2018-11-14 / Political Page

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MALONEY STATEMENT ON CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), sponsor of eight gun safety measures introduced in the House of Representatives, released the following statement following the deadly shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

“Another community is now suffering the pain, sadness and horror from another mass shooting. When will it be enough for this country to act? To the Thousand Oaks community, the survivors, the victims’ families and friends, I am so very sorry. Today, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

“But, thoughts and prayers are not enough. Every day in this country, 96 people die from gun violence. We have a gun violence epidemic in this country and there are clear actions we can take to stop it. And every day we do not act we put lives at risk.”

Maloney noted that commonsense gun safety legislation will save lives. She said, “There is absolutely no reason, besides fear of the NRA, that Congress has not worked to put an end to this madness. We need to come together and work for the safety of the American people, now. Enough is enough.”

GIANARIS, VAN BRAMER REGARDING AMAZON LIC DEAL: NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer issued the following joint statement about the reported deal to bring Amazon HQ2 to Long Island City: “As elected officials representing Long Island City and its surrounding neighborhoods, we have serious reservations about the reported deal to bring Amazon to LIC. Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong. The burden should not be on the 99 percent to prove we are worthy of the 1 percent’s presence in our communities, but rather on Amazon to prove it would be a responsible corporate neighbor. Corporate responsibility should take precedence over corporate welfare. If public reports about this deal prove true, we cannot support a giveaway of this magnitude, a process that circumvents community review through the use of a GPP (General Project Plan) or the inevitable stress on the infrastructure of a community already stretched to its limits. We were not elected to serve as Amazon drones. It is incumbent upon us to stand up on behalf of the people we represent and that is what we intend to do.”

Council Member Van Bramer had earlier explained, “HQ2 has to work for Queens, not just Amazon. We already have an infrastructure deficit in Long Island City. Our community has been fighting for more and better transportation, affordable housing, schools, and open space for years. But overcrowding issues persist. Before anything is confirmed with Amazon, we’ve got to make sure that we could handle this and that sustainable infrastructure would be put in place to prevent our communities from being overwhelmed. We cannot allow longtime residents to be driven out by rising rents and congested transit. HQ2’s potential impact on the people who live in Long Island City and the surrounding neighborhoods of Woodside, Astoria, and Sunnyside, including tens of thousands of NYCHA residents, must be front and center.

“The lack of transparency in this process is outrageous. We’re talking about a multibillion dollar development. Where is the community engagement? What does this mean for Queensbridge Houses? How much is being promised by the governor and what is Amazon doing for our city in return? This plan should not be delivered with special subsidies and corporate welfare from taxpayer dollars. This isn’t a done deal. The local community must be heard.”

DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSN. CONGRATULATES JAMES: The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statement from Executive Director Sean Rankin congratulating Letitia “Tish” James on winning the New York state attorney general seat. James will continue the Democratic leadership of the New York OAG currently led by Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Through its aggressive recruitment for qualified candidates and the launch of the 1881 Initiative, DAGA assembled the most diverse class of attorney general candidates in history including James, who will be the first African American woman to hold statewide office in New York and only the second woman to serve as New York attorney general.

Sean Rankin, executive director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association said, “We applaud Tish James and her campaign on winning the New York Attorney General race. New York needs a leader like James to continue the strong work of Attorney General Barbara Underwood. James has spent her career standing up for those without a voice. The transition from being a protector of the people’s interests as public advocate to the people’s lawyer as New York AG is a natural one.

“Right now, we need leaders in our states and at the national level who are ready to fight for people. Democratic Attorneys General have come together like never before to work together and fight as a team. James’ role as a watchdog on government in New York City is the kind of training that will make her an incredibly effective watchdog on the federal government and national voice. We look forward to welcoming her into our room and watching her lead as New York AG.”

MALONEY STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement on her successful reelection to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District and the new Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives:

“Last night was a great night, not just for the Democratic Party, but for our country. The American people spoke loud and clear; they want change. They want a federal government that listens to them, hears them, and tells them the truth. They want a country that holds true to the values of equality, compassion and decency that have made us the envy the world. They want a Congress of, by, and for the people.

“I am humbled and deeply honored that the voters of New York’s 12th Congressional District have given me another term to serve them in the House of Representatives. Despite the lousy weather, the long lines, and the totally unacceptable problems with many voting machines, the people persisted and made their voices heard.

“It was this same voter energy that enabled Democrats to earn a majority in the House of Representatives and elect a historic coalition of diverse candidates to Congress,” Maloney said. She added that as a result, Congress will now be better equipped to respond to the everyday needs of real Americans because it better reflects the real America.

Maloney continued, “We now must seize this opportunity and pursue an agenda that can make a real difference in people’s lives. We must strengthen our healthcare system and lower prescription drug costs, increase infrastructure investment, pass meaningful gun safety reform, expand affordable housing, pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and stand up for the rights of all – for women and minorities, for immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community. Let us spare no effort to see to it that one day soon, equal truly means equal in this country.

“We also must restore the system of checks and balances that the founders of this country created. For two years, Congressional oversight of President Trump and his administration has been nonexistent. That ends in the next Congress and as a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I will be at the forefront of the effort to hold his administration accountable.”

LIU’S STATEMENT ON STATE SENATE WIN: John Liu has released a statement on winning the State Senate seat in District 11: “I’m grateful and humbled by the confidence the voters have placed in me and I reiterate my pledge that I’ll work every day to represent the public interest. I thank my rivals in this sometimes contentious election and hope to work with them all going forward, for the greater interest.”

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