June 7, 2019

I On Politics

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

The National Organization For Women, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and others demanded that Greg Lasak, a candidate for Queens district attorney apologize for what they called a “blatantly sexist mail piece attacking Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.” The diverse coalition of women leaders condemned the mailer and called on Lasak to apologize.

As noted by her campaign, Katz has 30 years of experience as an attorney and public servant. She was recently rated qualified by the nonpartisan Judiciary Committee of the Queens County Bar Association and Approved by the New York City Bar Association in the race for district attorney, “a distinction not every candidate in the race achieved. In addition, she has led the way on implementing some critical criminal justice system reform programs as borough president. Lasak’s mailer played on common sexist tropes of women politicians, incorrectly portraying her as inexperienced and unqualified, in order to diminish her accomplishments and misrepresent her history, prompting swift condemnation from prominent women leaders across New York.”

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June 7, 2019

Highlights From The Queens Pride Parade In Jackson Heights

Source: Patch

By Gus Saltonstall

JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Tens of thousands of people flocked to Jackson Heights this Sunday to kick off Pride month with the 27th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival.

Headlining this year’s parade were HIV/AIDS activists Candy Samples and Jesse Pasackow, the Queens Lion Pride Club and Mirror Beauty Cooperative — a cosmetology business founded by four transgender, Latina women.

Among the politicos in attendance were four candidates for Queens District Attorney in the upcoming June 25th primary: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, public defender Tiffany Cabán, former New York State Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak and City Council Member Rory Lancman.

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June 7, 2019

It’s not just the citizenship question. 2020 census faces other woes

Source: Roll Call

By Michael Macagnone

A project meant to be a decade in preparation, the 2020 census, still faces a number of uncertainties, which experts warn could lead to an inaccurate count with potentially large impacts on federal spending and congressional maps.

Though a pending Supreme Court decision over a citizenship question has dominated much of the conversation surrounding the census, other hurdles include the Census Bureau’s overall funding, cybersecurity concerns and untested methods.

“A really good way to screw up the American economy and waste a lot of taxpayer money is to have a bad census,” said Andrew Reamer, a George Washington University professor who studies census data.

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June 7, 2019

Union Advocates Fight To Expand 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund As Deadline Looms

Source: Labor Press

By Naeisha Rose

New York, NY – Union members were out in full force on Wednesday near the 9/11 Memorial Park to rally in support of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, a piece of legislation that would extend financial benefits to survivors and first responders who lived, worked, volunteered or went to school near Ground Zero. The recompense would also help their family members.

While some first responders were awarded from the Victims Compensation Fund, students, educators and support staff at nearby schools have yet to see any assistance from the bill, which is due to expire on December 18, 2020.

Students, teachers, principals, public safety agents, cafeteria workers and school bus operators were all back in Lower Manhattan a month after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Council Member Mark Levine pointed out that Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] officials had declared it was safe to return.

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May 31, 2019

‘We vowed to never forget’: Queens lawmakers rally for extension and full funding of 9/11 health bill

Source: QNS

By Bill Parry

Just before the 17th anniversary of the conclusion of recovery operations at Ground Zero, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and advocates called on Congress Wednesday to pass the permanent authorization of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund Act which will expire next year.

Gathered across from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan, attendees at the May 29 rally demanded full financing of the VCF through 2090.

“The notion that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund could one day cease to exist is unimaginable,” Miller said…

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May 31, 2019

House Census panel visits LaGuardia CC

Source: Queens Chronicle

By Michael Gannon

Governments at every level are preparing for next year’s U.S. Census. And with billions of federal dollars and the potential loss of one or perhaps two seats in the House of Representatives statewide hanging in the balance, Congress and New York City came together Tuesday afternoon to see how they can help each other secure an accurate count of the population in the five boroughs.

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held a subcommittee hearing at the request of Queens Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn) and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens).

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May 31, 2019

Maloney on Proof GOP Strategist Helped Orchestrate Adding Census Question

Source: The National Herald

By TNH Staff

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act, released the following statement in response to the revelation of documents showing that a Republican gerrymandering expert was the author of the census citizenship question:

“These documents are explicit proof of what we’ve been saying all along; the Trump Administration concocted false reasons to add the citizenship question to the 2020 Census purely for partisan political gain.

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