RIP former NYC Council Minority Leader, mayoral candidate and LG contender Tom Ognibene, a Queens Republican.

Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton says women are “held to a totally different standard” in politics — and that it’s been that way since she first ran for office.

During the same interview (with BuzzFeed podcast Another Round), Clinton joked that she’s a robot “constructed in a garage in Palo Alto a very long time ago,” which, apparently, explains why she doesn’t sweat.

Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump says this week’s Democratic presidential primary debate will be cause viewers to “fall asleep” – mostly because he’s not in it.

Former LG Bob Duffy will lead a five-member panel that will oversee the establishment of the major photonics center in Rochester.

NYC Mayor de Blasio defended his administration’s four-month-old law curtailing hotel conversions into residential space amid a legal battle with the powerful Real Estate Board of New York. “We obviously think the bill was appropriate,” the mayor said.

The Greater New York Hospital Association, along with two New York lawmakers, want the federal government to deliver on its promise to reimburse the state’s hospitals for their Ebola preparedness.

Lamar Advertising, a major national billboard company, is courting some controversy with a “Blue Lives Matter” ad campaign aimed at supporting police.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer declared himself an honorary Italian at today’s Columbus Day Parade in NYC.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio didn’t march together in the parade. “You know, I normally march, uh, alone,” the governor explained.

New York City will receive 1,000 new subway cars and 1,400 buses as a result of a $26.1 billion infusion of capital into the MTA over the next five years, which is good news for some upstate businesses.

Coca-Cola CEO made former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg “uncomfortable,” causing him to walke out on meeting with Napster’s Sean Parker over e-cigarettes, ex-NYC Health Commissioner Tom Farley writes in a new book.

The Village Voice has been sold to a company controlled by investor Peter D. Barbey of the Reading Eagle Company.

Sen. Diane Savino is sticking with her longtime political consulting firm after The Advance Group was hit with fines last week for helping an anti-horse carriage group avoid contribution limits in supporting City Council candidates in 2013

GlobalFoundries, which employs 3,500 workers at the Fab 8 computer chip factory in Malta, is laying off a “limited” number of workers at its US sites – including the Fab 8 computer chip factory in Malta.

Central New York’s pitch for $500 million in state economic aid contains few details about development projects said to have the potential to create or retain more than 2,000 jobs.


Rebuild NY Calls For Parity In Upstate Highway Funding

Rebuild New York Now — a coalition of organizations pushing for enhanced investment in infrastructure — is praising the agreement reached on funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s four-year capital plan.

But now the group wants the state to turn its attention from the New York City area to the crumbling upstate infrastructure.

In a statement from Rebuild New York Now President Mike Elmendorf, the group calls for equity in how upstate taxpayers are benefiting from state investment — namely in the form of spending on improving highways and bridges in the state.

“Like the Governor, who noted last year that 6,000 of our bridges and 60 percent of our roads are in need of repair, we know upstaters and their fragile economy,” Elmendorf said in a statement. “They are even more dependent on their highway system then downstaters are on the MTA. We hope that as next year’s budget discussions begin, the Governor and Legislature will show the same leadership for millions of upstate New York drivers who are paying to support the MTA’s capital program through their gas taxes. We need to return to parity between highway and transit funding, part of an historic agreement that has been repeatedly broken since 2010.”

The comment echoes the sentiment from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who called for a renewed focus on upstate infrastructure needs following the agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Roundtable Discussions Seek To Turn Down Temperature On Common Core

commoncoreAs Gov. Andrew Cuomo convenes a panel to potentially overhaul Common Core standards in New York, a group that backs them is holding a series of roundtable discussions on the issue.

The group, High Achievement New York, will co-host a discussion on Common Core alongside the Urban League of Rochester on Wednesday

The event is part of a series of discussions on Common Core, with events already held in Buffalo, New York City and Albany. Discussions are set to be held Rochester and Cortland this week.

In an email invitation to the Rochester event, William Clark of the Rochester Urban League writes the discussion is aimed at turning the temperature down on the heated debate over the standards.

“The goal of this event focuses upon sharing the experiences of the participants with New York’s transition to higher standards in education, without the charged rhetoric that so often affects discussions surrounding the Common Core Standards,” Clark wrote.

Future events will be held in Westchester County as well as the North Country region. More >

Cuomo On The ‘Unprecedented’ MTA Deal

cuomogunsGov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday lauded the agreement between the city and state to fund the four-year MTA capital projects budget following a lengthy back and forth between his office and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

Cuomo, marching in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, said the agreement was an “unprecedented” one given that it is pouring millions of dollars into needed upgrades for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees commuter, rail, bus and subway systems in the New York City area.

“We went from not close to close,” