Update: Wrapping Up the District Work Period
I love being home here in NYC during District Work Periods because I get to spend time hearing directly from you about the issues you care about and what you want to see me working on when I return to Washington, DC.
This past week was a busy one! On Monday, I joined community leaders in mourning the four homeless men who were brutally murdered and speak out on behalf of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. On Tuesday, I assembled a roundtable with experts to talk about the importance of reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. And last night, I hosted an Impeachment 101 Town Hall with special guest former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.
More on all this below.
Homeless Slayings Vigil
On Monday, I joined Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou and the Chinatown community to mourn the deaths of four innocent men after a brutal attack that also left another man in critical condition.
This tragic incident makes it all too clear that the city needs to do more to protect the 60,000 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, including thousands of especially vulnerable unsheltered individuals. I promise to continue to fight for comprehensive federal programs to help individuals find and retain adequate and safe housing. Without the protection and privacy of a home, our homeless neighbors face a much greater risk of violence. Everyone has the right to the safety and dignity of a home, and we must do everything we can to guarantee that right to every New Yorker.
The magnitude and importance of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act cannot be overstated. TRIA provides critical government backup to private insurers in the event of a terrorist attack and is especially vital to the economy of New York City.
After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, insurers realized that they could not accurately model for terrorism risks because they simply did not have all the information they needed to predict where a terrorist attack is most likely to happen, and how likely it is to occur. As a result, the market for terrorism insurance completely shut down. Without terrorism insurance, construction stopped and thousands of jobs were lost.
And so, Congress came together in a bipartisan way to pass TRIA to provide a government backstop to ensure that terrorism insurance was not only available but also affordable – at no cost to taxpayers.
We need to do the same now before the program expires at the end of next year. We cannot afford to let TRIA lapse and run the risk of high-target cities like New York losing construction jobs and the other economic benefits that come from new building projects.
That’s why I hosted a roundtable meeting this Tuesday with Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Rep. Gregory Meeks, and industry stakeholders to discuss how TRIA is working now, what improvements could be made in reauthorizing this legislation, and when Congress needs to act. TRIA is one of the most important issues before Congress and it must be renewed without disruption to coverage or lapse in renewal.
Impeachment Town Hall
Thank you to everyone who joined me and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman last night in Brooklyn for our Impeachment 101 Town Hall! I felt it incredibly important to host an event where concerned New Yorkers could engage in a dialogue about the future of our democracy and learn more about the impeachment process. As one of the nation’s strongest voices during the impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon, I’m grateful that former Brooklyn Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman was able to join us for this discussion and share her perspective.
President Trump is jeopardizing our national security, in plain sight, and abusing his power for personal political gain. The oath of office that each Member of Congress makes requires us to take this solemn step to protect our democracy and defend the constitution. The seriousness of the impeachment investigation cannot be underestimated.
Snapshots from NY-12
Great to join the friends and loved ones of Cono D’Alto in Brooklyn on Saturday at his street naming ceremony. He was a dedicated businessman who provided food to families in need after 9/11, and I am so glad I got to present his family with a Congressional certificate recognizing his contributions to the community.
I was honored to participate in the 39th Annual Korean Day Parade on Saturday and celebrate the beauty and richness of Korean culture and the many contributions Korean Americans have made to New York!
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress