New York House members want the Obama administration to ignore the little-town blues of a couple of out-of-state congressmen who want a $400 million stadium-naming deal between Citigroup and the New York Mets to disappear.
The six New Yorkers came to the defense of Citigroup's 20-year naming rights deal for Citi Field, the Mets' new stadium scheduled to open in April. Last month, Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, urged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to demand that Citigroup cancel the deal because of $45 billion the bank received in government aid.
In their own letter to Geithner released Wednesday, the House members from New York said they ``strongly disagree'' with that call. That letter was signed by Democrats Eliot Engel, Joseph Crowley, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks, Anthony Weiner and Steve Israel.
They noted that there are several other stadium naming deals with banks that have received government money, such as Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
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