WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) was elected by his fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to serve as the next Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the United States Coast Guard, the regulation of seafaring vessels and their crews, the regulation of commerce and the merchant marine, and more.
“The Hudson River is a natural treasure, a site of recreation for thousands of people, and a key to local and national commerce – my top priority as the next Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee will be protecting it from all threats,” said Rep. Maloney. “The men and women of the Coast Guard protect our waterways and prevent drugs from reaching our shores. I’m absolutely committed to ensuring Coast Guard personnel receive the tools and resources they need to get the job done – and that includes paying them for their work. We have to end this shutdown and restore their funding immediately.”
“I have complete confidence in the leadership of Sean Patrick Maloney and can assure my Coast Guard brothers and sisters that they are in great hands with him as the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation,” said Robert K. Lanier, U.S. Coast Guard Chief, retired, and member of Rep. Maloney’s Service Academy Selection Board. “Coast Guard leadership is receiving a chairman who has emulated the service’s motto of ‘honor, respect and devotion to duty’ throughout his career and I know he is ‘Always Ready’ to work across party lines, weigh all issues carefully and make the right decisions no matter how tough.”
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over a wide array of issue areas ranging from the oversight and support of the Coast Guard – to the regulation of shipping, ports and waterways, and environmental protection. Rep. Maloney is committed to making strategic investments in the Coast Guard to improve drug interdiction and other national security operations. He will also focus on strengthening environmental safeguards for New York and the nation’s waterways.
Rep. Maloney will also work to protect the Hudson River from all threats. In 2016, the Coast Guard issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would have allowed the construction of ten new anchorage sites on the river between Yonkers and Kingston. After receiving approximately 10,000 negative comments and overwhelming bipartisan opposition, the Coast Guard suspended its proposal and instead opted to hold a series of Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshops, which concluded that no additional anchorage sites were necessary. Rep. Maloney worked to pass his legislation, the Anchorages Away Act, into law, which would require the Coast Guard to brief Congress prior to making any future proposals to construct anchorage sites in the Hudson River.
Last week, Rep. Maloney was appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), commonly known as the Intelligence Committee. In addition to the Intelligence and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, Rep. Maloney will also once again serve on the House Committee on Agriculture.