2018-08-29 / Political Page

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CUOMO ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement upon the passing of US Senator John McCain:

“John McCain gave his life in service to this nation, exemplifying all that we admire in a hero. He was a warrior and a statesman, in the old-fashioned sense. In his own way, he spoke truth to power. He criticized Republicans and Democrats alike. John Mc- Cain criticized all of us. Because in his mind, those of us who are privileged to hold public office can never work hard enough for the people of this country. He was right.”

“America lost one of her greatest warriors today.

“At a time of political division and hostility, Senator McCain was a maverick who was willing to put principles above party. While I did not always agree with his positions, he was a public servant who indisputably aimed to put country over party.

“When he spoke to the Naval Academy in October 2017, Senator McCain offered lessons ‘about sacrificing for something more important than yourself,’ and about ‘the meaning and responsibilities of honor.’ Few people knew more about that word than he did.

“John McCain championed bipartisan efforts to implement campaign finance reform and build a fairer immigration system. And his historic vote to save the Affordable Care Act – with a memorable thumbs down (against repealing the ACA) – protected health care for millions of Americans.

“It was not just his well-known heroism in the Vietnam War, and the extraordinary ordeal he endured as a prisoner of war.

“He was born before the Second World War, and in many ways he seemed like a hero from the Greatest Generation, if not from a much older time. We know how much he sacrificed for his country; though he was never one to complain. We know it all the more powerfully because of his reticence to talk about it. He never boasted in any way. Yet he was the embodiment of courage and sacrifice.

“Near the end of his commencement address in Annapolis, he urged his young audience to avoid a ‘polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences’ and ‘looks for scapegoats instead of answers.’ He knew war, and he knew politics, and he knew that they did not have to resemble each other as much as they do.

“Let all Americans unite, as he wanted us to, in honoring one of the finest public servants in our history. He was a Republican who loved this republic. He was a democrat – small d – who stood for the best of democracy. Godspeed, Senator McCain.”

MALONEY, CASEY RELEASE ‘EARN LESS, PAY MORE’ REPORT: Ahead of Women’s Equality Day, US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and US Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) have released a report detailing the alarming extent to which women in America continue to pay more for goods and services, despite earning less for equal work. The study, which was requested by Casey and Maloney in August of 2016, has just been completed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and highlights a number of disturbing cost discrepancies, including in mortgages, automobile loans, and in personal care products.

“This targeted, thoroughly researched study from the GAO sheds light on the differences in costs for men and women in a number of areas, including financial services transactions – which are far less transparent and often come with a high price tag,” said Rep. Maloney and Sen. Casey. “This report shows that in ways both large and small, women are disadvantaged in a variety of markets. With women being paid on average 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, this is a financial hit women cannot and should not have to take. We will continue to focus on this important issue and pursue action toward achieving equality for men and women in the purchase of goods and services.”

Key Findings:

Financial Products and Services

GAO reviewed academic literature in four financial products and services that are not differentiated by gender: mortgages, small business credit, auto purchases, and auto repairs. While GAO was unable to generalize findings due to limitations of the research, what is available appears to indicate price disparities in various products. Some discrepancies are direct, others appear to stem from the pervasive wage gap between men and women – showing how the wage gap can impact household finances, such as increased borrowing costs.

The academic research surveyed found that:

• “Men and women paid or were quoted different prices for auto purchases and auto repairs”

• Women may pay more for home mortgages relative to their risk profile; and that “women – particularly African American women – were more likely to have subprime loans.”

• Women-owned businesses have higher loan denial rates and “newer female-owned firms received significantly lower loan amounts than requested compared to their male-owned counterparts.”

A full copy of the report can be found at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-500.

CROWLEY: NAZI’S PRESENCE VIOLATED OUR VALUES: Congress Member Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), chair of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the deportation of Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij, who had been living in Jackson Heights since 2001:

“Today marks a solemn victory for the Queens community, which has, for years, demanded this justice for victims of the Holocaust and their families. Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in America, and the presence of a former Nazi guard in the heart of our neighborhood violated our most cherished values of love, equality, and acceptance.

“For years, I’ve been working with my fellow members of the New York Congressional Delegation to urge the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to deport this war criminal and I appreciate the German government’s willingness to accept his deportation. This process dragged on for far too long, but today, our Jewish neighbors, and all proud Americans, can rest assured that our nation took a stand against hate.”

