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Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:09 AM

Patricia Maher Joins South Shore Residents to Speed up Sandy Relief

  

On Saturday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m., Patricia Maher, Democratic candidate for Congress and South Shore residents affected by Sandy will be holding a press conference at Venetian Shores, 850 Venetian Blvd, in Lindenhurst, NY  to call on the federal and state governments to cut the red tape on Sandy relief and speed up rebuilding efforts.  All are welcome to participate.    


Thursday, August 7, 2014 1:00 AM

Patricia Maher, 2nd District Congressional Candidate, fights for passage of the US Cadet Nurse Equity Act

Patricia Maher, 2nd District Congressional Candidate, fights for passage of the US Cadet Nurse Equity Act

19 June 2014
Suffolk County News
By Liz Finnegan 

  

SAYVILLE


L-R Julia Clanton, Andrea Wyan, Andrea Sand Ruhl (Q Connectors), Leann Murphy-Baker, Veteran's Protected, Patricia Maher (Candidate for Congress 2nd District), Gary Verticchio, Past Commander of the Smith Weaver American Legion Post 651 and Navy Veteran Chuck Nogyeres


  ISLIP TOWN—Patricia Maher, Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional   District, held a press conference in Sayville on Saturday morning to draw attention to the US Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act that’s been introduced to   Congress several times and yet has never made it past committee. If passed, the law would provide veteran’s recognition to the 180,000 women who served
in that cadet corps during and just after the end of World War II.


The US Cadet Nurse Corps was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to deal with the shortage of nurses on the homefront as the war escalated overseas. At the time, the Army and Navy were pulling in registered nurses to serve in the military, and it left a serious void in civilian hospitals. That void needed to be filled quickly. The Nurse Training Act was passed unanimously in Congress on July 1, 1943 to deal with that shortage.

The new law provided funding for nursing schools that would accommodate a larger enrollment and provide a condensed program. It offered women who joined free training, uniforms, and room and board. In turn they were required to go where they were needed upon completion of their three-year program. An aggressive recruitment campaign ensued.

The Cadet Nurse Corps became a uniformed branch under the Public Health Service. Women from ages 17 to 35, who were high school graduates, were eligible to join. The cadets took a pledge to serve their country. They worked in hospitals as they trained, caring for both civilian and military patients and at the end of their training were prepared to be deployed.  However, before the first class graduated, the war ended. The program was eventually eliminated.


Maher explained what appears to be a slight of these veterans while
standing beside the memorial dedicated to Lt. Florence Evans, a World War II Army nurse who was killed in France on the last day of the war. Maher was joined by Gary Verticchio, past commander of the Smith Wever American Legion Post 651 in Sayville, Chuck Nogyeras of Patchogue, retired from the U.S. Navy, as well as a veteran’s advocate and members of a community referral
network.

The candidate, whose mother had been a member of the US Nurse Cadet Corps,   said she realized this inequity when her mother was denied certain benefits   she would have had with veterans’ status.

That inequity was first brought to   light in 1995 by Congressman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester),   who had submitted   the bill several times, the last time in May 2013, but it has thus far   received little support from her congressional colleagues. The bill had been   in the House Armed Services Committee that’s chaired by Rep. Buck McKeon   (R-California) and is currently in the Military Personnel subcommittee that’s chaired by Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and ranking member Susan B. Davis  (D-California).


However, Maher said this bill shouldn’t even be an issue.

“There was an executive order by [President] Truman,” she explained, saying that the order should have officially declared the nurse cadets as veterans.  That order (#9575) was written by Truman on June 28, 1945. “They should have been given [veteran] benefits … such as the security of knowing that you could be buried.” She also noted that the original number of nurse cadets is
diminishing daily. “What does Congress want to do, pass this law after they all die?”

Leann Murphy-Baker of Veteran’s Protect, who advocates for veterans on a number of issues, said that indeed the World War II nurse cadets could probably become “extinct” in the coming years. “It’s a generation that we did not take care of,” she said. “We broke our promise to them.”

