Carolyn Maloney • 12th Congressional District • January, 2018
Dear Fellow Democrats,
While most of our attention has rightfully been on the terrible GOP tax bill, there have been other events that I wanted to take the time to highlight. I’ve announced two new pieces of legislation to combat workplace sexual harassment. The first, the No Tax Deductions for Sexual Harasser Buyouts Act will no longer allow companies to treat Bill O’Reilly-like severances to sexual harassers as tax-deductible costs of doing business. The second, the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act, will require companies to report the number of settlements with employees regarding claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As a result, companies will have stronger incentives to prevent sexual discrimination from happening in the first place.
We are experiencing a moment of reckoning and we owe it to all the women coming forward with their #MeToo stories, and those still suffering in silence, to act. We must seize this moment to inspire lasting change that keeps everyone safe from sexual harassment - in the workplace, at universities, in Congress – and everywhere in between. With these bills, we can help do that.
As the Republican commissioners at the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality protections, I joined with my colleagues to introduce legislation that will reverse this vote. I am all in on the fight to save net neutrality and save the free and open internet we know today.Back home in New York, I am working to make sure that we are investing in our city and doing all we can to make NYC the best it can be for all who work and live here.
Western Queens is evolving into a place of great opportunity for economic growth and affordable housing, so when Amazon announced that it was seeking a new location for its headquarters, I was pleased to write a letter touting the benefits of Long Island City (LIC). The City has chosen LIC as one of four sites it is presenting to Amazon.
I also recently submitted testimony at a scoping hearing about the importance of rezoning Anable Basin, an area filled with aging warehouses, to be a new residential and commercial community. This new neighborhood would boast a new school, open space, artist studios and cultural space, and commercial spaces for start-ups. If we ensure adequate transportation, schools, street access and infrastructure, this could be a wonderful opportunity to transform this underdeveloped waterfront area into a great new neighborhood.
As you know, right now plans are being developed to provide alternative modes of transportation during the 15 months, starting April 2019, when the L Train will be shut from Bedford Avenue to 8th Avenue to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. While these repairs are badly needed, we need to make sure that commuters have adequate service to reach their destinations. A plan was unveiled at the beginning of December, but it raises many questions, particularly relating to its impact on Northern Brooklyn. Businesses and residents are justifiably concerned that the plan will add to traffic congestion without ensuring that patrons and workers can reach businesses in Greenpoint/Williamsburg and that residents won’t face extraordinary commutes. I’m proud to have helped secure $5 billion in federal funds to repair this damage to the East River tunnels and bridges but my work doesn’t stop there. I will continue to be in touch with the MTA, the City and the State about mitigation techniques during the shutdown.Finally, we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway. Built with $1.3 billion in federal funds that I helped secure, the new line is already transforming the way people travel around the city. But our work must not stop here. We need to move forward quickly with Phase 2 which will go up to 125th Street. The MTA has been working with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to complete an updated environmental review and preliminary engineering and design. I met with the acting head of the FTA to stress the importance of this project for New York City. The State has already set aside nearly $2 billion for the second phase which is expected to cost a total of $6 billion, and I’m working with Rep. Adriano Espaillat to ensure the federal government provides at least $2 billion, when this project is eligible for it. I’m calling for federal legislation to increase the gas tax by one cent to help raise these funds and power this project and others like it all across the country.
As always, your concerns for our country and city remain my top priority. Please visit my website to let me know what is on your mind.Sincerely,
Carolyn B. Maloney
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