Congressman Suozzi Convenes Long Island Sound Caucus Meeting
May 1, 2017
On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) convened a meeting of the Long Island Sound Caucus with representatives from the Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee. The Congressman serves as a co-chair of the caucus and was joined at the meeting by co-chairs Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
“We need to protect the Long Island Sound -- it's our ‘national park.’ Let's do all we can to ensure its beauty and safety now and in the years to come,” said Congressman Suozzi.
2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners Selected
On Saturday, Congressman Suozzi hosted the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, open to high school students throughout New York’s 3rd Congressional District. The event took place at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.
“We had a wonderful response from students and schools across the district and I am proud that we have this competition to encourage and nurture aspiring artists,” said Congressman Suozzi.
The Congressman convened a panel of experts to judge the submitted artwork. The panel included Samantha Hofsiss from Long Island University and Tami Wood, a Museum Educator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Shucking Peas," a painting submitted by Michelle Duffe, a senior, from Half Hollows Hills High School West in Huntington Station won this year’s competition. The winning work will be hung in the U.S. Capitol building for one year along with artwork from districts across the United States.
Joins Center for the Women of New York for its 30th Anniversary
On Saturday, Congressman Suozzi joined Ann Jarwin, founder of the Center for the Women of New York – a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women – for the organization’s 30th anniversary.
“I was honored to join Ann and celebrate the work she and the Center have done over 30 years to empower women and support their leadership in our community,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Congressman Suozzi is also a past recipient of the organization’s “Good Guy” award. This year’s event took place in Douglaston, NY.
Confronting Anti-Semitism in the District and Through Legislation
On Sunday, Congressman Suozzi participated in a panel discussion entitled “Responding to Anti-Semitism in Our Community.” The event was hosted by the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Port Washington. It featured community leaders and public officials from the across the district and focused on the recent increase of anti-Semitic activity in the area and across the country including threats to Jewish community centers.
“We have to engage those around us, even folks we disagree with because only by working together can things get better. The threat to our community is very real and educating others is key to fighting prejudice,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Congressman Suozzi is also an original cosponsor of H.Res.276, legislation that recognizes the importance of Holocaust education and encourages its inclusion in public school curricula across the country. The resolution was introduced this past Tuesday.
Speaks Out About South Sudan Famine, Questions Foreign Affairs Panel About Syria
On Tuesday, Congressman Suozzi delivered remarks in support of H.Res.187, legislation calling on the government of South Sudan to allow humanitarian aid get to those in dire need in the famine-stricken country.
“In this past year there have been dozens of instances of food aid being stolen or blocked. Humanitarian aid workers are being obstructed or even killed – including American citizens,” said Congressman Suozzi. “With the rainy season fast approaching, many million are in danger of starving. We have to protect the aid workers and make sure that humanitarian supplies flow to those in need,” he added.
The resolution was introduced and had strong bipartisan support. It was adopted by the U.S. House by an overwhelming 411-2 vote. His remarks can be viewed here.
Earlier in the week, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hosted a hearing to discuss how to address the conflict in Syria following the April 6th United States missile strikes on the government-held Al Shayrat Airfield in southern Syria. Congressman Suozzi’s remarks and questions can be seen here.
“There is an epic struggle going in in the world. It’s stability versus instability. We have gone from 35 million refugees to 65 million refugees today and many of those are from Syria,” said Congressman Suozzi. “We really need to hear from the Administration as to what their plan is to address this very complicated part of the world,” he added.
Congressman Suozzi with Rep. Lee Zeldin and Rep. Rosa DeLauro at meeting with Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee
Congressman Suozzi with Congressional Art Competition Participants
Congressman Suozzi speaking at community forum confronting anti-Semitism