Businesses cite Ex-Im’s value as bank remains in flux

For the first time in its 81-year history, the Export-Import Bank of the United States was not reauthorized by Congress earlier this year, but a recent vote in the House of Representatives has put its charter back on the table.

The agency, which helps U.S. companies decrease risk when exporting products, expired at midnight June 30 after the House failed to call a vote before going to recess. Since then, the Ex-Im Bank has not been able to process applications or conduct new business.

Tappan Zee: State scores $10M for regional bus service

Hudson Links would replace the Tappan ZEExpress by 2018.

Plans for a modernized Rockland-Westchester bus service along I-287 just got a $10 million boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday awarded its state counterpart funding to help pay for new bus stations, ramp signals and other technology to create a faster ride for users of Hudson Links, a sleek effort that would replace the Tappan ZEExpress bus service in 2018.

House Appropriators Warn Abbas On Funding In Wake Of Terrorism Wave

Washington — Two top congressional appropriators warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that U.S. funds are contingent on tamping down incitement during the current wave of violence.

Reps. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the committee and subcommittee’s top Democrat, in a letter Wednesday urged Abbas to resume direct negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lowey Leads Groundbreaking Event For Upgraded Montrose VA Pool

MONTROSE, N.Y. -- A groundbreaking for a $5.5 million federally funded upgrade to the facility's indoor pool took place at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System's Montrose Campus.

Officials at the groundbreaking included U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, VA Hudson Valley HCS Director Margaret Caplan, Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi, along with local veterans.

Rockland Drug Court gets $200G from feds for misdemeanor DWI offenders

U.S. Justice Departments provides Rockland County Drug Court with $200,000 grant to handle misdemeanor drunken driving offenders, along with providing treatment for drug users to avoid jail

Rep. Nita Lowey announces bill aimed at providing social security for caregivers

Congresswoman Lowey joined residents at Meals on Wheels in Nanuet to discuss a bill she recently introduced to provide a Social Security earnings credit to unpaid caregivers.


“Higher education opens the door to greater economic opportunity,” said U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Rockland and Westchester. “These federal investments will help underserved students at Rockland Community College fulfill their academic and career goals. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working hard to protect higher education funding that makes college accessible and affordable for Lower Hudson Valley students.”

IBM Gets $4.5 Million Grant for Methane Level Monitoring System

Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced the $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy last week. “Safeguarding our planet for future generations starts with greater awareness of greenhouse gases like methane in our atmosphere,” Lowey said in a prepared statement. “I’m pleased this federal funding will leverage IBM’s technology and analytics to improve detection of potent methane in the air in an effort to improve the environment while helping businesses save money. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue supporting research investments that help our regional economy and improve our environment.”

Grand Opening - New Pool Bathhouse at FDR State Park

“From the banks of the Hudson to Long Island Sound, Westchester County is home to immense natural beauty,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m pleased that $1.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped revitalize the entry plaza at FDR State Park. Unfortunately, federal investments in parks and the environment are under attack in Washington. As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for funding that conserves irreplaceable lands and improves outdoor recreation for residents of the Lower Hudson Valley.”

Democrats accuse GOP of siding with tobacco industry over children’s health

Seems the tobacco wars will never end on the Hill.

This week, Democrats accused Republicans of “tucking a special interest giveaway to the tobacco industry” in an agriculture appropriations bill. The White House scolded them that spending bills should be “free of ideological provisions.” Public health groups warned they’re putting children at risk.

But Republicans stood fast Wednesday to vote down a Democratic amendment to strip out language exempting tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, which are already on the market, from a retroactive review by the federal government.


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