Congressman Pete King Presents Grant to Amityville Fire Department
Volunteer Firefighters are a vital and essential part of our communities. As your Congressman in Washington, I am proud to be Co-Chairman of the Congressional Fire Caucus. Here on Long Island I work closely with our Fire Departments and assist them in seeking to obtain federal Homeland Security grants. Recently I was pleased to inform the Amityville Fire Department that it had received a federal grant for $137,000. Meeting with the Department's Chiefs, I thanked them and their Department for the outstanding job they do in protecting the people of Amityville and assured them of my continued support.
Congressman Pete King Honored By West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
On Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at a luncheon and being honored by the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition held at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore. Breast cancer is a deadly disease with almost 250,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Virtually everyone has a relative, friend or neighbor who has been stricken with breast cancer. (I remember the concern in my family when my own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, her cancer was detected at an early stage. She was successfully treated and lived another 21 years with no recurrence of cancer.) During my time in Congress I have consistently supported increased research and access to screening and diagnostic mammographies. Much progress has been made in the struggle against breast cancer but more must be done. At the luncheon I thanked and congratulated the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for its untiring efforts and dedication toward finding a cure for breast cancer, particularly its advocacy of legislation (HR 1197) to establish a governmental-private sector commission to find a cure for breast cancer by 2020. Along with more than 265 Members of Congress I am a co-sponsor of this legislation and am committed to getting it passed and signed into law as early as possible. This bill will not require any additional funds and will focus on using existing technologies and research to prevent breast cancer and its metastasis. This is war which must be won!
Congressman Pete King Attends Levittown Fire Department Open House
Once again the Levittown Fire Department held its annual "Fire Prevention Open House" for Levittown kids and their parents. Despite steady rain many Levittown residents packed the Gardiners Avenue Firehouse to take advantage of this fire prevention and life saving event. Thanks and congratulations to the Levittown Volunteer Firefighters for their outstanding service to all the people of Levittown!
Congressman Pete King Congratulates Amityville VFW on 70th Anniversary
The Veterans of Foreign War is an outstanding organization consisting entirely of veterans who have served our nation overseas. This month VFW Post 7223 in Amityville celebrated its 70th anniversary and I had the privilege of being the main speaker at the Post's Anniversary Celebration Dinner held at the Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club. The VFW exemplifies the best of America -- patriotism, respect for values and support for our troops. In my speech I emphasized the obligation and necessity of rebuilding our military and providing healthcare, education and job training for returning veterans. At a time when so much coverage and notoriety are given to the likes of Colin Kaepernick who refuses to honor our flag, it is more important than ever that we applaud the brave men and women of the VFW. God Bless America!
Congressman Pete King Endorsed By Major Law Enforcement Organizations
I am proud to have been endorsed by virtually every major law enforcement organization in the 2nd Congressional District and New York City. The groups endorsing me from Nassau County include the Nassau County PBA, the Superior Officers Association, the Detectives' Association and the Court Officers Benevolent Association. In Suffolk County, I have been endorsed by the Coalition of Suffolk Police Unions consisting of the Suffolk County PBA, the Detective Investigators, the Detectives Association, the Police Conference and the Superior Officers Association. I also received the strong endorsement of the Suffolk County Correction Officers Association. In New York City, I was endorsed by the NYPD's PBA and the Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains Benevolent Associations.
These endorsements mean a great deal to me. Even though they are constantly attacked by special interests and their allies in politics and the media, the men and women of law enforcement continue put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us. Throughout my years in Congress I have always stood with the police. And I always will. We cannot allow critics who have never walked in a cop's shoes to take cheap shots from the sidelines and second guess split second, life and death decisions. I thank the police, the corrections officers and the court officers for having faith in me. I won't let them down.
Congressman Pete King Joins Rolling Thunder in Supporting Our Veterans
At a time when the likes of Colin Kaepernick insult our flag and all that it represents, it is more important than ever that good Americans stand by our veterans. These are the men and women who put their lives on the line defending America. One group which strongly supports America's veterans is Rolling Thunder, an organization comprised almost entirely of veterans and relatives of veterans. This Friday night, I had the opportunity to speak at a meeting of Rolling Thunder, NY Chapter 6 held at the Marine Corps League building in Massapequa. I had met a number of Rolling Members before and it was really a privilege to spend an evening with them. The key issues we discussed were VA healthcare, housing and job opportunities for veterans and making sure that education benefits and the GI Bill of Rights kept pace with the 21st Century. I also, of course, thanked Rolling Thunder for all that it does to keep patriotism alive. God Bless America!
Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony
Recently I had the privilege of attending the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Massapequa American Legion Hall. In this ceremony, old and tattered flags are disposed of with respect and dignity. The American flag is the symbol of our nation's unity and greatness. It is also the banner of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have always answered their nation's call and defended us in battle. True Americans honor and salute this flag. It was particularly meaningful and reassuring to be present at this beautiful ceremony at a time when the likes of Colin Kaepernick refuse to stand for the National Anthem which honors our flag and all that it represents. Let me thank the American Legion, particularly Massapequa Post 1066 and Commander Jack Ryan, for doing so much to preserve American patriotism. God Bless America.
Congressman Pete King Endorsed by Teamsters Local 237
Congressman Pete King Discusses Override of Pres. Obama JASTA Veto
Today's historic Congressional override of President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is a victory for 9/11 families and the rule of law. JASTA will allow these families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any involvement it may have had in the 9/11 attacks. I am proud to have been the lead sponsor of JASTA in the House and am particularly proud to have worked so closely with 9/11 families, especially Terry Strada the widow of Tom Strada. JASTA is a precisely drawn bill. Despite what the President and the Saudis have claimed, JASTA merely closes a legal loophole and DOES NOT put American soldiers or diplomats at risk. It does allow 9/11 families to seek justice. God Bless America!!! (The Senate vote to override was 97-1; the House vote was 348-77.)
Congressman Pete King Meets With Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke
David Clarke, the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, is a truly outstanding leader. Sheriff Clarke has spent his entire career in law enforcement and is a strong, no nonsense guy who has no problem standing up to special interests and their allies in the liberal media. This is particularly true when Sheriff Clarke speaks out against Black Lives Matter and exposes their hypocrisy. I have met and spoken with Sheriff Clarke a number of times and it is inspiring to be with a true leader who is able to so articulately defend our nation's police. No one does more to save black lives, white lives and all lives more than the men and women in blue and Sheriff Clarke has the guts to say it. I am proud to call Sheriff Clarke my friend and ally.