Michele Bachmann sent an error-filled fundraising email today casting herself as “the only real conservative” and imploring voters to open their wallets and give $4.00 donations to her campaign “to prevent 4 more years on [sic] Barack Obama.”
A number of elected officials gathered at the edge of Zuccotti Park for an extraordinary press conference this evening in which they urged Mayor Mike Bloomberg to reconsider his plan to remove protesters from sections of the park in order for it to be cleaned.
The press conference, in front of the Brown Brothers Harriman building in the Financial District, was remarkable for several reasons. It was called hastily by the Working Families Party, rather than by the organizers of the protest or by any elected officials, yet still attracted over a dozen local lawmakers. The police initially tried to stop the press conference from starting, saying that it was on private land, leading to a slight verbal altercation with Bill Lipton, a political director of the Working Families Party, in which the white-shirted police officer demanded Mr. Lipton’s driver license. The police officer’s name could not be determined but he stood in front of the makeshift podium for several minutes as the press conference started, obscuring the speakers. And finally, there was no shortage of fiery rhetoric aimed at Mayor Bloomberg.
Look At Me I'm Sandra Lee
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s girlfriend, Food Network chef Sandra Lee, gave an interview in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar in which she discussed her relationship with the Governor and why she’s glad not to be New York’s First Lady. Ms. Lee also dished about beef with Anthony Bourdain, her philosophy on cooking and how she overdoes it during the holidays.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has ordered Occupy Wall Street protesters to accede at least a portion of Zuccotti Park tomorrow so that it can be cleaned.
Demonstrators are resisting, and massive mobilization is expected at 6 a.m tomorrow to ward off any efforts on the part of the New York Police Department to clear the park
Into this conflict has now stepped Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, who announced a 4:30 press conference at the Manhattan Municipal Building today with Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin.
The Junior Senator
In an email sent to supporters today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand blasted the GOP’s anti-abortion “Protect Life Act” as evidence of Republicans’ “heinous disregard for women’s rights.”
Bob Turner sent out a statement this afternoon slamming President Obama for his attempts to “apologize” to the Japanese people for the atomic bomb blasts at Hiroshima.
“If this is true, it shows in our President an alarming lack of historical understanding and an extraordinary disregard for the moral courage of former President, Harry S. Truman, who made one of the most difficult calls in history to save American lives,” Mr. Turner said in a statement. “Those two weapons ended the war and probably saved in excess of 100,000 American lives. If this report is true, President Obama indeed owes an apology, but to the citizens of this nation, especially those who experienced that terrible war. The American public needs detailed answers on this.”
There are still a number of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Nan Hayworth in NY-19, but the campaign arm of House Democrats are already touting the campaign of one contender.
In an email sent out to supporters today touting what they say are 60 strong challengers to incumbent Republicans that could help Democrats retake Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lists Rich Becker, a Westchester County lawmaker and a cardiologist, as the apparent candidate of their choice:
Former President Bill Clinton appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” last night and he discussed his thoughts on Occupy Wall Street, his admiration for the Tea Party and his new “close to a Vegan diet.”
A new Time Magazine poll shows that the protesters down at Zuccotti Park as part of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are viewed favorably by 54 percent of Americans. Meanwhile, the poll found that only 27 percent have similar feelings toward Occupy Wall Street’s right wing counterpart, the Tea Party.
The poll comes out just as Mayor Mike Bloomberg has ordered the protesters to temporarily vacate the park so that it can be cleaned, something that may spark a confrontation between the police and the demonstrators.
The poll also comes out as the Tea Party is resisting comparisons to Occupy Wall Street.
on the waterfront
With at least a few people clamoring for a Chris Ward mayoralty, the Port Authority executive director visited the Time Warner Center today and talked about something besides the World Trade Center--not only the focus of much of his work the past three years, but also his public speaking.
Instead, he proffered an ambitious, even absurd, proposal for the Brooklyn waterfront and Governor’s Island. The former he likened to Vietnam: “nobody ever seems to retreat with a clear victory,” he said during an address at Municipal Art Society's Summit for New York City. Of the latter, he said “it is the last open question, in terms of land-use, in the city.” Read More