On May 4, 2017, New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released this statement on the House passage of the American Health Care Act:
“The healthcare bill passed today by House Republicans is a threat to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. In addition to the devastating impact this bill would have on every New Yorker’s access to affordable healthcare, the legislation that passed the House today is unconstitutional in several critical respects—and I stand ready to challenge it in court.
First, House Republicans’ attempt to effectively deny women access to reproductive healthcare services is a cruel and unconstitutional attack on women’s rights - especially the most vulnerable.
Further, the Collins-Faso Amendment is a cynical ploy by House Republican leadership and President Trump that exceeds Congress’s authority by interfering with how New York has long elected to fund its Medicaid program.
This bill threatens to slash essential healthcare services for millions of New Yorkers who need them the most.
For these reasons, if this disastrous and unconstitutional healthcare bill is ultimately signed into law, I will challenge it in court.”
New York State Senator Daniel Squadron (D), represents the 26th State Senate District.
His district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Chinatown, the East and South Villages, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), has been vehement in his criticism of the Trump administration. On April 28, with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and the National Parks Conservation Association he spoke out against President Donald Trump’s Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, which could include a review of the Stonewall National Monument located on Christopher Street in the West Village – the first-ever national monument recognizing the historic struggle for LGBT equality and civil rights.
For several years, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron has been working in Albany to try to get Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a majority of Battery Park City residents to the Battery Park City Authority board of directors. On May 2, 2017, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill favoring that proposal.
Squadron released the following statement in response to the Assembly’s passage of the bill (S.130/A.4002 - Glick/Niou), which Squadron authored and carries in the Senate:
“Yet again, the Assembly has affirmed what the residents of Battery Park City know all too well: community voices have a critical perspective in local government. The recent resignation of Martha Gallo -- the sole Battery Park City resident on the board -- has made a structure that highlights and prioritizes community voices all the more urgent. With the Assembly’s second passage, it is crucial the Senate acts."
The bill is in the New York State Senate's Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee. Although there's often deference to local members on issues that only impact their district, ultimately the Senate Majority controls what does or doesn't come up for a vote — so the bill could conceivably languish in committee. The Senate adjourns in late June.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick represents the 66th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan.
On May 16, Rep. Nadler appeared on CNN and talked about Trump's having fired James Comey at a time when the FBI, which Comey headed, was conducting the only viable and staffed investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia. Nadler said, in part:
One week ago, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in a terrifying signal of this Administration’s continued abuse of power, systematically attacking all of the institutions—the media, the Judiciary, and now law enforcement—that are meant to put a check on the power of the presidency. Firing Mr. Comey, who was leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, raises grave concerns that the President may have committed an obstruction of justice. This is not an issue that the President will be able to sweep aside, hoping another controversy or a new appointment can distract. The American people will not tolerate an Administration that shows such disregard for the rule of law, and Congress must not tolerate it either. The President and his White House have lost the benefit of the doubt, and we must investigate this matter immediately to protect the integrity of our institutions and save our democracy from the constitutional crisis we now find ourselves.
On May 11, all 17 Democratic members of the House Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), urging the Chairman to conduct immediate hearings into the firing of James Comey. Rep. Nadler was among the signers.
In their letter, the members noted the “decision to abruptly fire Mr. Comey not only undermines the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the recent U.S. elections in possible coordination with the Trump campaign, but also threatens to erode confidence in the Department as a bedrock of independence and integrity within our system of government.” They asked that the hearings include former FBI Director Comey, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and that they be held no later than May 25, 2017.
On May 9, Nadler responded with this statement to Trump's firing FBI Director James Comey:
“The firing of FBI Director Comey by President Trump is a terrifying signal of this Administration’s continued abuse of power on so many levels. The FBI Director was fired for one reason and one reason only – he appears to have been conducting a serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection with the Russians. Period. It is clear that the reasons given today for the firing of Director Comey are pretext, they are excuses, they are not true, they are lies. All other justifications offered by this Administration are a smokescreen.
“Attorney General Sessions lied about his connections to Russia and was forced to recuse himself from the investigation. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to the Vice President about his connections to Russian agents and was fired. Representative Nunes, Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, concealed evidence from his colleagues after improper communications with the White House. Jared Kushner failed to disclose his meetings with Russian officials on his security clearance forms. Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort resigned his position amid allegations of connections to Russian officials. Former Trump foreign affairs advisor Carter Page had unexplained contacts with the Russian government. And when former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates tried to warn the Administration about these conflicts, she was fired. The Trump Administration fired U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, who had jurisdiction to investigate these troubling connections. Now, the President fires Director Comey who has been heading an investigation into these matters for months. And to add terrible insult to injury, the ‘justification’ for the firing was handled by the ostensibly recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The message to all federal investigators is crystal clear: if you ask too many questions, if you seek to put these pieces together, if you seek justice, if you seek the truth, you, too, may be fired. And anyone who this President now appoints will have zero credibility to carry out an honest investigation. As such, we are now careening towards a constitutional crisis in our country with the Administration systematically attacking all of the institutions that are meant to put a check on the power of the President.
"A fair, thorough, and comprehensive investigation is necessary to protect democratic government in the United States. The President's firing of Director Comey ranks with Nixon's firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973. As such, the only path forward is the appointment of a special prosecutor and an independent 911-style investigative panel.”
On May 3, Rep. Nadler issued a statement explaining why he voted for the FY2017 Omnibus funding bill. He said:
“Today, I voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus, which reflects Democratic priorities and provides vital funding for critical programs. Despite their best efforts, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration did not succeed in gutting funding for the programs I, and my constituents, hold dear, nor did they succeed in adding several poison pills or money for an absurd border wall.
“This measure contains several provisions that are particularly important for New York. The bill provides a $21 million funding increase for the Housing Opportunities for Persons Living with AIDS (HOPWA), which I requested to ensure New York does not lose funding under the new formula enacted this year. It includes $68 million to reimburse New York for the costs of securing Trump Tower and protecting the First Lady. And it does not include any provisions cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood or Sanctuary Cities, nor does it undermine the Affordable Care Act.
“The bill is not perfect. I am concerned that this omnibus increases defense spending without a matching increase in non-defense discretionary spending. As we look towards Fiscal Year 2018, Democrats should insist that any increase in funding maintains parity between defense and non-defense spending.
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY, 10th Congressional District) is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also the highest-ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and serves as an Assistant Democratic Whip. He was first elected to Congress in 1992.
His district includes Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Wall Street, and Battery Park City, as well as the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Kensington, and parts of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park and Midwood.