Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Jan. 14, 2020

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Rose Endorses Mike Bloomberg for President 

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, praising Mike’s dedication to working America and his ability to put New York City back on track in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Max Rose
U.S. Rep. Max Rose

“The city Mike Bloomberg inherited in 2002 was reeling from the worst terrorist attack in American history and facing economic recession. There were real fears nothing would ever feel or be the same again. Mike Bloomberg took the reins, brought New York City back to life and put us on track to lead in the 21st century,” said Rose. “Mayor Bloomberg’s even keeled and visionary leadership is what we need to reduce the chaos, partisanship and hyper-vitriol that has overtaken Washington. Rather than submit to another stage of politics as usual, we must be bold and unifying in taking on the huge challenges we face as a nation. We need to root out corruption so we can put the economy back on the side of working people, fix our crumbling infrastructure, lower prescription drug costs and end the opioid epidemic. Mike Bloomberg has taken on tough fights and gotten results, which is why I believe he is the best candidate for my district, my city, and for our country.”

“Max Rose understands what public service is all about: working for the people, not a political party, lobbyists, or your own self-interest,” said Bloomberg. “Max knows that the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn sent him to Congress to get stuff done on critical issues — from tackling the opioid epidemic to ensuring the passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund — and his efforts to work across the aisle are exactly what we need more of in Washington. He’s a patriot who served with distinction in the Army, and he continues to serve our country with distinction — and I’m honored to have his endorsement.”

Kings County Conservative Party Endorses Malliotakis for Congress

The executive committees of the Conservative Party of Richmond County and the Conservative Party of Kings County have jointly nominated and endorsed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) in this year’s election for the U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District.

Malliotakis said, “The Conservative Party has been supportive every step of the way and I look forward to working closely with

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

them to make sure Max Rose is a one-term congressman. New York’s 11th Congressional District deserves a representative who shares their values and not those of Nancy Pelosi or the socialist squad of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“As a member of the New York State Assembly, I’ve spent the last nine years challenging the extreme liberal policies implemented by Democrats and held them accountable. In contrast, Max Rose has publicly supported reckless policies like Cuomo’s dangerous bail law and de Blasio’s closure of Rikers Island and spent his first year voting with Nancy Pelosi over 95% of the time.  I look forward to taking my fight and passion to Washington and working with President Trump to secure our borders, create jobs, improve healthcare, and deliver an infrastructure package that benefits our community.”

Cuomo Announces Puerto Rico Trip to Provide Emergency Services

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will be leading a delegation to Puerto Rico to provide emergency services in the aftermath of earthquakes that have left hundreds of thousands without power and water, and thousands staying in shelters or homeless. Cuomo will survey the damage with state officials and determine additional State assets to be sent to assist in the

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

recovery from the earthquakes. Last week, the Governor directed the New York Power Authority to assist in recovery efforts alongside the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority. 

Cuomo said, “New York has been a tremendous supporter on the recovery of Hurricane Maria. Now, they get hit with earthquakes and it is ongoing. So we will go down tomorrow. The point of the visit is basically to assess the damage and determine how we can best help… to find out what we can do to help. Can we help with engineering, can we help with the power plant, can we help with supplies? What do they need that we can best provide.”

Gounardes Holds Kids’ Town Hall and Resource Fair

Senator Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park) held a Kids’ Town Hall and Resource Fair this weekend to hear directly from students on the issues that most affect them and answer their questions.

State Senator Andrew Gounardes
State Senator Andrew Gounardes

“With so many policy issues that directly affect young peoples’ lives under discussion at all levels of government — from climate change to street safety to vaping, kids and teens must have the opportunity to express their views and be heard. It’s never too early to begin with civic engagement, which is a vital part of a well-rounded education. The kids of today will inherit the future we provide, and they deserve a seat at the table. Listening to young people inspires me and helps me focus on what’s important,” said Gounardes.

Youth issues discussed include climate change, vaping, civic engagement, public safety, discrimination and more. The youngest constituent to ask a question was five years old and she asked about littering and trash in her community.

New NYC Law to Protect Freelancers Enacted

An amendment to NYC’s Human Rights Law went into effect today to clarify that all freelancers and independent contractors are protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Local Law 172, passed by the New York City Council in September 2019, will enable freelancers and independent contractors to turn the NYC Human Rights Commission to address

City Council Member Brad Lander

harassment and discrimination based on their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, or other protected identity. 

“Freelancers’ rights are human rights,” said Council Member Brad Lander (D-Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington) lead sponsor of the legislation. “But up until now, freelancers have been unfairly cut out of fundamental workplace protections. Today we are celebrating Local Law 172, which extends to freelancers the right to be free from harassment and discrimination in their work, and the protection of the NYC Human Rights Law to hold employers accountable. But we won’t stop here. Together with Freelancers Union, we are building a movement to win the rights and protections that all workers deserve.”