WEPRIN: JUSTICE FOR ‘MONSTER’: Assembly Member David Weprin issued the following statement in response to the deportation of Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij:

“Those who are accomplices to the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, the worst mass genocide in history, will never be accepted in our free and civilized society. It was an affront to justice that Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij was allowed to enter our country and live freely in the most diverse place in the United States. Our government has served this monster justice by permanently removing him from the country and deporting him to Germany to face charges for his transgressions at the Trawniki concentration camp where he helped to prevent the escape of prisoners, ensuring the death of at least 6,000 Jews. We must never stop pursuing justice for the victims of the Holocaust. They will not be forgotten. I want to commend the Trump administration for its successful diplomatic negotiations with Germany which allowed for a deportation originally ordered 14 years ago to finally proceed.”

MENG ACT REQUIRES COVERS ON WASTE TRANSPORTING TRAINS: With several Queens communities negatively impacted by freight trains hauling waste and construction debris through their neighborhoods, US Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced legislation that would require covers on all rail cars that transport materials such as trash and debris.

The Train Coverings for Community Safety Act (H.R.6497) would direct the US Secretary of Transportation to propose regulations that require materials transported by rail to be completely covered while in transit, including while being held, delayed or transferred.

“This is a simple bill and is the result of hearing from many constituents, who for too long, have been forced to endure the adverse effects of trains that transport waste and debris through their neighborhood,” said Meng. “Many borough residents in the western part of my district have long complained about the stench caused by this trash, and they’ve been concerned about materials flying out of traveling rail cars. Those who live near the tracks have also been subjected to trash-filled trains sitting idle for days near their homes. Placing covers on top of train cars – so that all waste is completely containerized – would help alleviate these many problems, and ensure that uncovered trains no longer affect the quality of life of area residents.”

The freight trains that travel through communities in Meng’s district transport commercial waste, municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris. The tracks run through areas in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood.

Meng’s legislation has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

BILL REQUIRES EPA TO REESTABLISH OFFICE OF NOISE ABATEMENT: US Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced on August 24 the Quiet Communities Act, legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reestablish an Office of Noise Abatement and Control and reauthorize the office’s activities through fiscal year 2023. This legislation would empower the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oversee airplane noise issues across the country, including airplane noise-plagued areas near JFK and LaGuardia airports. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees airplane noise issues, however, Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the EPA is better fit to address these matters, as its main focus is to protect human health and the environment.

“This legislation will once again set up an Office of Noise Abatement and Control at the EPA so that environmental experts can address airplane noise, continuing to allow science to help lead the way in both studying and crafting workable solutions,” said Senator Schumer.

Senator Gillibrand said, “The federal government must take more proactive steps to address the concerns of New Yorkers who are affected by airplane noise, and this bill will give the EPA the ability to act.”

Due to budget cuts in 1981, the EPA’s Office of Noise Abatement and Control was dismantled and the FAA was given oversight into all matters regarding aircraft noise pollution. Schumer and Gillibrand’s legislation would require the EPA Administrator to conduct a study of airport noise and examine the FAA’s selection of noise measurement methodologies, health impact thresholds, and abatement program effectiveness.

The legislation amends the Noise Control Act of 1972 to expand the Quiet Communities grant program to include grants for establishing and implementing training programs on use of noise abatement equipment and implementing noise abatement plans.

CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PETS AFTER EVICTIONS: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on August 23 (S.7388B/A.8684B) to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction. The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of such animals with the evictee.

“I know firsthand how pets quickly become members of your family and it is absurd that in these instances a living animal can be treated the same as a possession and be put in harm’s way,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this measure that will protect beloved family pets and solve this issue once and for all.”

When an eviction order is executed, a marshal takes possession of the property located within the evictee’s premises, prepares a written inventory of all items inside, stores the items for a specified amount of time, and then allows the evicted tenant to later retrieve their items. Current law does not distinguish between the treatment of a couch and an animal, which can result in the abandonment of pets. The law signed today addresses this oversight to help ensure the safety and care of pets, explained Cuomo.

QUEENS LEADERS ENDORSE TISH JAMES FOR NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Joining colleagues from throughout New York City and across the state, more than a dozen leaders from Queens, including Borough President Melinda Katz, endorsed Tish James’ grassroots campaign for New York State attorney general.

In addition to Borough President Katz, NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., NYS Assembly Members Stacey Pheffer Amato, Jeffrion Aubry, Edward Braunstein, Michael DenDekker, Michael Miller, Daniel Rosenthal, Nily Rozic, and David Weprin, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Barry Grodenchik, Rory Lancman, and Paul Vallone have endorsed the campaign on August 23. They join leaders from southeast Queens who endorsed Tish James for attorney general over the weekend.

