Here's Andrew Mangino's dispatch from a politician-packed press conference this morning:
Eliot Spitzer, Michael Bloomberg, Sheldon Silver, Dan Doctoroff and a few other people just wrapped up a press conference in the governor’s midtown office to announce that JP Morgan is moving its headquarters from that part of Manhattan to a spot near Ground Zero.
The financial giant will be returning to Ground Zero – 1.3 million square feet at Site 5 – after striking a $300 million, 92-year lease with the Port Authority.
But talk eventually turned to that other project all the men are working on: the city’s far-reaching plan for environmental sustainability that includes congestion pricing.
Doctoroff said that he was late to the 10:30 a.m. event because he was (inconveniently? conveniently?) stuck in traffic, offering that it took him an hour and ten minutes to get to Midtown from White Plains.
"I'm not going to make any observations about that," Spitzer joked.
When the officials were asked whether they were still working together to come up with a congestion pricing plan, Bloomberg jumped in: "Everybody understands we have a problem, and we've got to work collaboratively and collectively to find a solution,"