Oliva renews criticism of Maloney response to Hudson River anchorage proposal

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is facing criticism from Republican opponent Phil Oliva over his response to a proposal to create 10 anchorage sites for vessels on the Hudson River.

As Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced legislation on Monday that he predicted would defeat a Coast Guard proposal to create 10 anchorage sites for vessels on the Hudson River, the Republican challenger for his House of Representatives seat continued criticizing how Maloney has handled an idea that is drawing widespread opposition from environmentalists and elected officials and residents in river communities.

Phil Oliva’s chief criticism: Maloney was slow in weighing in on the plan – first made public in June 9 – as opponents missed a June 30 deadline to request a public hearing. In a statement, Oliva said “we didn’t hear from” Maloney until 70 days after the June 9 introduction of the proposal, a reference to an Aug. 18 press conference at which the congressman and other local officials criticized the plan.

“Today’s announcement is just more political theatre from Sean Patrick Maloney, trying to save face five weeks before Election Day, with legislation that will go nowhere,” Oliva said.

Oliva also criticized Maloney for his vote against the “Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act,” a Republican-backed piece of House legislation that would essentially give Congress power to approve or reject agency regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more.

House Republicans characterized the legislation as a check on what they consider to be an over-regulation of industries that is stifling economic growth. Among the criticism from some Democrats opposed to the bill was that it would give some of those industries and their lobbyists major control over federal regulations.

Just two Democrats voted for the bill when it passed the House on July 28, 2015.

Maloney was asked about Oliva’s criticisms as he stood at the City of Newburgh’s waterfront to announce the anchorage legislation. The assertion that he was slow to act was “old news,” Maloney said.

“I’m not surprised that in the political season, people want to make political points,” he said.


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