NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Fossella opposes flood insurance program

So Vito Fossella voted against another bill, what else is new. It is as if the guy is annoyed with having to be in DC and do work so he just votes against anything and everything he can. This week's cause he is opposing, the flood victims of his own district.

On September 27, Vito voted NO on HR 3121: Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007. Despite his attempts the bill passed 263-146, with a healthy number of Republicans supporting this legislation. Aside from the slate of bills he outright opposes (here, here, here, here, here, here, here) his arrogance shows absolutely no limits considering just this spring a major Nor'easter wreaked havoc on the city and caused tremendous amount of flood damage to his own district. Via the Advance and Fossella's own words;

"Many Staten Islanders suffered damage from the storm and are in need of federal assistance," Fossella said. "I've heard many stories of flooded homes and small businesses as well as other damage to properties from the 8 inches of rain and 40 mph winds during the Nor'easter.

Vito is a hypocrite in many senses (on the war, more on the war, on lobbying gifts, gas prices, and minimum wage). But the worst of it all is when he puts out minimal efforts on constituent services, giving families help after disasters in front of a tv camera or reporter only to then a few months later completely turn his back on their situation. His voting NO will not stop floods from happening and it will not stop future floods from causing damage to his district. Yet as long as no one speaks up he can look at the bottom line, money, vote NO and never have any recourse.

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