2018-08-08 / Political Page

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AVELLA ON SHSAT STUDY ‘CONCEALED’ BY NYC DOE: NYS Senator Tony Avella released a statement on the 2013 SHSAT study commissioned by the city Department of Education that was finally released for the first time on August 3: “The New York City Department of Education should be ashamed of themselves for concealing this important 2013 study on the Specialized High School Admissions Exam, which validates the need to keep the test. We need to expand educational opportunities for all, and my legislation to expand the gifted and talented program in every elementary and secondary school in New York City would do exactly that,” said Senator Avella.

MENG INVESTS $80,000 IN NYS DEM PARTY TO ENGAGE COLLEGE STUDENTS: Congress Member Grace Meng is investing $80,000 in the New York State Democratic Party to support the party’s college campus organizing efforts. The organizing program will engage and turn out voters in crucial Congressional and state house districts, helping to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. The targeted Republican Congressional districts include NY-01, NY-11, NY-19, NY-22, and NY-24.

With historically low voter turnout for both college students and young people, Meng’s investment will go a long way towards increasing Democratic turnout in New York, especially in highly competitive districts.

“I’m thrilled that Congresswoman Meng is providing resources to help the party support the wave of Democratic voter enthusiasm we see swelling as Election Day approaches. Democrats are fighting back against what we see coming out of Donald Trump’s Washington, DC. These resources will help make that effort more effective,” said Geoff Berman, executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee.

“Engaging young voters is essential, not just for Democratic success in the upcoming midterm elections but for the future of our party and country. The College Democrats of New York are glad to see Congresswoman Meng investing in and empowering college students across the country. We’re excited to work with her on it now and in the future,” said Ryan Trumbauer, president of College Democrats of New York.

“I’m excited to support the state party in their efforts to engage these students, take back the House and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. These kids aren’t just our future—they’re here now, and I’m making sure their voices are heard in the midterm elections,” said Congress Member Meng.

The program begins immediately and runs through the 2018 midterm elections in November.

MALONEY TO ROSS: TELL TRUTH ON 2020 CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), co-chair of the House Census Caucus, and author of the 2020 Census IDEA and the 2020 American Census Investment Acts, led 44 of her House colleagues on August 3 in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross demanding that he respond to Congressional inquires, including one sent by Maloney and her colleague on June 28 regarding the discrepancies between the secretary’s testimony and documents contradicting his assertion that the Justice Department initiated the request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

In the letter, the members asked Ross, “…it is clear that you settled on the addition of a citizenship question long before you indicated as much to Congress, and it was not DOJ that ‘initiated’ this request, but rather your own Department of Commerce. The release of these documents when compared against the public record raises serious concerns about your testimony and the reasons for which the citizenship question was truly added. As such, we request that you provide answers to the following questions immediately: When did you first begin considering adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census? Who or what prompted you to begin this consideration?”

On June 28, 2018, Maloney, with Congress Members Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Judy Chu (D-CA), led a letter with 54 members of the House expressing concerns about the veracity of Sec. Ross’s testimony before Congress after he submitted a supplemental memo to the courts in a case regarding the addition of the citizenship question. The congresswoman has also submitted an amicus brief with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and over 120 current House and Senate Democrats in support of the New York State-led lawsuit seeking to stop the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Maloney’s 2020 Census IDEA Act would stop the addition of last minute questions like the citizenship inquiry.

MILLER HOSTS NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP: On Monday, August 13, Assembly Member Mike Miller will host the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) mobile van in front of his office located at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. “It is essential that those who cannot afford legal services have the opportunity to meet with a lawyer for legal help,” said Miller. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, visit mobilelegalhelpcenter.acuityscheduling.co m.

CROWLEY ON 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF SIKH GURDWARA SHOOTING: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement ahead of the sixth anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which was on August 5, 2012:

“Six years ago, the lives of six innocent and peaceful worshippers were taken in a senseless act of hate. As we mark this solemn day with heavy hearts, we are painfully reminded that the Sikh community, and people of other faiths, ethnicities, and races, continue to be targets of bigotry and violence. We owe it to the victims of the Oak Creek tragedy to come together and renew our commitment to fighting intolerance whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head. Every person in this country, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they pray to, deserves to live in peace.”

A recognized leader in Congress on issues related to the Sikh American community, Crowley spearheaded a multi-year, successful effort to convince the federal government to begin collecting data on hate crimes committed against Sikh Americans. In addition to his work on hate crimes against the Sikh American community, Crowley led the successful effort in the House of Representatives to expand opportunities for Sikhs in the US Army. Last year, he also led the effort to convince the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh players.

ADDABBO’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE: NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and Girl Scouts of America Troop 4791 of Glendale are sponsoring, on behalf of Sacred Heart Food Pantry, a Back-To-School Supplies Drive. Items that will be accepted include: three-ring binders; packages of pencils and pens; glue sticks; crayons and markers; loose-leaf paper; personal hygiene products, such as bar soap, deodorant, tissues, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more. Donations will be accepted at Addabbo’s Middle Village office located at 66-85 73rd Place until August 31. For more information, contact Senator Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

—With contributions by Annette Hanze Alberts

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