NEW YORK — Former Rep. James J. Delaney, the 16-term Democratic congressman from Queens whose accomplishments included a ban on cancer-causing additives in food and federal help for New York City's fiscal crisis, has died at age 86.
Delaney, a former chairman of the House Rules Committee, had lived in Key Biscayne, Fla., since his retirement in 1978, and died there Sunday.
Colleagues said that passage of the Delaney Amendment to a 1957 food safety bill, outlawing cancer-causing additives in food, was the crowning achievement of Delaney's career.
Helped Solve Crisis
As chairman of the New York City congressional delegation in the mid-1970s, he also was instrumental in shaping federal legislation that helped rescue the city from a financial crisis.