Facebook is coming to the East Coast – fitting nicely into Mayor Bloomberg’s Plans to turn NYC into the next leading high-tech city in the World.
Chuck and Bloomberg.
From the Ny Times:
“We want the next Facebook to start here,” Mr. Bloomberg said. High-tech jobs in the city have grown by more than a third over the past five years, the mayor added, noting his goal to make New York “the world’s No. 1 hub for information technology and social media.”
[..] Facebook announced on Friday that it planned to open an engineering office in New York City in early 2012, establishing the company’s first such outpost beyond the West Coast.
A brief exchange about humor and geography in the Senate yesterday.
Republican Sen. John McCain was trying to make a point during debate on a defense bill Wednesday when he said Long Island “sometimes regrettably” was part of the United States. That drew a swift rebuke from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who took to Twitter to demand an apology.
“All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. Long Island deserves an apology,” Schumer said.
“I’m sorry there’s at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor,” McCain said.
That got Schumer tweeting more.
“NYers can take a joke. But if Sen. John McCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona.”
A little get-together with Congressional Democrats and White House staffers.
Notice Schumer and Jake Lew saying hello.
Others in picture are Plouffe, Murray and Durbin, Gene Sperling and Stephanie Cutter.
Full photoset for March here.
Looks like Gov. Christie’s plans to scrap the tunnel – and use the money elsewhere – is meeting more resistance. Diverting dedicated funds to other projects is not that easily done..
From the CityRoom blog:
“In essence, the governor wants the Port Authority to help fill his budget gap,” Mr. Schumer said in the speech [..]. But, he added, “asking the Port Authority to take capital funds and redirect them on this scale, a scale never before contemplated, would be a mistake that rivals, and perhaps even surpasses the cancellation of the ARC tunnel as a risk to our region’s future.”
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A long fight ended just before the holidays.. The 9/11 first responders bill passed with a unanimous voice vote in the Senate Wednesday 22nd.. Congratulations!
From left: Rep. Nadler, Sen. Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg, Rep. King, Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Maloney..
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