Nobody knows the importance of homeland security better than New Yorkers. Congresswoman Maloney is working to ensure New York is prepared for, and working to prevent, future terrorist attacks. This includes making sure the Department of Homeland Security is adequately funded and that these funds are invested in areas based on risk and vulnerability, first responders are well trained, equipped, and cared for, and major terrorist targets like New York City are prepared and protected.
- Homeland Security Funding and Protecting New York: Since 9/11, Congresswoman Maloney has led a number of efforts in Congress to direct a greater share of homeland security funding to the communities under threat, which too often are shortchanged. Congresswoman Maloney continues to strongly support the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that homeland security should be based strictly on an assessment of risk and vulnerability, and that New York City and Washington, D.C. should be at the top of any such list. Read More
- 9/11 Health and Compensation: On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks. Read More
- Foreign Acquisitions and National Security: Congresswoman Maloney authored the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-49). This legislation strengthens and reforms the process by which the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign direct investment for national security issues. The need for this reform was made evident in early 2006 when CFIUS failed to raise red flags about a deal that would have put commercial control of several key U.S. ports into the hands of a company owned by the government of Dubai. This Act establishes CFIUS in statute rather than as a creature of Executive Order, implements mandatory 45-day investigations for all deals involving foreign governments, requires high-level review of such transactions, gives the Director of National Intelligence a greater role in the CFIUS process, and improves congressional oversight, among other provisions.
- Civil Liberties Board: As the co-chair of the former 9/11 Commission Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney fully supported the passage of all 41 recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Out of concern that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was not given the teeth it needs to be an effective board, she introduced “The Protection of Civil Liberties Act”. This bill would have created the board as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. In 2007 Congress passed H.R. 1, “Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (P.L. 110-53), which included important provisions from Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation intended to strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to more closely reflect the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
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Every day since Hurricane Sandy swamped our city, I have been learning the stories of courageous acts and selfless deeds by my constituents who saved lives, or reached out to help others. There’s Jon Candelaria from Stanley Isaacs Houses on Manhattan’s East Side, for instance, who risked his life during the storm to rescue a taxi driver whose cab was overwhelmed with water. You can read about more about his heroic rescue here.
This morning the recovery continues as an all-hands-on-deck effort. The scale of the damage is daunting. Although some progress is being made, there is a need throughout the most affected areas of New York City for non-perishable food, water, and other items for those who cannot get out to buy supplies for themselves.
Beginning TODAY, you can drop off water, flashlights, blankets, batteries and non-perishable food for those in need to my office at:
1651 3rd Avenue, Suite 311
President Obama today declared that a state of emergency exists for New York State and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the hurricane. This follows on the heels of Gov. Cuomo's state of emergency declaration on Friday. The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all relief efforts.
“I am very pleased by Secretary Napolitano’s announcement today that New York City and other cities at the highest risk of terrorist attack will continue to receive the funding they need despite budget cuts. As Mayor Bloomberg and my New York congressional colleagues—of both parties—and I have long argued, New York continues to be a target and we should receive funding proportionate to the threat we’re facing. The change announced today reflects that reality.”
“This bill would have been a terrible blow to security efforts in New York, the world’s number-one terrorist target. Some members of Congress may not like the U.N. – but that’s not a good enough reason to try to claw back necessary funding for the U.N.’s security budget.
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued the following statement on the capture of the suspect in the failed Times Square bombing:
“Today, a gunman reported to be a white supremacist opened fire in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and killed a security guard, Stephen T. Johns. Thus, in a monument to those millions who died victimized by irrational hatred, another has died for the same reason. My heart goes out to the friends, family and coworkers of Mr. Johns.