Maloney named to House intelligence committee

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has been appointed to the House committee that oversees the FBI and CIA and that is expected to dig deeper into Russian interference in the 2016 elections with Democrats now in control of the House.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat elected to his fourth term in November, invoked 9/11 and the Hudson Valley residents killed in those attacks in a statement on Wednesday about his joining the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “New York was hit with the worst terrorist attack in our country’s history on September 11th  – and the Hudson Valley in particular paid a terrible price,” Maloney said. “We need an Intelligence Committee representative in the majority who knows our state and can help look out for our best interest.”

Maloney, whose 18th District includes all of Orange County, is expected to remain on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He will be joined on both of those panels by Rep. Antonio Delgado, the Rhinebeck Democrat who took office this month and represents the neighboring 19th District, which includes Ulster and Sullivan counties.

“From Day One I’ve said I want to focus on the priorities of our district, and these committee assignments will give me the ability to do that every day in Congress,” Delgado said in a statement on Thursday. “As a member of these committees, I can advocate for key issues ranging from supporting our farmers to expanding rural broadband to improving our water infrastructure.”

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