A spokesperson in Lowey’s office noted that of the original 180,000 who were in the Cadet Nurse Corps, only 3,100 members are currently registered with the state department.

Maher said the exclusion of these women has most likely been the result of the extra costs of providing them benefits as well as gender bias. She said that those who served in a similar program that recruited male physicians fresh out of medical school, automatically received veteran status, which proves her point.

“They all made a tremendous commitment to this country. They didn’t know that the war was going to end. I want to make sure these women are honored by getting the benefits they deserve,” said Maher.

  Verticchio, who was wounded during the Vietnam War, said he has a great deal of respect and gratitude for the nurses who serve in the military. “These ladies put their lives on hold and stepped up. This is the least our country can do for them. Anyone who serves this country [deserves recognition],”  he added.

For more information on the US Cadet Nurse Corps, go to www.uscadetnurse.org. For more information on Lowey’s bill, go to www.Congress.gov and type in HR1835. 


  Editor’s note: Second District Congressman Peter King’s office was contacted by this newspaper for a comment, but replied that they would not be able to send one by press time.









Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:51 AM

NY CD-2: MAHER EXPOSES KING’S NO VOTE ON THE FAIR PAY EQUITY ACT

Patricia Maher, who is running for Congress against Peter King in the 2nd District, criticized his vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The Act set the statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay for equal-work lawsuit beginning on the date of each new paycheck in violation of the law. Previously, the statute of limitations began was on the date of the initial paycheck discrimination.

"While this act protects all individuals, women are particularly vulnerable to wage pay disparities," stated Maher. "It’s inexplicable how King could vote against this Act. Here was a clear loophole in the Civil Rights Act that allowed wage discrimination to persist. Oftentimes, people were unaware that they were being paid less than others for the same job until the statute of limitations had expired. That’s why the Act was needed and why it was passed".

Maher added, "What’s particularly appalling about King’s vote is that over a two year period, he received $27,850 in contributions from interest groups that opposed the Act. The problem with Congress today is raising money for a campaign weighs more than acting in the interest of justice".

"Discrimination on any basis is unconstitutional and morally wrong. If elected to Congress I will fight to further empower those who are being discriminated against to exercise their legal rights," Maher concluded.

About Patricia: Patricia is the designated Democratic Candidate in the 2nd Congressional District for Nassau and Suffolk County. She comes from a not-for-profit background having been the Director of Development and Community Education whose mission was to educate the public about seizure disorders. A graduate of both Hofstra University and the University of South Carolina, Patricia is running for Congress to better represent all of the residents of the newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District of New York.


Friday, August 1, 2014 11:40 PM

NY CD-2: Patricia Maher: Peter King Donated To A Republican Who Voted Against Hurricane Sandy Relief

When House Republicans in Washington voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, Peter King said, “Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds…” He also said that he “wouldn’t forget” those Republicans who were against the bill.

However, it turns out that King didn’t forget about one of those Republicans, but not in the way that one would think. This past December, King’s leadership PAC  gave $1,000 to the campaign of Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, who voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.  At the time of the vote, Cotton stated, “I don’t think Arkansas needs to be bailing out the Northeast.”

Patricia Maher, King’s Democratic opponent, was dismayed at what King had done. “There are people in our district still without homes, trying to rebuild, and King’s actions are just one example of how Congress represents themselves through a ‘good ol’ boy system’.  That donation should have gone towards helping people here instead of some far-off politician who voted against Long Island when we needed it most,” she remarked.

King defended the donation, and even bragged that he gave it unsolicited. “I went to him and told him I would do it,” King said.“

He publicly staked out a position and then reversed when it was convenient and at the expense of our neighbors, some of whom are still homeless,” stated Maher.

“King’s donation is just another reason why we need to change the ‘players’ in Congress.”  


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