News for New York's 12th Congressional District

Apr 28, 2015
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I’ve been working hard to pass important legislation and get things done for New Yorkers. From fighting for workplace flexibility and equal pay, to reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, there is a lot that needs to get done in this new Congress.

I hope you will read about my recent work below. If you have any suggestions or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. 

Sincerely,

 

 

Carolyn B. Maloney  

East River Coastal Resiliency Project

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the waterfront along the East Side in a way that will increase resiliency and protect our neighborhoods from the devastating effects of future storms. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, with my strong support, Congress approved over $60 billion in aid to help communities recover and rebuild. Much of that money is being invested in New York, including $335 million for the East Side’s waterfront. Through a series of local meetings hosted by New York City, community members have an opportunity to provide their input on how those funds should be invested in order to provide maximum protection and benefit for the neighborhood. The first meetings began in March and on April 7th, the City presented some project options to the community. The next meetings are scheduled for May 19th, 20th and 28th and I hope you can make it to at least one. The final project will be strongly influenced by the voice of the people, and it’s important that we hear your opinions and concerns. Read more about the project.

Working to Improve Designs for the New 81st Street Pedestrian Bridge

The 81st Street Pedestrian Bridge, which connects the lower and upper sections of the East River Esplanade, is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, the City’s designs are little more than serviceable and the community has expressed serious concerns with many of its aesthetic features. I recently submitted testimony to the New York City Public Design Commission, urging the Commission to improve the design with better fencing materials and clear elements to provide unobstructed views. The Commission conditioned its approval of the project, and required the City agencies to make a more appropriate and visually appealing design. 

Progress at the Newtown Creek Superfund Site

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Newtown Creek a Superfund site on September 29, 2010 the agency has identified six responsible parties (Exxon Mobile Oil Corporation, BP America, Inc., Texaco, Inc., The Brooklyn Union Gas Company dba National Grid NY, Dodge Phelps Refining Corporation and the City of New York), and has completed Phase 1 of its remedial investigation to determine what chemicals are in the creek, the sources of contamination, and where the chemicals are now present. The EPA has been testing surface water, sediment, ground water, fish and biota, the air, discharge pipes and shoreline vegetation, and conducting habitat and wildlife surveys along the creek. They are currently in phase 2, which began in May 2014 and will conclude this fall, to fill in gaps in the data collected during phase 1. After this phase the EPA will look at available technologies to determine the best strategy to clean up the creek. Learn more.

Standing up for workplace flexibility

We need workplace policies that reflect the reality of a 21st century economy—where often both parents are working and overtime is a common reality. You shouldn’t have to fear getting fired just for requesting a schedule that accommodates daycare arrangements, regular medical appointments, or life’s other obligations. That’s why Senator Casey (D-PA) and I are working to pass the Flexibility for Working Families Act. Read about it in the Huffington Post.

Extending the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

We made a promise on September 11th, not only to rebuild and pursue justice against those who attacked us, but to care for the injured and their families, including the first responders and volunteers who risked everything to help others in the wake of the attacks. We must reauthorize the Zadroga Act. Read the editorial in the New York Daily News.

 

50 Years after Selma, Inequality Persists

It was an honor to join with civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama to mark ‘Bloody Sunday’, a dark day in U.S. history but a crucial turning point in the civil rights movement. While we have made great strides since that day, there is still much to be done. Did you know that unemployment for black Americans is still higher than the nationwide unemployment rate at the height of the recession? I recently issued a report from the Joint Economic Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus on the economic challenges facing the African American Community. Read this sobering report here.

Working to take cop-killing ammo off the streets

It is shameful that the gun lobby has, yet again, successfully worked to block an effort from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that would keep our communities safer from the threat of gun violence. This time they stopped a ban on the use of armor-piercing ammunition that can be used in increasingly more concealable weapons. The decision to shelve this rule puts the narrow interests of the gun lobby before public safety. I’m working to pass several gun-safety laws to protect our communities. Read about the ammo-ban in the New York Daily News. 

Equal pay for women: too long coming

Equal pay for equal work ought to be guaranteed, but sadly women still earn just 78 cents for every dollar made by a man. This disparity is devastating when calculated over the course of a woman’s career and factored into retirement savings. I am proud to be working with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Read my op-ed in the New York Daily News.

 

New bill would study feminine hygiene product health risks

American women deserve the ability to make informed decisions when buying feminine hygiene products. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act would enable research and a better understanding of additives in these products so that women can live healthy lives. Learn more about the legislation from RH Reality Check.

 

FDA should ban tanning bed use by minors

Thanks to the FDA, every tanning bed now has a warning label explaining the risks to those under 18. That’s an important first step. Yet given the known health risks tanning beds present, especially to minors, along with the steep climb in skin cancer rates we’ve seen over the last two decades, children really shouldn’t be allowed to use these devices. Learn more about my efforts to ban tanning bed use by minors.

A year later, we need action to #BringBackOurGirls

Just over one year ago, nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Their only crime: they were trying to get an education. To recognize the 1-year anniversary of this tragedy and draw attention to the prolonged effort to return the girls home, I participated in rallies in Washington and New York City. The Empire State Building was lit red and purple as a reminder to everyone that more must be done to #BringBackOurGirls. Read more in the New York Daily News.

Taking on the climate-change deniers

The United States federal government spends more than $3 million every hour putting out fires and responding to extreme weather events. That figure will continue to grow as the prevalence of natural disasters increases because of climate change. Spending in response to these occurrences has gotten so out of control that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office now includes climate change in its annual High Risk Report. Read my op-ed on why climate change deniers can’t claim to be fiscal hawks.

A bipartisan effort to pass Equal Rights Amendment

Women have been fighting to pass the ERA since it was first introduced in 1923. I spend so much of my time in Congress fighting to protect the rights women have already won. By putting women in the Constitution, we will provide a permanent protection from discrimination. I am continuing to fight for the ERA, and working with a conservative, pro-life Republican from Wyoming to get it done. Read CNN’s outstanding profile of our effort.