Former Staten Island borough president Guy Molinari is backing Mitt Romney for president, Carl Campanile reports.
Mr. Molinari has been out of office for nearly a decade now, but he remains a major political figure on Staten Island, helping to engineer to come-from-behind congressional victory of Michael Grimm in 2010.
He tells The Post “Romney give us the best chance of winning back the White House. I’m on board.”
One of the curious things about the ongoing fight over the Prospect Park West bike lane is how one of its biggest opponents is a former city transportation commissioner whose husband is one of the most visible, even conspicuous, cyclists in the city. Yes, we are talking about Iris Weinshal and Chuck Schumer. New York's senior senator has remained publicly mum on the issue in his backyard, even while he purportedly lobbied behind the scenes to have something done about the bike lane.
Now Streetsblog has email proof of Senator Schumer's opposition to the lane—or at least that's what his neighbor claims. Read More
If further proof is needed that the Occupy Wall Street protests have captured the public’s mind, both President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were asked about them today during unrelated news conferences in Washington D.C. and in Albany.
And both tried to align themselves with the goals of the protests, if not the specifics of the action.
“I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference to promote the American Jobs Act. “That we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street, and yet you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on abusive practices that got us into this problem in the first place.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is coming to the big city this weekend, hosting a fundraiser at the Steinhardt Zoo in Bedford.
Later, Mr. Cantor will attend a panel discussion with Rabbi Schmuley Boteach on “Are American Values in Decline and How Can They Be Fixed?”
Press were invited to the fundraiser, but according to a spokesperson for the event, that invitation has since been rescinded.
The tributes to Steve Jobs are coming in from all over the world, including this morning, from Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who spoke of the Apple founder before the opening of Twitter’s New York City offices.
“When we learned last night that Steve had died, I think the sadness was so profound because we all did really understand that a remarkable American journey had just come to a close,” the mayor said. “In so many areas of the human experience, Steve had pushed the frontiers of what’s possible – and he took all of us along for a ride. This country and this world is a lot better because of it.”
Bloomberg was an early adopter of Apple’s IPad, and has hardly done a press conference over the last couple of years without it.
The rest of his remarks on Jobs are below:
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer appeared on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” yesterday and suggested that protesters occupying Zuccotti Park could finally spur Barack Obama to take action against the major financial institutions.
“This is organic, it is genuine, it is amassing more and more support day by day, it has touched a nerve and I think this could really begin to say to the Obama administration, ‘Hey you don’t understand what we, the public are saying to you.’ He has been so flat on this issue of Wall Street and the economy, maybe this will finally push the president to speak with a new more aggressive dynamic voice.”
Estimates put the crowd at yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street March at between 10,000-20,000.
Gothamist has video of a high ranking NYPD official swinging his nightstick at Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Herman Cain told the protesters: Read More