Manhattan members of Congress Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would require employers to make accommodations for pregnant women and ban employers from denying women employment due to pregnancy.
“When American families are struggling to make ends meet, we must do everything we can to keep people in their jobs. This is especially true for pregnant women who are about to have another mouth to feed,” Mr. Nadler said. “Ensuring that a woman who needs minor and reasonable job adjustments to maintain a healthy pregnancy gets that accommodation should be central to our society’s support for strong and stable families. “
Congressman Jerry Nadler said today that the new NYU expansion plan doesn’t go far enough to address community concerns.
“I thank NYU for engaging in these productive conversations. However, there is still significant work to be done to make this proposal more appropriate to the surrounding area,” Mr. Nadler said. ”NYU must continue to find ways to better fit the proposed expansion into the fabric of the Village.”
Mr. Nadler specifically said the university needs to do more to ensure that a Mitchell-Lama site near campus remains affordable.
Upper West Side Congressman Jerry Nadler raised $140,000 in the last three months and spent over $100,000 of it, according to a recently filed FEC report. This leaves Mr. Nadler with about $700,000 on hand as he seeks reelection for another term.
Because Mr. Nadler will undoubtedly win reelection again in his extremely Democratic district, he’s understandably spreading the wealth around some, as he has in previous filings. In addition to expenses on typical campaign items, like rent and consultants, he’s been contributing heavily to the campaign coffers of the Assembly Democrats ($10,000) and chipping in large monthly contributions to the DCCC ($6,500), as well as smaller amounts to Democratic clubs.
Several Council members held a rally along with several members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to call attention to allegedly excessive force used by police who cleared crowds at the Occupy protest in Zuccotti Park Saturday night. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who has been a staunch supporter of the Occupy movement and claims he was the victim of excessive police force when he was arrested during the eviction of the protest from Zuccotti Park last November, said there will be a massive “Day of Action” for Occupy next Saturday, that he is working on a bill to establish a “protester’s Bill of Rights” and that he plans to push Christine Quinn to hold a hearing reviewing the NYPD’s handling of the occupiers.
“I am here today because, on Saturday night, I saw the NYPD using brutal excessive force arresting peaceful people that had gathered in this park,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “More than 1,000 people came here to celebrate our sixth month anniversary in a peacful way, saying Occupy is here, Occupy is alive, Occupy will not leave.”
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Several members of New York City’s Congressional delegation released an “It Gets Better” video today in an effort to stop Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth from committing suicide. Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Joe Crowley, Ed Towns, Eliot Engel and Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney all appeared in the video.
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The Sunlight Foundation has crunched the numbers to answer an age-old question: who is the most beloved of all members of Congress on Capitol Hill?
Locally, at least, that answer appears to be Jerry Nadler.
According to a recent report on staff retention, fully 90% of Mr. Nadler’s staffers in the third quarter of 2011 were there in the third quarter of 2009. This ranks Mr. Nadler in the top ten of level of devotion among members of Congress. Michael Capuano, a liberal Democrat from Boston, tops the list with a 94% retention rating. Buffalo’s Brian Higgins also makes the Top 20 among his colleagues with a 84 percent retention rate.
Members of New York City’s Democratic Congressional delegation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joe Lhota gathered at Grand Central Terminal today to call on House Republicans to cease moving forward on a bill that would strip transit agencies across the country of needed funding.
“We have people shooting dice with the economy of the City and State of New York,” said Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel, the dean of the New York delegation. He added that the bill was a cynical attempt to divide urban from rural America.
“There is no agenda that they have. Every time this issue comes up they try to take away. First just because it is the City of New York, and second, because they have a majority now, they are taking advantage of us.”
Yesterday Florida Rep. Allen West said that Nazi propaganda master Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of Democrats, after polls showed that Congress was deeply unpopular, but that Republicans generally scored even lower.
“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” Mr. West said. ”I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are teaming up to allow port cities to set their own fuel efficiency standards for trucks.
“Congress must act to provide New York, and cities all across the country, with the common sense tools they need to improve the quality of air and quality of life for millions of people,” said Senator Gillibrand. “It’s time to update federal laws and allow our nation’s ports to help reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality for all New Yorkers by putting clean trucks on the road.”
Ray Kelly ordered NYPD officers not to mess with journalists.
Occupy Wall Street protests around the country have cost city governments about $13 million.
Congressman Jerry Nadler on “the most stupid bill I’ve ever seen.”