November 01, 2016
Congressman Pete King Honored By 9/11 Health Watch Organization
Press Release – This month, I was honored by the 9/11 Health Watch organization for leading the fight to pass the Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act which will provide permanent monitoring and healthcare for police officers, firefighters, EMS and construction workers who have or will become ill from illnesses they incurred at Ground Zero. So far more than 33,000 of these workers are suffering from 9/11 illnesses, many of which are rare and deadly. Getting the 9/11 Healthcare bill enacted was a long, hard fight because of strong opposition from southern and western Congressmen who were very anti-New York. In the end the good guys won and the heroic Ground Zero workers will get the medical care and treatment they need and deserve. God Bless America!
October 31, 2016
Newsday Endorses Peter King for Congress
Newsday – Rep. Peter King of Seaford is unique in the House of Representatives, in the Republican Party and in the support he provides Long Island and New York.
October 29, 2016
Congressman Pete King Speaks at Suffolk County American Legion Breakfast
Press Release – Today I had the privilege of speaking in Brentwood at the American Legion's Annual Suffolk County Legislative Breakfast. American Legion members from all over Suffolk attended including County Commander Bill Farley of Lindenhurst and Past County Commander Tom Wagner of Bayport. I thanked the Legion members for their dedicated service not only in the military but also in the Legion after their active duty service was concluded. I stressed my consistent support for veterans throughout my years in Congress including leading the fight to bring the G.I. Bill of Rights into the 21st Century and increasing programs to treat veterans and their family members for PTSD. As far as I am concerned, America can never fully repay the debt we owe to our veterans!
October 28, 2016
Congressman Pete King Speaks With Students at McKenna Elementary School in Massapequa Park
Press Release – I had a great time meeting with 4th-6th grade students from McKenna Elementary School in Massapequa Park. Terrific group of kids. Discussed the role of Congress as well as the Presidential race. I hope the kids got as much out of it as I did.
October 28, 2016
Congressman King Works With Local Unions
Press Release – Long Island's Building and Construction Trades Unions are a vital and necessary part of the Long Island economy. The members of these unions and their families are outstanding members of our communities and neighborhoods. I have always worked closely with these unions -- the members and the leaders -- and their support has meant a great deal to me. Two very good friends over the years have been John Duffy, Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 138 and Pete Zarcone, Executive Board Member of Laborers Local 66. I look forward to continuing my cooperation with the Building Trades as construction goes forward on Long Island and we rebuild and expand our infrastructure.
October 26, 2016
Congressman Pete King Visits UPS Facility in Farmingdale
Press Release – United Parcel Service is the world's largest package delivery company and a major employer on Long Island, including 1,000 employees who reside in the 2nd Congressional District. Recently I had the opportunity to once again visit the UPS facility in Farmingdale where I walked through the loading docks and spoke with many of the employees. Having loaded and unloaded trucks and freight cars many years ago at the Railway Express terminal on the West Side of Manhattan, it was interesting to see just how much the process has been improved and expedited. I also appreciated being able to congratulate the employees who were honored for their years of outstanding service. It was reassuring to see how effectively UPS has adjusted to the expanded and competitive e-commerce economy and continues to provide needed jobs to America's workers.
October 24, 2016
Congressman Pete King Meets With Berner Middle School (Massapequa) Students
Press Release – Berner Middle School in Massapequa is an outstanding school. Recently I had the opportunity to meet outside my district office in Massapequa Park with Berner students and teachers who were on a community walking tour. I thanked the teachers for their great work and wished the kids continued success.
October 23, 2016
Congressman Pete King attends Central Islip Fire Department Open House
Press Release – Central Islip is an outstanding community which I am proud to represent. The Central Islip Fire Department is an integral part of the community and recently held an Open House focused on fire safety which included displays of fire apparatus and equipment, live demonstrations and distribution of education materials. There was a massive turnout of Central Islip residents at the Open House, especially parents with their young children. It was great to talk with many of the firefighters and thank them for their service, along with MTA police officers who also attended. All in all a terrific evening hosted by a great fire department.
October 22, 2016
Congressman Pete King Endorsed by NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association
Press Release – I am very proud to have been endorsed by the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA). Police put their lives on the line for us every day. Throughout my years in Congress I have strongly supported the police. That's why the SBA endorsement means so much to me. I thanked SBA President Ed Mullins for the endorsement and assured him I would do all I can to justify the SBA's support.
October 21, 2016
Congressman Pete King Honored for Support of Diabetes Care
Press Release – I was very proud to receive the Congressman of the Year Award from the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators for my support of Diabetes Care & Self-Management Education. Diabetes is a serious disease which is growing at an epidemic rate. Almost 2.1 million people in New York alone, including many friends, are suffering from Diabetes. In Congress I am a member of the Diabetes Caucus and was the lead Republican cosponsor of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act which caused Medicare to cover beneficiaries who participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. I was presented the Award by Margaret Pellizzari and Patricia Landi Linekin.
