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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022                                 THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 9

         Attorney General James Reaches Multistate Agreement With                               Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Statement on His
                            CarMax to Protect Drivers’ Safety                                         Election as Democratic Leader

        CarMax Failed to Tell Consum-  torney General, I will continue to  Safety Administration’s vehicle   Following his election to House  resents another important crack in
        ers about Safety Recalls on Their  ensure that companies that bypass  identification number tool to pro-  Democratic Leader for the 118th  the glass ceiling, a trailblazer in
        Vehicles                     the law are held to account and  vide important safety information,   Congress, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries  the tradition of Speaker Pelosi. She
                                     that New Yorkers are protected.”  including open recalls, to consum-  (D-NY) released the following  makes all of us feel seen and heard
        New Industry Standard Will Re-       A multistate investigation  ers. To check for any open recalls   statement:     and will work tirelessly to support
        quire Used Car Dealers to Inform  found that CarMax, a nationwide  on their vehicle, consumers can use               our Democratic Caucus. I have
        Drivers of Open Safety Recalls  used car dealer, misled consum-  this online tool.           “For the past five terms, it has  watched how Pete brings people
        Prior to Selling Used Vehicles  ers by failing to disclose needed       Joining Attorney General James   been my great honor to serve in  together to get things done, roll-
                                     repairs on vehicles with open  in today’s agreement are the attor-  the Congress working alongside  ing up his sleeves as only a former
             New York Attorney General Le-  safety recalls. CarMax classified  neys general of Alabama, Arizona,   colleagues from all across this  Mayor can do. Katherine, Pete and
        titia James and a multistate coali-  those vehicles as “safe” despite  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut,   country.   I will work closely together fight-
        tion of 35 attorneys general today  there being open recalls for parts,  Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Ha-       Today, with immense pride,  ing hard for everyday Americans.
        secured $1 million from CarMax  including airbags and other critical  waii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ken-  I  stood  in  front  of  the  House       Over the last few years, House
        for failing to disclose open safety  safety features.      tucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts,   Democratic Caucus as a candidate  Democrats have delivered extraor-
        recalls on their used vehicles to       This agreement requires CarMax  Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,   for Democratic Leader, and I am  dinary results for the American
        consumers before sales. CarMax  to stop these improper practices  Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey,   eternally grateful for the trust my  People. We are going to continue
        did not provide consumers with  and changes overall industry stan-  New Mexico, North Carolina,   colleagues placed in me with their  to put People Over Politics and
        information about safety recalls  dards in the used car market to  Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,   votes. It is a solemn responsibility  fight for all our values. House
        on critical vehicle parts, such as  protect consumers. Customers of  Rhode Island, South Carolina,   that myself, Katherine Clark and  Democrats will lift up working
        brakes and fuel pumps, before  used car dealerships will now be  Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,   Pete Aguilar are inheriting, and  families, the middle class and
        selling vehicles. Today’s agree-  able to access information about  Washington, West Virginia, and   we will lean in hard and do the  those who aspire to be part of it,
        ment will set a new industry  any open safety recalls for any ve-  Wisconsin.           work with the seriousness and  young people and senior citizens,
        standard for used car dealers to  hicles available for purchase. Under       This agreement was led by   solemnity the moment requires.  veterans, the poor, the sick and the
        disclose open safety recalls to  the agreement, CarMax is required  Deputy Assistant Attorney Gen-  We stand on the shoulders of his-  afflicted and the least, the lost and
        customers before they make a  to provide digital links for vehicles  eral in Charge of the Rochester   toric individuals, including our  the left behind.
        purchase. New York will receive  advertised online and QR codes  Regional Office Benjamin Bruce   iconic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, our            We  will  look  for  common
        an estimated $53,772.49 of the  for vehicles available on their lots  and Consumer Frauds Bureau   resolute Leader Steny Hoyer and  ground with Republicans when-
        total settlement funds.      which will allow consumers to ac-  Chief Jane Azia. The Rochester   our historic Majority Whip James  ever and wherever possible, but
             “When someone buys a car,  cess this information as they shop.  Regional Office is a part of the Di-  E. Clyburn.   oppose extremism on the other
        they need to know that it will keep       In addition, CarMax will present  vision of Regional Affairs, which        I am particularly humbled to be  side of the aisle whenever neces-
        them safe,” said Attorney General  customers with documentation on  is led by Deputy Attorney General   accepting this honor alongside my  sary.
