Weekly Update: Terror Attack in Afghanistan, Pursuing Environmental Justice, Mobile Casework Hours on Monday

Aug 27, 2021

Dear Friend,


My heart breaks for the loved ones of the innocent lives lost and servicemembers killed in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan. These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the just mission to evacuate fellow Americans and our allies will never be forgotten. May they rest in peace.


Before we talk about other updates from this week, I want to invite you to my office’s mobile casework hours this Monday, August 30 from 12-1pm at Peter Cooper Village. Staff will be there to answer questions about and provide help with federal agencies.




This week, I testified against the proposed rezoning of SoHo/NoHo, hosted an Oversight Committee roundtable on environmental justice and the dangers posed to our communities by peaker power plants, voted to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of Women’s Equality Day.


More on all these updates below.



Yesterday’s Terror Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

Yesterday, I joined with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, in sending our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attack in Kabul.


Our full statement here:

We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, which tragically killed and wounded U.S. servicemembers and Afghan civilians. Our hearts break for the families of all of those killed and injured during this extremely difficult moment. 


The servicemembers and diplomats on the ground at the Kabul airport represent the best of America as a force for good in the world. Under extremely dangerous circumstances, these brave men and women—many with families and children of their own—have heroically worked around the clock to rescue their fellow Americans and bring Afghans fleeing violence and persecution to safety.  


Yesterday’s attack is a tragic reminder of just how dangerous the situation remains in Afghanistan, especially for the U.S. personnel still at the Kabul airport. At this critical moment, we must come together to support the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens and our Afghan allies and partners, and to ensure that those responsible for yesterday’s murderous attack are brought to justice.



Testimony Against SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Application

On Monday, I delivered testimony against the proposed rezoning of SoHo/NoHo at Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s virtual hearing. New York City is currently facing an affordable housing crisis, and as a longtime champion of affordable housing in New York City, I made clear in my testimony that the current rezoning plan fails to address and meet its main objective of affordable housing.


The current plan, as it stand, will displace, erode, and impact the lives of rent-protected and lower income residents in SoHo/NoHo and the neighboring communities, many of which are located in the 12th Congressional District. 


You can read my full statement here.



H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

On Tuesday, I joined with my colleagues in voting to pass H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As voters across the country face the worst voter suppression campaign since Jim Crow, this landmark legislation will fight back against the partisan, anti-democratic barriers keeping voters — particularly voters of color — from the ballot box.


Voting rights cannot be dependent on where you live. To protect our democracy, we must ensure that every American not only has the right to vote, but also the ability and access to vote.



Ringing the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange for Women’s Equality Day

Yesterday, I joined New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and women’s rights advocates to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange in honor of Women’s Equality Day. 


Women have made significant strides in our collective fight for equality, but as we stood at the center of the financial capital of the world, we were reminded that we still have much work to do. As I rang the closing bell today, I was reminded of all of the glass ceilings we have shattered and the long road ahead towards full equality.



Snapshots from NY-12


Pursing Environmental Justice by Eliminating Peaker Power Plants





Yesterday, I joined with Congresswomen Yvette Clarke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to speak out again the environmentally dangerous peaker power plants scattered throughout NY-12 in Western Queens, also known as ‘Asthma Alley’.


As Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I hosted a committee roundtable with a group of climate activists and resident association presidents who testified about the best path forward for environmental justice here in for Long Island City and Astoria and across the country.


Peakers are the dirtiest and most dangerous smokestacks, used at times of peak energy demand and largely concentrated in low-income communities. For the 1.2 million New Yorkers living within one mile of a peaker, rates of asthma and deaths from COVID-19 are severely elevated. In addition to the noxious fumes from peaker plants, these residents are exposed to constant pollution from large power plants that run all the time, and chronic vehicle congestion. Convening with communities on the ground to address issues like this one is central to the Oversight Committee’s environmental justice agenda.


Read more about the roundtable here.




The annual Congressional App Challenge for NY-12 has officially begun! All middle and high school students in New York’s 12th Congressional District are eligible to apply.

The CAC accepts computer program apps written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). 

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. The deadline for student submissions is November 1, 2021. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.

  Winners will be selected by panels of judges drawn from the local community and honored by their Member of Congress. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  

Learn more here and register here.



My office is now accepting applications for my Congressional Youth Cabinet. 

Learn more and apply here


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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress