Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City.

From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the Auburn Theological Seminary honors Chelsea Clinton and Linda G. Mills, Ph.D., Patricia Fili-Krushel, Sapreet Kaur, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn at the 18th annual Lives of Commitment Benefit Breakfast, Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd St., Manhattan.

From 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., ABNY presents a breakfast panel discussion about the Center for an Urban Future’s March report titled “Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure”; auditorium, first floor, New York Genome Center, 101 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:05 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts an immigrant heritage breakfast at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will attend the Archdiocese of New York Conversation with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

From 9 a.m. to noon, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Sen. Kathy Marchione and others host a forum on heroin and opioid addiction throughout the community, Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy.

At 10 a.m., the governor attends the NY Rising Conference, Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will will speak out against rape and sexual assault in observance of Denim Day, an event where people are encouraged to wear denim in order to raise awareness of sexual violence, Brooklyn Borough Hall rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., airport workers attend press conference for higher wages and benefits at the Port Authority Headquarters, 225 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., US Sen. Charles Schumer launches a tech conference featuring CEO’s from Brooklyn-based tech firms and Brooklyn colleges, National Grid Auditorium at 1 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras and fellow Council members will deliver the FY 2015 budget response, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Michael Grimm kick off a petition drive calling on HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan not to move forward with plans to divert upwards of $1 billion in disaster relief funding away from Sandy recovery, 274 Coloney St., Staten Island.

At noon, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz publicize passage of legislation to award state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans; outside of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street, Brooklyn.

At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio speaks at Cuomo’s NY Rising Conference, Empire State PLaza Convention Center, Albany. (The mayor will hold a press availability after his remarks in Meeting Room 5).

At 1 p.m., Sen. Adriano Espaillat receives a “major” endorsement for his primary challenge to Rep. Charlie Rangel, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 1 p.m., former LG Richard Ravitch speaks about his career in state government, Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State St., Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds an event to discuss his “business recruitment trip” to NYC, Hill Country BBQ, 30 West 26th St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the Port Authority Board of Commissioners meets, 15th floor of Port Authority headquarters, 225 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYCHA and Assemblyman Keith Wright co-host a tenant workshop, Manhattanville Community Center, 530 W 133rd St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Astorino will attend the Hispanic Federation Gala, Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., NY-21 GOP candidate Matt Doheny attends the Italian-American Civic Association Dinner, 192 Bellew Ave. S, Watertown.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio attends the Hispanic Federation Gala cocktail reception,
Basildon Room, Jade Room and Astor Room, Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:15 p.m., Astorino will attend and deliver remarks at the Westchester Business Council Hall of Fame Dinner, Glen Island Harbor Club, 299 Weyman Ave., New Rochelle.

Headlines…

William Rapfogel, the former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, is expected to accept a plea deal in Mahattan Supreme Court with the state Attorney General’s Office that will put him behind bars for three to 10 years.

Another defendant charged in the Met Council scheme, David Cohen, who was Rapfogel’s predecessor at the council, is also scheduled to plead guilty before Judge Michael J. Obus.

The Cuomo administration did not immediately respond to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s debate challenge, but the Democratic Governors Association did, recalling his poor performance in a 2011 presidential debate.

“A little free advice for Rick Perry: the fewer debates with anyone, the better,” said DGA spokesman Danny Kanner. “Oops!”

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Lalor Comes To Zeldin’s Defense (Updated)

Republican Assemblyman Kieran Micahel Lalor endorsed state Sen. Lee Zeldin in his congressional primary versus George Demos, and knocked the former SEC prosecutor for ties to Nancy Pelosi.

Demos has knocked Zeldin for approving state budgets that have included money for the state to create the health exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act — a charge the Zeldin campaign says is unfair and also not true.

Update: Lalor was responding to a video released this morning by the Demos campaign, not a video from earlier this week as an older version of this post indicated. The video shows Lalor announcing his vote against the budget because of spending in favor of Obamacare.

“Now Assemblymen Al Graf and Corporal Kieran Lalor are both on video confirming Obamacare funding is in the budget.

“Will Zeldin say Assemblyman Kieran Lalor is lying too?

“It must be strange to be Senator Zeldin these days.”

Lalor — who does not represent an area that includes the Suffolk County congressional district — nevertheless pushed back against the Demos claim.

“George Demos should be ashamed,” Lalor said in a statement. “The fact that he is using my name and Marine rank trying to ruin the reputation of my colleague in Albany and military brother is nothing short of despicable. Demos says he is a conservative, but the truth is he is bought and sold by the same special interest money that props up Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

The Pelosi charge stems from Demos’s father-in-law’s ties to California donors; Demos himself has not taken any money directly from Pelosi.

