After the Flood
Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, Barbara Garofalo, a lifelong Sea Gate resident, stood in front of the community’s chapel, which had been turned into a makeshift headquarters for emergency personnel.
She watched bulldozers work their way through the ruins of the neighborhood’s private beach club, surveying the piles of rubble and twisted metal and the uprooted cabanas that littered the streets after the storm sent waves crashing through the neighborhood’s beachfront homes, ripping several off their foundations. Eyeing the damage, Ms. Garofalo couldn’t help but wonder whether some of the houses could have been saved if a planned government project to reinforce the community’s beaches had started sooner.
“They have the money in process, but they haven’t started it yet,” said Ms. Garofalo. “Maybe we would have had water damage, but maybe would have—could have saved the homes. Every home on the beach is gone. It breaks my heart.”
In Da Club
Former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park this morning for a press conference billed as an effort “ to Denounce Charles Barron as Enemy of the State of Israel” and the Jewish community. The politicos who showed up at the event where longtime councilman Mr. Barron was branded “hateful,” a “scary monster,” “anti-Semite” and “bigot” also expressed their support for his rival in the congressional race, Hakeem Jeffries.
“What prompted me … speaking of people that just are not familiar with Charles’ record and they just dont know who Charles Barron is, that’s a very scary thing. Right?” asked Councilman Greenfield, who organized the event. “People are not familiar that there’s an individual who’s running, who we all know very well, who is an anti-Semite, who’s a hate-monger and who’s a bigot. I think it’s very important for us to educate the public and let them know who this individual is.”
Occupy Wall Street
One of the most powerful women in Washington politics and one of the most powerful women in New York City politics took a spin on the dancefloor together last night. A tipster sent this shot of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn boogie-ing together at a gala fundraising reception for Congressman Jerry Nadler.
Public advocate and likely 2013 mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio jumped headfirst into Mayor Bloomberg and Congressman Jerry Nadler’s Occupy Wall Street spat. The testy tit for tat, which began at a press conference yesterday when Politicker asked Mayor Bloomberg about the congressman’s call for a federal investigation into police conduct in the Occupy Wall Street raid last month. ”Representative Nadler I know very well and, in most things, I agree with him. I think this case–that’s ridiculous,” Mayor Bloomberg said. Congressman Nadler responded with a statement of his own in which he urged the mayor to stop “spewing nonsense and so wildly contradicting himself.” Mr. de Blasio took Congressman Nadler’s side in the quarrel.
Politicker asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg about Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s call for a federal investigation into the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street at a press conference for the opening of a new probation office in Brownsville. ”Representative Nadler I know very well and, in most things, I agree with him. I think this case–that’s ridiculous,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
Rudy Giuliani said President Obama is responsible for Occupy Wall Street and predicted the movement will “take his presidency down.”
Steve Ballone, a Democratic candidate for Suffolk County executive, saved Santa.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin are thankful for the port-o-potties in Zuccotti Park.
According to new poll numbers, Governor Cuomo is surprisingly popular.
Representative Jerry Nadler thinks there’s a “high likelihood” of a complete breakdown in negotiations between House Republicans and the president over the debt ceiling, and he thinks the Democrats’ best option at this point is to push the president to solve the problem unilaterally, since Speaker John Boehner is still trying to rustle the votes for a debt ceiling deal that the president and Senate have already declared a non-starter.
“I really think there’s a very high likelihood of a total impasse here, which would be catastrophic,” Nadler told me this morning. “And so we have to push the 14th Amendment, and make room for the 14th Amendment.”
When Republican State Senator Jim Alesi was introduced at the Human Rights Campaign party Tuesday night, celebrating last week’s passage of same-sex marriage, the audience exploded with cheers and applause.
“That’s exactly what it sounded like when I went to church on Sunday,” he said. The audience burst into laughter.
Last night President Barack Obama laid out his plan to bring the 30,000 troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, a move that brought howls of protest from Republicans like John McCain and John Boehner, who see it as risky.
Now add to the chorus of complaint Upper West Side Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Read More
At the preview site for the September 11 memorial this afternoon, Congressman Jerrold Nadler showed off the newly-minted coin commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
The front of the silver medal — which is not technically a coin, since it’s not legal tender — bears the image of lady liberty and the inscription ‘Always Read More