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PALM BEACH GARDENS, WHITE PLAINS, NY, and YONKERS, NY — May 11, 2020 — John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor, opens the broadcast day this and every Monday.
- Before deliberation began over the New York State Budget, NYS was aware and divulged that the initial anticipated budget deficit was resting at $6 billion. By the time the final figures were revealed, the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic pushed the deficit to a staggering $10 billion and was still rising. When NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed New York”s loss over the past 3 weeks had climbed to a staggering $35 billion he noted a need to trim 20 percent from education, medical care, and more. Cuomo emphasized that Congress cannot bail out corporate America again as the government did in 2008 when banks were made whole for their losses in a mortgage “scam.” What can Westchester County do to weather this storm? Are there any anticipated solutions? Can POTUS get away without getting approval and payment for the $35 billion owed New York State? Can the state survive financial while awaiting federal funding?
- Governor Cuomo noted that absentee ballots are being distributed for the June 23rd Primary Elections for the Dems and GOPers, as well as for the June 9th White Plains Public School’s elections. People can only vote my mail, as no polling places to cast one’s vote will be created, other than the lonely mailbox.
Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst / Pundit takes on the complexity of the national stage and the ever increasing discord between POTUS, his upper echelon team, and career department personnel.
- The Washington Post revealed that during the early days of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), initially on January 22nd of this year, the Office of the President turned down an offer to make N95 masked in America weeks before the overnme t would be scrambling for masks. The Texas manufacturer, Prestige Ameritech, offered to restart four mothballed productions lines, but the Federal government held Prestige Ameritech off. Does his response inform the public that POTUS’ management of the pandemic lacks clarity an planning? What is the takeaway? 4 Months later the shortage continues?
- Without naming names, senior Trump Administration officials are growing increasingly wary of the massive federal spending to combat the economic downturn and are considering ways to limit the impact of future stimulus efforts on the national debt. No one in the administration is advocating immediate cuts, the unease among senior Trump advisers about federal spending comes as the White House halts talks with Congress on additional emergency measures to rescue a U.S. economy facing its worst crisis ever. As the crisis has intensified, Trump has cut deals with congressional Democrats that largely ignored the impact on the federal debt, approving more than $2 trillion in spending already. Is POTUS’ leadership waning under his “leadership”? Is his team proving themselves deficient in steering the nation in a balanced manner? Has the economy become political? What must this crisis exact?
- The White House is anticipating horrendous job reports. the Democrats are preparing a major relief bill which seems to portend a stalemate, thereby placing pressure on the Federal Reserve to act on its own. has POTUS lost this skirmish before it has begun? Why is Washington silent on the looming numbers of the unemployed?
- President Trump last week said that had U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr had been the first attorney general in the Trump administration, the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would have met an early end. “He would have stopped it immediately,” Trump said on Fox News. Barr is unwinding and discrediting the work done by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Last Thursday Barr decided the Justice Department would ask a judge to erase the guilty plea of Michael Flynn and dismiss the case against the former national security adviser. Analysts analysts say Barr’s conduct is part of a pattern of his personally intervening in special counsel cases involving the president’s allies, over the apparent objection of the career prosecutors assigned to the matters.
- Republicans are growing nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Are the Democrats in a position to hold onto the Congress and enhance their effort by the present reality to gain a majority in the Senate?
- Do we yet know what the Democrat Party agenda with respect to the pandemic is? Do they have a plan? Do they have a plan to resuscitate the nation’s prospects?
Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris speaks to additional news and events with commensurate analysis.