October 20, 2016
Congressman Pete King Presents Grant to Amityville Fire Department
Press Release – 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.
October 18, 2016
Congressman Pete King Honored By West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
Press Release – 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!
October 16, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Levittown Fire Department Open House
Press Release – 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!
October 14, 2016
Congressman Pete King Congratulates Amityville VFW on 70th Anniversary
Press Release – 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!
October 11, 2016
Congressman Pete King Endorsed By Major Law Enforcement Organizations
Press Release – 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.
October 09, 2016
Congressman Pete King Joins Rolling Thunder in Supporting Our Veterans
Press Release – 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!
October 05, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony
Press Release – 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.
September 29, 2016
Congressman Pete King Endorsed by Teamsters Local 237
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September 28, 2016
Congressman Pete King Discusses Override of Pres. Obama JASTA Veto
Press Release – 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.)
September 23, 2016
Congressman Pete King Meets With Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke
Press Release – 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.
September 23, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa Kiwanis Bocce Tournament
Press Release – The Italian-American community makes enormous contributions to Long Island life and culture. This past weekend I had the opportunity to again attend the annual Bocce Tournament at John J. Burns Park sponsored by the Massapequa Kiwanis. It was great to be able to share in the festive mood and friendly atmosphere and also watch the intense competition. Events like the Bocce Tournament remind us that so much of America's greatness comes from our many ethnic groups taking pride in their culture while coming together as Americans to form a huge mosaic and stained glass window.
September 22, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa Fire Department Wetdown Ceremony
Press Release – Last Saturday the Massapequa Fire Department held a dedication and wetdown ceremony for three new fire engines. I was proud to take part in this ceremony for these state of the art vehicles. The Massapequa Fire Department does a truly outstanding job and is admired and respected by the entire Massapequa community. I am especially proud that the Massapequa Fire Department has named me an Honorary Chief. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Fire Caucus I strongly support the men and women of the fire service.
September 21, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Farmingdale Football Opening Day
Press Release – Are you ready for some football? Last weekend, I took part in the Farmingdale Hawks Football opening day ceremony and it was great to see all the players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents who attended. The Hawks are an outstanding organization which brings much pride to the Farmingdale community. Joining me at the ceremony were Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Pinto and Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker and James Kennedy.
September 20, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Massapequa Mustangs Opening Day
Press Release – This past weekend I had the pleasure of joining Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Pinto at the Massapequa Mustangs Football Opening Day ceremony. The Mustangs are an outstanding organization which stresses teamwork, sportsmanship and skill development. During the ceremony, I wished the players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents good luck on the upcoming season and commended the Mustangs organization on bringing great pride to the Massapequa community.
September 19, 2016
Congressman Pete King Statement on Bombing in Chelsea
Press Release – This Saturday night's bomb explosion on 23rd Street in Chelsea and the finding of a pressure cooker device on 27th Street demonstrate once again how dangerous our world has become. This morning I visited and examined the bomb site with the NYPD and FBI. Several preliminary observations: (1) The FBI and NYPD are conducting a totally thorough investigation. (2) The fact that there is no evidence of a specific terror threat means nothing at this time. Several days went by before terrorism was proven with the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino and Orlando attacks. (3) There must be a full investigation to determine if there is any connection between the Chelsea explosion and the very similar attack in New Jersey earlier that day. (4) If Chelsea is determined to be terrorism, this demonstrates once again the need to have advance intelligence which requires increased surveillance of communities where terror threats come from. (5) Walking the crime scene with the FBI and NYPD, I was struck by how powerful the bomb was and how much damage there was up and down 23rd Street. Thank God there were not more casualties with more severe injuries.
September 09, 2016
House Passes Saudi 9/11 Bill, Rep. Pete King Takes Victory Lap
Newsmax – Rep. Pete King took a victory lap Friday as the House passed a bill allowing 9/11 victims and their families to sue the Saudi Arabian government.
September 04, 2016
Congressman Pete King Denounces President Obama's Defense of Colin Kaepernick
Press Release – President Obama's defense of Colin Kaepernick is shameful and intentionally misleading. No one questions Kaepernick's right to protest. Every American can protest any issue no matter how biased, bigoted or uninformed. By saying that Kaepernick is raising a legitimate issue when he says that police are intentionally killing and targeting African-Americans, President Obama is giving moral cover and approval to hideous slander and propagating the big lie against our nation's police emanating from the likes of Black Lives Matter. The facts are that police shootings against whites are the same as against African-Americans, and in almost all cases justified. No one does more to save and protect all lives -- black and white -- than the police. It is the police who are being targeted and assassinated. President Obama says Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem and his slander against police is "messy." No, Mr. President, it is disgraceful. There is no moral equivalence between criminals like Michael Brown and innocent cops who are being assassinated. It is time for America to honestly address racial tensions and injustices. Kaepernick adds nothing intelligent to the debate. He just inflames those tensions. Sadly the President has chosen to side with Kaepernick.