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“Issue-grabber” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among the women whose political futures are complicated by Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 run. Is there room for a two-woman ticket?

US Attorney Preet Bharara’s perfect record of 80 insider trading convictions without a single defeat, is on thin ice.

Former President Bill Clinton will endorse embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel’s re-election to a 23rd term and work all-out to help him win.

Former LG Richard Ravitch was tapped by a federal judge to serve as a non-testifying consultant in the Detroit bankruptcy case. He won’t be paid.

De Blasio announced what his office called “the most sweeping update to New York City’s Air Pollution Control Code since 1975.”

Queens councilman Donovan Richards wants the mayor to appoint a permanent fire commissioner, and is calling for an investigation into NYC’s emergency medical system response time.

Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice picked up endorsements for her congressional campaign from some erstwhile contenders.

Members of the Broome County Democratic Caucus called on the AG’s office to investigate what they believe was a violation of state ethic laws by the county executive’s office.

Former Sen. Darrel Aubertine, now a special assistant to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, is involved in a controversy over a private water district in the North Country.

For the first time in his 12-term career, Assemblyman Bill Magee has lost the support of the Madison County Democrats.

The NY Observer’s “political power 80” is out.

IDC Leader Jeff Klein officially kicked off his re-election campaign, and has a campaign website.

The NYC Council’s proposed city budget, to be unveiled tomorrow, will include a $24 million universal school lunch program for all kids – regardless of how much money their  families make.

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan, one of three GOP state Senate candidates in the 41st District, and the consulting/lobbying firm Park Strategies, have cut ties for the time being.

Five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders sued the Buffalo Bills, alleging the team has exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with the state’s minimum wage laws.

Fifty years after the 1964 World’s Fair opened, the New York State Pavilion was named a “National Treasure” on Tuesday by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Onondaga County Conservative Party has designated Democrat Toby Shelley as the party’s candidate for sheriff.

New York ranks in the bottom third of states with the worst taxpayer return on investment, a new report by WalletHub shows.

Mayor Stephanie Miner wants Syracuse residents to report potholes via Twitter, Facebook, email, or the city’s complaint website.

Hawkins Says Siena Poll Affirms His Campaign

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins was heartened by a Siena College poll on Tuesday that found a liberal, Working Families Party-backed candidate would garner up to 24 percent of the vote against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

Nevertheless, Hawkins questioned why he was excluded from the poll, which showed Cuomo beating Astorino in a head-to-head matchup 58 percent to 28 percent.

“The poll confirms what I heard from voters as I went around the state last week announcing my campaign. Voters are upset with Cuomo’s rich man’s budget that pays for tax cuts for the very wealthy by underfunding schools, transit, and aid to municipalities that is needed to pay for state mandates and relieve property taxes. They are angry about Cuomo’s education agenda of high-stakes testing linked to Common Core and of aiding private charter schools over public schools that now must cut more staff and programs due to funding shortfalls. Environmentalists who want to ban fracking don’t trust him. Unemployed and low-wage voters feel Cuomo can’t even see them,” said Hawkins in a statement.

Hawkins has said he would accept the WFP line if they chose to not endorse Cuomo in 2014, though the move would likely require a change to the Green Party’s governing rules.

The labor-backed party has never run a candidate of its own for governor, but advocates within the organization remain upset over Cuomo’s push for business friendly tax cuts as well as the lack of a statewide public financing program in the state budget.

The Siena poll also found that Cuomo remains broadly popular with self-identified liberals as well as New York City residents.

The WFP itself released a decidedly vanilla statement in response to the poll.

“Most people are decent, and they want decent, progressive policies from their government. That’s why the Working Families Party was originally formed, and it’s what we’re fighting for today,” said Dan Cantor, Executive Director for the Working Families Party.

Astorino: Cuomo’s Mission Is ‘Accumulating’ Power (Updated)

A web video released on Tuesday by Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino charges Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s main goal is to accumulate power and that he runs a “cover-your backside administration.”

He also makes the unsubstantiated — if not outright false — claim that Cuomo’s reported involvement in the Moreland Commission is under federal investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

In the video, Astorino says the various Cuomo-led initiatives from the START-UP NY tax-freeze program, the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption and a property-tax rebate program “all ties together.”

“It shows what Andrew Cuomo has sadly always been about: Power. Accumulating it, keeping it, meting it out to punish, intimidate, and reward,” Astorino says in the video. “That’s the Andrew Cuomo insiders have always known and feared, and the public is now getting a peek for itself. It will get more if the press keeps digging. There’s no vision or ideology here; it’s all about power, which has never been a formula for good.”

