Former Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been appointed as the Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Leader in Residence at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. That’s according to a report in the Brooklyn Eagle.
Entering Congress after winning in the 1992 election, Maloney a diverse district that included Roosevelt Island and parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
In recent election cycles, she beat back spirited challenges from progressives. But her loss in the 2022 election was at the hands of a friend. Congressional redistricting produced a nightmare scenario in which she was forced to go head-to-head with Jerry Nadler.
Nadler was also a longtime incumbent but from Manhattan’s West Side. This left two stalwarts battling each other for a single seat. Nadler won.
A Friend of Roosevelt Island
When it came to retail politics, Maloney was irrepressible. Whether it was Roosevelt Island Day or Fall for Arts, Carolyn was always there, mixing easily with residents. She publicly signed a petition to save the Southpoint Cat Sanctuary and was the only public official who showed up for a cold, wet and windy I Love My Park Day, last year, in FDR Four Freedoms State Park.
Among her other contributions was half a million for planting the rows on Linden Trees in the park. But of greater impact was money allocated for an Army Core of Engineers study of Roosevelt Island’s vulnerable shoreline. She followed it up with much more for rehabilitation.
Carolyn Maloney will be missed on Roosevelt Island. She was a friend and supporter. But it’s good to know that her future contributions will be valued elsewhere.
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