Suozzi’s First 100 Days
This Thursday, April 13th will officially mark 100 days since Congressman Tom Suozzi was sworn in as U.S. Representative for the people of New York’s Third Congressional District. Since taking office, Suozzi has been appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Adhering to his pledge to work with anyone of goodwill who wants to find common ground to tackle issues that affect his constituents and their families, Suozzi was elected Vice-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which consists of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
He was also named Co-Chair of the bipartisan Quiet Skies Caucus, which works to try and reduce noise levels for folks living near JFK and LaGuardia, and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus, which focuses on protecting the Sound’s natural environment.
“I’ve been very busy these past 100 days and my work is only just getting started. I’m going to keep working hard in my leadership posts while continuing to advance our nation’s interests on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees. I believe Congress could get so much done if people could just set aside partisan politics and work toward finding solutions that help all Americans. I’m excited to keep fighting for these values in the weeks and months ahead,” said Suozzi.
Visits Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Military Base
Last week, Congressman Suozzi took a bipartisan tour of the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The facility has held over 700 detainees since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“This was truly an eye-opening experience for me and I was honored to visit with some of our men and women in uniform. Guantanamo poses many public policy questions with no easy answers, including whether it should be shut down. I will continue to work closely with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee as well as our military leaders to determine the best course of action moving forward,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Addresses Military Budget at Armed Services Hearing
Last Wednesday, Congressman Suozzi addressed our nation’s military budget during an Armed Services Committee hearing. His full remarks and questions can be viewed here.
“While we need to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to succeed, we also need to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely and where our military leaders agree we don’t need to spend as much,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Meets with State Official to Discuss Bethpage Plume Cleanup
Congressman Suozzi also met with New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos about the need to clean up the Bethpage Plume.
“It was a very productive meeting and something that I hope will lead to more action. I look forward to working with Commissioner Seggos, the DEC and all stakeholders to help with the clean-up of the Bethpage Plume,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Speaks at Armenian Genocide Commemoration
On Wednesday, Congressman Suozzi spoke at an annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, where he met with leaders of America’s Armenian community.
“I was humbled and honored to speak in front of so many people about this terrible atrocity that the Armenian community is still recovering from in many ways. Armenians in our community and across the nation need to know that we will continue to stand with them,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Visits Local High School and Meets with Asharoken Officials
Finally, Congressman Suozzi spent the weekend back in the district, where he spoke to seniors at Syosset High School and met with local officials to discuss the erosion of Asharoken beach.