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Economic Stimulus

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2012

    Big Apple's Unemployment Rate Hits 10% Again

    We hate the phrase 'double-dip,' especially when it becomes an unfortunate reality.In September of 2009, as President Obama's stimulus package was beginning to leak into the economy, New York City's unemployment rate hit its peak of 10.1% and stayed there for six months. Since then, the job num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Obama Earns Coveted Ricky Martin Endorsement; New York GOP Irked By Prez Partying With Celebs

    For anyone who takes their political cues from pop star Ricky Martin, the former Menudo member has thrown his support behind President Barack Obama in this year's election -- he's even throwing the president a pretty pricey fundraiser in New York tonight, which the state's Republican Party seems to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Report: Food Stamps Boost Economy

    ​About one third of the people who can get food stamps do not, meaning many U.S. states have lost out on a steady source of cash, Bloomberg reports. According to the news service, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, spend about $64 billion per year.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Dr. Doom ("Nouriel Roubini"): 40% Chance of "Renewed Recession" for American Economy Is

    ​Nouriel Roubini -- who's basically living like a rap star after screaming about how utterly fucked the American economy was before it happened, watching it happen, and telling everyone how he told them so -- just made a headline tonight when he put the chances of a "renewed recession" for Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Manhattan-Bound Lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge Will Close at Night for Next Four Years

    ​New York City traffic just got worse. Starting tonight, the Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed for four years, from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weekdays, midnight to 7 a.m. on Saturdays, and midnight to 9 a.m. on Sundays. Sorry, late-night Manhattan-going Brooklyners, Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    It Lives: Paterson's Soda Tax Is Now a Modified Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

    voxefxtm/Flickr​In March, Governor Paterson announced plans to ditch his soda tax, thanks to $1.3 billion of federal stimulus money. But the soda tax is apparently still alive and well, and living under an assumed name: it's now called the modified sugar-sweetened beverage tax.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Fatty 'Cue Goes Late-Night

    Sarah DiGregorioFatty 'Cue's pork spare ribs. Not on the late-night menu.​True, our relationship with Fatty 'Cue has of late been a bit tumultuous. But late-night bar menus are generally worth celebrating, particularly if they come with moderately-priced booze to wash everything down, so after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Paterson Releases Delicious Stimulus $ Report: NYC Gets $8.16 Billion

    Governor Paterson released a report today showing where the $18 billion that New York State got in stimulus money is going. You'll be pleased to hear that the counties comprising New York City receive by far the most American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds -- $8.16 billion. Hooray! Secon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Building Congress Sees 20% Drop in Construction; "Interior Renovations" to Fuel Coming Non-Boom

    The New York Building Congress predicts that by year's end, 2009 construction spending will be shown to have declined 20 percent against 2008 -- $25.8 billion versus $32.4 billion. This mostly reflects private rather than government projects, which they believe will show a half-billion dollars more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    White House Says ARRA Saved 4,000 Education Jobs in City; Post Reveals Fraud -- It Saved More

    The White House claims, based on findings in advance of an expected October 30 reports, that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is "Saving and Hiring 250,000 Teachers" -- referring both to new jobs and jobs that would have gone away otherwise. The Director of the White House Domestic Policy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Number of Stimulus Jobs Produced: 30,383. Number of These in New York: 54

    While the nation was preoccupied with hot air, the White House released its first list of actual jobs created thus far from the federal stimulus. Tallying up to a paltry 30,383 jobs, they've got a long way to go to reach the 3.5 million they'd hoped to create by the end of the year. To be fair, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Staten Island Congressman Complains of Lack of Federal Money for Cops

    ​When it looked like the NYPD wasn't going to get any federal stimulus funds, everyone from the Governor on down was upset, so Obama relented and had Homeland Security scrape up $35 million for us. But when the big-money federal COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grants came out in late July, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Paterson Requires Stimulus Jobs to Be Added to State Job Bank

    We like to be snide, but this actually seems like a good idea: Governor Paterson is requiring that every firm that gets federal stimulus money from the state to create those "shovel-ready" jobs we've been hearing about to post those jobs at the state Job Bank -- a resource to which unemployed citize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Barrett: If Murdoch and Zuckerman are Whining, is the State Budget Really So Bad?

