Kamala Harris arrives in New York to tout spending for underserved communities

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Big Apple on Thursday afternoon to tout new spending efforts for underserved communities, but admitted ‘inflation is too high’ while sidelining any conversation on the recession.

“After a year of growth, our economy is slowing down,” the veep told the audience at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Economic Solutions Center in Brooklyn.

“But our country’s economic prospects remain strong,” she insisted.

Harris was in Brooklyn to announce a new economic opportunity coalition made up of major corporations such as Bank of America, Google and McDonald’s. It will aim to address economic disparities and create opportunity in “communities of color and other underserved communities,” the White House said ahead of the vice president’s visit.

“Today we hit near record high unemployment,” Harris told the audience. “That said, we know there is still work to be done. Inflation is still too high and cost reduction remains a top priority for the administration.

Harris arrived in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon.
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The Biden administration is “focused on pushing harder to build a strong economy…that works for everyone,” Harris said.

Those involved in the new coalition have so far pledged to commit more than $46 billion in funding for neighborhoods nationwide, which the administration hopes will help those struggling.

Raymond Hasbani, owner of Kings Furniture Warehouse in Bed-Stuy, is among those who could benefit from government assistance.

Harris spent his time in the city Thursday in Brooklyn.
Harris was greeted at LaGuardia Airport by Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado.
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“Inflation affects everyone,” he said and suggested the president’s team “give a loan to a company to help out.”

Hasbani, 51, said “this time is worse than the time of COVID-19, to be honest with you”, and he is hoping for some sort of new round of stimulus checks to help stay afloat.

According to the White House, the cash injection announced by Harris will go to community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions; support entrepreneurship and minority-owned businesses; expanding access to credit and other financial services; and preserving and explaining affordable housing.

Harris said that “given the magnitude of financial disparities in this country, the public and private sectors must come together to address these challenges.”

Kamala Harris during a tour of the Restoration Plaza Economic Solutions Center
The coalition will focus on community development of minority financial institutions and depository institutions;
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In his speech, the veep also thanked Mayor Eric Adams, who was in attendance and briefly addressed the crowd. Harris said the mayor is doing an “amazing job” for the city. Also in attendance were Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, State Attorney General Letitia James, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker.

Prior to his announcement, Harris briefly toured the Bed-Stuy Center, which serves as a community development corporation — helping locals with day-to-day finances and grow their businesses. Leaving the building, the veep was greeted by a small group of anti-Adams protesters.

After his Brooklyn visit ended, the veep was scheduled to travel to the Hamptons to speak at a fundraising event at a private residence in Water Mill on Thursday night.

Kamala Harris alongside Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation President and CEO Blondel
Harris alongside Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation President and CEO Blondel Pinnock during a tour.
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His visit to the Empire State is the latest in a series of appearances across the country, which have largely focused on promoting gun rights and abortion rights legislation.

Local Tammy Hall had guns on her mind when asked about the vice president’s visit to her neighborhood.

“Fight for gun laws!” said the 63-year-old. “It doesn’t make sense… that children have such easy access to firearms. Study Japan, go study countries where there is very little crime.


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