October 12, 2018

Premiere Queens Power List event showcases the most influential people in the ‘World’s Borough’

Source: QNS

By Jenna Bagcal

Hundreds gathered at Terrace on the Park for the inaugural Queens Power List, an event which recognizes the borough’s most influential people across several industries.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, The Queens Courier and Power List Committee honored the top movers and shakers in business, the arts, education and politics for their accomplishments in their respective fields. Honorees at the first-ever Queens Power List were determined after months of deliberations and included CEOs, politicians, company presidents and nonprofit leaders.

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October 12, 2018

#MeToo was a culture shock. But changing laws will take more than a year.

Source: USA Today

By Cara Kelly and Aaron Hegarty

One year ago, allegations against Harvey Weinsteinprompted a worldwide witnessing of sexual harassment and assault stories on social media, and the #MeToo movement sparked a cultural reckoning. Bill Cosby is in jail. Accused men, from Les Moonvesto Al Franken, have been ousted from their positions of power. Allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have left an unprecedented number of Americans opposing his confirmation.

But in this year, activists’ full-throated efforts haven’t been matched by the elected officials who could pass laws to protect people from sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond. 

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October 12, 2018

MALONEY: REPORT OF ECONOMIC GROWTH BY INCOME LEVEL

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), senior House Democrat of the Joint Economic Committee, introduced the Measuring Real Income Growth Act of 2018. The legislation would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to publish distributional analyses of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). These new reports would give policymakers a clearer picture of how economic growth is distributed among Americans of all income levels, providing perspective on economic inequality.

Specifically, the bill would require the BEA to analyze Gross Domestic Product by each decile of income earners and the top one percent. It would also require the agency to produce quarterly and annual reports, beginning in 2020.

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October 12, 2018

MALONEY CELEBRATES LARGER FERRIES FOR L TRAIN SHUTDOWN

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

On September 28, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY- 12) lauded an announcement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) have entered into a contract with NY Waterways to provide larger than planned ferry boats to carry passengers across the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan during the L train shutdown. Maloney had been pressing the MTA to increase ferry capacity during the shutdown.

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October 12, 2018

MALONEY ATTENDS KAVANAUGH SCOTUS PROCEEDINGS

Source: Queens Gazette 

By John Toscano

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) attended the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing on September 27 in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after joining 64 of her House colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “postpone any proceedings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until a thorough FBI investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct be completed.” You can see the full letter sent by the 65 Democratic members online. The vote did end up being postponed pending an FBI investigation of the allegations by Ford.

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October 12, 2018

Maloney seeks permanent compensation for 9/11 victims

Source: City and State NY

By Christina Saint Louis

The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was “one of the few bipartisan efforts in Congress,” as Rep. Carolyn Maloney put it.

But is there enough money to cover all the costs?

The landmark legislation provides for health care for responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through the World Trade Center Health Program. The Zadroga Act was originally signed with temporary funding in 2011, and in 2015, Congress extended the health program with $3.5 billion – funding intended to provide coverage for 75 years.

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October 12, 2018

US lawmakers move to to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi

Source: Zee News

Washington: Half a dozen influential US lawmakers, including four Indian Americans, have moved a resolution in the US House of Representatives to posthumously award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his promotion of peace and non-violence.

Introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney from New York on September 23, the resolution (H R 6916) is co-sponsored by four Indian American lawmakers in the House Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal.

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October 10, 2018

Rep. Carolyn Maloney: Christine Blasey Ford Was Speaking For All Women

Source: Chedder

By Madison Alworth

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is relieved the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has been delayed, but she remains unconvinced the FBI’s investigation will yield clear enough results.

“I wish they had more time, but I am grateful that they have this time and that they are able to follow through,” Maloney said Monday in an interview on Cheddar.

The representative ー along with other women who attended last Thursday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ー was captured crying on camera during Prof. Christine Blasey Ford’s searing testimony.

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October 10, 2018

Surprise! The Equal Rights Amendment is back

Source: Capital News Service

By Albane Guichard

WASHINGTON – The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced to Congress in 1923, appears to have a new chance at becoming part of the Constitution.

After almost 100 years of debate, the historic amendment would guarantee gender equality on the federal level, stating that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

With Illinois’ ratification of the ERA on May 30, it would only take one additional state to meet the requirement that three-fourths of the states must ratify it.

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October 10, 2018

MTA will get larger ferry boats for L train shutdown route

Source: Curbed NY

By Ameena Walker

With just seven months to go before the start of the 15-month L train shutdown, the MTA and city officials are still working out the kinks in their mitigation plan. One of the transit alternatives during the shutdown include a new ferry route that would run between Williamsburg and Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Cove. The new route will be independent of the city’s NYC Ferry system and will be run by the MTA. However, some are now worried that the capacity of the ferry boats may not be large enough to accommodate the influx of riders, reports Brooklyn Paper.

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