US Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Long Island City, NY October 3, 2012 -
Congresswoman Maloney will administer oaths to the first Officers and Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.
The Congresswoman will address attendees. TOPIC: "Defining the Future for Small Business: Opportunities and Challenges for Long Island City / Astoria Companies"
The RECEPTION and MEETING will begin at 12:00 Noon at the Waterfront Crabhouse, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island City.
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Arthur Rosenfield, President and Founder of the LIC Chamber said that "Congresswoman Maloney was the very first elected leader to show unbiased and enthusiastic support for the formation of this Chamber during a pre-formation conversation in November 2010. Given her position as Chair of the Joint Economic Committee for the House and Senate, it was a significant encouragement to hear her enthusiam for the idea. She immediately saw the merits for local business people... and even offered the suggestion of getting the US Chamber of Commerce involved. Renos Kourtides, our Chairman and the Chief Planning Officer for ALMA Bank, and I are delighted that Congresswoman Maloney has agreed to install the first Board of Directors and Officers."
Congresswoman Maloney has a lot of other "firsts."
Maloney is the first woman to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Council district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); and was the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation's most pressing economic issues.
Maloney also introduced the first measure in New York to recognize domestic partnerships, including those of same-sex couples, and the first to offer a comprehensive package of legislation to make day care more available and affordable.
Wikipedia background on record for Economic and Financial Legislation
Maloney serves on the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Joint Economic Committee, and was previously the Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. From January 2009 to January 2011, Maloney served as Chair of the Joint Economic Committee the first woman to do so. Maloney first introduced the "Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights" or (the Credit CARD Act of 2009) while serving as Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, in the 110th Congress. The measure drew praise from editorial boards and consumer advocates. It was passed as the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act by both houses of the 111th Congress, prompting Money magazine to dub Maloney the "best friend a credit card user ever had". President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Bill of Rights into law in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House attended by Maloney on May 22, 2009.
Days after voting against cancellation of a $1 billion, 10-year subsidy plan for U.S. sugar farmers within the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, Maloney hosted a fundraising event that netted $9,500 in contributions from sugar growers and refiners, according to Federal Election Commission records. Maloney's election attorney, Andrew Tulloch, called the timing of the 31 July fundraiser a "pure coincidence". The bill passed the House by a 282-144 vote. The Sunlight Foundation pointed out that among the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Maloney has the ninth-highest amount of investment in oil stocks. Maloney received a perfect 100 rating from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund in 2007  and a perfect 100 rating from Environment America in 2008  and a perfect 100 from the League of Conservation Voters in Feb. of 2008. And in 2008, Maloney introduced the Minerals Management Service Improvement Act (HR 7211), as a House companion to S. 3543, Integrity in Offshore Energy Resources Act. The legislation would impose dramatically tougher ethics rules for the Minerals Management Service, which was at the center of a major corruption scandal stemming from its employees' relationships with oil company representatives.
Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce background
The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce was formed during the period beginning November 2010. It was became recognized as a Chamber of Commerce by the State of New York on September 5, 2012.
US Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney