Oliva takes issue with Mahoney over anchorage legislation
Leonard Sparks is reporting at The Fray Democrat U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is drawing criticism from his Republican opponent, Phil Oliva, for his response to the Coast Guard proposal to create 10 anchorage sites on the Hudson River, as well as the legislation Maloney introduced to defeat the plan. Oliva said Maloney's slow response caused opponents of the proposal to miss a June 30 deadline to request a public hearing. In a statement, Oliva also dismissed the federal legislation introduced by Maloney to stop the Department of Homeland Security's plan to create 43 additional commercial slots in ten anchorages on the Hudson River between Kingston and Yonkers, calling it "political theatre" in the weeks leading up to the November election. Oliva also criticized Maloney for his vote against a Republican-backed piece of House legislation that would give Congress the power to approve or reject agency regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more. Maloney was asked about Oliva’s criticisms as he stood at 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. Read the full story at The Fray.