MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Dec. 10, 2019

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Stringer Unveils New Audit of MTA Contract with Bombardier

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Yesterday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) released an audit revealing several delays in the MTA’s $600 million contract with the transport company Bombardier.

The audit found that the plan, which involved the construction of 300 new subway cars, was three years behind schedule. Bombardier has consistently failed to meet project deadlines, comply with technical requirements and correct defects. The audit also shows that the MTA has failed to oversee Bombardier’s performance or hold it accountable.

“The taxpayers who foot the bill for the MTA’s $600 million contract with Bombardier were promised new, state-of-the-art train cars to help modernize the city’s ailing, outdated transit system,” said Stringer. “Instead, commuters are dealing with more delays and more subway breakdowns as we wait for trains that are three years behind schedule.”

Chin to Host Free Citizenship Application Event

Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Margaret Chin

Councilmember Margaret Chin (D-Battery Park City, Chinatown) will be hosting a free citizenship application event, in collaboration with CUNY.

At the event, a team of experienced lawyers and immigration professionals will help attendees with their applications. Those who wish to apply should bring their green cards, passports and all related documentation.

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at District Council 37, 125 Barclay St. For a detailed list of what to bring, call 646-664-9400.

Maloney Endorsed by Progressive Caucus PAC

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney

The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC has formally endorsed Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) in her 2020 reelection campaign.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), founded in 1991, is the second-largest caucus within the Democratic Party. It represents the progressive wing of the party, spearheading causes like universal health care, fair trade, environmental protection and LGBT rights.

“I’m so honored to once again have my colleagues’ endorsement,” said Maloney. “The Progressive Caucus has led the way on single payer Medicare for All, building out a Green New Deal, standing up for equality for all, and making life easier for working people, and I look forward to continuing our work together in this Congress and into the future.”

Nadler, Maloney Issue Joint Statement on IG Report

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) issued a joint statement yesterday regarding the Inspector General’s latest report.

Earlier that day, the IG released a monumental report on the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. The report found several procedural errors throughout the investigation, but concluded that it was both legally sound and unbiased.

“The report issued today by the Inspector General debunks the conspiracy theories about the Mueller report and the Russia investigation that President Trump and Republicans in Congress have pushed for years,” reads the statement. “Those discredited conspiracy theories were attempts to deflect from the President’s serious and ongoing misconduct, first urging Russia and now extorting Ukraine into interfering with our elections to benefit himself personally and politically.”

Read the full statement here.