HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie shared the following statement regarding the passing of Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Deliana Fuddy, after speaking with her family. Ms. Fuddy was killed in Wednesday’s small plane crash north of Kalaupapa, Moloka’i.:
“Our hearts are broken. Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.
“We send our best thoughts to her family and will do all in our power to reflect her professionalism, her love of Hawaii and the high standard she set for herself and all of us.”
The Coast Guard transported three passengers to Emergency Medical Services after the Makani Kai plane crashed in the ocean approximately one mile off Kalaupapa, Molokai, Wednesday.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center received report of a plane crash with nine passengers aboard at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.
The Coast Guard launched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and one HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu. Coast Guard Cutters Ahi and Galveston Island, home-ported in Honolulu, and two 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crews from Station Maui were also dispatched to the scene.
Rescue swimmers from the Dolphin helicopters were deployed, rescuing three passengers in the water. Maui Fire Rescue rescued additional passengers.
Three people were transported by Dolphin helicopter crews to Honolulu for emergency medical services. Two people were transported by a Makani Kai company plane to Honolulu and the rest of the passengers remained on Molokai.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- H…) released condolences yesterday upon the passing of Director Fuddy, who was killed in a Makani Kai commuter airplane crash off Kalaupapa. The eight other passengers, including the pilot, survived.
“Loretta Fuddy was one of the finest, most capable, and most caring public servants I have ever known,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “This is a sad day for Hawai‘i. My condolences and aloha go to Loretta’s ohana and the Hawai‘i Department of Health family. Loretta was one of the very best.”
Fuddy has served as Hawai‘i State Health Director since March 2011. She spent 30 years working in health and human services.
Today, Maui mayor Alan Arakawa extended his condolences to the victim’s family, including her sister, who is a part of the Maui County family and works as a Maui Police Department Chaplain on Molokai.
“We are extremely saddened to hear the news,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Loretta’s life was dedicated to improving public health in the community and the entire state suffers from this loss.
At the same time we are very grateful for the efforts of our men and women of the Maui fire and police departments, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. They managed to get the rest of the crash survivors to shore safely and we thank them for this holiday miracle.”
Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) and Senate Leaders are fighting to include an extension of unemployment insurance in budget negotiations in order to prevent benefits from lapsing on December 31, 2013. There are more than 60,000 unemployed people in the State of Hawai’i. About 7,700 people would be affected by the expiration of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.
If unemployment insurance lapses, 1,900 people in Hawai’i would immediately lose crucial emergency unemployment benefits, and an additional 5,800 Hawai’i citizens would lose out on future benefits.
“Hawai’i families expect the federal government to be there when they fall on hard times,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “People pay into the unemployment insurance system while working and it’s a vital lifeline when they need it. Yet Republicans are willing to abruptly cut off emergency benefits that have helped thousands of Hawaii families put food on the table when they needed it the most. I will fight to include unemployment insurance in our next budget for the thousands of Hawai’i families who need it while they get back on their feet.”
Budget negotiators are working to finalize a budget agreement that would replace some sequester cuts before the House of Representatives adjourns on December 13.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie is in Washington, D.C. to meet with the Hawaii Congressional Delegation and former colleagues. Today, he spoke with White House officials and met with Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono. He plans to meet with Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard tomorrow, as well as with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Before departing for our nation’s capital, the Governor spoke with all four mayors regarding their collective concerns about federally funded programs and employee positions throughout the state. The Governor’s intent is to form a coordinated effort and ensure that Hawaii is well protected from the residual effects of the shutdown.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
“I am pleased that Congress has finally reached an agreement that will allow the federal government to fully operate again. Like other states and counties, Hawaii was placed in a fiscally vulnerable position where benefits, programs and jobs were on the line. We continue to monitor the situation hour by hour and day by day.
“Fortunately, the State of Hawaii has seen signs of our economy rebounding and, due to prudent management by this administration, we were equipped to weather the three weeks of the government shutdown. However, we do not want these circumstances to arise again, putting our progress in jeopardy. Since this ‘new deal’ will only be in place for a short term, we must remain vigilant regarding our finances. I will continue to voice our concerns on behalf of the state and the counties, and work with our congressional delegation.”
