8:57 am Sep. 20, 2012
New York has always been home to the very rich and the very poor, but the gap between them is now bigger than it has been in more than ten years.
Economic statistics released yesterday also show that the poverty rate in New York City jumped nearly a full percentage point, and suggest that the income inequality gap in Manhattan is similar to the one you'd find in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
More jobs, in other words, hasn't necessarily meant less poverty.
"You can say 'War on Women' but you can't say 'War on Terror'"—Rudy Giuliani
8:45 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associates "Tying Communities Together" Labor Awards Breakfast, at the Alhambra Ballroom, at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., in Manhattan.
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Stringer and others break ground on the final section of the High Line, at West 30th St. and 10th Ave., in Manhattan.
10 a.m. The New York City Independent Budget office releases an 8-page report on the city's Out-of-School Time program, which will be available here.
10 a.m. City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito launches the start of her second annual Participatory Budget Initiative, at SCAN LaGuardia, at 307 E. 116th St., in Manhattan.
10 a.m. NY-24 Democratic candidate Dan Maffei joins workers "who lost their jobs due to unfair trade agreements" discuss economic issues, by the New Process Gear plant, at 6330 Fly Road, in East Syracuse.
11 a.m. City Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Diana Reyna tour Baruch College's small business development center, at 55 Lexington Ave., in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo attends the University at Albany presentation of NYSUNY2020, in the Red Room of the State Capitol, in Albany.
11:30 a.m. Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senators Daniel Squadron, Eric Adams, and Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly members Nick Perry, Joe Lentol and various union leaders, speak out against proposed job cuts at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., in Brooklyn.
Noon. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio delivers the keynote speech at the 20th Greater New York Business Resources Fair, organized by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at the Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan.
Noon. City Council members Jumaane Williams, Vinnie Gentile, Letitia James, Gale Brewer, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Susan Lerner of Common Cause and Alex Camarda of Citizens Union, discuss problems from last week's primaries, on the steps of City Hall.
5:15 p.m. Former governor David Paterson and former MLB player Sammy Sosa are among the honorees at the 2012 South-South Award, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave, in Manhattan.
6 p.m. NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends District 29 Town Hall meeting, at IS 238 Susan B. Anthony, at 88-15 182nd St., in Queens.
6:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at an event welcoming incoming Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Carlo Scissura, at the Brooklyn Museum, at 200 Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn. (Stringer is expected there at 5:30 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. Reporters, spokespeople and media types get together for drinks, at Amity Hall, at 80 West 3rd St., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are among the honorees at the Staten Island Democratic Association's 51st anniversary dinner, at The Staaten, 697 Forest Ave., on Staten Island.
7 p.m. Quinn joins City Councilman Jimmy Vacca for a meeting of Community Board 10, at the Fort Schuyler House, at 3077 Cross Bronx Expressway, in the Bronx.
7:30 p.m. Stringer speaks at the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Annual Town Hall meeting, at 152 East 34th St., in Manhattan.
Mitt Romney's campaign has less money on hand that his aides previously suggested, leading to far fewer ads in Colorado, Ohio and New Hampshire. [Jeremy Peters and Nicholas Confessore]
Romney: "My campaign is about the 100 percent of Americans." [S.A. Miller]
"Despite repeated inquiries, Mr. Romney avoided saying whether he would continue a program to suspend deportations of young illegal immigrants." [Michael Barbaro]
"White House officials acknowledged that they calibrate announcements and trips to maximize the advantages of incumbency but said the policy decisions themselves were made on substance." [Peter Baker and Eric Lipton]
Fourteen Justice Department officials, but not attorney general Eric Holder, were criticized in a 471 report by the agency's inspector general about Operation Fast and Furious. [Charlie Savage]
Former State Senator Pedro Espada pocketed $40,000 from the liquidation of Soundview Healthcare Network, which, prosecutors say, is a violation of his bail agreement. [Mosi Secret]
Cuomo and Bloomberg lament the possible loss of two Republican state senators who voted in favor of same-sex marriage. [Thomas Kaplan and Michael Grynbaum]
It would be "sad" and "disappointing" if those senators lost, Cuomo said. [Erin Durkin and Ken Lovett]
Despite an earlier claim from Cuomo's spokesman, a top aide actually did have a role in approving a settlement deal with a confidentiality clause. [Yancey Roy]
"Felony crimes and police response times spiked, homelessness soared and city classrooms grew increasingly crowded during the last fiscal year, the city’s annual report card showed." [Jill Colvin]
The poverty rate jumped from 20.1 percent to 20.9 percent and the income gap between rich and poor residents in Manhattan "rivaled disparities in sub-Saharan Africa." Bloomberg's spokesman said it reflected "a national challenge." [Sam Roberts]
An economist calls it "odd" that employment growth in the city hasn't done more to offset the rising property rate. [Anjali Athavely]
The NYPD will videotape full interrogations of all suspects in murder and sexual assault cases, drastically expanding the use of the procedure. [Tamer el-Ghobashy]
"Shake Shack is now required to post calorie counts on menu boards at its seven city locations." [Jacob Gershman]
Frank Seddio: "I'm the good ghost." [Joseph Berger]
Headline: "Vito Lopez crony Frank Seddio takes job of disgraced Brooklyn Democratic Party boss" [Reuven Blau and Ken Lovett]
Twitter explains how journalists can use twitter. [Jeff Sonderman and Andrew Beaujon]
Fox picks up on the Examiner's critical examination of Obama's backstory. [FoxNews]
A very loud debate about whether Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver did anything wrong in the Vito Lopez case, featuring professor Jeanne Zaino and former assemblyman Richard Brodsky. [Richard French Live]
The really damaging thing for Romney's campaign is that they're wasting so much time cleaning up his messes. [Blake Zeff]
Here's how the geese culled from a wildlife refuge near JFK end up as entrees in soup kitchens. [Minty Grover]
Bloomberg is much more liberal on taxation than Romney is, but says all that "47 percent" talk is a distraction. [Dana Rubinstein]
Despite concerns from some in the industry, the city will allow taxi-cab-hailing apps. [Dana Rubinstein]
"Crazy" and "ridiculous" are some of the words used by Democratic state senator Tony Avella in response to news that three of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children vote in his district, though don't live there. [Azi Paybarah]
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