The video, in short, is Astorino tossing the kitchen sink at Cuomo.

And while the claim that Bharara has launched an “investigation” isn’t the case at least publicly, the mere mention of it shows that Astorino will use the news that the federal prosecutor is looking taking up where the Moreland Commission left off will continue to be a matter the Westchester County executive will raise during the campaign.

Updated: The anti-Astorino Truth Squad responded to the video.

“Perhaps it’s all that altitude sickness from the jet setting Mr. Astorino does outside of Westchester County that prompted this latest angry little tirade,” said Mike Morey, spokesman for the Truth Squad. “Or perhaps it’s just that Mr. Astorino doesn’t much care whether people realize what we already know in Westchester: he’s an untruthful, non-credible, angry man.”

Power Corrupts from Rob Astorino on Vimeo.

Perry Invites Cuomo To A Jobs Debate (Updated)

As he prepares another trip to New York City to draw businesses back to his home state, Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday to a debate on economic development and taxes.

In an interview on Talk-1300 with Fred Dicker, Perry said he would be “happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate” with Cuomo on the different economic politics between the two states.

“I think that would be not only interesting and fun, but a thoughtful way for us as a country to have a discussion between two of the major states in America, talking about which one of these policies are actually better for our people,” Perry said in the interview.

Cuomo has spent the last three-plus years of his administration emphasizing New York as a better place to do business, pushing through a new tax-free zone program called START-UP NY, and proposed and won a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

The Washington-based Tax Foundation announced last week that if the corporate tax rate structure had been changed last year, the state’s ranking on tax climate would have moved from last to 48th nationally.

Perry, however, derided that accomplishment as “small ball” and damned Cuomo’s efforts with some faint praise.

“I will say, in New York’s credit, they’ve moved in the right direction,” Perry said. “Of course there was only one direction you could go in New York.”

Cuomo’s efforts to make the state more business friendly have angered liberal advocates as well as some in the labor movement.

Perry, meanwhile, credited Cuomo for his efforts to protect charter schools, another aspect of the Democratic governor’s 2014 agenda that have annoyed liberals.

“Gov. Cuomo understands that to be competitive in the world and prepare these kids in New York City for the jobs of the 21st century, you’ve got to be competitive and have these schools performing at a higher level. He understands that, I think instinctively, that we compete against each other–not just state against state, but the United States against other counties–and to be at the top of our game, we’ve got to have a skilled workforce, and that comes from accountable schools,” Perry said.

The Texas Republican was less complimentary of Cuomo’s stance on hydrofracking, which the state is yet to make a decision on, comparing it to President Obama’s hesitation to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Perry, a potential 2016 candidate for president, said he would make a decision on a White House run sometime next year.

He dismissed a question from Dicker as to whether the debate challenger was precursor to a presidential match up between him and Cuomo.

“I don’t know about that,” he said with a laugh.

Updated: Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the Democratic Governor’s Association (and formerly of AG Schneiderman’s press shop) had this to say in response to Perry’s debate challenge, referencing his infamous gaffe from 2012.

“A little free advice for Rick Perry: the fewer debates with anyone, the better. Oops!”

Morelle Steps Down As Dem Chairman In Monroe

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle is stepping down from the top post at the Monroe County Democratic Committee, he announced on Tuesday.

It was something of a surprise announcement, but comes after Morelle assumed the majority leader position late last year following the retirement of Assemblyman Ron Canestrari.

His stepping down from the county chairmanship also comes following the election of the new mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren, who is an ally of Assemblyman David Gantt.

Morelle, who had served as county chairman since 2005, is a key political and legislative ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and backed him in the 2002 Democratic primary against Carl McCall.

Morelle in a statement said the demands of his job as both a lawmaker and in the leadership of the Democratic conference in the Assembly forced him to make the decision.

“I have come to realize that the rigors of my work representing the people in Albany, my duties as Majority Leader and the responsibilities of leading my party will eventually require compromises I am unwilling to make,” said Morelle, who was named to the Majority Leader post in January 2013. “And none of the people who have come to depend on me should be required to accept anything less than 100 percent of my efforts.”

In a statement, Morelle touted his time as party chairman as one that helped revamp the party in Monroe County.

“We are raising more money than at any time in our long and storied history,” Morelle said. “Our party headquarters is the envy of political organizations around the state. We have won many races in the city and in the suburbs, often in places where we had little or no presence before. We have elected judges, district attorneys, mayors, town supervisors, assembly members and state senators. Our party is on the ascendancy and our potential is limitless.”

