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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.

$1.1 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO ASSIST LOW INCOME STUDENTS

“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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Among the most basic responsibilities of the federal government is safeguarding public health. When it comes to preventing an epidemic or infectious disease outbreak, promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and much more, our efforts are more effective when they are collective, rely on proven science and benefit from robust investments.

Lowey Trying To Protect Summer Meal Funding For Families In Need

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A New Yorkcongresswoman is fighting to protect a program that helps feed children in need during the summer months.

A spending bill making its way through the House calls for budget cuts to the National School Lunch Program as well as the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children pilot program, which helps families with kids who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year to purchase healthy food during the summer months.

Head Start Rockland Gets Foster Grandparent Grant

While her neighbors at the Esther Gitlow Senior Residence in Suffern are stirring their morning coffee, Zelda Rosenberg is put together and out the door, ready for another day of making a difference. Even after 18 years in the Foster Grandparent program at the Spring Valley Head Start, she wouldn’t change a thing. “I get so much out of it — as much the kids do, really.” She talks about her little charge drawing a family portrait, and including her in it. “I gave him a hug, and I cried, I just cried!” Zelda and her Foster Grandparent colleagues received special recognition at Nyack Head Start on Wednesday when Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY, 17) announced a three-year $950,000 Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Senior Corps Foster Grandparent program grant for Head Start of Rockland, Inc.

View: Refinance student loans

As colleges hold commencements this month in our communities and across the country, a much improved economy is creating more opportunity for graduates. We all remember the excitement of our first, hard-earned paycheck, and the additional responsibilities that came with it: paying the bills, buying groceries, and trying to save for that new car or house.


But, for too many, the crushing reality of student loan debt and high interest rates hurt their quality of life and financial security.

House panel votes to cut Amtrak budget hours after deadly crash - “Starving rail of funding will not enable safer train travel,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said.

House Republicans voted Wednesday to chop $260 million from Amtrak’s budget, less than a day after a deadly train crash that Democrats pointed to as a prime example of the dangers of shortchanging the nation’s transportation needs.

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  • George Latimer

    State Senator, Westchester County

    As one of the Country's most powerful members of Congress, Nita Lowey has always been a true grassroots advocate for the people she represents in Westchester and Rockland counties. For years she has been able to balance the demands of being in Washington and in her district because she understands how to deliver real results that make people's lives better every day. I'm proud to endorse Nita Lowey for another term in Congress.

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