You are reading

Maloney Updates Greek Community On Remittances Blockage

Maloney

Sept. 9, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has identified two possible solutions for local residents hoping to support friends or family in Greece during its financial crisis.

Last month, the Congresswoman called on the U.S. Treasury to help bypass a significant obstacle between Greek citizens and access to remittances, or money sent from abroad.

This obstacle was created through the repercussions of Greece’s financial crisis. As the country grapples with its severe debt, Greece’s Financial Stability Council has imposed a 60 Euro-per-day limitation, about $67, on bank withdrawals.

Therefore, in Maloney’s words, money sent from the U.S. to friends and family in Greece “is just sitting on the sidelines.”

Last week, Maloney joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman Costa Constantinides and members of the local Greek community to announce recommendations for bypassing the withdrawal cap.

First, she suggested sending remittances through foreign-owned banks, which are not subject to capital controls.

“[For] remittances that are sent to foreign owned banks, such as a Citi Bank or an HSBC, there will be no currency limitations. You can get all of your money out,” she explained.

Second, she suggested sending money transfers through foreign-owned companies, as long as the money goes to a non-bank retail location. According to Maloney, Western Union and MoneyGram have the most retail locations in Greece.

Both Western Union and MoneyGram require fees for money transfers.

These recommendations are based on a discussion with the U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Finance, Ramin Toloui.

“It’s not a solution to the whole problem, but any currency that gets back into the [Greek] economy is helpful,” Maloney said.

email the author: news@queenspost.com

4 Comments

Click for Comments 
Kara

Lord how I despise Carolyn Maloney who has singlehandedly overseen the demise of Astoria’s old historic homes. This woman is a f*cking b*tchole who looks like she got passed around a room of football players after a doping session. What a sick animal she is. Get her the eff out of our neighborhood. She has no right to represent us, she does not even live here.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Long Islander gets 3-9 years for stealing homes across Queens belonging to elderly or disabled owners: AG

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a Long Island man was sentenced to three to nine years in prison Friday for leading a deed theft ring that resulted in five homes being stolen from vulnerable Queens residents and saw them earn more $1 million in ill-gotten gains.

Marcus Wilcher, 48, of Carll Drive in Bay Shore, pleaded guilty in May to grand larceny in the second degree in Queens Supreme Court for his role in leading the crew following an investigation by the Attorney General’s office.

NYPD searching for burglary crew that targeted nearly 30 laundromats in Queens and others in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are looking for three masked men who broke into Susan’s Laundromat at 85-12 Grand Ave. at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24, while a fourth member of their crew acted as a lookout near their getaway car parked in front.

The burglars stole $1,800 in cash and removed a payment machine for the laundry room continuing an undetermined amount of cash.