September 03, 2016
Congressman Pete King Supports Organized Labor
Press Release – Labor Day weekend is when we pay tribute to the men and women of organized labor and thank them for their great contributions to American life. As a former member of the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers and Station Employees Union when I worked for the Railway Express loading and unloading freight cars at the West Side Terminal in Manhattan, I know and appreciate first hand the value and importance of labor unions. During my years in Congress I have maintained a strong relationship with organized labor. (Last year for instance I worked closely with Anthony Simon, the head of the railway transportation unions, and Governor Cuomo to help avert an LIRR strike.) I have been very fortunate and proud to receive the endorsement of many unions during my reelection campaigns. Recently I stopped by the Babylon Headquarters of the SMART Transportation Division (International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Railway & Transportation Workers) to meet with General Chairman Anthony Simon, his executive board and members to thank them for all the support they have given me over the years. These SMART members and all the others on Long Island are men and women who work hard, pay their taxes and add so much to our neighborhoods and communities. I am proud to stand with the men and women of organized labor.
September 02, 2016
Congressman Pete King Statement on Colin Kaepernick Insult of Law Enforcement
Press Release – Colin Kaepernick is a disgrace to the NFL with no sense of decency or respect for the truth. Not content to disrespect America by refusing to stand for the National Anthem, this failed quarterback admits that he wears football socks dotted with pigs wearing police hats. What a shameless insult to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to save all lives every day and are being assassinated in the streets for their efforts!! Kaepernick and other propagandists such as Black Lives Matter spread the lie that police are targeting innocent African-Americans when survey after survey demonstrate just what a lie that is. Kaepernick has the right to protest. So do the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis. That is a right guaranteed by the nation Kaepernick continues to defile.
September 01, 2016
Congressman Pete King Supports Improved Treatment for Childhood Illnesses
Press Release – Those of us who are fortunate to have healthy children and grandchildren must always remember those children who do suffer from serious and debilitating illnesses. During my time in Congress I have consistently supported increased funding for research to find cures and improved treatment for childhood illnesses. It is important when dealing with legislative proposals for children's illnesses that we address Rare Diseases as well. I am a member of the Rare Diseases Caucus and work with the Rare Diseases Legislative Advocates (RDLA) in Washington, DC to accelerate biotech innovation for rare disease treatments through science-driven policy. I am proud to have received an A++ rating on RDLA's most recent Congressional Scorecard. This week I met Maria-Elaina Garcia, a Levittown resident, who is Executive Assistant of Jonah's Just Begun which is a medical research foundation focused on treating Sanfilippo Syndrome an extremely fatal genetic disease. While some progress has been made, much more remains to be done and the financial costs will be enormous. Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act will provide significant assistance. I strongly support this legislation and voted for it when it passed the House. The bill now awaits action in the Senate. It is important that this legislation pass and be signed into law.
August 30, 2016
Congressman Pete King Meets With Local AARP
Press Release – Social Security is an absolutely essential program which is relied upon by senior citizens and people planning for their retirement years. The promise of Social Security has always been kept but action must be taken to ensure that the promise is kept for future generations. Because people are living much longer while fewer people proportionately are in the work force, Social Security must be updated for the 21st century. There are no easy answers but action must be taken. This week I had a very productive and honest meeting with representatives from AARP. I greatly appreciate their input and look forward to their continued advice.
August 28, 2016
Congressman Pete King Statement on Colin Kaepernick's Refusal to Stand for the National Anthem
Press Release – Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem is entirely wrong. It is also an indicator of how low our cultural standards have been degraded that anyone is actually supporting this behavior. Kaepernick charges that America "oppresses black people and people of color" even though America has elected and reelected an African-American President and in the previous eight years of the Bush Administration both Secretaries of State (Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice) were African-American. And in Kaepernick's NFL the large majority of players are African-American. If he is referring to violence against African-Americans, that comes primarily from within the black community itself. If he is reciting the fraudulent Black Lives Matter theme that police are targeting African-Americans, then he is clearly wrong and misguided. Not only are more whites than African-Americans arrested and shot at by police (almost always justified), they are as likely to be shot at in individual encounters with police as are African-Americans (again almost always justified). Unfortunately it appears that the big lie of Michael Brown ("hands up, don't shoot") has become an article of faith among cop-haters. Of course America has problems. Every country in the world has problems. But no country has done more to address those problems than the United States. That is why so many millions of immigrants from all over the world -- so many of them people of color -- are desperate to come to America every year. If we are to address our problems -- such as street crime, education and job opportunity -- honestly, then we must debate them honestly. Having an NFL quarterback insult our flag by refusing to stand during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner," adds neither honesty nor intelligence to that debate.
