She may not have been the tallest member at last week’s Council meeting, but she was definitely the most enthusiastic.
Queens Councilman Mark Weprin was booted from his desk on Wednesday by a slightly younger replacement: Katiya Jones. The fifth grader at P.S. 26 in Fresh Meadows, Queens was the winner of Mr. Weprin’s “councilman for a day” contest, giving her the chance to experience life as a city official.
Dressed in a sharp black blazer and skirt, sparkly shoes, and a bright pink shirt with a matching hairband—and a Council pin courtesy of Councilman Robert Jackson—Katiya, who lives in Little Neck, played the part perfectly as her parents beamed. From early in the morning to late afternoon, she sat in on meetings, attended a press conference and even took over Mr. Weprin’s stately desk inside the Council Chambers–where his name plate was temporarily replaced by hers.
In one of the worst school shootings in American history, over two dozen were left dead at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school earlier today. And, although many facts have yet to emerge, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the public to learn from “yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns,” and for the government to act in response.
“We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort.”
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm now has a beef with Justin Bieber.
The problem? A kindergarten graduation ceremony decided to replace “Proud to be an American” with Justin Bieber’s “Baby Love” and the Department of Education is cool with it.
Mr. Grimm declared his outrage with the Canadian pop sensation situation in a four-paragraph statement his office sent out today with the title, “Rep. Grimm: Justin Bieber is not a Substitute for American Patriotism.”
It’s college graduation season, which means we get to enjoy the sight of politicians are donning robes to make speeches at commencement ceremonies across the country. In the past few days, President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, Mitt Romney and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all suited up for commencement speeches. Read on to see our favorite shots of politicians decked out in all their academic finery.