More on 911 Economic Recovery
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), with the support of nine other members of the New York delegation, introduced legislation today to ensure that victims of 9/11 do not face taxes on recovery grants made for the relief and revitalization of New York City after the World Trade Center disaster.
Monday, March 28, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. Steps of City Hall Participants Include: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller Fiscal Policy Institute Other Members of Congress and City Council, TBA
NEW YORK: Seeking relief for massive tax revenue losses caused directly by 9/11's economic impacts, New York lawmakers today announced the introduction of the "'Whatever It Takes' To Rebuild Act of 2003', named after the President's pledge to do "whatever it takes" to help New York after the terrorist attacks.
NEW YORK: After largely ignoring persistent calls for the reform of a 9/11 aid program for months, FEMA officials are just now reporting widespread problems with the Individual and Family Grants (IFG) program as implemented in New York.
As the House and Senate finalized an omnibus appropriations bill that includes nearly $1 billion in aid to New York City and State for September 11th related costs, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) lauded the inclusion of the full $90 million needed for the medical monitoring of Ground Zero heroes who continue to suffer high rates of respiratory illness from the disaster. The next step for this year's bill are votes in the House and Senate, expected before . Because the bill was developed and agreed upon by House and Senate leaders, final passage of the bill is considered highly likely. After passage, the bill would require the President's signature. Current indications are that the administration supports the bill.
NEW YORK: According to recent information obtained from relief agencies and individuals by the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), FEMA officials are once again improperly discouraging help to economic victims of 9/11 by providing potential Mortgage and Rental Assistance (MRA) applicants with grossly inaccurate information about eligibility standards for the program. The Henry Street Settlement Organization informed Congresswoman Maloney of how potential MRA applicants were informed by FEMA operators that "they are not eligible (for the program) unless they worked one or two blocks from the world trade center." This description of FEMA's MRA guidelines is completely inaccurate. The actual guidelines provide for assistance to all Manhattan residents economically impacted by the disaster and to all residents of the city's four other boroughs who can show income loss related to the disaster. Exceptions are also made for specific cases in New Jersey and other counties included in the original declared disaster area.
Washington, DC: Today, numerous leaders from New York's firefighter and labor unions joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) in an effort to draw to the President's attention the health needs of Ground Zero workers and volunteers suffering from the threat of long-term illnesses from toxins at the site. A total of nine Members of Congress gave their guest State of the Union passes to Firefighters and EMS workers who responded to the disaster.
Statement of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) Urging FEMA to Extend and Reform the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program for Those Economically Impacted by the September 11th Disaster
NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney released the following statement today at an event hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition. Attached to this release are letters from Congresswoman Maloney and other members of Congress to the President, his administration and Governor Pataki, urging the MRA program's reform and extension.
Washington, DC - Today on Meet the Press, when asked by host Tim Russert about the firefighters and other workers who worked at Ground Zero being invited to sit in the Gallery during the State of the Union to get the President's attention to the need to immediately and fully fund the World Trade Center Health Monitoring Program at Mt Sinai, Andy Card, the President's Chief-of-Staff blamed the problem on the lack of a budget being passed by the Democratic controlled Senate. (See transcript below)
WASHINGTON: In response to a report released yesterday by the Inspector General of FEMA, evaluating FEMA's response to the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY)and Congressman José E. Serrano (NY) called on the Bush administration to address FEMA's shortcomings in the delivery of aid to New York and develop a plan to respond to the remaining needs of New Yorkers impacted by the disaster.