August 27, 2016
Congressmen demand ‘thorough’ probe of suicide outside VA hospital
Newsday – Two Long Island congressmen are “demanding an expeditious and transparent investigation” of the suicide of a Navy veteran from Islip, who shot himself Sunday on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) made the request Thursday in a letter to FBI Director James Comey and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.
August 23, 2016
Congressman Pete King Statement on Decision by US Merchant Marine Academy to Extend the Sea Year Stand Down
Press Release – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Sea Year program is a core component of the Academy curriculum. According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), “Sea Year is perceived as a rich and valuable experience. It is considered an invaluable and unique chance to have ‘hands on’ experience that enriches the portfolio of skills of the Midshipmen.” The problems that led to the Academy and Maritime Administration’s decision to temporarily suspend the Sea Year are indicative of leadership problems at the Academy that must be addressed.
August 22, 2016
Congressman Pete King Supports Law Enforcement
Press Release – With all the charges and countercharges in this year's Presidential campaign, one positive result could be that we have a long overdue discussion on police relations. I start with two premises: the police do more to save and protect African-American lives than any other institution; the African-American community has been terribly deprived of education and job opportunities. Donald Trump is right about Hillary Clinton -- her record and policies ARE anti-police. It was indefensible for her to embrace the memory of Michael Brown, a criminal who attacked Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson who was then vilified and slandered by Black Lives Matter for defending himself by taking lethal action against Brown. It is also irresponsible for Hillary Clinton, at a time when police are being assassinated, to perpetuate the false narrative that there is any moral equivalence between the police and the likes of Black Lives Matter. At the same time though, America has the obligation to address the underlying injustices suffered by African-Americans. Education - particularly in the inner city - must be dramatically reformed and improved. African-Americans must be given more opportunity to have their children attend schools of their choice whether they be public, charter or private schools. Also incentives must be given to businesses to locate in economically distressed neighborhoods and provide necessary job training. There are no easy solutions but an honest discussion must begin. And the time has come to stop blaming the police for the ills of society when they are the ones whose lives are on the line as they maintain the order that is necessary for real progress is to be achieved.
August 20, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Nuclear Detection Drill
Press Release – New York and Long Island are the main terror target in the country. The most dreaded threat is a nuclear dirty bomb attack which requires only a very small amount of nuclear material encased in ordinary explosives to cause major casualties and contamination. The NY-LI region, led by the NYPD, developed the Secure the Cities program to detect nuclear material anywhere in our region including highways, bridges, buildings etc. I fought hard to obtain the tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Homeland Security to start and maintain this project which is now a model for the nation. Today, the NYPD and Homeland Security conducted a nuclear detection drill at the Cyclones ballpark in Coney Island utilizing many of their assets ranging from the most basic (dogs) to the the most sophisticated radiation detectors. The drill was a success but it drove home the point that there is no room for error. Fighting Islamist terrorism is a tough business and we can never let down our guard.
August 19, 2016
Congressman Pete King Meets With Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
Press Release – Alzheimer's is a deadly, debilitating disease which afflicts more than 5.4 million Americans, including 390,000 New Yorkers, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is a progressive brain disorder which damages and eventually destroys brain cells. There is no known cure. It is also the most expensive disease, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016. By mid-century the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to triple and the costs quadruple to $1.1 trillion. I just met in my Massapequa Park office with Douglas Davidson, who is the Executive Director of the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Sally Ann Marchese, of West Islip, who is the newly designated Ambassador between the Association and my office. Sally Ann cares for her father who suffers from Alzheimer's. We discussed legislative measures in Congress, all of which I strongly support, including: (1) increasing funding for Alzheimer's by $400 million; (2) co-sponsoring the HOPE Act (HR 1559) to provide Medicare coverage for comprehensive care planning services -- for both the patient and caregiver -- following a dementia diagnosis; and (3) co-sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 3119) to increase palliative care and hospice training for health care professionals. Alzheimer's devastates those who suffer from it and causes severe economic costs and emotional suffering to family members. Every effort must be made to continue and increase the effort to combat this disease and find a cure!!
August 18, 2016
Congressman Pete King Praises Long Island Ducks
Press Release – The Long Island Ducks are an outstanding baseball team playing in the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League which is an independent high level professional league. Just as importantly the Ducks are a great asset to the Long Island community being involved in so many vital activities and causes including breast cancer and Alzheimer's awareness, support for veterans and first responders, and reaching out to sick children. Playing in Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip and led by CEO Frank Boulton, V.P., Coach and Mets great Bud Harrelson, and Manager and former Met Kevin Baez, the Ducks always provide a family friendly atmosphere and top quality baseball. The Ducks are playing their 17th season and have won 3 league championships. This year the Ducks finished first in their Division in the first half of the season and are also leading in the second half. Beginning in 2002, at Frank Boulton's invitation, I have had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a number of Ducks games. It's always a great moment for me (even if it's not so great for the fans!). My goal is to pitch it from the rubber and make sure it doesn't bounce. So far I've been successful. This Sunday I threw out the first pitch before the Ducks-Lancaster Barnstormers game. Again I really enjoyed the moment as my friend Bud Harrelson caught the pitch making me look a lot better than I am. The ballpark was crowded with fans, including many happy kids, all cheering on their Ducks! This wasn't the Ducks' day though as the Barnstormers won big. Still it was a great baseball day on Long Island and the Ducks are still well positioned to win another championship. Let's Go Ducks!!