“I’m a proud born-and-bred Brooklynite, but I know that Queens is the epitome of what’s great about our city, our state, and our country. We know that diversity makes us stronger, not weaker. And Queens, which is home to more than two million people from all walks of life and from every background, proves that every day. As New York’s next attorney general, I will fight for these diverse communities, I will defend Queens’ values, and I will be your champion. I look forward to working on behalf of all New Yorkers – and it is a true honor to earn endorsements from so many Queens leaders today,” said Attorney General Candidate Tish James.

The following is a list of labor unions who have already endorsed Tish James for Attorney General in addition to Democratic clubs:

New York State AFL-CIO, 1199SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater NY, CSA, CWA District One, CWA Local 1180, DC 37, LiUNA-NY, NYSNA, NYSUT, New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters, New York State Iron Workers District Council, RWDSU, TWU Local 100, UAW Region 9, UFCW Local 2013, Unite Here Local 100

According to campaign literature, New York City Public Advocate Tish James is running for New York Attorney General to fight for New Yorkers’ rights and to hold the powerful accountable, including Donald Trump and his harmful agenda. As public advocate, James serves as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate and lawyer for the city’s most overlooked communities. She has transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for progressive policies and has passed more legislation than all previous public advocates combined. James successfully took on the NRA by pushing New York City’s largest pension fund to divest from gun and ammunition retailers. She fought in court on behalf of children and families on issues ranging from children with special needs to foster care to tenant protection. And she helped narrow the pervasive gender wage gap by sponsoring a groundbreaking law banning employers from asking job candidates questions about their salary history. As a City Council member, she helped uncover the corruption behind the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a scheme that cost New York City over $600 million.

UNITED AUTOMOBILE WORKERS (UAW) ENDORSE LIU FOR STATE SENATE: The United Automobile Workers (UAW Region 9A) endorsed John Liu for State Senate in District 11 on August 22. The UAW Region 9A is a diverse union representing a variety of workers, including child care providers, graduate student employees and human service workers. Members also work as designers, draftsmen, technical writers, electronics technicians and administrative workers.

“On behalf of UAW Region 9A CAP Council and the 30,000 members we represent, we are proud to endorse John Liu. For too many years, the needs of our members have been overlooked by a Republican-led State Senate and the so-called Democrats who empower them,” said Beverley Brakeman, director of UAW Region 9A. “In the Trump era, it is critical we have strong leadership, at the state level, looking out for our working families. We need a true Democrat like John Liu fighting for labor and civil rights, healthcare and education.”

“Honored to be endorsed by UAW Region 9A, a union with a rich history of fighting fiercely for its members and their rights,” said John Liu. “At a time when workers are under attack nationally, I will fight for legislation in Albany to protect our state’s working women and men.”

Last week’s endorsement is the latest in a continuing series of major labor unions who have endorsed Liu, all in just the last month.

Ready for true Democratic leadership in Albany, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, Hotel Trades Council (HTC) and Hotel Workers Local 6, and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 have all provided support for Liu’s campaign in the form of funds and boots on the ground.

In addition, three major locals of DC37 – Local 371 (social service workers), Local 372 (public school workers), and Local 420 (hospital workers) – have endorsed Liu’s senate campaign thus far.

These union endorsements are in addition to the growing list of elected officials and advocacy organizations who are enthusiastically supporting Liu’s bid for the state senate.

ADDABBO BRINGING MOBILE OFFICE HOURS TO BROAD CHANNEL: Continuing his efforts to meet directly with his constituents, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will be hosting another set of Mobile Office Hours, this time at the Broad Channel Library in September.

On Thursday, September 6, Addabbo will have a table set up at the Broad Channel Library, located at 16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard, from 5:30 to 7 pm where he will be able to meet face-to-face with residents who wish to speak with their Senator.

Addabbo holds these Mobile Office Hours across his large Senate district to give residents a chance to meet with their senator right in their neighborhood. Everyone is invited to attend and speak with Addabbo on a personal problem they may be facing, or to bring a community issue to light.

“My Mobile Office Hours are an integral part of my job as senator,” Addabbo said. “They are a great way for me to get into the district and meet many of my constituents. It also allows residents who are not able to visit one of my three district offices during normal business hours a chance to bring their issues forward. I encourage anyone who wishes to speak with me to come out to my Mobile Office Hours.”

Addabbo will be hosting additional Mobile Office Hours at libraries throughout the district. For more information about this event and future events, contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

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