The problem with saying Max Rose doesn’t get things done? He’s done more than anyone imagined possible. Ever since the freshman politician was elected to represent Staten Island and South Brooklyn down in Washington, Max Rose has faced a barrage of online attacks painting him as the little man who would get nothing done.
The facts show differently and Max’s record of public service proves the critics wrong, showcasing just what is possible when he fights for us, not the special interests. In just over a year, Max got the East Shore Seawall bill signed into law after years of bureaucratic delay, helped get the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund permanently renewed and fully funded, secured $9 million in federal funding to improve bus accessibility and safety in Brooklyn, passed the bipartisan split-tolling measure to reduce traffic and increase transit funding for the district, helped increase funding for treatment, prevention and recovery efforts by $140 million, and passed into law the Fentanyl Sanctions Act to combat the influx of opioids in the United States.
And as chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Max helped secure funding increases to support our law enforcement, protect against terrorism, and secure religious institutions.
But he’s also always kept his focus on us, his constituents. In addition to returning more than $1.2 milion in benefits to constituents in 2019 alone, Max led the bipartisan effort to halt the Port Authority’s resident discount cuts and passed legislation to lower prescription drug prices and use those savings to reduce costs for low-income seniors.
The bottom line is, when you criticize Max Rose for “not getting anything done,” you are insulting the Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites who have benefited from his successes and fought with him for these changes. Staten Island and South Brooklyn have been forgotten by New York City for a long time; to ignore the hard work Max has done for us would be doing a grave disservice. It’s time to ignore the trolls and hear the truth. It’s time to stand behind someone who has fought for us and made a difference.
(Patrick Meagher is a Bay Terrace resident.)
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