Courtesy of Thomas McNeil
It's New Year's Eve. Here's a brief round-up of politicians-of-interest and what they're doing:
- Rep. Eliot Engel, City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera and Comptroller William Thompson all released statements recently siding with Israel in the recent troubles in Gaza.
Engel: "I stand firmly with Israel as it exercises its right of self-defense against the terrorist group, Hamas. Israel has done everything it could to avert war in the face of a constant rocket barrage from the Hamas terrorists in Gaza."
Rivera: "The people of Israel have already conceded too much. The United States must continue to endorse Israel’s ability to secure its borders and to safeguard its people. And I call on President-elect Obama to make one of his top priorities the continued support of Israel’s right to live freely as the one true democracy in the Middle East."
Thompson: "I once again express my strong support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza. For years, Israel has endured persistent air attacks on southern towns like Sderot. In the wake of Hamas’ recent decision to end the six-month cease-fire and renew its hostilities toward Israel, the Israeli government has no choice but to defend itself and bring an end to this violent threat."
- City Councilman Oliver Koppell and the council itself announced Monday he's introducing legislation that would require banks to have bulletproof partitions between tellers and customers. Coming after a recent day on which five banks were all robbed, this resurrects legislation he introduced in 2003.
- The Bronx County Democratic Committee held its holiday party last night — see the picture above, courtesy of Tom McNeil, a staffer for Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. Azi of the Politicker reports that party leader Carl Heastie, also an assemblyman, met with state Senate holdouts Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr. at lunch earlier that day.