Citing her work on behalf of credit unions, the Credit Union Association of New York gave U.S. Rep. Nydia Vel?zquez (D-N.Y.) its legislator of the year award.“Congresswoman Vel?zquez regularly expresses her support for credit unions,” said association President/CEO William J. Mellin during the presentation in Vel?zquez’ Washington office last month. “As chair of the Small Business Committee, she regularly called upon credit unions to provide a voice in how to best serve the nation’s small businesses.”“During this financial crisis, New York’s credit unions continue to provide their members with the credit and capital they need. This is now more important than ever as consumer and small business lending is critical to jumpstarting the economy,” she said. “It is an honor to be recognized for my work to help provide credit unions with the tools they need to serve their members.”Vel?zquez, who has served in Congress since 1993, is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Her district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

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