As part of a long-planned effort to keep a federal presence in the New York City areas damaged in the 2001 terrorist attacks, offices from three agencies will move into the reconstructed World Trade Center, the General Services Administration announced on Tuesday.
New York offices for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Customs and Border Protection, as well as GSA’s own regional headquarters have signed GSA-negotiated 20-year leases to relocate in 2015 to floors 50-55 of One World Trade Center. Owned by the Port Authority, it is the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.
“We are excited to return to the World Trade Center Complex, which federal agencies have been a part of since 1973,” GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a statement. “From the day that the Port Authority started planning reconstruction, the federal government committed to remaining an important part of this building and the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan.”
GSA said the lease will help the federal government reduce its overall real estate needs in Manhattan. To prepare for the move, it will offer government-owned space at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Manhattan to other tenants in the region, helping to reduce leased space.
Federal lawmakers from the area expressed delight with the moves. “I once again applaud GSA and the federal government for committing to the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “After 9/11, many wondered if downtown would become a ghost town, but it has flourished with new residents, stores and businesses.”
Added Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.: “1 WTC will stand as a symbol that our great city and our great nation will never be defeated by those who seek to destroy our way of life. Appropriately, 1 WTC will be one of the world’s finest and most secure new office buildings and will house important offices of the federal government.”
What We're Following See More »
President Obama became a surprise topic of contention toward the end of the Democratic debate, as Hillary Clinton reminded viewers that Sanders had challenged the progressive bona fides of President Obama in 2011 and suggested that someone might challenge him from the left. “The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans, I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama,” she said. “Madame Secretary, that is a low blow,” replied Sanders, before getting in another dig during his closing statement: “One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate.”
It’s all about the 1% and Wall Street versus everyone else for Bernie Sanders—even when he’s talking about race relations. Like Hillary Clinton, he needs to appeal to African-American and Hispanic voters in coming states, but he insists on doing so through his lens of class warfare. When he got a question from the moderators about the plight of black America, he noted that during the great recession, African Americans “lost half their wealth,” and “instead of tax breaks for billionaires,” a Sanders presidency would deliver jobs for kids. On the very next question, he downplayed the role of race in inequality, saying, “It’s a racial issue, but it’s also a general economic issue.”
It’s been said in just about every news story since New Hampshire: the primaries are headed to states where Hillary Clinton will do well among minority voters. Leaving nothing to chance, she underscored that point in her opening statement in the Milwaukee debate tonight, saying more needs to be done to help “African Americans who face discrimination in the job market” and immigrant families. She also made an explicit reference to “equal pay for women’s work.” Those boxes she’s checking are no coincidence: if she wins women, blacks and Hispanics, she wins the nomination.
Under pressure from a judge, the State Department will release about 550 of Hillary Clinton’s emails—“roughly 14 percent of the 3,700 remaining Clinton emails—on Saturday, in the middle of the Presidents Day holiday weekend.” All of the emails were supposed to have been released last month. Related: State subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation last year, which brings the total number of current Clinton investigations to four, says the Daily Caller.