August 17, 2016
Congressman Pete King Preserves Our Shoreline
Press Release – Superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island -- particularly our South Shore beaches and communities. Working across the aisle with Sen. Chuck Schumer, I fought hard to obtain the $61 billion in emergency funding that was so desperately needed and deserved. An important piece of the Sandy legislation was to restore the beachfront from Point Lookout to Long Beach. It was important though that this money be used not just to restore the beaches to the way they were but to reconstruct them to make them stronger and more resilient and offer stronger protection against violent storms. The legislation only guaranteed 65% federal payment of the project cost. To secure 100% funding, Sen. Schumer and I worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Office of Management and Budget to convince them this barrier island protection project deserved full support. We were successful and today we had the groundbreaking at Pt. Lookout. The project has a cost of $230 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2 1/2 years. It will include new and rehabilitated jetties, sand fill and dunes that will stand about 14 feet above sea level along 7 miles of shoreline. (The jetties will be built with 250,000 tons of stone from New Jersey.) This project is vital to the preservation of our beaches and shorefront and the protection of our communities from the ravages of deadly, violent storms and I look forward to the project going forward and being completed.
August 16, 2016
Congressman Pete King 2016 Campaign Kickoff Event on September 17th at Lily Flanagan's in Babylon
Press Release – I will be kicking off my campaign with a rally and fundraiser on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, at Lily Flanagans in Babylon. Tickets for this event are $50. I hope to see you on September 17th. If you cannot make it, I would greatly appreciate whatever contribution you can make to my campaign effort.
August 08, 2016
Congressman Pete King Visits GKN Aerospace Monitor Facility in Amityville
Press Relase – I have just completed a meeting and tour of the GKN Aerospace Monitor facility in Amityville. The national defense industry accounts for thousands of jobs on Long Island and is an important component of our local and regional economy. More importantly, of course, it provides our nation with the most effective air power in the world. GKN Aerospace plays a significant role in maintaining America's air superiority. We live in a very dangerous world and we must constantly be doing all that we can to ensure our advantage over any other country's fighter development programs. GKN, which has a current workforce of almost 350, manufactures a large number of complex aluminum and titanium structures for the airframe and engine of the F-35 Lightning II which is a supersonic, multi-role stealth fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 will be far more effective than its predecessors in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, reconnaissance and suppression of air defenses. I have strongly supported the F-35 and recently voted to fund 74 F-35 aircraft which was eleven more than the 63 requested by President Obama. As Long Islanders and as Americans we should be proud of the work done by GKN and the other air defense companies on Long Island.
August 04, 2016
Congressman Pete King Tours Harris Corporation facility in Amityville
Press Release – This morning I had the opportunity to tour the Harris Corporation facility in Amityville and meet with its executives and employees. Harris Corporation is a major defense contractor employing more than 500 people, almost all of them from Long Island. Most importantly Harris provides major components for our nation's air defense arsenal including the F-35, P-8, F-16, F-15, F-22 and remotely controlled aircraft. At a time when the world is becoming increasingly dangerous, the United States must maintain and expand our military capability. I have always fought hard in Congress for a strong military and for state of the art weaponry. America must never lower its guard and as Long Islanders we should be proud of the role that Harris Corporation plays in defending our nation.
August 02, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Wyandanch Community Night Out Event
Press Release – I just came back from attending the annual Wyandanch Community Night Out event which celebrates the people of Wyandanch and fights against gun violence. It was great talking with community leaders, educators, students and law enforcement officers who are working together to protect innocent life.
July 29, 2016
Rep. Pete King Attends FDNY Retiree Breakfast
Press Release – This morning's heavy rain storms couldn't keep retired FDNY firefighters from showing up for their monthly breakfast meeting at the Lindencrest Diner in Lindenhurst. Whenever I am not in Washington, I try to get together with these guys and listen to their stories. While most of the morning consists of jokes, insults and barbs, the breakfast always starts on a serious note with President Eddie Fusco reading the names of troops killed in action that month and asking for prayers for sick and deceased brother firefighters. I find it inspiring to see the camaraderie in the room and always appreciate having the opportunity to join with them.
