Political Odds & Ends, Dec. 10, 2021


Sanders Jr. Receives NBCSL Legislator of the Year Award

State Senator James Sanders Jr. 

Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) was recently the recipient of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Thomas S. Boyland Regional Legislator of the Year Award Region II (Georgia 2021).

This award is given annually to recognize the outstanding legislative achievements and contributions made by a current member of NBCSL. Renamed the Thomas S. Boyland Legislator of the Year Award in 1983 in memory of the late New York Assemblyman, the award is given to a legislator who has exhibited extraordinary leadership and dedication to the advancement of NBCSL’s legislative agenda.

This award was presented to Senator Sanders during the NBCSL’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on December 2, 2021.

“I feel humble and grateful to have received this prestigious award from such an important organization as the NBCSL,” Sanders said. “I will continue to exhibit the leadership and dedication to improve the future of our great state.”

Malliotakis Introduce Resolution to Recognize Bahrain’s Independence

U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. Photo from her Congressional website.

U.S. Reps. Nicole Malliotakis (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing a resolution to recognize Bahrain on the 50th anniversary of its independence.

Bahrain has served as a strategic partner and ally of the United States since 1971 by bringing political stability to the Middle East and North Africa and providing the United States with a naval station in the Gulf. Bahrain also provided critical assistance to the United States by helping to evacuate American citizens from Afghanistan in the final days of our country’s withdrawal from the country.

“Our friend and ally Bahrain is an unwavering partner in a region of critical importance,” said Malliotakis. “The ideals upon which our constitutions were formed serve as the foundation of our shared relationship. From Bahrain’s leadership in spearheading the Abraham Accords with Israel to its generous hosting of major U.S. military installations, the people of Bahrain deserve our recognition now more than ever.” 

Jeffries Unveils Bill to Address Mass Incarceration Crisis

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn/Queens), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Cori Bush (D-MO), along with grassroots advocates will hold a press conference to unveil their historic legislation to transform the nation’s broken clemency system and address the growing mass incarceration crisis.

The bill will be the latest legislation informed by Rep. Pressley’s People’s Justice Guarantee, her comprehensive, decarceration-focused resolution that outlines a framework for a fair, equitable and just legal system.

The unveiling is slated for 10:30 a.m., today, Dec. 10 at the House Triangle and via Facebook livestream.

Fossella Rallies to Reject Lawlessness In & Around Staten Island Schools

Staten Island Borough President-elect Vito Fossella

Staten Island Borough President-elect Vito Fossella today will join Staten Island lawmakers today including U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblymembers Michael Cusick, Charles Fall, Michael Reilly, Michael Tannousis & Councilwoman-elect Kamillah Hanks to address recent violence in and around Susan Wagner High School.

The rally comes as several incidents of violence and fights have broken out or near the school grounds recently. 

The rally is slated for 11:45 a.m., today, Dec. 10 at the Susan Wagner High School, Breille Avenue on the sidewalk by the main entrance in Staten Island.