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File photo/Courtesy of Suozzi for Congress
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Thursday, April 13, marks Congressman Tom Suozzi‘s hundredth day in office, and he says the experience thus far has been “sobering and humbling.”

Suozzi made the remark during a conference call with local reporters last Friday, April 7. The former Nassau County executive, who was elected last November to succeed Steve Israel in the Third Congressional District seat covering northeast Queens, northern Nassau and northwest Suffolk counties, said that, while he enjoys his new title, he misses the direct impact he had on people’s lives in his former positions.

Suozzi serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. In these positions, he has already met with different diplomats and representatives from the Middle East, North Africa and the entire continent of Africa.

Suozzi also is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. He serves on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee as well as the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike on Syria last week, Suozzi voiced his support for the bombing, which was in retaliation for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons during the nation’s ongoing civil war.

“I support what the president did,” Suozzi said. “But if he wants to move forward he has to have a strategy that’s a long-term strategy.”

Suozzi says one of the biggest issues of being in this new position is the lack of time to sit down with colleagues and find a common ground. He serves as vice-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 40 Democratic and Republican lawmakers striving to pass bipartisan legislation in Washington, D.C.

According to Suozzi, the Problem Solvers Caucus didn’t do much when it was first created but now it is very active. He hopes that the caucus’ efforts will result in major bipartisan legislation to reform taxes and rebuild infrastructure.

Suozzi said he’s working hard to improve the communities in and around the borough of Queens as well. As a co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, Suozzi stated that he has made significant strides to reduce the airplane noise of planes traveling to and from John F. Kennedy Airport.

“People’s health is being impacted,” Suozzi said.

According to the congressman, the Quiet Skies Caucus is attempting to get funding to conduct a study on the impact of airplane and helicopter noise on people’s health. Suozzi has also arranged a meeting with Delta Airlines in order to discuss new technology to reduce airplane noise.

In an ongoing effort to connect with people of Queens, Suozzi plans to have a town hall every month from now until the end of his term. On April 17, Suozzi will be opening a satellite office in Little Neck on Northern Boulevard. He will be hosting a town hall meeting in Little Neck on April 19 as well.

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