Yesterday, former president Bill Clinton and Shaun Donovan, Obama's housing secretary and Hurricane Sandy point person, hailed a New York City teachers pension fund commitment to invest $1 billion in regional infrastructure.
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It was at the very end of a press conference in Harlem this afternoon that Bill Clinton got a Hillary question.
President Obama's housing secretary and hurricane point-person, Shaun Donovan, today said that the region will experience yet more devastation if Congress fails to act quickly on the president's request for $60 billion in relief.
"If Congress doesn't move quickly, we will have tens of thousands of families and small businesses that literally have no way to plan for their future," Donovan told reporters today in lower Manhattan."They will be stuck in a limbo that is more devastating than any of us can imagine, their homes and their communities destroyed. And they need to be able to move forward with their lives and to make decisions."
Shaun Donovan, President Obama's housing secretary and his point-person on post-Hurricane Sandy recovery, told reporters today that in some parts of the storm-damaged region, it might be best to retreat from the waterfront.
Andrew Cuomo met with Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and President Obama's chief of staff, Jack Lew, at the White House this afternoon, the first stop on the governor's trip through Washington today to lobby for federal disaster aid.
After touring the damage in and around New York City today, President Obama announced in his remarks on Staten Island that Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, would serve as the administration's "point person" for the region's rebuilding efforts.
“He knows a little bit about New York and building,” Obama said. Donovan previously served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained his decision to cancel the New York City Marathon at a press conference at City Hall today to update New Yorkers on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
"It became a source of dissension and we don't need that right now," the mayor said, when asked what had changed between Friday morning, when he maintained the race should go on, and Friday evening, when he officially canceled the race.
"The spirit of the race is to bring people together," he said. "When it became a divisive issue, i just made a decision that it should not go on."
The Obama campaign is starting to ramp up its fund-raising efforts in New York City, with a slew of upcoming events featuring top surrogates and targeted to a variety of prospective donors.
On Monday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will host an event at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.
Tickets start at $250, but "preferred viewing" costs $500 and it's a cash bar. For $1,000, attendees get in the VIP lounge, with free appetizers and drinks, and $2,500 includes a meet-and-greet.
Vice President Joe Biden strayed a little from the official administration position on gay marriage on Sunday morning.
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," he said on Meet the Press.