• RESULTS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY

  • 27,276,384
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
  • 408
    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 8,464
    Constituent Cases Closed
  • 41
    Bills Signed Into Law

Rep. Maloney’s Record of Results in First Term

Dec 19, 2014
Press Release

Washington – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released his 2014 Year End Annual Report, which highlights his legislative work, constituent services, district events, and correspondence. 

Even in one of the least productive Congresses in modern history, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) worked across the aisle to deliver meaningful results for the Hudson Valley in his first term. Sean fought for major legislation to fix local problems with local solutions, introducing 10 pieces of legislation that were signed into law this Congress – a remarkable record for a freshman in the minority.  All of these priorities came directly from Sean’s conversations with his neighbors in the Hudson Valley, and addresses issues like rail safety technology, dam safety, and our local agricultural economy.  Sean also focused on local investments in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, U.S. Military Academy and Highland Falls School District. In addition, Sean helped deliver $250 million in disaster relief for the Hudson Valley and investments that created hundreds of jobs, rebuilt our communities, and got our neighbors back on their feet.

To hear ideas and find solutions for problems in neighborhoods across the region, Sean held 55 town hall events – in person, online and by telephone and helped return $3.2 million to seniors, veterans and Hudson Valley families.  Here are a few highlights of Sean’s first two years:   

By the Numbers: Getting Results for Local Solutions

Sean has worked across the aisle and accumulated a record of results for Hudson Valley veterans, middle class families, and small businesses while in Congress.  He’s had:

  • 10 pieces of legislation signed into law
  • 15 bills and amendments passed the House
  • 35 bills and amendments authored
  • 274 bills co-sponsored
  • 1205 votes cast with 98% vote attendance record 
After listening to neighbors, community leaders, veterans, and farmers, Sean introduced dozens of bills - including 10 that were signed into law:
  • The Dam Safety Act, included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.  Signed into law in June 2014, the Dam Safety Act reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Program and provides infrastructure investment funds for states to use in conducting dam inspections, purchasing equipment, and developing Emergency Action Plans. 
  • The Creating Reliability for Our Producers (CROP) Act, included in the Farm Bill. Signed into law in February 2014, the Farm Bill, the best Farm Bill ever passed for the Hudson Valley, includes Rep. Maloney’s bipartisan, budget-neutral CROP Act, which will help protect the livelihoods of the small, diversified family farms we have in the Hudson Valley by reforming the insurance programs these farmers rely on and developing new and improved plans.
  • Support for Farmers in Black Dirt Region. To address local flooding issues in important agricultural areas of Orange County, the Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February 2014, included language secured by Rep. Maloney to require the Secretary of Agriculture to work with producers whose operations contain muck soils like those in the Hudson Valley.
  •  FERC Accountability Actincluded in the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Signed into law in December 2014, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will now be accountable to ratepayers in the Hudson Valley. FERC will be required to report quarterly on actions and costs to consumers related to the new capacity zone in New York’s Hudson Valley.
  • Rail Safety Enforcement Act, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Signed into law in December 2014, the Federal Railroad Administration will now be required to review current implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), which is a technology that helps control the speed of trains. In September, the House Transportation Committee also passed Rep. Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act which enables railroads to make use of the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program, an existing $35 billion loan program, in order to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) technology. 
  • Renaming Monroe Post Office. Signed into law in December 2014, the post office in Monroe, NY will be renamed to honor a local hero, Gregg Wenzel, who lost his life in service to his country. This is the first Post Office in the nation to honor a fallen officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  • Critical Support for Highland Falls Schools, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Expected to be signed into law, this fixes an artificial cap that prevented Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District from getting its full share of aid and was shortchanging the school district by approximately $2 million a year.
  • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Expected to be signed into law, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, key to regional tourism, will continue operating and can continue to access matching federal funding for projects in the area.
  • The Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act, included in the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013. Signed into law in December 2013, the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act enables the VA to use outside physicians to conduct medical disability exams in order to help alleviate the current backlog at the VA.
  • Military Construction Investment for Army Reserve Center and Barracks at West Point. As part of both the 2014 and 2015 Appropriations Acts, this bill invests $100 million in construction of new cadet barracks at West Point and builds a new training center for the Army Reserve in Bullville, NY.
additional bills, provisions, and amendments authored by Sean have passed the House:
  • Blocking the New Hudson Valley Capacity Zone. In July 2014, the House overwhelmingly passed Rep. Maloney’s unprecedented legislation to prohibit funds from being used to enforce the Hudson Valley’s new capacity zone, which could raise electrical rates on consumers.
  • Honor Guardsmen and Reservists Act. Honoring a fallen reservist from Hopewell Junction, the House of Representatives passed legislation in May 2014 to enable a memorial headstone or marker to be purchased from the VA for Guard or Reserve members who served for at least 6 years.
  • Human Trafficking Prevention Act.  Passed in July 2014, this legislation would expand new minimum training procedures for high-ranking Foreign Service Officers and government personnel in order to curb human trafficking at its source before people are trafficked across international borders into the US.
  •  Increased Investments for Dam Inspections. Separate of the Dam Safety Act, the House passed higher funding levels for the Dam Safety Act
  • GAO report for CFTC Reauthorization. Passed in the House in June 2014, this important amendment ensures regulators have the funding that they need to safeguard the viability of the American financial system and hold bad actors accountable.
 
