Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC)


New York City Chapter of PAAIA Gathers to Support the Reelection of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney



Thursday, March 11, 2010

New York City Chapter of PAAIA Gathers to Support the Reelection of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

New York, NY - On March 5th 2010, PAAIA members and friends gathered to support the reelection of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-14th). The event was sponsored by the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, and held at the home of Mr. Akbar Lari.

Carolyn B. Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. She is Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues. As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, she has worked to modernize financial services laws and regulations, strengthen consumer protections, and institute more vigilant oversight of the safety and soundness of our nation’s banking industry. Also a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Maloney legislation has saved hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.

A strong advocate for the Iranian American community, Congresswoman Maloney is an original cosponsor of House Resolution 267 in honor of Nowruz. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society. In 2007, she cosponsored House Resolution 476, condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution called upon local and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate and vigorously prosecute crimes committed against Iranian Americans that are based on actual or perceived race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity.

In her speech, Congresswoman Maloney praised the Iranian American community for their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society. She went on to highlight the important role of groups such as PAAIA in developing an influential voice on Capitol Hill, and reinforced the idea for Iranian Americans to be engaged in the American civic and electoral process.

Following her speech, Congresswoman Maloney graciously answered questions from the assembled guests. Among the topics discussed were upcoming Nowruz festivities in New York City as well as the 2010 Census. Congresswoman Maloney praised PAAIA for its role in helping launch the Iranians Count 2010 Census Coalition and spoke about the importance of participating in the decennial census.

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PAAIA would like to recognize the hard work and support of the host committee as well as our NexGen volunteers for making the evening a resounding success, including, Bijan Ayromloo, Iman Bacodari, Hamid Biglari, Shaheen Ensanyat, Ryan Fateh, Akbar Ghahary, Akbar Lari, and Nazgol & Kambiz Shahbazi.