Congressmember Steve Israel

SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Co-ops, condos still waiting for disaster aid
SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Co-ops, condos still waiting for disaster aid
News Melissa Chan 10/25/2013 at 11:11AM

A proposed federal law that would bring disaster aid to co-op and condo communities has not come any closer to being passed nearly one year after Sandy. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. “It’s just prolonging the financial hardship on co-ops. Right now, we’re stuck footing [...]

Resolution calls for co-op, condo storm recovery grants
News Melissa Chan 9/18/2013 at 11:01AM

A Queens lawmaker introduced a resolution in the City Council last week calling for Congress to make co-op and condos eligible for federal storm recovery grants. The measure, brought forth by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., comes after many citywide co-op and condo owners found they could not receive FEMA grants for Sandy-inflicted damages. It would [...]

Co-op owners still fighting for FEMA money months after Sandy
News Melissa Chan 8/01/2013 at 12:31PM

Newly proposed legislation aims to make co-op and condo associations eligible for federal storm recovery grants. “A storm does not discriminate where it hits, and FEMA should not be discriminating what type of homeowners it helps,” said Congressmember Steve Israel, who penned the bill. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in [...]

Queens Library leader recognized by White House
Queens Library leader recognized by White House
News Queens Courier Staff 6/17/2013 at 2:43PM

A Queens Library leader won a national honor last week for being a “Champion of Change” for cultural institutions in her community. Jennifer Manley, the vice president of government and community affairs for the Queens Public Library, was one of 12 people in the nation this year to be recognized as an advocate for museums [...]

How to protect from hackers and spammers
News Op-Ed 5/13/2013 at 4:35PM

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 [...]

Schumer pushes for co-op, condo Sandy relief
News Melissa Chan 2/21/2013 at 12:06PM

New York’s senior senator has joined the ranks of leaders pushing for relief to storm-damaged co-ops and condos. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last Wednesday asking the agency to establish Sandy relief program guidelines for co-ops and condos. Co-op and condo owners currently [...]

Redistricting may bring Congressmember Steve Israel back to Queens
News Melissa Chan 3/29/2012 at 3:31PM

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 [...]