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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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September 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) held a press event in New York City. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery. 

“Thank you all for coming. Let me especially thank Mayor De Blasio for joining us.  

September 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –According to Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), a federal program to assist homeowners facing foreclosure is not being fully utilized. In a letter to the Treasury Department, Velázquez is urging Secretary Mnuchin to tap into the “Hardest Hit Fund,” and to allow Puerto Rico to apply.

September 19, 2018 Press Release

In Bicameral Letter, Lawmakers Demand Apology, Call on President to Acknowledge Official Death Toll and Improve Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

September 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Approaching the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) is fighting to extend the deadline for affected homeowners and small businesses to secure a disaster loan under the Small Business Administration (SBA).

September 17, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month: 

September 13, 2018 Press Release

Says President is Gaslighting Nation After Administration’s Botched Maria Response

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following in response to President Trump’s latest Tweets on Puerto Rico.

September 12, 2018 Press Release

New Official Fatality Count Almost 50 Times Higher than Previous Official Estimates

September 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement after President Trump referred to his Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria as an “incredible unsung success.”

September 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement marking the anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001: 
            “On this day, 17 years ago, New York City and our nation suffered a horrific attack. The tragedy of September 11th, 2001 stole the lives of 3,000 innocent people and seared our City’s soul forever. 

September 10, 2018 Press Release

Points to Peter Wright’s Chemical Industry Ties


In The News

July 17, 2017 In The News

U.S. House Democrats are looking for answers after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a Queens courthouse to arrest a woman believed to be a victim of human trafficking last month.

July 17, 2017 In The News

Congressional Democrats from New York City are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep its officers away from courts that help victims of human trafficking. Their letter to the agency cites an incident last month in which deportation officers showed up at one such court in Queens looking for a woman who had been arrested for prostitution.

July 13, 2017 In The News

New Yorkers staunchly opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposed slashes to aid that keeps millions in their homes took their outrage Wednesday to the nation’s capital.

People from the city and around the country made their way to Washington, D.C., for a tenants march against the proposed budget cuts to federal housing programs.

January 13, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON – President Obama should pardon Green Card holders convicted of minor crimes en masse to shield them from deportation under President-elect Donald Trump, according to two New York Dems.

December 5, 2016 In The News

 Mayor de Blasio is sending the Obama administration a $35 million bill for the cost of securing Trump Tower from the time President-elect Donald Trump won the race through Jan. 20 — an average of over $400,000 a day, officials said on Monday.

November 23, 2016 In The News

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens) introduced the National Hate Crimes Hotline Act of 2016 last Wednesday in response to an increase in hate crimes throughout the country.

September 15, 2016 In The News

 With synthetic marijuana a growing concern in New York City, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) wants Congress to move on legislation making it easier for the government to crack down on its sale.

August 26, 2016 In The News

A well-intentioned Obama administration move to combat segregation of the poor is a recipe for disaster in New York City, a growing chorus of critics says.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to change the way it doles out housing vouchers to low-income tenants.

July 21, 2016 In The News

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shouldn’t introduce express service on the F subway line in Brooklyn until it finds out what riders think, according to U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, who is demanding that the agency hold a town hall meeting and conduct other community outreach efforts to solicit public opinion.