Good morning. Today is Friday. We’ll look at the strategies President Biden has outlined to help New York City fight gun violence. We will also look at the continuing setback from the resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
As President Biden might tell, he and Mayor Eric Adams simpatico.
“Mayor Adams, you and I agree: The answer is not to give up our streets,” the president said during a discussion on gun violence at New York Police Department headquarters. Nor is the answer to offend the police, Biden added: “It’s to give you the tools, the training, the funding to be a partner, to be a protector.”
Biden described a shared vision with Adams that aims to increase federal investment in security controls while both responding to violent crime and guarding against excessive policing.
The mayor — who has said, “There’s a reason they call me the Biden of Brooklyn” — says it’s reassuring to have a president who understands the city’s problems. New York remains a competitive city, as the president acknowledged when he mentioned two officers killed last month while answering a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. He called them “who and what law enforcement must be.”
Biden promised that the Justice Department would focus on so-called ghost guns, weapons assembled from kits but not governed by federal gun laws. “If you commit a crime with a ghost gun, not only will state and local prosecutors go after you,” Biden said, “but expect federal charges and federal prosecution as well.”
He said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up task forces around the country to hunt down firearms shipped through state lines, although some have criticized the administration for not ensure a confirmed leader heads the agency. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who also attended the session, said that 90% of guns used in crimes in New York City are illegal trade.
For the president and other national Democrats, the trip has greater political significance. My colleagues Katie Glueck and Zolan Kanno-Youngs writes that Biden is navigating challenging currents. His political establishment is counting on him to deliver on long-promised police accountability measures. But Republicans are making a concerted effort to identify Democrats as soft on crime.
Biden’s struggling approval ratings haven’t helped. But New York Democrats, including Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul, gave him a warm welcome.
For Adams, it was a famous opportunity to call for federal assistance in combating gun violence in the aftermath of shooting incident that alarmed many New Yorkers. Many National Democratic Party members say that Adams, a former police captain, has a model that will appeal to voters concerned about both crime and police misconduct.
On Thursday, Biden said the federal government would give Adams what he wanted. “We’re going to fund and provide the additional services you need beyond a person with a gun at their waist,” Biden said, adding that $200 million is available for intervention programs. community violence in his budget proposal. He also noted that he has called on Congress to increase federal subsidies for police departments to $300 million and encourage localities to use stimulus funds to hire more police and pay them overtime. .
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The setback continues from Andrew Cuomo’s resignation
Going to school is a move made during the long career of former Governor Andrew Cuomo of Albany. But in the year since he was first accused of sexual harassment, the tactic backfired for him – he Resigned in August after saying that his initial instinct was to “fight through this controversy.” And the careers of those around him suffered.
The explosion continued on Wednesday when Jeff Zucker (above) resigned as CNN president. His departure comes after an internal investigation into the network’s former mentor, Chris Cuomo – who was fired in December for his role as an advisor to his brother. Chris Cuomo’s attorneys, fighting for millions of dollars in severance pay for him, mentioned Zucker’s Undisclosed Romance with another CNN executive, has long been rumored in television news circles.
“They are known to have no prisoners. This is how they fight, and I think the feeling is, ‘If I go down, you go down,’ said Debra Katz, an attorney representing Charlotte Bennett, One of the women accused the former governor of sexual harassment.
Andrew Cuomo has a reputation for managing by fear during his decade in office — and for aggressively pressing Cuomos’ case when his father was governor in the 1980s and 1990s. And both he and Chris Cuomo have worked to revive their reputations since. since they left their jobs. The former governor has sought out old allies, sparking speculation that he is considering a return to public life. The New York Post reported that he was seen on Tuesday having dinner with Mayor Eric Adams, who has called for his resignation.
My colleagues Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Michael Gold wrote that by arouse Zucker’s romantic relationship In discussions with CNN, Chris Cuomo and his attorneys raised criticism that they were using the same belligerent approach that Andrew Cuomo often used in Albany.
“If this is a domino effect that starts with Andrew Cuomo leaving the governor’s office, and then Chris Cuomo being fired from CNN, and then Jeff Zucker losing his job at CNN, that’s a remarkable sequence of events. ,” Brian Stelter, the network’s media correspondent, said on Wednesday, adding that Chris Cuomo “didn’t go out quietly” and was probably “trying to burn the place down.”
A spokesman for Chris Cuomo declined to comment.
Zucker’s relationship with Allison Gollust, whom he describes as his closest professional colleague, has long been rumored in television news circles.
Gollust is CNN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, although my colleagues John Koblin and Michael M. Grynbaum writes that her title only hints at her influence. At CNN, colleagues say she and Zucker run the network more or less as a unit. They’ve worked together for over 20 years, starting on NBC, where she was a senior journalist on “Today” and he was an executive producer of wunderkind.
The Fall of Andrew Cuomo
The path to resignation. After receiving national acclaim for his leadership in the early days of the pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a number of scandals that eventually led to his resignation on August 10, 2021. Here’s what to know about his political downfall:
“They came together,” former “Today” host Katie Couric wrote of Zucker and Gollust in her 2021 memoir, ““Come here. ”
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I have been driving small moving trucks for many years. When one of the long-distance drivers where I work quit, my boss decided I should take his place to drive a giant tractor-trailer.
My first trip was unusual. On my second trip, I had two shipments to deliver: a household moving to New Jersey and a small office to 25th Street in Manhattan.
Arriving in the city, I crossed the George Washington Bridge and then down to Broadway. When I arrived at the address on 25th Street, I saw a crowded pier. Squeezing isn’t a problem for a veteran rider, but I’m a rookie.
After waiting a few minutes for another truck to arrive, I went back on my first try. Unfortunately, it was a parking lot for two trucks and I passed a bit of the midway.
“You have to get over it,” said the pier manager.
“Perhaps it will take me longer to get through it than it is to get my stuff out of the truck,” I pleaded.
“Not my problem, man,” he said. “Lots of other trucks. You have to get over it. “
So I paced back and forth, trying to move the truck a few inches. The driver of a pickup truck waiting to get inside helped me block the way.
When I finally made it past the center line, I met the pickup truck driver at the pier.
“You just got out of truck driving school?” he asks.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/nyregion/the-answer-is-not-to-abandon-our-streets.html ‘The answer is not to give up our streets’