Maloney returns to North Brooklyn
by Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 29, 2012 | 1777 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney returned to North Brooklyn on Saturday to reintroduce herself to voters and to express to residents her devotion to the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods, which are now in New York's newly created 12th Congressional District.

Maloney will represent this district and is already prepared to tackle the issues and concerns affecting residents.

“I'm thrilled to be coming right back to Brooklyn where I started 15 years ago. Some of the things we started working on then are coming to light, most notably the designation of Newtown Creek as a Superfund site,” she said as she stood with community leaders and members outside of McCarren Park last Saturday.

“This is a big deal and I've worked on this for 15 years along with Nydia Velazquez and many other people,” she added, “and I know we're going to be moving that forward and try to return it to some of the glory it was in the past.”

She touted some of her past accomplishments for the neighborhood, such as the closing of the incinerator in Greenpoint. Maloney was able to get national help and led an effort to conduct an investigation, which found the incinerator to be violating city, state and federal laws.

She was also able to secure a federal grant – the first she received when she first went to Congress – for the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center.

Maloney said that she would work closely with residents regarding the solid waste management program, with implementing new senior housing in Greenpoint, and to obtain more green space similar to McCarren Park in the area.

“I look forward to working with you on local issues and finding out what you care about,” she said. “It's a vibrant community with a lot of ideas and a whole new energy here.”

Maloney visited Greenpoint as part of her “Four-Corners Offense” campaign, where she visited for distinct areas in her district. Other areas in the 12th Congressional District include the East Side of Manhattan and Long Island City.

Maloney, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, has been a driving force behind the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights, which is estimated by the Pew Foundation to have saved consumers $10 billion a year; the Debbie Smith Act, which has expanded funding to end the backlog of rape kit testing and has been called the most important anti-rape legislation ever considered in Congress; and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act aimed to help first responders of Ground Zero.

Maloney was also the first woman to chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation's most pressing economic issues.

“I'm really very excited to be able to have such a forceful and remarkable, effective congresswoman that we know is going to be speaking on this neighborhood's behalf in the halls of Congress,” said Councilman Steve Levin. “It is so important to be able to have someone that can get things done, someone that is a policy maven.”

Other community leaders also welcomed Maloney back to the area.

“We look forward to working with her,” said CB1 Chairperson Christopher Olechowski on behalf of the board.

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