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July 23rd, 2014

“Speak with Sean” Series Stops in New Windsor

US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (right) and Oscar Dunham (left) speak with Lorraine McNeill during his “Speak with Sean” series, his local neighborhood office hours, in New Windsor, NY on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

NEW WINDSOR – US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney continued his "Speak with Sean" series by holding Neighborhood Office Hours in New Windsor and Montgomery last Saturday.

Neighborhood office hours are an opportunity for constituents to share any questions, comments and concerns one-on-one with Rep. Maloney. In addition, Rep. Maloney and his staff are available to assist with any problems folks from the Hudson Valley may be having with a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or the Veterans Administration.

"I’m here to work for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley, and our office is here to be their advocate and help cut through any bureaucratic red tape of the federal government," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

Maloney stood outside the New Windsor Post Office, greeting people, listening to their concerns and answering questions.

Sharon Waddell, a New Windsor resident who described herself as "former military", encouraged her elected official to stay on top of the concerns of veterans. "They give a lot to their country," she said, "and we need to take care of them."

Maloney agreed and discussed how just the day before, he presented service medals to the late Private Second Class David Michael Barry and Specialist Joshua Evans (Ret.) during a ceremony at West Point.

Oscar Dunham, one of Maloney’s district representatives and veterans advocate, said that in the past year-and-a-half, 540 veterans have been assisted with various claims that have totaled $1.8 million.

"Too often people feel like no one is fighting for them," Maloney stated.

Representative Maloney’s office has handled more than 1,800 cases, and so far, Rep. Maloney has helped return more than $2.5 million to Hudson Valley taxpayers who were owed Social Security checks, veterans’ compensation, tax refunds and other payments from the federal government.

Lorraine McNeill thanked Maloney for his offices assistance with a friend who was having an issue.

"It seemed like one call from your office and the problem was solved," she said.

Carmel is the next stop on Maloney’s "Speak with Sean" series, slated for July 26.

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