WASHINGTON: Today, the House of Representatives passed the Help America Vote Act of 2001 to reform the nation's electoral system. In particular, the bill requires states to adopt a uniform system for maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records; a set of uniform standards for what constitutes a vote on different types of voting equipment; and assurances that voters can correct voting errors. Furthermore, the bill authorizes $2.65 billion for Federal election reform, including $400 million to buyout unreliable punch card voting systems and $2.25 billion in Election Fund Payments to help states educate voters, improve equipment, recruit and train poll workers, and improve access for disabled voters. In remarks on the House floor today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) said, "Though this legislation is not exactly everything I would have wanted to see it is a positive step in election reform to ensure that the fiasco of last year's Presidential election is not repeated."
WASHINGTON: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY), Congressman Bart Stupak (MI), and fellow members of Congress announced the Empowering Local First Responders to Fight Terrorism Act of 2001. The legislation provides matching federal grants over ten years to help police, fire, and EMS units respond to terrorism threats and prepare for emergency response.
NEW YORK: Elected leaders representing the East Side of Manhattan heralded new funds for the much needed Second Avenue subway today at Grand Central Station. The U.S. House of Representatives approved $2 million in funding on Friday for the much needed East Side line as part of the annual transportation appropriations bill and the Senate is expected to pass the bill as well next week.
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WASHINGTON: Today, Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY-07) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) were successful in securing $250,000 in Federal funding for the Long Island City Links Project (LIC Links). LIC Links will lead to a comprehensive network of innovative pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections between Long Island City residential and business areas and new parks, retail stores, and cultural institutions. The House today voted to approve the funding as a part of the FY 2002 House Transportation Appropriations Bill.