Update: The Last Week of the August District Work Period
I had a great last week of the August District Work Period here in NYC and I’m ready to get back to Washington, DC on Monday to continue our work in holding the Trump Administration accountable and working on issues that are important to our community and city. Below are some highlights from the week.
Delivering on NYC's Promise of Pre-K For All
On Wednesday, I was thrilled to cut the ribbon on a new Pre-K center on the Upper East Side that will provide more opportunities and better education for 180 4-year-olds! As a former teacher, I know the importance of early education and new centers like these will ensure that New York City can meet its promise of Pre-K for all. It was great to be at the ceremony and have a chance to speak with and welcome the teachers and staff.
Honoring a 9/11 Hero
Also, on Wednesday, I joined with family, friends, and the 9/11 community to honor fallen firefighter Michael T. McDonald. After a long and dedicated career with the FDNY, Michael died from 9/11 related illnesses.
This service and the memorials to all the fallen 9/11 responders and survivors are a small way for us to never forget their service and sacrifices. I will be thinking of Michael, and the too many like him, on this coming Wednesday as we mark the 18th anniversary of that fateful day that changed our lives forever.
Getting the 2020 Census Right
Last night, I joined a panel hosted by Thomson Reuters for a discussion on the importance of the 2020 Census and the data it produces.
These figures are too important to get wrong. Census data is central to decision making at every level of government and is used by private businesses as well. It will determine our representation in government and the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for social programs over the next 10 years. I am committed to ensuring we have an accurate count and accurate data - we simply cannot afford to get it wrong.
Fighting Against Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy
At the end of last week, the Trump Administration announced its intention to end a policy that allows immigrants and their families to defer deportation in the case of serious medical conditions and illness that require care here in the United States. This latest decision from the Trump Administration needlessly endangers vulnerable families and is yet another example of recklessly implementing cruel policy for cruelty’s sake.
Last Friday, I joined many of my colleagues to denounce this decision and called on the Administration to reinstate medical deferred action. The policy announcement has caused great distress for patients who will not be able to receive treatment outside of the U.S. You can read our letter and learn more about this cruel policy here.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress