February 15, 2019

Manhattan lawmaker pushes for LIRR station in western Queens

Source: Newsday

By Alfonso A. Castillo

A federal lawmaker is calling on the MTA to make good on a promise made two decades ago to build a Long Island Rail Road station in western Queens as part of the agency’s long-delayed East Side Access megaproject.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) joined activists in Queens on Monday to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to advance plans to construct a Sunnyside Station. She said Long Island City’s booming population and development, including a proposal by Amazon to build offices there, have heightened the need for the station.

“It is an outrage that we don’t have this built already,” Maloney said. “The infrastructure is not keeping up with the growth of the area. It is becoming a crisis.”

The MTA included plans for a Sunnyside Station in its original proposal for East Side Access, the $11.2 billion effort to link the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal via newly bored tunnels.

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February 15, 2019

Resounding welcome for Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla by record number of US lawmakers

Source: The American Bazaar

By Geeta Goindi

WASHINGTON, DC – In an unprecedented turnout, 67 members of the US Congress accorded a resounding welcome to Indian Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who arrived in the capital city merely a month ago and has hit the ground running ever since.

Clearly elated by the response at the Capitol Hill reception, Thursday evening, the envoy said it reflected “the strong bipartisan support for India” in the US Congress and among the American people. “You need only look around this room to see the enthusiasm of your constituents who have flown in from all parts of the United States to be with us here today,” he told members of the Senate India Caucus, co-chaired by Mark Warner (Democrat-Virginia) and John Cornyn (Republican-Texas), and its counterpart on the Hill, the House India Caucus, headed by George Holding (Republican-North Carolina) and Brad Sherman (Democrat-California). The event was co-hosted by both the India caucuses, a great goodwill gesture befitting New Delhi’s top diplomat in Washington.

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February 15, 2019

Pols get behind female Boy Scout, who is still unrecognized by BSA

Source: Town & Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Just as the organization officially began accepting girls into its program on February 1, elected officials last week called on the Boy Scouts of America to officially recognize Stuyvesant Town resident Sydney Ireland’s 13 years of work as a Scout.

Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, along with State Senator (and Eagle Scout) Brad Hoylman and other advocates, joined 17-year-old Ireland at the Fearless Girl statue last Thursday to demand the BSA formally acknowledge Ireland’s work with the organization.

Ireland joined the Cub Scouts at age four with her brother and has been fighting to be recognized by the organization since she was 11. She said that leaders at the local level have been more open to making decisions that allow her and other girls to participate but that despite changes at the national level, much of her work in the Scouts will have to be redone.

“If the (Boy Scouts of America) wants to welcome young women and build our program, we must be treated equally,” Ireland, who has been working to obtain the coveted Eagle rank, said. “(Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh) should not hide behind the discriminatory membership ban against girls to then justify dismissing my hard work and the work of so many young women.

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February 15, 2019

Teach the children: Maloney intros Holocaust Ed act

Source: The Villager

By Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech

 Congressmember Carolyn Maloney joined Jewish advocacy groups Monday at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act.

The intent of the bipartisan bill is to help teachers across the United States instruct Holocaust history.

“We are at a dangerous moment in time,” Maloney said. “Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here at home and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League’s 2017 annual report, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked roughly 60 percent between 2016 and 2017.

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February 15, 2019

Could U.S. Congress ban citizenship question from 2020 Census?

Source: Ethnic Media Services

By Mark Hedin

Congress may hold the key to stopping the Census Bureau from adding the highly controversial question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census, civil rights advocates told a recent telebriefing with ethnic news media.

“It’s one of the most urgent civil rights issues facing the country,” said Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign director for the Leadership Conference Education Fund, who joined representatives from Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), the Urban League and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in the telebriefing.

On Feb. 6, Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, of Hawai’i, introduced the Census IDEA (Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy) Act, which would require three years’ advance notice and careful vetting of material changes to any upcoming census questionnaire. Eighteen other senators co-sponsored the bill, including California’s Kamala Harris. To override a presidential veto of the measure will require 67 Senate votes.

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February 8, 2019

I On Politics

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

MALONEY’S GUN SAFETY BILLS TO CRACK DOWN ON GUN VIOLENCE: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced on January 28th three bills to promote gun safety: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, the NICS Review Act, and the Firearm Risk Protection Act.
“If more guns made us safe, we’d be the safest country in the world, but we are far from it,” said Rep. Maloney. “The group of bills I am introducing today will save lives and promote safe gun ownership by closing the gun show loophole, giving law enforcement the tools it needs to go after fraudulent gun purchases by keeping National Instant Background Checks on record for 90 days instead of just the 24 hours currently allowed, and requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance just as we do car owners. It’s time that this country got serious about gun violence and I’m determined to see that we do.”

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February 8, 2019

Congress bid to enshrine school lessons on the Holocaust in US law

Source: The JC

By Daniel Sugarman

A bipartisan bill has been re-introduced to Congress to legislate for Holocaust education in schools across America, after a survey found most young Americans head never heard of Auschwitz.

The Never Again Education Act was introduced by two congresswomen from New York, Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat, and the Republican Elise Stefanik.

If passed, the bill will establish federal funding for Holocaust educational resources, including a $2 million (£1.54 million) annual grant to be used “to carry out Holocaust education programs” and “to conduct periodic regional workshops, in partnership with Holocaust education centres when and where appropriate.”

It would also see the creation of a Holocaust Education Advisory Board.

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February 8, 2019

Congressional Reps Double-Down On Immigrant Guests At The State Of The Union

Source: Bklyner

By Kadia Goba

BROOKLYN — After a month-long partial government shutdown over funding for border protection, some of the Democratic-led Congress doubled-down on immigrant guests for Tuesday’s State of the Union (SOTU) address.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who boycotted the last two SOTUs over President Trump’s immigration stances, including Temporary Protective Status (TPS), joins DACA recipient Gregory “Ronnie” James of Helen of the West Indies as an attendee to this year’s state address.

The City of University of New York (CUNY) student majors in International Studies with a concentration in International Public Policy at City College. In 2016, Janes began organizing with the UndocuBlack Network, a network of undocumented Black people that fosters community facilitates access resources and contributes to transforming the realities of black immigrant lives.

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February 8, 2019

Trailblazing Manhattan girl — an Eagle Scout hopeful — joins Rep. Maloney for Trump state of the union speech

Source: New York Daily News

By Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON — Sydney Ireland wasn’t wearing white at the State of the Union like Democratic women lawmakers who wanted to show their solidarity in front of President Donald Trump with the suffragists who secured the right for women to vote in America.

The 17-year-old Manhattan girl was wearing her Boy Scouts green and khaki uniform because she wants to be a trailblazer for her generation, perhaps the first girl in America to be named an Eagle Scout by Scouting BSA, which until recently, was the Boy Scouts of America.

Ireland started Scouting when her older brother Bryan was in the Cub Scouts. She just wanted in on the cool stuff he was up to. And her troop let her, through an unofficial auxiliary for girls that included all the same activities as the boys, she said.

But then came the leap to the Boy Scouts, and she realized she was not getting any recognition for doing the same things as the boys.

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February 8, 2019

Bipartisan Support Builds For Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Source: The Daily Wire

By Josh Hammer

As The Daily Wire has reported, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have been actively calling for the United States to formally recognize Israel’s annexation of the strategically sensitive Golan Heights region. The Golan Heights, which Israel first acquired in 1967’s existential Six Day War defensive fight and formally annexed in 1981, has nonetheless languished since 1981 as a matter of formal U.S. recognition.

As The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reported on December 18, the joint Cruz/Cotton Senate resolution thoroughly traced the modern history of the Golan’s legal status, from 1967 through the bloody years-long civil war raging in Syria through the present day…

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