President -elect Barack Obama tightened his grip on the nation's economic reins Tuesday by pledging to ax wasteful, business-as-usual spending. "If we're going to make the investments we need, we must also be willing to shed the spending we don't," Obama said at his second press conference in as many days. "We cannot sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness, or exist solely because of the power of a politician, lobbyist or interest group. We simply cannot afford it," he added.
Obama is trying to keep his BlackBerry
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is vowing to fight for a City Charter revision that would take control over his budget away from the mayor and council, a move he says would restore much of the powers the borough presidents lost some 20 years ago.
Katz explains her political whoreishness
Letter to constituents of the 29th Council District:Explaining to the voters why she voted to overturn the public's vote in 1993 and again in 1996 to support a two term limit for city council members.
Republicans Question Rangel’s Tax Break Support
The Times hopes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "shocked into action" and forces Rangel to give up his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship
All Fall Down Thomas Friedman
After a near total breakdown of responsibility at every link in our financial chain, now we either bail out the people who brought us here or risk a systemic crash. These are the wages of our sins.
The special session that wasn’t
Gov. Paterson: No education cuts now means worse cuts next year
Governor David Paterson said that for 15 years when he was in the State Senate, he tried to make committee chairmen more powerful so that the leader of the conference didn't dominate what happens there.
Dean Skelos dances with the Bronx's Ruben Diaz, Sr
Governor David Paterson said that for 15 years when he was in the State Senate, he tried to make committee chairmen more powerful so that the leader of the conference didn't dominate what happens there
Dean Skelos dances with the Bronx' Ruben Diaz Video
The fiscal crisis may wipe out 3,000 city jobs, dental clinics may close and property owners may not get their $400 rebate check, but Mayor Bloomberg still wants to give city workers a raise.
New York City to Get 1,067 Fewer Cops But 200 New Traffic Agents Traffic agents are empowered under a new law to write summonses for drivers caught "blocking the box" at intersections.
Bronx Democratic boss Jose Rivera is out
Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel paid Bill Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis six figures for ethics probe help
After Election Wipeout, State GOP Looks For New Identity
Farewell, Senator Ted Stevens Video