More on 911 Economic Recovery
NEW YORK, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) released the following statement today in response to news that FEMA had finally approved an insurance coverage plan for the City of New York and for the contractors involved with the Ground Zero response, for environmental claims that might arise related to the 9/11 response:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan and Queens), a tireless advocate of the environment, has been recognized by the League of Conservation Voters in their annual review, the National Environmental Scorecard. Maloney received a perfect score of “100 percent” for her strong voting record in 2003.
Maloney Applauds Manhattan Chamber of Commerce to Announce National Campaign to Repeal Tax on 9/11 Aid
NEW YORK, NY: Today, Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, announced the start of a national campaign to seek the support of Chambers of Commerce around the country in opposing taxation on 9/11 aid and urging federal elected officials to reverse the wrongheaded, harmful IRS decision.
WASHINGTON, DC - Concerns that New Yorkers will never see all of the $21.4 billion promised to them for 9/11 recovery have been validated by a brand new General Accounting Office (GAO) report ( http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/NYLibertyZoneGAO.pdf ). Specifically, the report, requested by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan and Queens) and Charles Rangel (Harlem), states that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not keeping tabs on how much of the Liberty Zone tax benefits are being used, and that there will never be adequate actual accounting for this aid.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney went to the House floor yet again, pleading with House leaders to help 9/11 victims avoid taxation on hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, and yet again, House leaders denied the request.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: House Republican leaders today, blocked an effort by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-8) to reverse the wrongheaded decision by the IRS to tax 9/11 aid.
NEW YORK, NY: Details about reductions in the amount of 9/11 recovery aid that New York is expected to receive from Washington emerged today, at a public forum hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Council Member Alan Gerson, Chair of the Council's Lower-Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, & Joel Rivera, Chair of the Council's State & Federal Legislation Committee.
NY Members of Congress Call for Congressional Hearings on Adequacy of Federal Response to 9/11 Recovery
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Pointing out the multi-billion dollar gap that remains between what New York lost from the economic impacts of 9/11 and what the federal government has provided in aid, New York members of Congress called for Congressional hearings on the matter, to determine the adequacy of the federal response so far and the additional aid necessary.
NEW YORK: A broad cross-section of New York leaders urged action today by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to fix severe faults in FEMA's delivery of aid to victims of 9/11 through the Mortgage and Rental Assistance program (MRA). Over 100,000 individuals lost their jobs because of 9/11 but less than 15 percent received help from FEMA through the MRA program. At the same time, FEMA prepared to close up its lower-Manhattan help center at 141 Worth Street after April 30th, saying it will still accept "phone calls."
New York, NY- Today, in response to an IRS decision to tax 9/11 recovery grants, lower-Manhattan business leaders and residents detailed how the tax will stifle growth and threaten New York's recovery. Together with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY), the group expressed outrage that the aid grants - provided as incentives to businesses and residents to stay in lower Manhattan - would be taxed. The group noted that the IRS waited until just weeks before the fiscal year ended to determine that the grants would be taxable and that taxation of the grants was not the intent of Congress when the grants were authorized. Maloney and Nadler also released a letter to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, urging their intervention. It can be viewed at: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/040703HastertFrist.pdf