Opinion: Reagan’s loss to America

By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

The passing of the former first Lady Nancy Reagan is a moment for mourning and reflection of our nation’s collective loss.

Mrs. Reagan and her husband President Ronald Reagan inhabited the white House from 1981-1989. By all accounts she was a very influential force helping to shape President Reagan’s views and his style. She was also a tireless advocate to rid America of scourge drugs and trying to keep young people from becoming addicted to dangerous controlled substances. In that regard she is best noted for her “Just Say No” campaign.

But perhaps her greatest contribution was her support of her husband in all the various circumstances that President Reagan found himself involved, both personal and political. Whether or not one believes that the 40th President was a great one or not, there is no denying that President Reagan believed deeply in his brand of conservative politics and was fiercely loyal to those principles. But he was always respectful, and always dignified. He sought out what he thought were the best solutions to national problems even if at times that meant compromising his views. Half a loaf was better than none. And by taking that tact with that civil tone Ronald Reagan generally got more than half the loaf.

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Maloney takes aim at shell corporations funding terror groups

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and District Attorney Cyrus Vance at City Hall (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and District Attorney Cyrus Vance at City Hall (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney called on Congress to prevent anonymous shell corporations from laundering money on behalf of criminals and terrorist organizations this past Monday.

Maloney was joined by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and former FBI special agent Konrad Motyka, who voiced their support for legislation that the congresswoman introduced in February that would expose the anonymous corporations.

Maloney emphasized that transparency would prevent criminals from hiding their identities behind these shell corporations.

“When investigators are tracking illegal activity, they’ll hit a shell corporation and won’t be able to figure out who it is,” she said. “There’s no way to tell if it’s a foreign dictator or a drug cartel.”

Vance noted that the anonymity provided by these shell corporations is due to a glaring loophole, while there are protections in place against money laundering elsewhere.

“If you want to open a bank account, it’s more information that you need to provide than if you want to open a corporation and move millions of dollars,” he said. “It’s time that states stood up and said that the minimum info is at least required.”

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