        James. “CarMax put New York-  any open safety recalls and obtain  Jill Faber. The Consumer Frauds   friends and partners in leadership,       Democrats, at our best, fight For
        ers at risk by allowing drivers to  their signature to confirm proper  Bureau is a part of the Division   incoming Democratic Whip Kath-  The People. That’s not a slogan,
        get on the road without warning  disclosure before presenting the  of Economic Justice and is led by   erine Clark and incoming Caucus  that’s a way of life, and we are just
        them that their newly purchased  with any sales paperwork. The  Chief Deputy Attorney General   Chair Pete Aguilar. Katherine rep-  getting started. Onward.”
        vehicles had open safety recalls.  company will pay $1 million in  Chris D’Angelo. The Division of
        This agreement will protect New  penalties, of which an estimated  Regional Affairs and the Division   MTA Proposes Fare Hike,
        Yorkers and ensure that consum-  $53,772.49 will go to New York.   of Economic Justice are overseen
        ers are aware of any safety recall  CarMax will continue to use the  by First Deputy Attorney General   TSTC Demands Ending NY’s  must invest in mass transit rather
        before they start driving. As At-  National Highway Traffic and  Jennifer Levy.         Gas Tax Holiday              than making it cheaper and easier
                                                                                                                             to drive a private vehicle.
         Gillibrand Pushes to Close $3.6 Billion Funding Gap in 9/11                                 At a recent monthly board       “TSTC has long advocated
                       World Trade Center Health Program in                                     meeting, the MTA announced it  for dedicated transit funding,
                                                                                                will be conducting hearings on  which would prevent these kinds
                                End-Of-Year Spending Bill                                       a proposal to increase subway,  of crises from happening. This is
                                                                                                bus, and commuter rail fares by  not a problem that can be resolved
             U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  with my colleagues to get this  crash site, children who were in   5.5 percent. The fare increase, in  overnight, but Governor Hochul
        sent a letter to leadership push-  legislation included in any end-  schools in downtown Manhattan   addition to next year’s $2.6 billion  and state leaders have failed to
        ing Congress to pass the 9/11  of-year spending bill.”     on 9/11 and during clean-up, and   deficit, will be included in the  enact any meaningful solutions.
        Responder and Survivor Health       “On behalf of Citizens for  those who have since experienced,   budget that is being prepared in  In fact, the state has actually made
        Funding Correction Act in or-  the Extension of the James Zad-  or are expected to experience, ad-  December.        things worse by suspending its
        der to deliver $3.624 billion in  roga Act, I want to thank Senator  verse health effects that are linked   Earlier this year, Governor Kathy  gas tax; according to an analysis
        supplemental funding to close  Gillibrand for her continuing ef-  to the attacks in the coming years.   Hochul suspended the collection  by the Institute on Taxation and
        the impending funding gap in  forts on behalf of 9/11 responders  The program was reauthorized in   of roughly 17 cents per gallon in  Economic Policy (NY Focus),
        the World Trade Center Health  and survivors suffering from the  2015 and extended through 2090   gas taxes until January 2023. The  nearly a third of the benefits — up
        Program (WTCHP). The funding  impact of the toxins at Ground  with bipartisan support. Today,   recent increase in gas prices now  to $183 million — are retained by
        shortfall will begin affecting the  Zero even today over 21 years  seven years since Congress reau-  has a bipartisan group of legisla-  fossil fuel companies.
