Congressman Israel breaks from Queens delegation on Syrian refugee bill
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All but one of the seven members of Congress representing Queens County voted Thursday against a controversial bill regarding the processing of refugees escaping from war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq. Congressman Steve Israel — whose district includes all or parts of Bay Terrace, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Little Neck and Whitestone — voted in […]

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Rep. Jeffries wants investigation into FEMA flood insurance scandal
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is calling upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) inspector general to investigate potential fraud in the insurance claims process for people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy devastated many communities throughout New York City,” said Jeffries, whose district includes Howard Beach and other areas hit by Sandy. “Homes were destroyed, […]

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Queens Dems take general election
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There were no surprises in this year’s general election, as all the Queens Democratic candidates won their races. Many of the congressional, Assembly and state Senate Democratic candidates running in the borough this year were only facing third-party challengers. The ones that were not still bested their GOP rivals by a good number of votes. […]

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Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance hikes, urges Congress to follow suit

Following the threat of significantly raised flood insurance rates, the Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would ensure residents in flood zones get a chance at a reasonable premium. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which received the bipartisan majority vote in the Senate, would require FEMA to enact an affordability study to ensure […]

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Bill could delay flood insurance hikes for Sandy victims
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Flood zone residents can rest easy for now ? as impending increases in flood insurance have been put on the backburner. Congressmembers Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries co-sponsored the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Care Act of 2013, legislation meant to address the flood insurance rate increase and “keep residents from being priced out of our […]

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