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Sincerely,

Nita

NITA IN THE NEWS

Alliance for Safe Kids receives $125k in federal funding

As heroin use and trafficking skyrocket throughout the Northeast, I'm so pleased to have secured grants for local organizations like Alliance for Safe Kids in Yorktown. Our children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive in communities free of harmful substances.

Lowey Secures $27 Million To Fix Westchester Bridges

Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced Tuesday Oct. 14 that $27 million is being allocated by the federal government to replace and strengthen bridges in Pleasantville and the Town of Cortlandt. Lowey, a Democrat from Harrison, is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee. She said the money is part of $60 billion in federal assistance she helped secure for flood-related projects early last year in response to Superstorm Sandy.  The "federal hazard mitigation grants" ensure the bridges are protected against threats from repeated flooding, according to a press statement from Lowey. 

Rep. Nita Lowey secures federal grant to help domestic violence groups

My Sister's Place is just one of several domestic violence groups that I was able to help through acquiring federal grants to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and we must work together to ensure women and children know that resources are available so that they may live safely without fear of violence. These federal grants help us mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a strong statement against domestic violence in our communities. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I helped to increase funding for the Office of Violence Against Women grants, and I will continue to secure funding for critical programs that help eradicate the scourge of abuse and assist victims.

Nita Lowey Wants Probe of College Programs for Anti-Israel Tilt

The ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee asked the U.S. Department of Education to insure that college programs receiving federal funds not include an anti-Israel bias. In a letter sent Monday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), requested that standards of accountability be adopted so that any college or university receiving federal Title VI funding not have an anti-Israel slant. “Incidents of anti-Semitism have spiked worldwide in recent months, including many that were borne out of protests against Israel’s acts of self-defense against the terrorist group Hamas,” Lowey stated in the letter. “It is vital to ensure that academic programs do not become tilted against Israel in a way that engenders anti-Semitism or criticism of Israel that devolves into the defamation of the Jewish people.”

Rep. Lowey Announces $800,000 In Grants To Medical Researchers

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced more than $800,000 in National Institutes of Health grants to New York Medical College  in Valhalla and Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains. The college will receive $402,500 to develop neurotoxin poisoning treatments and Burke will receive $398,879 to determine which hand therapies work best for children with cerebral palsy. “The health industry is part of the lifeblood of the Lower Hudson Valley economy, and these NIH grants will help keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Lowey.

Yorktown Group Receives Aid To Fight Youth Drug Abuse

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that 14 local organizations will receive a total of $1.7 million in federal grants for youth anti-substance abuse initiatives through the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities Program. “Our children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive in communities free of harmful substances,” said Lowey. “These Drug Free Communities grants will help prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse and, as ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure this important program receives the federal funding it deserves.”

US House calls for tougher fight against anti-Semitism

Noting a “clear and troubling pattern of increased violence against Jewish persons and their property,” the US House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution Thursday evening condemning anti-Semitism and calling on US Secretary of State John Kerry to take additional steps to curb the international tide of anti-Jewish incidents. The resolution was authored by Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX) to condemn what they described as “the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.”

Lowey and Purchase College Students Highlight Importance of Contraceptives for Women’s Health

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Harrison), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, joined Planned Parenthood campus activists and students from  Purchase College, SUNY to create a Hobby Lobby scrapbook to highlight the importance of contraceptives for women’s health, and how the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision affects the lives of women everywhere. “Given that Hobby Lobby’s business is arts and crafts, this scrapbook should make it clear why women’s health, particularly contraceptives, is important,” said Lowey. “Women work hard to earn paychecks and health benefits just like every other American. It isn’t right that a woman’s boss can decide to not include medically-recommended health services in her insurance package because of the company’s religious beliefs.”

Nita Lowey: GOP Wastes Time, Fails to Serve the People

Republicans say the president is abusing power. But the real abuse of power is the Republican leadership's abject failure to use our power in Congress to improve the quality of life and economic security of Americans. The time, money and effort wasted on the bill to sue the president could have been devoted instead to helping small businesses, raising the minimum wage, relieving student loan debt, advancing immigration reform and protecting communities from gun violence.

Rep. Lowey Proposes Increased Social Security Credit for Caregivers

Representative Nita Lowey today introduced the Social Security Caregiver Act in the House of Representatives. This bill will make a change by giving a Social Security credit to individuals who have to leave the workforce or reduce their hours in order to care for a loved one with Alzheimers, dementia, or other chronic conditions. Lowey believes that offering these caregivers a modest increase in future Social Security benefits is the right thing to do. 

The bill will especially benefit women, who make up two thirds of unpaid caregivers. Because women average ten fewer years in the workforce, which lowers Social Security benefits, the increase in Social Security benefits Lowey proposes will make for a more economically secure retirement.

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  • Sandy Galef

    State Assemblywoman, Westchester

    We are so fortunate to be represented by Nita Lowey in the United States Congress. Nita is well respected by her colleagues and works to foster working relationships with congressional representatives from all political parties. She understands the issues our communities and our country face and acts on them in an intelligent and responsible way. Her office door is always open to personally discuss our concerns and problems and to assure that they are dealt with in a positive manner. I am very proud to call Nita Lowey my Congresswoman.

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