2018-09-05 / Political Page

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CUOMO: TRUMP’S NEWSPRINT TARIFFS ‘ATTACK ON FIRST AMENDMENT’: Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement upon the overturning of President Trump’s newsprint tariffs by the United States International Trade Commission:

“I applaud the United States International Trade Commission for heeding our calls to overturn the Trump administration’s abusive newsprint tariffs, which were nothing but an economic attack on the First Amendment.

“As the commission found, Canadian newsprint does not represent a threat to the US. But the tariffs, advanced by an administration unable to hide its contempt for the media, raised costs on a newspaper industry already struggling in today’s economy and put jobs and local newspapers at risk.

“In New York, we stood with our local newspapers against these tariffs because we believe that the freedom of the press is sacred and that local newspapers play an essential role in our communities. And we will always stand up for the pursuit of truth and justice against those who attack the press and our American values.”

GILLIBRAND’S BILL TO COMBAT RISING MATERNAL MORTALITY RATES: With a disturbing trend of maternal mortality rates on the rise across the country and New York State, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on August 28 the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act, new legislation that would help prevent women from suffering from medical complications or dying before, during, and after childbirth. The United States has more pregnancy-related deaths than any other developed country in the world, particularly among black women. Each year it is estimated that there are at least 50,000 women who experience a complication during childbirth, and according to an NPR and ProPublica report, for every woman who dies in childbirth in the US, there are 70 women who nearly die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 60% of these deaths and complications are preventable. Hospitals often lack the funding necessary for supplies and proper training to implement standards to prevent complications and deaths arising from pregnancy and childbirth. The MOMS Act would help reduce maternal deaths and complications in the United States by providing funding to states and hospitals to develop and implement standardized maternal safety best practices, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“In New York City, black women are 12 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. This is completely unacceptable and largely avoidable, and it’s a crisis that we can and must solve now,” said Senator Gillibrand. ”This much-needed legislation would help our hospitals monitor all mothers before, during, and after they give birth for preventable, but potentially fatal conditions like hemorrhage and preeclampsia, and it would provide them with the federal funding they need to purchase supplies to implement new procedures and effectively treat patients.”

The MOMS Act is cosponsored by US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

ROZIC ALLOCATES $250K TO SELF-HELP SENIOR CENTER: NYS Assembly Member Nily Rozic (D,WFPFresh Meadows) announced on August 30 funding she has allocated in the amount of $250,000 to Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. The funding will go towards upgrades and renovations of the stage and auditorium at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center.

Assembly Member Rozic said, “Self-help Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center serves as a cornerstone of the Flushing community through the vital services it offers, from health and wellness to educational programming. It is my privilege to support the center and its ongoing work to provide seniors with access to the space and resources needed to ensure a healthy, active, and empowered quality of life.”

Congress Member Grace Meng (D-Queens) said, “Senior centers play an essential role in helping older adults stay active and social and I am proud to support these important facilities. The $250,000 allocated by Assemblywoman Rozic will be critical to upgrading and renovating a key part of the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center so that this wonderful facility can serve local seniors even better.”

Sandy Myers, vice president of external relations and communications, Selfhelp Community Services said, “The senior center serves as a home away from home to more than 4,000 members from throughout the city, serving some 450 older adults each day. These renovations will better enable Selfhelp to continue to provide high-quality programming that supports independence and dignity for older adults.”

GRODENCHIK HOSTS STREET CO-NAMING CEREMONY FOR ‘AHMADIYYA WAY’: New York City Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik announced the street co-naming of Ahmadiyya Way at 85th Road and the Grand Central Parkway eastbound service road on Friday, August 31.

As a civically oriented place of worship, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been steadfast in its support for the community, from holding interfaith forums to fostering peace and understanding to helping the elderly and those in need by hosting successful blood drives. Last year, Community Board 8 voted to approve the co-naming because of the Ahmadiyya Community’s longstanding presence, significant contributions, and positive impact. The co-naming was then approved by the New York City Council.

The ceremony was held on the southeast corner of the Grand Central Parkway and 85th Road, adjacent to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Masjid. Grodenchik revealed the street name alongside members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Assembly Member David I. Weprin, Holliswood Civic President Linda Valentino, and Queens Civic Congress President Kevin Forrestal.

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