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Some unexpected guests dropped by Schumer’s office
#AllofUs2016, a millennial-focused political action organization with roots in the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, staged a sit-in Monday afternoon at Chuck Schumer’s Senate office in Washington. Through a livestream, organizers said approximately 20 were arrested.
The dozens of protesters want to stop Schumer from being elected the new minority leader of the Senate Democrats. Schumer has said he will give Donald Trump a chance to see whether there are ways to work with the president-elect on issues.
“This election has proven that Wall Street Democrats with deep ties to Wall Street interests can’t do their jobs,” Anna Bonomo, an organizer with the group, said via livestream. “It’s because of them that Donald Trump was elected.”
She said the “multiracial” group of millennials would “be here again and again” to urge a new direction for the party rather than serving “the elite Wall Street billionaires.” That direction includes Sanders as minority leader instead of Schumer.
And the GOP thinks it has problems.
Rita Ciolli and Mark Chiusano
Steve Israel’s farewell tour
Rep. Steve Israel held a goodbye brunch Sunday for his longtime supporters. After being lauded by powerful House Democrats like Nita Lowey of Westchester (ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee) and Adam Schiff of California (ranking on the Intelligence Committee), Israel took to the podium to reminisce, but he gave few clues about his post-Washington plans. He told the friends at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury that they would hear a lot from him in the next few weeks about “how we mobilize and construct a sense of optimism” for the middle class.
The congressman from Huntington got the big laugh of the afternoon when he told of a meeting a House delegation had at the White House a few weeks after his surprise retirement announcement in January.
President Barack Obama greeted him with an invitation to come by to talk about what was next. But Israel said that wasn’t necessary because he had already made up his mind. Then he whispered to the president, “Plumbing supply.”
“Why?“ Obama asked.
“Because I don’t know anything about it,” Israel says he responded.
The president, who is pretty good with one-liners, didn’t have an immediate comeback. But after Obama circled the room, he came back and said, “Need a partner?“
The Obama Legacy
What’s the hurry?
- Thanks to a 2008 law, the LIRR is racing to meet a 2018 deadline to install positive train control. What’s the hurry? Applying its metric that, say, a one-hour train from Babylon to Penn Station is on time as long as it’s less than six minutes late, the LIRR won’t be late on PTC until at least 2019.
- President Barack Obama leaves Monday on a trip to Europe and South America to meet with heads of state from England, Germany, France, China and Australia. He expects to be asked about Donald Trump. You don’t say.
- Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp of Washington. Then the names of potential cabinet and adviser hires started to emerge — Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Steve Bannon — and the mind immediately went to the movie “Swamp Thing.”
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is publicly discouraging Donald Trump on the possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton. Christie knows something about not being prosecuted.
- Hillary Clinton told donors that FBI Director James Comey was to blame for her loss — ignoring the fact that many voters were disgusted about the influence and control over the political process by those very same donors.
- Donald Trump named former Breitbart News CEO Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon hates House Speaker Paul Ryan. Which means the Republican honeymoon lasted five days.
- Long Island educators made up fewer than half of the 100 highest-paid public employees in New York’s public school and university systems. Fewer than half? We are slipping.
- Mixed martial arts returned to New York City last weekend. Which means that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are no longer the only heavyweights sparring there.
- The Hempstead Town Board will consider Tuesday whether to fire members of town Industrial Development Agency over tax breaks given to Green Acres Mall — 23 months ago. The only thing that’s changed since then is the recent public uproar. So to be clear: Is it the tax breaks or the uproar?