    News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Latest Budget: OK, Taxes on the Rich After All

    Governor Paterson announced a "budget agreement" with legislative leaders on Sunday. He says this agreement closes the state's budget gap -- which he found to be $2.2 billion bigger than expected last week -- and "stabilizes our finances, and institutes critical reforms that will help eliminate wast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Some New York Tea Party Protesters Want Government Investment, Re-Regulation

    As we said, the dozen-plus protesters in Bowling Green today -- while less numerous than the previous New York tea-party's speakers, who called Obama a socialist and compared him to Hitler -- were a little more down-to-earth. There was a guy in a grey suit and shades who talked about commodity mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Financial Aid Update: Mostly, More Money for Students

    The stimulus bill President Obama signed into law last month has many ambitious goals, such as putting millions of Americans to work and saving the economy. One thing Obama accomplished immediately, though, was to render swaths of a story (written by me) in the Voice's January 20 Education Supplemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Right Wing Porn Gag: "Barack Obama" Delivers "Package"

    Those scamps at Right Wing Video offer a parody clip on the stimulus package. It's supposed to be a porno (stiffly acted but, sadly, without nudity) in which a badass dude called Barack Obama (pictured) encounters a chick named Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who submits to his "package." He trie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Rightblogger Protests Short on Protesters, Long on Hype

    When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, they traditionally take to the streets. One Liberty Belle announced such an event for last Monday in Seattle. Liberty Belle had begun as just another intern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Post Chimp Drama Persists, Rightbloggers Leap to Defense

    People are still mad about Post cartoonist Sean Delonas' comparison of the recently slaughtered Travis the Chimp to someone connected to the stimulus bill who may or may not be Barack Obama. Al Sharpton has called for a boycott, picketers have appeared at the Post HQ, etc. Rightbloggers have struck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Post Cartoon Stars Obama Chimp, Sez Sharpton

    In more Travis-the-killer-chimp-related news, today's Post runs a Sean Delonas cartoon of a chimp shot by cops, one of whom says, "They're have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." Get it? Reverend Al Sharpton thinks he does: he calls it "troubling at best given the historic racist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Adolfo "Parking Lot" Carrion Finally Makes Obama Lineup

    The Daily News' Bob Kappstatter reports today that Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion has finally nailed that elusive White House slot. The 47-year-old will head a new Office on Urban Policy, allegedly reporting directly to the President. The news must be true because NY1 is reporting the same t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Meanwhile, Back on Wall Street...

    Just in case you've been missing it, the stock market ain't doing so hot. It's down over 200 points today, presumably in response to a dive in the Nikkei and elsewhere, and lingering concerns over Tim Geithner's bailout strategy and the stimulus bill, which President Obama signs into law today. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Gay Talese Extends Editorial Services to Bums

    Gay Talese, recent recipient of a Polk Award for distinguished journalism, shows his stuff at the Times, describing how he revised a beggar's message so it would play better in New York's competitive advertising market. Unsolicited, Talese changed a nameless mendicant's punchy, "Homeless. Please Hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Rightbloggers Celebrate Obama's Defeat on the Stimulus

    The stimulus bill made it through both houses of Congress and awaits the President's signature. Its passage required nearly all available Democratic votes and a handful of Republican ones in the Senate. Considering how some of Bill Clinton's first encounters with Congress went, despite Clinton's muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Buffalo plane crash kills 49 on board, one on ground; cockpit audio tape

    Cockpit tape from Buffalo plane crash. Plane horror this morning outside Buffalo. A Continental commuter plane from Newark smashed into a house, killing one person inside and all 49 on plane, according to reports. Additional info: One of the victims was a 9/11 widow. See earlier links. Now, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Stimulus for Atlantic Yards? New Depression Suggests Not

    New York state will get some kind of stimulus money, but as a final bill hasn't been written yet, sources vary on how much assistance we'll get. Newsday says "at least" $20.5 billion; the Times says "more than $21 billion." The Jamestown Post-Journal says "$12.6 Billion in Direct Budget Relief," rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Stimulus Passes in House; GOP Pleased With Unanimous Defeat

    The version of the stimulus bill earlier approved by negotiators from both houses of Congress has passed in the House. As with the original bill, no Republican Congressmen voted in favor, which is apparently alright with Obama because he's sick of them anyway. Many conservatives are outraged. "Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    City Hall News Names "30 Most Beautiful" Political People

    If you find workaholic bureaucrats sexy, City Hall News' 30 Most Beautiful People in New York Politics is your catnip. House members Yvette Clarke (pictured) and Anthony Weiner are the highest-ranking Beautiful People; both are single, but though Clarke "will party in a heartbeat" (mrrow!), the 44- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Republican Gregg Pre-Withdraws from Commerce Job

    Senator Judd Gregg, Obama's bipartisan-outreach nominee for Secretary of Commerce, has backed out. "I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me," his statement reads, though Gregg adds "there will be many issues and initiatives wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Sneak attack: Stimulus bill, just passed, sparks fears of internet monitoring

    The Senate just passed an $789 billion stimulus package, but parts of it are already scaring hell out of web users. The devil may or may not be in the details, as broadbandreports.com explains: Consumer advocate group Public Knowledge issued an alert saying that Democrat Dianne Feinstein was try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    House, Senate Reach Agreement on Obama Stimulus Bill

    It's been cut from to $900 billion to $838 billion to $789 billion, but a version of Barack Obama's stimulus plan appears to have been agreed upon by negotiators from both houses of Congress. Senator Harry Reid told reporters "The differences between the House and Senate versions, we've resolved" in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Gillibrand Talks the Talk on Guns; Walking the Walk Pending

