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  • Newsday: Long Beach, Island Park win federal grants for Sandy repairs
    Posted in In the News on April 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Superstorm Sandy Recovery

    By John Asbury The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $4 million in superstorm Sandy relief grants to Long Beach and Island Park for school repairs and a water purification plant. Democratic New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) announced the FEMA recovery grants Friday to use $2.7 million for repairs to the Island Park school district. Another $1.7 million goes toward the Long Beach water purification plant and eight S... Read more

  • Newsday: More gun-sale controls needed to stem violence, Rice says
    Posted in In the News on April 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Preventing Gun Violence

    By Christine Chung Gun violence is a national epidemic with no clear solution, but more controls need to be put in place, Rep. Kathleen Rice said at a Sunday event in Rockville Centre. Rice addressed a crowd of congregants at the Central Synagogue of Nassau County, discussing her thoughts on gun violence in America and the efforts she’s taking to combat it. “We cannot stand idly by and let the killing continue without trying to prevent it,” said Rice, a Democrat and first-term congresswoman fro... Read more

  • Roll Call: Women in Congress Tackle Women Terrorists
    Posted in In the News on March 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    By Alex Gangitano They're from different sides of the aisle, but Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., are finding common ground on how to counter terrorism. Rice, a former district attorney, said it helps to have women in the conversation because they could have a more meaningful insight. “In terms of how to address women in particular, there are some probably more unique qualities that, I think, make it helpful to have women like Martha and I,” she said prior to a roundtab... Read more

  • Washington Post: Bill de Blasio: Tech companies ‘owe it to the nation’ to share data with law enforcement
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    By Mike DeBonis New York Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest liberal politician to call for a balancing of security and privacy in the midst of the clash between the Apple and the Justice Department over access to a terrorist’s cellphone. “I think the companies do owe it to the nation to come up with a procedure for providing that information for law enforcement,” de Blasio (D) said on Capitol Hill on Tuesday during a hearing of a House Homeland Security subcommittee. The hearing was called ... Read more

  • Newsday: Mayor Bill de Blasio decries homeland security cuts
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    By Tom Brune WASHINGTON — Mayor Bill de Blasio urged a receptive congressional panel on Tuesday “to protect the residents of New York City and all terrorist targets” by restoring $270 million in security grants that the Obama administration cut in its 2017 proposed budget. De Blasio told a House Homeland Security subcommittee that cutting the Urban Area Security Initiative funding from $600 million this year to $330 million next year would undermine efforts by New York and other cities to preve... Read more

  • FiOS: New legislation aims to prevent colorectal cancer
    Posted in In the News on March 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security & Medicare

    By Kevin Vesey March is colorectal cancer awareness month and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice is getting the word out with new legislation aimed at helping more people get checked for the potentially deadly disease. According to Rice, colon screenings are not covered by Medicare so millions of lower income Americans bypass the crucial procedure because of its high cost. The congresswoman hopes a bill that she's sponsoring will change that. “It will encourage proactive screening by allowing that to ... Read more

  • Federal, state officials tour HempsteadWorks, talk to vets
    Posted in In the News on February 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Sid Cassese HempsteadWorks offers job services and programs for a variety of workers and employers, but it is its efforts on behalf of veterans that drew several county, state and federal officials to the career center on Monday. “They came to look at our program because it is an example of a model career center that is serving veterans well,” said Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino. He said HempsteadWorks provides veterans with a full complement of specialized employment and career servic... Read more

  • LI veterans with ‘bad paper’ discharges seek help from Congress
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By Martin C. Evans Agustin Cabrera was among the first combat troops to fight in the Iraq War when President George W. Bush sent troops there in early 2003. But with exploding grenades a regular threat during convoys and near the prison camp where he was stationed, Cabrera said he soon found himself beset by combat anxieties he couldn’t control. The Massapequa resident was written up in Iraq for snapping at superiors. Back stateside at his post with the 46th Engineer Combat Battalion at Fort Po... Read more

  • Newsday: Rep. Kathleen Rice to propose bill to require anti-DWI devices in all new vehicles
    Posted in In the News on January 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    By Robert Brodsky Rep. Kathleen Rice said Thursday she will introduce legislation to require that new cars be equipped with technology that detects if a driver is intoxicated and prevents the vehicle from moving if the motorist is above the legal limit. Rice (D-Garden City) announced the bill, known as the “End Drunk Driving Act,” at a news conference at the Garden of Hope, an Eisenhower Park memorial for DWI victims, on New Year’s Eve, typically one of the deadliest drunken driving days of the... Read more

  • News 12: Rep. Rice proposes anti-DWI sensors in cars
    Posted in In the News on January 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    EISENHOWER PARK - Rep. Kathleen Rice is calling on automakers to eventually install prototype anti-DWI technology in their cars. Her proposed legislation would give car manufacturers 10 years to install technology that would prevent someone from starting a car if sensors determined they were drunk. One type of the technology in development places sensors on the side of the steering wheel that drivers would touch to test their blood alcohol level. Other sensors could measure drunkenness through ... Read more

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