With the federal government shutdown now in its third week, Gov. Neil Abercrombie will depart for Washington, D.C., today to work with Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and former colleagues on the Hill on the continuation of federally funded services and programs.
Currently, Gov. Abercrombie’s schedule includes meetings with Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono on Wednesday, followed by meetings with Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday.
Gov. Abercrombie has spoken with each of the four mayors regarding concerns about federally funded programs and employee positions in their respective counties, and he will include their input in discussions in Washington. The intention is to form a coordinated effort by county, state and federal levels of government to address the issues as they arise.
This trip is an addition to the Governor’s personal travel to the East Coast that had been previously arranged.
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will be Acting Governor during the Governor’s travel time. Gov. Abercrombie is expected to return to the Islands on Oct. 20.
Washington, DC – The Department of Defense announced that a majority of the 2,600 civilian employees furloughed at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility should expect to return to work as early as next week, even if the government remains shut down. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made the announcement Saturday, stating that, “employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members,” will be recalled.
“I am grateful that the men and women of the Pearl Harbor Shipyard will be able to return to work and allowed to continue supporting our national defense,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “These are the people that make sure our great nation’s Navy stands ready to engage on the front lines. The Defense Department’s decision to allow the entire workforce to return to the Pearl Harbor Shipyard will help ensure that our Navy has the resources it needs to stand ready to respond to any contingency in the Asia Pacific.”
Employees impacted by the government shutdown can expect to hear from their supervisors in the coming days about the process for returning to work
The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.
The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted at about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured during the pursuit.
“This appears to be an isolated incident,” said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. “Both scenes are under control.”
President Barack Obama was briefed about the harrowing incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.
It started at 2:18 p.m. (8:18 a.m. HST) when the woman in a black car tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E, law-enforcement sources said.
She did not get through and was chased at high speeds for about 12 blocks, the sources said.
Her car hit a Capitol Police vehicle at Second St. and Constitution Ave. and then crashed into barricades a few blocks away, Dine said.
Law-enforcement sources said she began firing and was shot. The child was reported to be safe.
Her motive was unknown but Dine said there was no reason to think it was an act of terrorism.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, who was on the balcony talking to his colleagues, described a “burst” of gunfire from the House side of the Capitol, towards the House office buildings.
“It was like the first volley in a 21-gun salute,” Rep. Matthew Cartwright told MNSNBC.
Travis Gillbert, who watched the chase from the roof of the Newseum, said vehicles involved “had several close encounters with other vehicles during the case.”
“It was very dangerous,” he said.
An NBC satellite truck operator saw several police cars with lights flashing near the gardens below the Capitol when he suddenly heard rapid-fire shots. Several police cars could then be seen chasing the black car, he reported.
The FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.
A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to “shelter in place,” but that order was lifted a short time later.
The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.
Though it was over quickly, nerves were still jangled.
“Shaken is a good word to describe how I’m feeling,” said Peter Plocki, a government worker furloughed during the shutdown who was on Capitol Hill to take a tour of the Supreme Court building and heard the shots.
Congress has been locked for the past week and a half in a contentious debate over funding the government, a disagreement in which contributed to a government shutdown that began Monday.
Last night, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, R, was the victim of a “minor incident” outside of the Capitol complex.
“A random individual, unknown to the Congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” a spokesperson for Duffy said in describing the incident. “Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time.”
On September 16, a deadly shooting occurred blocks south of the U.S. Capitol complex which contributed to a partial lockdown of the Capitol at that time.
A shooting on July 24, 1998 left two Capitol Police officers dead. And at a constituent event in her district in January 2011, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was seriously injured and six others were killed in a shooting.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement:
“I want to thank the Capitol Police and all law enforcement agencies involved for their brave and swift response. All staff and members of the Hawai‘i delegation are out of harm’s way and accounted for, and we followed the appropriate procedures for this type of emergency. Mahalo to everyone in Hawai‘i who reached out to make sure that we are safe.”
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