    Since being told to evolve on guns by Chuck Schumer, new Senator and longtime NRA favorite Kirsten Gillibrand has been trying to show some sensitivity in that regard without looking weak. Yesterday, as the Times ran a story called "To Some in Gillibrand's Old District, Her Evolution Is a Betrayal," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Stimulus Passes Senate

    Obama's stimulus bill, sheared to a mere $838 billion, has passed in the Senate, by a vote of 61 to 36 with one abstention, with Republicans Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins joining all the Senate Democrats. They are the only Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for the bill, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    As Economy Tanks, Rightbloggers Say Obama is Just Trying to Scare Us

    Job losses are accelerating. Big companies on both sides of the Atlantic -- including carmakers who are not part of the Big Three, and insurers -- are posting big losses. Banks are closing. Etc. All this you know. To stop the bleeding, President Obama last week pushed hard for a giant stimulus pac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Nissan crashes; hedge funds lick chops; incoming Israel govt. may take 'harder line'

    Harkavy Plans are moving apace to purposely set up a "toxic bank" full of poisonous assets to further bail out those banks that had greedily and recklessly accumulated them. Call it Shitibank. And give it the naming rights to the new baseball stadium for the New York Mets, taking the moniker awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Obama Press Conf Keywords: Stimulus, Republican, Do Nothing

    In his first prime-time press conference President Obama pushed the stimulus again, using his recent time in Elkhart, Indiana, where he unemployment is 15.3 percent and "local TV stations have started running public service announcements to tell people where to find food banks," to stress the presen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Obama Gets Mad About Stimulus Delay

    Republican senators are still fighting to cut the stimulus package, which has pissed President Obama off. At a press conference today introducing his new Economic Recovery Board, he called their refusal to roll over "inexcusable and irresponsible," which is about as tough as he gets when he's not re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    GOP Adds $18.5 Billion to Stimulus They Want to Block

    Democrats want 60 Senate votes to ensure trouble-free passage of Obama's stimulus package. Republicans have been vacillating between "block that kick" and, in the immortal words of Van Halen, "everybody wants some, I want some too." Yesterday the latter tendency prevailed as the Senate passed a Rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    As Economy Sinks, Obama Invites Us to "House Meetings"

    Lots of economic news today: talking to Matt Lauer, with whom he had previously joked about the Super Bowl and Jessica Simpson' "weight battle," President Obama says that more banks are likely to fail. But, as we have nothing to fear but fear itself, Obama's permanent-campaign arm is calling for "e ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    January 14, 2009

    When Elephants Fight: Not-quite-liveblogging the Brodsky Yankees Hearing

    This morning in Yankeefunland: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's surprise last-second hearing on the latest round of taxpayer-financed Yanks and Mets stadium bonds, with promised testimony (under duress) from Yankees president Randy Levine and city Economic Development Corporation chief Seth Pinsky. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Keep Soap Alive! Obama Product Peddlers Work the Hustings

    Obama products are everywhere. You've seen the ads for the Obama commemorative plate which creepily refers to the president-elect's "confident smile and kind eyes." Web-based CafePress has tens of thousands of Obama-based options. And of course guys have been selling Obama condoms in Times Square f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Gelinas: Don't Take That Federal Money, NY, It's a Trap (Updated)

    Every New York governmental agency has its hand out for government largesse from tax-and-spend liberal Obama. At the New York Post, the Manhattan Institute's Nicole Gelinas says they shouldn't. It's "a bad idea for wealthy cities like New York to depend on federal policies for rational infrastructur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008
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    November 7, 2008

    At Press Conference, Obama Cites Problems, Refers Vaguely to Solutions

    In his first, brief meeting with the press, a low-key President-elect proceeded with extreme caution, responding very generally to some questions and evading others. We still don't know what kind of dog he's getting the kids. The most substantive bits were a strong stand on Iran, an indication that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Governor, Others Plead D.C. for Stimulation

    Trends these days come not from Williamsburg nor the East Village, but from Wall Street. For example, says the New York Times, "Layoffs Sweep From Wall St. Across New York Area" -- with matching impoverishment! And now local celebs are all about the stimulus. Governor Paterson went to Washington yes ... More >>

  • Film

    October 1, 2008
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    September 1, 2008

    13th District Candidates Have "Conversations" on WABC

    WABC held two brief "conversations" with the Democratic and Republican candidates for the 13th District Congressional seat, shortly to be vacated by the scandalized Vito Fossella. Eyewitness News' Diana Williams and Tom Wrobleski of the Staten Island Advance did the questioning. First up: Democrat ... More >>

  • News

    August 26, 2003

    CEOs: Higher and Fire

    For Execs, the Bigger the Layoff, the Bigger the Payoff

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