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Queens Reps are united on Trump impeachment inquiry
BY BILL PARRY
Th e Queens Congressional delegation is
fi nally on the same page when it comes to
the impeachment inquiry against President
When Congressman Gregory Meeks
became the 166th Democratic member
of the House to declare support for the
action on Sept. 24, he was the fi nal Queens
representative to reach that conclusion
and it came aft er Speaker Nancy Pelosi
changed course earlier that day announcing
she supported the impeachment inquiry
amid the growing controversy over
Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
and the White House’s refusal to send a
whistleblower’s report to Congress as is
required by law.
“As someone who has long said the president’s
conduct makes him unfi t for offi ce,
and called for committees of jurisdiction
to continue their oversight investigations, I
believe this administration has crossed the
line in refusing to turn over information on
the whistleblower,” Meeks said. “Not only
are they required to hand over that information
by law, and are thus obstructing
Congress’ constitutional oversight duties,
what the whistleblower brought forward is
unprecedented. Th e president of the United
States has solicited a foreign government
to fabricate dirt on his political opponent,
hanging the implication of withdrawn U.S.
support as leverage. Th is unprecedented
abuse of power, and continued obstruction,
leaves one with no other recourse but to
pursue impeachment proceedings.”
Other representatives reached their conclusions
much sooner. Congresswoman
Carolyn Maloney called for the start of an
impeachment inquiry in June.
“Aft er carefully reviewing evidence laid
out in the Mueller report, aft er attending
numerous hearings, aft er listening to
the concerns of my constituents, and aft er
doing as much soul-searching as I’ve ever
done in my life, it is my inescapable conclusion
that the House of Representatives must
open an impeachment inquiry against the
president of the United States,” Maloney
said in a statement.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-
Cortez signed on to an impeachment resolution
led by fellow “Squad” member
Rashida Talib of Michigan at the same
time and is currently fundraising on the
issue since the whistleblower complaint
was made public.
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, the
former chairwoman of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus, who represents parts of
southwest Queens, announced her position
back in June.
“As the fi rst member of Congress to call
for a Special Council, I’ve been carefully
reviewing the Mueller report and listening
to my constituents,” she said in a
video posted on social media. “I have now
come to the conclusion that the House has
a constitutional responsibility to begin an
Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Hakeem
Jeff ries, which both represent parts of
Queens, made their positions clear on
Jeffries, who replaced former
Congressman Joe Crowley as the chairman
of the House Democratic Caucus, voted
to expand the parameters of the House
Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry
on Sept. 12.
“Voted YES,” Jeff ries tweeted. “No. One.
Is. Above. Th e. Law.”
On Sept. 24, Suozzi tweeted, “I believe
that is my Constitutional duty and the duty
of the United State Congress to move forward
with impeachment inquiries.”
Congresswoman Grace Meng had called
for an impeachment inquiry aft er she studied
the fi ndings of Special Counsel Robert
Mueller in July. Meng reiterated her position
aft er it became clear that Trump had
discussed an investigation into presidential
candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter with the
“Th e American people deserve the truth,
and the president deserves the consequences
of his actions,” Meng said. “President
Trump pressured a foreign government
to investigate his domestic political rival.
I believe this is yet another impeachable
off ense. President Trump betrayed his oath
to the American people. Th e president
cannot be trusted and he will continue to
undermine our democracy and risk our
national security. I called for impeachment
proceedings in July aft er fully considering
Mueller’s fi ndings, and am pleased the
House is moving forward.”
Courtesy of the White House
A whistle-blowers report on a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President
Volodymyr Zelensky has the Queens delegation to Congress in full support of an impeachment
Survey aims to improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure in NE Queens
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
Help develop new and safe infrastructure
for pedestrians and bicyclists in
northeast Queens by taking a short survey.
CUNY/Hunter College Master of
Urban Planning Studio class is working
with Queens Community District 11 to
develop a project for improved mobility
options throughout the district, particularly
in Bayside, Douglaston, Douglas
Manor, East Flushing, Little Neck,
Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis
Hills. Th e project will include researching
and analyzing opportunities to improve
pedestrian and bicycle infrastructures
that would increase safety, equity and
social mobility within the district.
In order to complete the project, the
class is asking the public to take a survey
about commuting behaviors, needs and
desires regarding biking and pedestrian
infrastructure improvements for the
area. All survey responses must be completed
by Friday, Oct. 11.
Th e results of the project will be
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Transportation following its completion.
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