Source: Queens Gazette
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney announced her intention to run for reelection in the 12th Congressional District surrounded by her friends and supporters. The March 24 announcement officially launched her campaign, and the Congresswoman promised to continue her fight for responsive government, improved infrastructure, healthcare programs and women’s and children’s rights.
“I stand here today to announce my campaign for reelection. When I first ran for Congress, I did it because I wanted to improve the lives of my constituents. Your well-being has always been my priority. That is why I worked with the EPA to have Newtown Creek declared a Superfund site. That is why I fought to get federal funding to improve traffic patterns and create a new park in Queens Plaza and to build new Senior Housing. That’s why I have worked to improve the infrastructure in this area. Infrastructure is in my DNA. It is one of my biggest priorities across the district. I have obtained $2.6 billion for East Side Access and advocated for a new Sunnyside stop. I fought to obtain $670 billion in federal funds for the Kosciuszko Bridge, one of the worst bridges in the country. And I got $300 million to improve the bottleneck at Harold Interlocking and pave the way for high-speed rail between New York and Boston. I have passed more than 70 measures, including landmark legislation like the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health coverage for 9/11 victims and first responders; the Credit Card Bill of Rights, saving consumers up to $20 billion a year; the Debbie Smith Act to speed up the processing of DNA rape kits—called the toughest anti-rape legislation Congress ever passed—and the Campus SAVE Act to require reporting of rapes on college campuses. I am running for reelection because I want to continue working for you, my constituents. I want to keep fighting for you.”
Rep. Maloney, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, has played a pivotal role in securing federal funds for Queens and advocating for the area. She was instrumental in creating a task force that brought agencies together to repair the crumbling seawall in Queensbridge Park. She obtained nearly $20 million to improve traffic patterns and pedestrian crossings in Queens Plaza and create the beautiful Dutch Kills Park. She has fought to obtain billions in federal funding to improve infrastructure in the area, including funding to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge, create dedicated tracks for the LIRR, Amtrak and NJ Transit at Harold Interlocking, and East Side Access. At her urging the Newtown Creek, one of the dirtiest bodies of water in the country, was named a Superfund site by the EPA. Rep. Maloney has also played a pivotal role in the recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy, helping business owners learn about the assistance available to them, and working with city agencies to figure out how to best protect Western Queens.
Among Maloney’s list of accomplishments in Congress: she has fought for funds to help New York recover after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; sponsored legislation to address gun violence to prevent more horrific tragedies across the U.S.; secured funds to provide Medicare coverage for annual mammograms; and helped gain funds to help law-enforcement agencies investigate rape cases. She is 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 senior House Democrat (Ranking Member) on the Joint Economic Committee. In the House Democratic Caucus, she serves as a Regional Whip.