Rep. Maloney Celebrates with Indian-American Community at Indian American Friendship Council’s 20th Annual Legislative Conference

Nov 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans who headed efforts in Congress to create a commemorative Diwali stamp, joined the Indian American Friendship Council Tuesday evening for a gala celebrating the 20th Annual Legislative Conference and the Indian American community. After the event, the congresswoman issued the following statement: 

“Just a couple of weeks ago, I was in Times Square celebrating Diwali with the New York Indian American community and this year we had something special to celebrate. Together, we created a lasting reminder of the joyful principles of Diwali.

“After countless meetings and public events, including the delivery of more than 1,300 petitions to the post office, the post office issued, for the first time, a commemorative Diwali stamp.

“I think this is a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful holiday that reminds us to commit to light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. I am thankful to have been embraced by the Indian American community and to have had the opportunity to participate in Diwali celebrations. The ideals it espouses make us better neighbors, friends, and citizens. I thank the Indian American community for sharing that with all New Yorkers and with all Americans.”