July 24, 2016
Congressman Pete King Reflects on Republican National Convention
Press Release – Some closing reflections on the 2016 GOP Convention: Despite media reports the party is overwhelmingly united behind Donald Trump. Mike Pence is an outstanding addition to the ticket. The Trump campaign will make real inroads among Democrats and independents. The Cleveland Police did a magnificent job protecting everyone and letting us get around the city without interference from demonstrators. Ted Cruz demonstrated to the nation that he is a self-centered fraud. The delegations from Nassau and Suffolk -- led by Joe Mondello and John LaValle -- were large and enthusiastic. New York is definitely in play in 2016 and Long Island will be at the center of the Trump-Pence effort in New York. Let's get started now!
July 17, 2016
Rep. Pete King Statement on Cops Murdered in Baton Rouge
Press Release – More cops murdered and wounded. This time in Baton Rouge. When will it end? When will the slanders against cops end? When will more people realize that the men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect us -- that they save more innocent lives every day than any of their critics? I am proud to stand with our nation's police and call upon all our government and political leaders to do the same -- unless, of course, they have the guts to walk in a cop's shoes!! RIP
July 10, 2016
Rep. Pete King Fights for First Responders
Press Release – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and I held a news conference at Ladder 25 firehouse in Manhattan to announce we are supporting The Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvement Act which will require the Dept. of Justice to post on its website WEEKLY updates for all pending claims and report to Congress every 6 months the basis for the delay for any claim not processed with one year. This legislation is supported by many police and fire organizations and I will do all that I can to get it passed in the House, as I know Sen. Gillibrand will in the Senate. Police and firefighters deserve no less.
July 08, 2016
Rep. Pete King Statement on Dallas Police Shootings
Press Release – As the death toll of Dallas cops mounts and officers fight for their lives following last night's brutal assassinations, our thoughts and prayers must be with all these brave officers and their families and loved ones. This latest brutal attack should be a vivid wake up call and reminder of how dangerous a cop's job is. Our men and women in Blue put their lives on the line for us every day and are too often subject to criticism and second guessing from critics who would never have the guts to walk in their shoes. Not every cop is perfect but the overwhelming majority of police officers are truly heroic and do more than any one else in society to save thousands of lives of innocent men and women of all races. As a son whose father served 30 years in the NYPD, I know that we can never thank police officers enough -- but we must give them our support! RIP
July 07, 2016
Congressman Pete King Marches in Massapequa Park 4th of July Parade
Press Release – Massapequa Park, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) joined enthusiastic residents who lined the streets of Massapequa Park as he marched in the Village's annual 4th of July Parade. Rep. King noted that "July 4th is a great day for every patriotic American as we celebrate our nation's independence and liberty. I was proud to march in the Massapequa Park parade with all these good people. God Bless America!"
July 07, 2016
Congressman Pete King Welcomes Home Massapequa Soldier
Press Release – Massapequa Park, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) joins with Adopt-a-Battalion at Our Lady of the Island Knights of Columbus Council in Massapequa Park to welcome home Army Specialist Nicole DiGregorio of Massapequa from her overseas deployment in Iraq and Kuwait. To honor her service, the Congressman presented Spec. DiGregorio with an American flag flown over our nation's Capitol. Rep. King also thanked Adopt-a-Battalion and Our Lady of the Island Council for the constant support they have given to our troops overseas.
July 07, 2016
Congressman Pete King Endorsed for Reelection by Teamsters Local 237
Press Release – "During my time in Congress I have always worked with business and labor. As a strong supporter of hard-working men and women, I am proud to have been endorsed for reelection by Teamsters Local 237 and its President Greg Floyd. Local 237 is the largest local in the Teamsters 1.4 million member Union and President Floyd also serves as Vice President of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York Central Labor Council. During the Local 237 meeting at the American Legion Hall in Brentwood, I emphasized my support for middle income Americans who are the backbone of our communities. And I particularly thanked Greg Floyd for his friendship and his advice and counsel. As a former member of the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freighthandlers and Station Employees, I have always respected and appreciated the importance of organized labor."
June 21, 2016
Congressman Pete King Rated 5th "Hardest Working Member of Congress"
Newsmax – Congressman Pete King received some good news when Newsmax rated him 5th in its rankings of the "Hardest Working Members of Congress." He intends to keep up the fight.:
June 21, 2016
Congressman King Attends Street Re-Naming in Lindenhurst
Press Release – Lindenhurst, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) recently had the privilege of participating in the street re-naming ceremony honoring NYPD Detective 1st Grade John F. Kristoffersen a long time Lindenhurst resident who died in August 2012 from 9-11 related illnesses resulting from his recovery work at Ground Zero. John Kristoffersen was a veteran NYPD Detective who labored courageously at the World Trade Center site in the weeks and months following the terrorist attack. He and thousands of other police officers, firefighters and construction workers who worked with him became ill and died from the conditions they worked during their recovery efforts. The Congressman noted "These heroes and their families deserve our fullest support and recognition."
