Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

By John Toscano

US Rep. Carolyn Maloney welcomed on April 3 an endorsement in her reelection campaign from the New York State AFL-CIO, which champions rights and protections far beyond their 3,000 affiliated union locals and their 2.5 million members, retirees and families.

“I am proud to stand with the working men and women of this city and their leaders in the New York State AFL-CIO as we fight to take back Democratic control of the Congress and reverse the false promises and destructive actions of the Trump administration,” said Maloney, who represents New York’s 12th Congressional District. “Whether private or public sector, or the building trades, unions have been, and continue to be, the key to expanding economic justice in this city and this country. Together we can build a better America.”

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento pointed to Maloney’s effectiveness in advancing progressive legislation to benefit working families as he announced the federation’s endorsement.

“Carolyn has proven to be a powerful advocate for working men and women and has demonstrated a clear commitment to issues important to the labor movement,” said Cilento. “She helped lead the way on the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and has fought hard for infrastructure funding and job creation in New York City and the rest of the country. We look forward to working just as hard to get our members to the polls to reelect Carolyn Maloney to Congress.”

In supporting Maloney, the NYS AFL-CIO joined a broad cross-section of unions, progressive groups championing women’s and environmental rights, Democratic organizations and every Democratic elected official on the state, city and federal level who represent part of her district.

The Democratic Congressional Primary is Tuesday, June 26.

Maloney is currently a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee (where she serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the Ranking House Member of the Joint Economic Committee. She has served as a Regional Whip and as Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Maloney has authored and passed more than 70 measures, including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health ailments associated with 9/11 get the care and compensation they need and deserve; the Debbie Smith Act, which increases funding for law enforcement to process DNA rape kits and has been called “the most important anti-rape legislation in history”; and the Credit CARD Act, also known as the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported has saved consumers more than $16 billion annually since it was signed into law in 2009.

New York’s 12th Congressional District includes parts of western Queens, including Astoria, Long Island City, parts of Woodside; most of the East Side of Manhattan; Roosevelt Island; and northwest Brooklyn, including Greenpoint.