discriminatory anti-transgender policy and work tirelessly to ensure that any qualified American who volunteers to serve can do so regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

MALONEY SLAMS DEVOS REPEAL OF GUIDANCE ON CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT: In response to US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to rescind Obama Administration guidelines aimed at combating campus sexual assault, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), released the following statement on September 22:

“Secretary DeVos’ decision to rescind President Obama’s campus sexual assault guidance is deeply disturbing and represents a giant step backwards in the fight against sexual assault on college campuses,” Rep. Maloney said.

“The Obama-era guidelines were carefully designed to ensure that colleges take the necessary steps to keep all their students safe. The guidelines also provide the survivors of sexual assaults with the specialized support experts agree that they need. Given the immense social harm that sexual assaults produce and the fact that federal data shows that the majority of rapes and sexual assaults perpetrated against women and girls in the United States are not reported to the police, this reckless indifference to these crimes of hate by Secretary DeVos is unconscionable. And it leaves sexual assault victims wondering whether or not the federal government is even willing to make an honest effort to protect them.”

The Obama-era guidance on sexual assault was crafted after soliciting input from law enforcement, victim advocates, attorneys, student affairs professionals and most importantly students themselves. The guidance required that the outcome of investigations on sexual violence should rely on a preponderance of evidence in each case to determine guilt, allowed accusers to appeal not guilty findings, and accelerated adjudications to resolutions would come within 60 days.

“Students in higher education across the country, and all who love and care for them, deserve far better than this. It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that addresses campus sexual violence so that protections and rights for victims are enacted into law once and for all.”

Congresswoman Maloney is a longtime leader in the fight against campus sexual assault, authoring the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which was signed into law in 2013, and H.R. 1949, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which is currently pending before the House.

H.R. 1949, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, is bipartisan legislation that would establish new campus resources and support services for student victims of sexual assault, require minimum training standards for on campus personnel, establish enforceable Title IX penalties, impose stiffer penalties for Cleary Act violations, and create a new grant program for colleges and universities to improve prevention and response to campus sexual violence.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which was signed into law as part of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization in 2013, requires institutions of higher education to develop and communicate their policies on dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. It further requires colleges and universities to collect and disclose information about sexual assault, and to update and expand related services on their campus.

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