Massachusetts Senator John Kerry appeared at the New York Law School this afternoon as part of the Sidney Shainwald Public Interest Lecture Series and he delivered a speech “about where we find ourselves at this moment in our country.” Mr. Kerry began by apologizing for Congress’ dismal approval rating.
“I come to you with huge humility. I understand that we are at eight percent in the United States Congress and it is therefore miraculous that you would invite a sitting, elected member of the United States Senate to come talk to you,” Mr. Kerry said. “I don’t come here to be partisan, but I’m going to tell you facts.”
Despite his promise to be non-partisan, the Democratic senator proceeded to slam Republicans for “ideological extremism” in Congress, the failure of the debt reduction supercommittee and a presidential primary he described as a “traveling reality gong show television show.”
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Mayor Mike Bloomberg is taking the message to anybody who will listen that President Barack Obama has profoundly failed the nation after the collapse of the Super-Committee.
Yesterday, the mayor had some of his choicest words to date over the committee’s failure, and in particular Mr. Obama’s ability to fix the deficit.
“It’s the chief executive’s job to bring people together and to provide leadership in difficult situations. I don’t see that happening,” the mayor told reporters during an afternoon press conference, adding “This is a disaster for this country and an embarrassment if there ever was one.”
Governor Cuomo dodged repeated attempts to get him to pin responsibility for the failure of the supercommittee on President Obama this morning on Fred Dicker’s radio show, “Live From the State Capitol.” The governor has said the automatic cuts triggered by yesterday’s collapse of the bipartisan Congressional debt reduction committee will cost New York billions, but he doesn’t lay blame on his fellow Democrat in the White House.
“If you want to start pointing fingers,” Governor Cuomo said, “You’re going to need both hands in this case. It is a governmental failure.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gets more Wall Street donations than anyone else in Congress.
Mayor Bloomberg described the failure of the supercommittee as “a disaster for the country.”
Westchester businessman Daniel Rubino is considering running for Senator Gillibrand’s seat in 2012.
Governor Cuomo gave a grim forecast for New York after his emergency powwow with financial advisors to discuss the consequences of the failed Congressional supercommittee. In a statement released after the meeting, Governor Cuomo blasted “Washington’s inability to get its fiscal house in order and work in a bipartisan fashion” and said the debacle would cost New Yorkers at least $5 billion.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly gathering key advisors for emergency budget meeting to prepare for the state to lose billions of dollars in revenue when Congress’ so-called “supercommittee” doesn’t meet its deadline. A supercommittee failure would have a huge impact on the federal aid that makes up almost a third of the state budget.
Governor Cuomo is worried the the Supercommittee won’t be so super for New Yorkers.
Sarah Palin has a bone to pick with Congress.
The story behind the bat signal-style light projections that appeared on the side of the Verizon building during the Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Senator Chuck Schumer told the Observer today that Speaker of the House John Boehner has “frustrated” President Obama by not compromising more in debt talks, but he thinks the situation will help the President’s chances of reelection.
Members of a bipartisan “supercommittee” formed to address the national debt can’t seem to agree on a plan and it doesn’t look like they will any time soon.