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WWII vet, Congers firefighter receives service medals at 92

NEW CITY - Alfred Magnatta left to fight in World War II before his senior year of high school. 
That’s where the Rockland native joined the “Lucky Bastard Club.”
The 92-year-old said he and other men in his crew were given a certificate to enter the "club" after flying 25 missions over Europe in the U.S. Army, 8th Air Force during World War II.
More than 70 years later, Magnatta revisited those memories Tuesday when U.S. Rep.

Congress must team up, make ACA better: Rep. Nita Lowey

When Sen. John McCain walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate and delivered a decisive thumbs-down on repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans who depend on the law breathed a sigh of relief. In the wake of this significant, if not fatal, blow to Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA, we have the opportunity to do what we should have done all along — work together to make the ACA better.

Republicans are using the appropriations process to attack women's health

The Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act might have failed, but threats to health coverage continue. Despite the Senate’s plans for bipartisan hearings in September on ways to improve the individual insurance market, President Trump has created uncertainty over whether the government will continue providing subsidies that help hard-working American families afford coverage.

Amid the chaos and controversy, House Republicans have advanced their most aggressive attacks on women’s health ever through the annual Appropriations process.

Community leaders warn of e-cigarette usage by teens

YONKERS - Community leaders came together Wednesday to sound the alarm on the growing trend of e-cigarette use by Westchester teens.

A roundtable organized by Rep. Nita Lowey featured a lineup of some of the most influential thinkers on the topic.

Lowey says e-cigarette use among teens has climbed tenfold in the past decade. She says there are twice as many students in Westchester who vape than who smoke regular cigarettes.

Nyack Joint Fire District Gets $27.5K For Protective Equipment

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A federal grant of $27,572 has been awarded to the Nyack Joint Fire District through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The Nyack Joint Fire District will use this funding to acquire personal protective equipment for its firefighters.

Nita Lowey: Education cuts proposed by Trump officials who 'never had to worry' about paying for school

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., criticized the Trump administration's education budget on Wednesday by saying it was written by privileged administration officials who could easily afford college for their kids, unlike millions of other Americans.

Lowey, Engel: Put train safety technology in place

Positive Train Control was mandated by Congress in 2008, after two trains collided in Los Angeles, killing 25. Both Lowey, D-Harrison, and Engel, D-Bronx, voted for that legislation.

In 2014, the NTSB said positive train control would have prevented the Spuyten Duyvil crash, which killed four and injured 60.

The Federal Railroad Administration has been handling positive train control roll-out. Metro-North has not said whether speed, heat or a combination thereof caused the most recent derailment.

Investment in cancer research by Congress a victory: Letter

Congress recently approved this year’s budget and it included a $2 billion increase for medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health. It was only six weeks ago that the White House budget proposal suggested cutting this year’s funding by $1 billion. However, thanks to the leadership of Congresswoman Nita Lowey and her colleagues and because of countless advocates across the country who made their voices heard, we stopped the potentially devastating proposal in its tracks.

Tarrytown WWII vet Leon Gutherz receives medals 70 years later

WHITE PLAINS -A World War II veteran from Tarrytown received two medals Friday, seven decades after the war and only after a neighbor decided to advocate for them.

Leon Gutherz, 91, was a paratrooper in the Pacific. He made at least a dozen jumps.

Neighbors, with the help of Rep. Nita Lowey, sought to have him honored for his role in the war. The spent more than a year working to that end, and it paid off Friday in White Plains when Gutherz received the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation medal.

Lowey and Local Scientists: Trump Budget's Would Harm Climate and Local Jobs

PALISADES - Rep. Nita Lowey says she is drawing a line in the sand and calling out President Donald Trump on climate change.

Lowey met with scientists Monday at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades to discuss the administration’s proposed budget cuts.

The president's proposed 2018 budget cuts the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31 percent, some $2.6 billion.

Lowey joined the scientists following a weekend of protests around the country from people concerned about science, especially climate change.

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