Who is the real Congressmember Steve Israel?


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Congressembember Steve Israel’s recent visits to Queens neighborhoods introducing himself to new voters was nothing more that an attempt to masquerade as a moderate mainstream independent Democrat. He reminds me of the Trojan horse. Israel’s current 2nd Congressional District represents neighborhoods such as Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Oyster Bay in Nassau and Suffolk counties. […]

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Redistricting may bring Congressmember Steve Israel back to Queens


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Recent redistricting may return one Long Island representative back to his childhood. Congressmember Steve Israel currently serves the state’s 2nd Congressional District, which is located entirely on Long Island. But come November, newly-redrawn lines mean portions of northeast Queens will be added to the district. For incumbent Israel, winning re-election would mean gaining a slice […]

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Embrace diversity


| letters@queenscourier.com

As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Davuluri embodies the American Dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and […]

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How to protect from hackers and spammers


| oped@queenscourier.com

BY CONGRESSMEMBER STEVE ISRAEL In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are reminded of the importance of reevaluating our security procedures. However, we also must be conscious of another challenge: the threat to our personal information from cyber-attacks. Cyber intrusions, most recently from hackers with Chinese IP addresses, have compromised the safety of […]

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Law keeps co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A glitch in the law is keeping co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants, officials said. According to Congressmember Steve Israel, co-ops are shouldering the costs of repair for Sandy-inflicted damages because they are categorized as “business associations,” making them ineligible for federal grants — only loans. The Stafford Act, which governs how the […]

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