MALONEY OPPOSES DE BLASIO PLAN TO CLOSE SENIOR CENTER:
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) called on Mayor Bill de Blasio on June 4 to reconsider his plans to close the Astoria Houses Senior Center, located in her district. In a letter urging Mayor de Blasio to keep the center open, the lawmaker highlighted the tremendous impact the senior center has on the community and the hundreds of low-income seniors who will be negatively impacted should de Blasio’s plan come to fruition.
Hundreds of Astoria Houses seniors rely on the center for the critical services it provides, including lunch programs, educational opportunities, and social programs. In fact, for many seniors, the Astoria Houses senior center is their only opportunity to socialize and be active in their community. Local elected officials recently invested roughly $500,000 to renovate the center, a project slated for completion this year. This will now go to waste, Maloney noted.
The de Blasio administration proposes busing seniors to Queensbridge Houses, which will reduce the number of seniors from Astoria Houses who will go to a senior center. In her letter, Maloney said, “Busing them to Queensbridge is not a proper solution, and many of the seniors who are currently served by Astoria Houses Senior Center will simply stop attending any senior center. There is a big difference between deciding to go to a senior center near your home and venturing out to one that is a lengthy bus ride away. The proposed arrangement would require seniors to be on time to make the bus. It will require them to plan ahead. And instead of coming to the center on their own timetable, they will have to adhere to a bus schedule. The senior center will no longer be a place they can just drop by. Many Astoria Houses seniors will simply give up going to a senior center, will lose the one hot meal a day they currently eat, and will grow more isolated.
“Astoria Houses residents, including tenant leader Claudia Coger, have asked for my help in saving the center and the crucial services it offers.”
Maloney called for a meeting with the de Blasio administration to seek an alternate solution to keep the senior center open.
HOUSE PASSES AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISE ACT:
The House of Representatives voted to pass HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act on June 4. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting for final passage of HR 6: “I was joined at the 2018 State of the Union by Diego de la Vega, then an intern in my New York office and a Dreamer. He stands for everything we are fighting for, and why I was so proud to cast my vote today for The American Dream and Promise Act. In describing the fight for a permanent solution to DACA he quoted the late, great Ted Kennedy; ‘The work goes on. The cause endures. The hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.’ Diego’s passion and hard work continue to inspire me, and he is a role model for so many young people in our NY community. Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders are American in every way. That’s why I am so proud today to honor their courage by voting to ensure that these brave Americans have a path to permanent resident status and citizenship.”
MALONEY ANONYMOUS SHELL CO’S BILL TO BE CONSIDERED:
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s bill cracking down on anonymous shell companies will be considered very soon by the House Financial Services Committee. Rep. Maloney has been working for over a decade to pass legislation to crack down on anonymous shell companies and the use of NYC properties as bank accounts instead of homes, which drive up home prices for all New Yorkers.
The Congresswoman’s Corporate Transparency Act will crack down on money laundering in the US through anonymous shell companies by requiring companies to disclose their true, beneficial owners at the time the company is formed to prevent bad actors from using anonymous shell companies to thwart law enforcement and hide their illicit activities.
This bill is not only supported, but was also requested by law enforcement agencies so that they can “follow the money.” In addition to law enforcement, more than 60 national security experts, 108 NGOs representing a broad cross-section of society, the banking, credit union, and real estate industries, the Delaware Secretary of State, the National District Attorneys Association, human rights organizations, and others have sent letters of support to Congress urging passage of this critical legislation.
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON VCF:
As many of you have seen, Congresswoman Maloney has been wearing an FDNY coat around town for the last few months. This is to highlight the need to pass her, Rep. Nadler, and Rep. King’s bill, H.R.1327, which would make permanent the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday, June 11 (results forthcoming).
In February, the Special Master of the VCF announced that due to a funding shortfall, the program would be forced to cut awards to 9/11 first responders, survivors, and victims’ families by 50 to 70%. The fund will expire in 2020.
The Never Forget the Heroes Act will retroactively fix the shortfall, restoring the reduced benefits to the full amount, and fully fund and extend the program until 2090, matching the sunset of the World Trade Center Health Program.
This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by more than 300 members of the House of Representatives.