        program and its ability to provide  later. By working to ensure that  thorized the program, it is esti-  tors calling on the governor to       “For every dollar New York
        services  starting  in  FY2025.  the World Trade Center Health  mated that the funding formula in   extend the gas tax holiday.  loses in gas tax revenue because of
        Senator Gillibrand is pushing to  Program has the funds it needs,   the statute will not be able to keep        Statement from Renae Reyn-  the suspension, less than 50 cents
        include the bill in any upcoming  before the impending shortfall.  pace with the anticipated costs of   olds, Executive Director of TSTC:  go back into state residents’ pock-
        legislative vehicle, including the  This means that we will not have  providing the program’s services        “The continued underfunding  ets, the analysis found. Only 42
        omnibus  spending bill  or any  to ask responders and survivors  for 9/11 heroes, who span all fifty   of the MTA has put the agency in  percent of the benefits are going to
        end-of-year funding package.  to come to Washington again and  states and 434 of the 435 congres-  a dire fiscal crisis. Without new  New Yorkers who were intended
        Gillibrand was joined during her  walk the halls of Congress seek-  sional districts. Soon, the WTCHP   revenue sources, fares will have  as primary beneficiaries, while 22
        video press conference by Ben  ing action. Thank you, Senator  will not have the funds needed   to increase, services will be cut,  percent go to out-of-state residents
        Chevat, Executive Director of  Gillibrand.” - Benjamin Chevat,  to provide care for all those still   and workers will be laid off. While  and 6 percent go to New York’s
        Citizens for the Extension of the  Executive Director for Citizens  suffering the physical and mental   these measures will temporarily  richest 5 percent of households.
        James Zadroga Act, and Tom Hart,  for the Extension of the James  impacts of 9/11 and for those who   help close the MTA’s budget gap,       “Transit has long relied on gas
        a 9/11 responder and president of  Zadroga Act             have yet to be diagnosed with new   they will also make it harder for  tax revenue, but in recent decades
        IUOE Local 94. Tom also sits on       “Thank you, Senator Gillibrand,  9/11-associated conditions caused   working families and seniors to  those funds have been drying up
        the Board of Directors of Citizens  for truly Never Forgetting 9/11 and  by their toxic exposures.   get around — and make our region  significantly. There is a reluctance
        for the Extension of the James  for getting this done.” -Tom Hart,       The original 9/11 Responder   less competitive economically.  among politicians to raise the gas
        Zadroga Act.                 9/11 responder, President of IUOE  and Survivor Health Funding Cor-       “Governor Hochul must act  tax, and millions of Americans
             “In 2011, we established the  Local 94, Board of Directors of  rection Act was cosponsored in the   now to protect transit riders and  are switching to electric vehicles
        World Trade Center Health Pro-  Citizens for the Extension of the  Senate by Senators Schumer (D-  essential workers from a fare hike.  (EVs) — avoiding the tax entirely
        gram to provide first responders,  James Zadroga Act       NY), Menendez (D-NJ), Booker   We’re calling on the governor  and further diminishing the pool
        survivors and their families with       After years of efforts and calls  (D-NJ), Murphy (D-CT), Blu-  and state lawmakers to immedi-  of available funds. We are there-
        health care benefits in order to  on the federal government, Con-  menthal (D-CT), Brown (D-OH),   ately end the gas tax holiday and  fore urging Governor Hochul to
        treat 9/11-related health condi-  gress established the WTCHP on  Kaine (D-VA), Baldwin (D-WI),   implement new dedicated funding  end the gas tax holiday and pro-
        tions,” said Senator Gillibrand.  a bipartisan basis in 2011 with a  Casey (D-PA), Reed (D-RI), Mar-  sources for the MTA. To combat  vide sustainable funding for public
        “Unfortunately, funding for the  five-year authorization to provide  key (D-MA), and Sanders (I-VT).   the region’s crises — including  transportation. The MTA needs a
        WTCHP will run short soon and  medical treatment and monitoring  The bill is led in the House of   road violence, traffic congestion,  long-term funding solution — and
        force benefit cutbacks unless  for over 120,000 9/11 responders  Representatives by Representative   and carbon emissions — the state  it needs one as soon as possible.”
        Congress takes action. The 9/11  and survivors suffering from the  Carolyn Maloney and has over 120
        Responder and Survivor Health  effects of the toxins at Ground  additional cosponsors.
        Funding Correction Act will close  Zero. The program covers the       Senator Gillibrand has been a
        this $3.6 billion funding gap and  lifespans of all exposed, including  forefront advocate for 9/11 first re-
        ensure the program has the re-  responders and survivors of the  sponders and led the effort to pass    Read Our Paper Online and Play Sudoku
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