Here and Now

Happy Earth Day!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 10 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will commemorate Earth Day by joining the Citizens Committee for New York City to announce the awarding of a total of $15,465 in grants to 25 Brooklyn composting projects, Brooklyn Borough Hall rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends a career fair at Columbia-Greene Community College, Route 23, Greenport.

At 10:45 a.m., Queens BP Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Marge Markey join the National Trust for Historic Preservation to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

At 11 a.m. Former Mobil Oil executive vice president Lou Allstadt and local elected officials hold a press conference on hydrofracking, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at Earth Day 2014 at Union Square, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Jim Halpert of DLA Piper discusses online privacy at a Business Council Technology Roundtable, The Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk hosts a public forum on job creation in the Mohawk Valley, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 2805 Route 67, Johnstown.

At 2 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein launches his re-election campaign in Morris Park – the community where he grew up and currently resides, 1934 Yates Ave., the Bronx.

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, Realogy Holdings Corp. President and CEO Richard A. Smith, discuss U.S. housing sales and proposals to change mortgage regulations; Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, second floor, NYU Wagner, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., former LG Richard Ravitch will deliver a talk on “The Fiscal Challenges Facing Local Governments” for the 2014 Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law, and also sign copies of his new book, Albany Law School.

At 5 p.m., Arizona Sen. John McCain attends a fundraiser for congressional candidate and state Sen. Lee Zeldin at 10 East 70th St., Manhattan.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Gibson will hold his official campaign kickoff at his campaign HQ, 2532 State Route 9H, Kinderhook.

Headlines…

This morning’s Siena poll also found that New Yorkers overwhelmingly disagree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to shutter the corruption-busting Moreland Commission.

A contract agreement struck last week between the MTA and its largest union with Cuomo’s help contains a $2 million sweetener left unmentioned at a news conference announcing the deal.

A group of “outsiders” recommended curtailing the influence of the governors of New York and New Jersey in the Port Authority and operating it with less secrecy – tantamount to heresy for an agency board that has traditionally done little more in public than announce its decisions.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the state is “in better fiscal shape thanks to an improving economy and difficult fiscal choices” in the new budget made by Cuomo and the state Legislature. But he also has some concerns about the spending plan.

Just weeks after New York signaled it would not send student information to inBloom, Inc., a nonprofit funded by philanthropists that aimed to build state-level databases, the company announced it would “wind down” its operations.

AG Eric Schneiderman, facing re-election this year, has hired former NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s campaign manager Matt Tepper to fill the same role for him.

Sources tell the Daily News at least three top Cuomo administration officials, including Chief of Operations Howard Glaser, plan to leave this year.

The Assembly will continue to retain the firm Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux LLP for a fee of $80,000 to assist with “investigations pursuant to the Assembly sexual harassment/retaliation policy.”

The NYC Council has yet to pass a bill legalizing municipal identification cards, but that isn’t stopping Mayor Bill de Blasio from moving to enact the idea.

Phil Reisman notes Astorino’s team is hoping his 2009 come-from-behind win against entrenched Democratic Westchester County Executive Andy Spano is the template for his statewide run this year.

The Westchester Board of Legislators has turned down a request by Astorino to sue the federal government a second time over the loss of community development grants.

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Siena Poll: WFP Candidate Hurts Cuomo

A generic liberal candidate for governor on the Working Families Party line would halve an Andrew Cuomo victory over Republican Rob Astorino, a Siena College released Tuesday found.

The poll shows that Cuomo, a Democrat running for a second term, would handily defeat Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, by 30 percentage points, 58 percent to 28 percent.

But should a liberal candidate running on the union-backed WFP line run as well, Cuomo’s margin of victory falls to 15 percentage points.

The poll found that under that scenario, Cuomo would garner only 39 percent of the vote, with Astorino and the WFP candidate each earning 24 percent.

Nevertheless, the poll found Cuomo still is well liked among self-identified liberals, with 70 percent holding a favorable impression him. Among Democratic voters, Cuomo’s favorable rating is at 69 percent.

Astorino, meanwhile, remains largely unknown to most voters, with 66 percent saying they had no opinion of him.

Still, a WFP challenger could pose more than just an existential threat to Cuomo’s re-election campaign, with liberals, New York City residents and black voters choosing an unnamed liberal candidate over him and Astorino.

Cuomo has come under criticism from groups and advocates on the left primarily for his stance on fiscal issues. The $138 billion budget approved last month included a package of tax cuts aimed at business and property owners.

At the same time, advocacy groups in favor of the public financing of political campaigns were angered by a budget agreement that created small-dollar matching program that was limited to the state comptroller’s race.

