Headed into GOP Meeting, Peter King Says He Backs Boehner [Video]

Peter King was on his way into the Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol but took time out  at 8:45 this morning in order to announce his support for House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut federal spending.

“I know this is a tough decision for some people but I am voting for the legislation because we cannot allow the government to default,” King said. “And we also have to pay our bills. If not the economic consequences will be catastrophic.”

King is one moderates of the Republican caucus, so it is unclear how much sway he will have over the GOP’s more conservative members, who have so far declined to sign onto the  Boehner plan.  King though tries to school his colleagues on the way of negotiation.

“This is a bill which goes more than any legislation in history to cut spending. It’s not a perfect bill but it’s a good bill. As a practical matter Republicans only control one house. We control the House, Democrats control the Senate, and the president obviously is a Democrat,” he says.  “Considering the odds against us we have made enormous strides. We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good so I am going to work as hard as I can to get try to get the votes that John Boehner needs to get this across the finish line.”

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Live: Obama Addresses Nation Over Debt Ceiling Stand-off

With the House Republicans failing to come together on agreement to support House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the federal debt ceiling–a plan that Senate Democrats said had no chance of passing there, President Obama is preparing any moment to address the nation over the risks of Treasury default.

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Obama and GW Bush to Attend 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony in NYC

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will be in New York City to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning.

And, for the first time, the names of people killed in the attacks that day in Washington DC and Pennsylvania will be read aloud at the Ground Zero ceremony. In the past, only those who died in New York City were included. Continue reading “Obama and GW Bush to Attend 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony in NYC”

Morning Read: Quinn Starts Drafting Kelly, Yankees and Mets Cost Bloomberg

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9/11 Anniversary: Bloomberg said GW Bush and Obama to attend anniversary event here; for first time, PA and DC will be read, along with those from NYC. [via WOR710]

Debt Ceiling: It’s the GOP’s fault. [Michael Cohen / Daily News]

2013: 32 percent undecided. [Josh Robin / NY1]

2013: Quinn basically says she’d keep Ray Kelly as commissioner. [Sally Goldenberg / NY Post]

Fighting City Hall: Quinn wonders why Bloomberg administration isn’t being more amenable to her objections over a homeless shelter in her district. [NY1]

NY-9: Only two news organizations showed up to cover Lieberman endorsement of Weprin, in DC. [Jessica Taylor / National Journal]

NY-9: “Rumor” is that Silver arranged Lieberman endorsement of Weprin to undercut Koch’s endorsement of Turner. [City Hall News]

NY-9: Turner is “about as close as you can get to a Reagan Democrat these days.” [Colby Hamilton / WNYC]

City Budget: Mets and Yankees deal leads to loss of revenue for parks department. [Juan Gonzalez / Daily News]

BofA Settlement: “Still, it is unclear if Schneiderman has the power to intervene. He needs permission from a court to officially insert himself into a case.” [Andrew Longstreth / Reuters]

Board of Elections: New SI Dem Commissioner is Maria Guastella. [Tom Wrobleski / SI Advance]

Headline: “Media Mogul Murdoch Interested In Education News Coverage.” [Education News]

Crime: Ninth arrest since city began issuing letter grades to restaurants for health standards. [Sumathi Reddy / WSJ]

Crime: 11 Bronx cops allegedly claimed they wrote tickets “after their shifts ended, requiring them to be paid overtime.” [Bob Kappstatter / Daily News]

Crime: At least one could face criminal charges. [Conley, Schram and Celona / NY Post]

Crime: “D.C. grand jury also is investigating how reporters knew Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad lived in Connecticut – before he was captured.” [Alison Gendar / Rocco Parascandola / Daily News]

Comments: “Why is Marist and the others wasting their time polling for 2013 when we have a hot Congressional race?” [VJ Machiavelli]

Labels: Bloomberg among the “richest people” who are “all rabid liberals.” [Burt Prelutsky / Bernardgoldberg.com]

Staten Island: Parking at municipal lot by ferry going from $60 a month, to $150. [Michael Sedon / SI Advance]

Media: UB sells stations. [Jay Rey and Matt Glynn / Buffalo News]

GOP Makes Play for Boro Park

In article in yesterday’s Hamodia, a newspaper for the Orthodox Jewish community of Boro Park, details how Senate Republicans delivered a $5 million grant for religious schools in the area to obtain school buses.

In a time of such fiscal austerity, that such an outlay would be available is unusual; that such an outlay would be touted in the papers and at a news conference shows the degree to which Senate Republicans want to put the neighborhood in play.

Continue reading “GOP Makes Play for Boro Park”

Poll: Quinn, Thompson and Markowitz in Top Tier for 2013, Allon Soars in BK

In their first poll of the 2013 mayor’s race since Anthony Weiner resigned from congress, a new Marist poll says it’s a three-way fight for the top.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz are at 16, 15 and 14 percent, respectively. Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have 9, 7 and 6 percent, respectively.

Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon came in at 1 percent (with his strongest showing — 3 percent — coming from Brooklyn!). Continue reading “Poll: Quinn, Thompson and Markowitz in Top Tier for 2013, Allon Soars in BK”

Turner Hedges on Tax Pledge He Signed in 2010

Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner signaled a shift on his economic policies, moving away from a pledge he made last year to avoid raising taxes.

On the Brian Lehrer Show this morning, around the 16:30 mark, the WNYC host asked “So, you won’t sign the Grover Norquist ‘no new taxes under any circumstances’ pledge?”

Turner, who signed it in 2010, said: “Um, I would hate to part with Grover’s money, but it’s probably, I’m pretty close to that. Continue reading “Turner Hedges on Tax Pledge He Signed in 2010”