June 16, 2016
Congressman Pete King Statement on Orlando Attack
Press Release – Today's vicious Islamist terrorist attack by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida is the most deadly terrorist shooting atrocity ever carried out on American soil. This attack is a vivid reminder that Islamist terrorists are a continuing threat to Americans overseas and right here at home. In fact the Islamist threat to the United States is greater than at any time since 9/11. While all the facts are not known, we do know this was an ISIS connected attack. The war against ISIS must be thorough and it will be long. It will not be won by sound bites, apologies or political correctness. All steps must be taken including surveillance and intelligence gathering in this country. Our leaders should never back down or be intimidated by the likes of leftwing editors at the New York Times or liberal ideologues from the ACLU. I assure you, I will keep up the fight.
June 07, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends Brentwood Puerto Rican Hispanic Day Parade
Press Release – Brentwood, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) wasonce again in Brentwood for the annual Puerto Rican Hispanic Day Parade where he met with many of the groups as they were gathering for the start of the parade. As always the parade participants were friendly, festive and enthusiastic.
June 07, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends N. Amityville Community Parade & Festival Day
Press Release – Amityville, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) discusses issues of importance with constituents at the North Amityville Community Parade & Festival Day. A truly outstanding display of community pride.
June 07, 2016
Congressman King Speaks to MacArthur High School AP Government Class
Press Release – Levittown, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) speaking to the AP Government class at MacArthur High School in Levittown. I discussed my role in Congress as well as the upcoming election. An impressive group who were very informed on major national issues.
May 31, 2016
Congressman King Remembers Those Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice
Press Release – Bay Shore, NY - Despite strong, steady rain storms, Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) attended the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park at the Bay Shore train station. The Congressman called the ceremony, which was attended by veterans and local residents, "very moving and meaningful and demonstrated the strong commitment which our communities have for the men and women of our Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms. God Bless America!!!"
May 26, 2016
Congressman Pete King Commends Massapequa Park VFW on Poppy Drive
Press Release – Massapequa Park, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) commends Korean War veteran John Snyder on helping Massapequa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7763 kick off their annual Poppy Drive to help veterans in need. Congressman King noted that "America's veterans deserve our full support and I thank VFW Post 7763 on an outstanding job."
May 25, 2016
Congressman Pete King Attends FDNY Retirees' Breakfast
Press Release – Lindenhurst, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) once again had the opportunity to go to the FDNY Retirees' monthly breakfast at the Lindencrest Diner in Lindenhurst. "These guys are the best and their breakfast meetings are inspiring and patriotic," Congressman King noted. "Each meeting starts with a reading of the names of any American military killed the previous month as well as the names of any of FDNY retirees who are sick or who passed away. Then the stories begin and the jokes and insults fly back and forth. I try to attend these monthly breakfasts whenever I'm not in Washington and always feel better for it. These are the type of Americans who make our nation great."
May 25, 2016
Congressman Pete King Thanks Islip Resident and WWII Army Veteran
Press Release – Islip, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) thanks Islip resident and WWII Army veteran Dominic DeLuca for his outstanding service to our country. The 92-year old DeLuca, who landed at Normandy on D-Day, is being presented with the Legion d'Honneur this week by the French government which will appoint him to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour.
May 19, 2016
Congressman Pete King speaks to 4th and 5th grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip
Press Release – West Islip, NY - Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford) had an enjoyable morning speaking to 4th and 5th grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip. I discussed how our government works as well as my role in Congress. An impressive group of kids who were very informed on the governmental process.
February 16, 2016
Schumer, King, NYPD critical of Obama cuts to anti-terror funding
Newsday – Slashed funding for local counterterrorism and other security measures in the White House’s budget proposal is a “punch in the gut” that couldn’t come at a worse time, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. From across the aisle, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) agreed the pot shouldn’t be “decimated” with the threat of the Islamic State looming.
January 09, 2016
Ray Pfeifer, 9/11 firefighter from Hicksville, gets key to NYC
Newsday – A gravely ill retired FDNY firefighter from Hicksville — who was critical in convincing Congress to continue health benefits for sick 9/11 responders — received the key to New York City on Saturday.
January 08, 2016
Lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims settled, officials say
Newsday – New York City officials announced a landmark settlement of lawsuits over NYPD surveillance of Muslims Thursday, with the police department admitting no wrongdoing, but agreeing to the appointment of a civilian to help monitor and review terrorism investigations.
December 28, 2015
Rep. Peter King says air strikes against ISIS are not enough, recommends monitoring Muslim communities
Daily News – Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had it right when he said the U.S. isn’t doing enough to stop ISIS.
December 16, 2015
House reveals bill to extend Zadroga Act, bringing it one step closer to approval
Daily News – The long, hard fight to reauthorize funds for 9/11 survivors is finally coming to an end.
