Will lead House subcommittee
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, whose district in the U.S. House includes the Highlands, was elected by other Democrats on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to serve as chair of its Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. Besides the Coast Guard, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over seafaring vessels and their crews and the U.S. Merchant Marine.
Maloney said in a statement that one priority as chair would be to protect the Hudson River “from all threats.” In 2016, the Coast Guard proposed allowing the construction of 10 anchorage sites on the river between Yonkers and Kingston but abandoned the idea after receiving 10,000 negative comments and opposition in Congress, including from Maloney.