Cuomo’s has lined up closer with the base of the Democratic Party mainly when it comes to social issues such as same-sex marriage and gun control.

But with the rise of liberal Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, some left-leaning advocates have been increasingly restive with Cuomo’s moderate stances on taxes, spending and as well as his approach to public-sector labor.

Because of those concerns, the Working Families Party has not ruled out giving its ballot line to another candidate for governor this year — an unprecedented move for the party.

“While Cuomo continues to hold a dominant position in a head-to-head matchup against Astorino, his lead is cut in half when a WFP candidate perceived to be more liberal or progressive than Cuomo is added to the mix,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “More than 30 percent of Democrats, liberals, union households, New York City and black voters opt for a liberal WFP candidate. In a three-way race, independents are virtually evenly divided with 31 percent supporting Cuomo, 29 percent the WFP candidate and 27 percent Astorino.

Overall, Cuomo’s favorable rating dipped slightly: from 58 percent to 34 percent last month to 57 percent favorable, 38 percent unfavorable this month.

His job performance rating remains unchanged, with 45 percent saying Cuomo is doing a good or excellent job as governor.

Meanwhile, few voters — 30 percent — say they have followed any news about the governor’s soon-to-be-disbanded anti-corruption commission, which is wrapping up its work after Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a package of measures overhauling the state’s ethics laws.

Forty-one percent believe corruption in Albany remains a “serious” issues, with 43 percent saying its somewhat serious.

Despite most voters not being aware of the Moreland Commission’s disbanding, most believe the measures approved to deal with ethics and corruption is not a good compromise, 53 percent to 28 percent.

“While most voters did not follow the news about the Moreland Commission and the budget compromise that led to its disbanding, the vast majority of voters think that corruption in state government is a serious problem. A strong majority – including 66 percent who heard at least some about the disbanding of the Commission – feel that the budget resolution was a bad compromise that didn’t do enough to end corruption,” Greenberg said.

In news that is sure to buoy the Independent Democratic Conference, the Siena poll found 58 percent of voters want to see a coalition of GOP and Democratic lawmakers continue to control the state Senate, including 64 percent of independents polled.

The Senate coalition continues to give Republicans most of the trappings of power they had when they had a clean majority in the chamber; they are now in a numerical minority.

Only 16 percent of voters want to see the Senate GOP in a clear majority, the poll found.

The poll was conducted between April 12 and 17 and surveyed 772 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

SNY0414 Crosstabs by Nick Reisman

Extras

A “mass exodus” from the Cuomo administration is expected after the November election due to a “miserable” and “micromanaged” working environment.

Josh Vlasto, who until recently served as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff before moving over the campaign, is heading for a private sector gig with JP Morgan Chase.

A clarification: The man behind the infamous “Dante’s Afro” ad,  John Del Cecato, is not working for Cuomo 2014. His partner, Michael Donilon, who didn’t work on that ad, is.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio presented “The View” co-host Barbara Walters with an official proclamation declaring May 16 – the day she is expected to retire from the show - “Barbara  Walters Day.”

De Blasio heaped praise on IDC Leader Jeff Klein at a joint appearance today, but stopped short of endorsing the senator outright.

A major Pennsylvania health-care system invited New York to participate in a long-term, extensive study of fracking’s human impacts, but a partnership never materialized.

Activist/comedian Randy Credico channels Popeye in web video promoting his gubernatorial campaign.

John Cahill, the likely Republican candidate for attorney general, is expected to form an exploratory committee this week.

The WFP endorsed Rep. Charlie Rangel quickly in 2010, but so far has declined to back him in this election cycle.

FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano is not sticking around in the de Blasio administration.

About 71 percent of NYC kids got their first choice for kindergarten.

State Budget Director Bob Megna called state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s concerns about the 2014-15 bduget “a bit stale.”

Citing “misunderstandings” and “misdirected criticism” in New York, inBloom’s CEO decides to “wind down” the organization in the coming months.

Hillary Clinton’s biographer Jonathan Allen says she is “campaigning for president right now; she’s just not an official candidate.”

De Blasio insists that businesses are not leaving NYC en masse.

Cuomo today urged the federal government to recall a toy known as “Clingy Darts,” which poses a significant danger to children.

In late 2012, activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader sought a meeting with DEC commissioner Joseph Martens about fracking and got turned down.

The City of Niagara Falls is in danger of losing out on $2.2 million in guaranteed money used for things like demolition of blighted housing and youth programs.

National Grid is seeking regulatory approval to provide $4.2 million in emergency bill credits to low-income upstate customers hammered by high winter electric bills this year.