United States Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
Dana Miller, Legislative Director
Washington DC Office
2365 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey proudly represents New York’s 17th Congressional District – which includes parts of Westchester County and all of Rockland County – and is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Lowey was born in the Bronx; graduated from the Bronx High School of Science; and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Holyoke College. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York before being elected to Congress. Nita and her husband Stephen Lowey have been married for over 50 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
The Congresswoman is currently serving her fourteenth term in Congress. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She is also the first woman to lead either party on the House Appropriations Committee.
Lowey is one of the Appropriations Committee’s leading advocates of increased federal investments in biomedical research on diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s at the National Institutes of Health. Called a “champion of increased funding for breast cancer research” by The Washington Post, Lowey has received multiple honors from the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Congresswoman Lowey has long been an advocate of stronger economic security for family caregivers. In 2015, the Congresswoman reintroduced the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act. This bill would improve the financial wellbeing of family caregivers by ensuring they are not forced to risk their retirement security by taking time out of the workforce to care for a loved one.
The National Alliance for Caregiving would like to recognize the Congresswoman for her continued leadership and support of family caregivers in her district and nationwide.
Scott M. Stringer, Office of the Comptroller City of New York
1 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has spent his public service career fighting for New York’s middle class, strengthening the City’s fiscal health and championing good government. The New York Times described Mr. Stringer as a public servant “committed to the principles of good government” and “a strong voice for civil rights and marriage equality, a defender of immigrants and the poor.” Mr. Stringer was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s West Side for 13 years, and won election in 2005 as Manhattan Borough President. He was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013.
Comptroller Stringer propelled the conversation around workplace flexibility forward when he authored “Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century” in June 2014. The report outlined work and family balance concerns for people of all income levels and proposed real solutions like right-to-request legislation and advanced notification of scheduling for shift workers. In April 2014, Comptroller Stringer published a report outlining the disheartening facts about the gender wage gap in New York City and in December 2013 as Manhattan Borough President he wrote “Crisis for Caregiving: Alzheimer’s Disease in New York City”, which surveyed 496 city residents who serve as caregivers for friends or family members with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in New York City. It found disturbing trends about the emotional and economic impact of caregiving and inspired him to focus on the topic as Comptroller. Additionally, in 2009 he authored “A Working Balance: Supporting New York City’s Families Through Paid Leave” which advocated for federal legislation creating a paid family leave program.
You can find out more about Comptroller Stringer’s work here: http://comptroller.nyc.gov.