November 13, 2015
Rep. Peter King calls Paris attacks 'nightmare scenario' come true
Newsday – The deadly shootings and suicide bombings Friday night in Paris represent the "nightmare scenario" for a well-planned and executed terrorist attack, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said.
November 12, 2015
Late NYPD cop’s father continues to push Zadroga Act after Congress let it lapse
Daily News – The father of the dead NYPD cop whose name graces the Zadroga Act vowed Thursday to keep fighting to reauthorize the bill to help other Ground Zero heroes.
October 09, 2015
Newsday Asks If Peter King Might Emerge as Speaker
Newsmax – Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) withdrew from the race for House Speaker on Thursday afternoon, causing some to speculate whether Rep. Peter King (R-New York) might emerge as the next front-runner for the position vacated by John Boehner.
September 18, 2015
King pushes tax credit expansion for LIRR, other commuters
Newsday – King pushes tax credit expansion for LIRR, other commuters
September 14, 2015
Rep. Peter King: Refugees bring security risks
USA Today – Rep. Peter King: Refugees bring security risks
September 08, 2015
Don't limit our help for 9/11 responders
Newsday – Don't limit our help for 9/11 responders
September 08, 2015
If U.S. admits more Syrian refugees, terrorists could come with them: N.Y. Rep. Peter King
Daily News – If U.S. admits more Syrian refugees, terrorists could come with them: N.Y. Rep. Peter King
September 04, 2015
Father of fallen 9/11 first responder James Zadroga urges lawmakers to extend bill that compensates Ground Zero workers
Daily News – The father of James Zadroga delivered a stern message Thursday to any Washington politicians unwilling to extend the landmark bill named after his fallen 9/11 first-responder son.
September 02, 2015
Schumer, King, Zeldin react as Obama secures Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal
Newsday – Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said, "I am very disappointed that this fatally flawed deal with Iran will be implemented even though it is opposed by large majorities of the House, the Senate and the American people. This is a sad moment for America."
July 23, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry's sales pitch on the Iran nuclear deal may have rubbed pols the wrong way
Daily News – Top Obama administration officials pitched members of Congress on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran Wednesday, but some lawmakers said Secretary of State Kerry's sales job rubbed them the wrong way.
October 17, 2014
After man dies on flight to JFK from Nigeria, King calls for new Ebola screening procedures
Newsday.com – Federal officials should change screening procedures at Kennedy Airport to ensure that travelers from West African nations who might be carrying the Ebola virus are kept separate from passengers from other countries, Rep. Peter King said Thursday.
September 22, 2014
Rep. Peter King blasts security lapses at White House entrance, demands investigation
NYdailynews.com – Daily News – A prominent New York lawmaker bashed on Sunday the White House security breach that allowed a crazed knife-wielding man to run inside the presidential mansion before being tackled.
September 11, 2014
Congress must reauthorize the Zadroga Act
The Hill – After 9/11 we vowed to never forget. That vow comes with an obligation to ensure that we as a country remember and honor those we lost that day and to care for those who became ill as a direct result of being exposed to toxins during the rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero 13 years ago.
September 11, 2014
Editorial: Remember 9/11 responders on anniversary
Daily News – A prominent New York lawmaker bashed on Sunday the White House security breach that allowed a crazed knife-wielding man to run inside the presidential mansion before being tackled.
September 10, 2014
Obama authorizes air strikes inside Syria, dispatches nearly 500 military advisers to Iraq in campaign to destroy ISIS
Daily News – Vowing a "relentless" campaign against vicious ISIS extremists, President Obama Wednesday night authorized U.S. air strikes inside Syria and dispatched nearly 500 more military advisers to Iraq.
September 03, 2014
‘We have to stop Russia,’ says Rep. Peter King
The Hill – Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the U.S. and NATO allies must halt Russia’s encroachment into Ukraine or risk an “unraveling of Europe.”
August 29, 2014
Rep. Peter King: No Excuse for Obama Admitting No ISIS Strategy - See more at: http://activeapps.net/press-room/#sthash.K8uLn6dc.dpuf
Newsmax – There’s no excuse for President Barack Obama to say that the administration has no strategy to deal with the Islamic State because it projects a weak image to the world and the enemy, says New York Rep. Peter King.
August 26, 2014
New York politicians run for cover when Israeli town comes under Hamas rocket fire
Daily News – A Long Island lawmaker and New York’s former governor had a close encounter Tuesday with a Hamas rocket.
August 18, 2014
Rep. Pete King, NY Dem Chair David Paterson to go to Israel next week
Newsday – Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.
July 14, 2014
2016 primary circus is coming to N.H.
Boston Globe – But, the Republicans said, there is also room for other, less-known GOP elected officials to break through, such as Thune, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and Representative Peter T. King of New York.