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NY Elected Officials Continue Push for Sandy Relief Aid

Friday, December 14, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo held a meeting on Friday to coordinate a broad-based push between elected officials, and business and labor leaders, to get Congress to move on more than $60 billion in Sandy relief aid.

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LIVE: Hearings on Islamic Radicalization

Thursday, March 10, 2011

UPDATE: The hearings have concluded.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held hearings today on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.” See below for live video and live Tweets from Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.

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Peter King's History With Muslims

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congressional hearings on Islamic Extremism in America begin Thursday morning in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman Peter King (R-NY), chair of the committee, called the hearings in order to start a debate over whether American Muslims are doing enough to prevent home-grown terrorism plots. Rep. King has a long history interacting with Muslims who live in his Long Island district and some say his relationship with the Muslim community changed drastically after 9/11. Many complain that singling out one religious group and tying it to extremism is discriminatory.

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Peter King's Radical Change

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tomorrow, Rep. Peter King will drop the gavel on the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing on "Islamic radicalization." The hearing starts while we're on the air and we'll take a close look at what's in store. We'll also look at why the hearings are happening now. King is drawing criticism from American Muslims for singling out Islam, but there was a time when the Long Island congressman had close ties in the Islamic community — even attending one Muslim constituent's son's wedding. But that all changed after 9/11. We'll try to find out why, with Robert Kolker, who writes about it in this week's New York magazine. We'll also hear from Dr. Faroque Khan, who once called King a close friend.

We've also been hearing from a lot of your about the controversial hearing. Most of you say it's nothing but divisive, but today we asked if you think that anything good can come out of it. Here's some of what you said by text message.

Only if all stakeholders are involved in the hearing and I don't think all parties have been given a chance to speak.
—Oakland, Calif.

Focusing on Islamist radicalism would be a start. Need multi-front approach though. Education of non-Muslims as to true nature of Islam is essential as well. Same goes for radicalism of any ideology.
—Tacoma, Wash.

While some useful information may emerge, I'm expecting more of the empty political theatre the GOP does best to be the outcome.
—Baruch DovBe, Brooklyn, NY

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Al Jazeera on Reporting the American Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On Thursday, the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Republican Congressman Peter King, is scheduled to hold a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Earlier, we spoke with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative, who was concerned that the coverage of the hearing in the Muslim world could further damage the relationship between America and Islam. Such concerns are surely connected to the media in the Middle East. How will the hearings be covered in the Muslim world? 

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In Support of Hearings on the 'Radicalization of Muslims'

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Congressman Peter King's (R-NY) controversial hearings, which begin Thursday, on the radicalization of American Muslim youths, is being met with tremendous anger from Muslims nationwide. But one Muslim American who is in favor of these hearings is Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He believes whatever we have done to battle the radicalization of Muslim youth in America has not worked, and says "we need to figure out a new strategy."

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Debate Over Congressional Hearing on Muslim Radicalization

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

This week, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on what they are calling the radicalization of American Muslims. The hearing, hosted by chairman of the committee, Representative Peter King (D-NY), is tasked with investigating the threat posed by homegrown Muslim terrorists. "At this stage in our history, there is an effort to radicalize elements within the Muslim community," Rep. King said on CNN's "State of the Union" this weekend. There has been an outcry by Muslim Americans criticizing the congressional committee for signaling out the Muslim community as posing a threat to the country. Is it a worthwhile exploration of the issues or a witch hunt?

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This Week's Agenda: Libya, Budget, Muslim Radicalization

Monday, March 07, 2011

Whether or not to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya is becoming a hot issue in Washington. Many lawmakers like Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), are calling for a no-fly zone, as rebels in Libya face rough times against the better equiped Libyan armed forces. Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, looks at what we can expect next in the Libyan crisis this week.

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DNC Member Wants to Allow Up or Down Vote on 9/11 Bill

Monday, August 09, 2010

WNYC

The DNC National Committeeman from Long Island, Robert Zimmerman, co-signed a letter with Republican Peter King of New York saying Democrats should put the 9/11 health care bill up for a vote again but without the special requirement preventing Republicans from adding amendments to it.

The legislation would have paid for health care costs for sick rescue workers -- something almost nobody objects to -- but fear of what amendments Republicans would add onto the bill drove Democrats to put the legislation up for a vote under special rules: no amendments would be allowed to be added to the bill, but in order to pass, it needed a two-thirds majority, not just a simple majority.

The bill had a lot of support, but failed to hit the two-thirds threshold. Minutes after it failed, the finger pointing ensued, leaving both Democrats and Republicans looking not so good.

The letter from Zimmerman and King calls on Republicans to promise not to add any amendments to the bill if it comes up for a vote again. But if they don't make that promise, the vote should take place anyway.

"If House Republicans do not make this agreement, however, we believe the Democratic Leadership has the moral obligation to allow this legislation to pass by a simple majority vote," they wrote in the August 9 letter.

The letter, in its entirety after the jump.

 

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In NY, Who Voted to Fund the Wars?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Before his ethics probe heated up, Rep. Charlie Rangel was speaking out about how he would not vote to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unless it was to bring the troops home.

The vote took place earlier this week and the funding was approved.

Rangel, along with most of the Congress members from New York City, voted no. Mike McMahon, the Democrat representing the Republican-leaning 13th district in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was the only one from NYC to vote for the funding.

Here’s how the rest of the New York delegation voted on the bill (and thank goodness for the handy map from the Times):

 

NY-1: Democrat Tim Bishop-yes

NY-2: Democrat Steve Israel-yes

NY-3: Republican Peter King-yes

NY-4: Democrat Carolyn McCarthy-yes

NY-5: Democrat Gary Ackerman-yes

NY-6: Democrat Gregory Meeks-no

NY-7: Democrat Joe Crowley-no

NY-8: Democrat Jerry Nadler-no

NY-9: Democrat Anthony Weiner-no

NY-10: Democrat Ed Towns-no

NY-11: Democrat Yvette Clarke-no

NY-12: Democrat Nydia Velazquez-no

NY-13: Democrat Mike McMahon-yes

NY-14: Democrat Carolyn Maloney-no

NY-15: Democrat Charlie Rangel-no

NY-16: Democrat Jose Serrano-no

NY-17: Democrat Eliot Engel-yes

NY-18: Democrat Nita Lowey-yes

NY-19: Democrat John Hall-yes

NY-20: Democrat Scott Murphy-yes

NY-21: Democrat Paul Tonko-no

NY-22: Democrat Maurice Hinchey-no

NY-23: Democrat Bill Owens-yes

NY-24: Democrat Mike Arcuri-yes

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