2018-09-12 / Political Page

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REP. MALONEY STATEMENT ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: As the nation marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney, one of the lead authors of the James Zadroga September 11 Health and Compensation Act, released the following statement:

“Never Forget. We made that promise 17 years ago, and every year since, as families mourn those taken from us on September 11 and in the following days, months, and years due to illness caused by the toxins at Ground Zero.

“As we come together today as a nation to remember those lost and the ideals of freedom and justice that unite us, we must renew our promise to take care of those who are still dealing with the aftermath of that fateful day. With the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) expiring in 2020, I am already working on making sure that we renew this program so that victims and their families get the financial support they need. That is what I mean when I say Never Forget.

“On September 11, 2001, today, and always,

I am proud to be a New Yorker and an American and we will, we must, take care of our own.”

CROWLEY ON REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS TO RIP HEALTH CARE FROM MILLIONS: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement on the beginning of oral arguments in Texas v. United States, the Republican-led lawsuit to take away protections from Americans with pre-existing conditions:

“Republicans have no shame. After failing to pass legislation to weaken the Affordable Care Act, the party is now suing to strip coverage from the 133 million Americans who live with pre-existing conditions. This is a disgusting use of our court system.”

NOLAN PRAISES SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT FUNDING APPROVAL: The Smart Schools Bond Act Review Board approved on September 6 $400 million in expenditures for New York City to replace Transportable Classroom Units, and to modernize kindergarten classrooms, marking a great step in our efforts to alleviate overcrowding and substandard conditions in our community schools.

Assembly Member Cathy Nolan said, “I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, my colleagues in the legislature, Mayor de Blasio and Lorraine Grillo, president of the School Construction Authority, for their efforts in making these improvements a reality. This is wonderful news.

“My district has been terribly overcrowded for many, many years. Improving these awful, outdated, dangerous classrooms thousands of New York City students attend has been my goal as chair of the Education Committee. I am delighted and grateful. I look forward to our continued successes in securing funding, to the benefit of all of our students.”

SEN. GIANARIS ON SPEED CAMERAS: NYS Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed local measures aimed at turning on school zone speed cameras before the first day of school.

“It shouldn’t be this hard to take steps everyone agrees would protect children as they come and go from school, but Senate Republicans insisted on putting politics first. I am glad this creative solution was found to put the cameras back to work.”

CROWLEY ON ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMP’S DECISION TO TERMINATE DACA: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

“One year after the Trump administration’s heartless decision to reverse the DACA program, Congressional Republicans continue to do nothing – cowardly refusing to bring any relief or stability to nearly one million young men and women. Today, we are reminded of President Trump’s and Republican leaders’ hypocrisy, cruelty, and cravenness.

“DREAMers are our friends, neighbors, and colleagues. They deserve protection and Democrats won’t rest until that becomes a reality.”

CHAIRMAN CROWLEY STATEMENT ON ROSH HASHANAH: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which started at sundown on Sunday:

“Shana Tova to all those celebrating the Jewish new year in Queens, the Bronx, and across the country. Rosh Hashanah is a time to spend with family and friends, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to what’s to come in the new year. As families come together to mark this special day, I send my best wishes for a joyous celebration and a peaceful new year.”

OFFICIALS, MASPETH RESIDENTS, DISCUSS DELAYED SEWER UPGRADES: On September 4, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Senator Addabbo, Assembly Member Barnwell, and Council Member Holden met with Middle Village homeowners to discuss a delayed sewer project and toured property damage ahead of the city’s hurricane season. The neighborhood frequently experiences flooding because of poor storm infrastructure, causing sewer backup and damaging residents’ homes after heavy rainfall.

Following a severe storm in 2007, the city Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promised residents a $22 million upgrade to the neighborhood’s sewer system. The project did not begin until almost 10 years later, and was suddenly halted a year after contaminated soil was discovered at the construction site. An additional $8 million was needed for completion, according to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Although the project was set to begin in 2014, it still has not been completed and the request to expand the scope of the project has only recently been submitted to the comptroller’s office for review.

“The city chose to drag its feet on critical storm upgrades for years, putting the people of Middle Village directly in harm’s way,” said Comptroller Stringer.

“I am hopeful that by working together, we can urge the city to resume and complete this sewer project, so that my constituents don’t have to live in fear of flooding with every heavy rainstorm,” said Senator Addabbo.

“The city’s infrastructure is outdated and needs immediate improvements. Our community deserves better and we will settle for nothing less,” said Assembly Member Barnwell.

“Flooding has been a problem in Middle Village for decades, and area residents have had enough of the red tape and bureaucracy of our city agencies. Not only do my constituents deserve better infrastructure, but as taxpayers, deserve it on time and under budget. We need the city to step up and get this project completed. Enough is enough,” said Council Member Holden.

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