By the Numbers: Constituent Services
 
Sean promised to fight for folks in the Hudson Valley, and made it a top priority to be accessible and hold the federal government accountable. In addition to having his District Office in Newburgh, Sean has satellite offices in Port Jervis, Poughkeepsie, Carmel and Middletown. As part of his “Speak with Sean” series, Rep. Maloney has held 55 “Speak with Sean” town halls where neighbors could share any questions and comments in person.
 
  • $3,197,408.36 returned to taxpayers who were owed Social Security checks, veterans’ compensation, tax refunds, or other payments from the government
  • 2,322 individuals assisted with cases involving Social Security, Medicare, IRS, and the Veterans Administration
  • https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif97 service medals for military heroes including 1 Congressional Gold Medal, 1 Legion of Merit, 4 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts for veterans from the Hudson Valley
  • 33 “Speak with Sean” town halls and neighborhood office hours in the Hudson Valley
  • 22 online and telephone town halls that included 108,000 households throughout the Hudson Valley
  • 121,062 constituent letters answered
  • Dozens of events including four Veterans Resources Fairs, Made in New York Tour, Small Business Workshop, Congressional Field Hearing on comprehensive immigration reform, children’s safety workshop, law enforcement resources forum, six medal presentation ceremonies for veterans, main street tours in Wappingers Falls, Goshen, Middletown, Mahopac, and Highland Falls, veterans jobs roundtable with Senator Greg Ball, EPA Superfund tour with EPA Administrator Judith Enck, agriculture forum in Warwick, Small Business Disaster Relief Workshop and many other events.
By the Numbers: Fighting for Hudson Valley Investments
 
Rep. Maloney has worked closely with local and state officials to secure key federal investments. These bipartisan partnerships have helped deliver much-needed investments to grow our economy, create jobs, improve our infrastructure, fight crime and substance abuse, and reduce tolls and fees. A few highlights of federal investments in the Hudson Valley that Rep. Maloney has successfully fought for include:
  • $250,000,000 in disaster aid from Irene, Lee and Sandy by working with 48 local communities including $45,322,000 to strengthen 9 flood-prone bridges
  • $1.6 billion loan for the new Tappan Zee bridge
  • $2,400,000 for 15 new firefighters in Newburgh
  • $823,413 for life saving equipment for 6 local fire departments
  • $500,000 for four new police officers in Newburgh
  • $2,900,000 for expanding facilities for Hudson Valley Lighting
  • $60,000 for new breathing equipment for Goshen Fire Department
  • $4,817,666 to support homeless veterans through WestCOP and Hudson River Housing
  • $2,200,000 for resurfacing Route 121 in Bedford
  • $2,400,000 for resurfacing Route 138 in Lewisboro
  • $2,611,029 for improving roads and safety along Route 302 in Crawford
  • $968,792 for Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center
  • $1,336,000 for the Town of Wallkill pedestrian/bicycle safety enhancements
  • $19,577,702 for runway rehabilitation and improvements at Stewart Airport, Dutchess Airport, and Orange County Airport
  • $1,250,000 for six youth anti-substance abuse initiatives
  • $745,178 for pedestrian/bicycle enhancements in Port Jervis
  • $2,100,000 for resurfacing Route 120 in Mt. Kisco
  • $146,799 for early childhood education at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
  • $100,000 for Farm-to-School program in Orange County
  • $2,300,000 for lead abatement in Orange County
  • $60,000 for the Hudson Valley Regional Council to develop a comprehensive economic development plan
  • $65,000 for Storm Kings Arts Center for arts/outreach improvements

You can download a full copy of Rep. Maloney's End of Congress Report here.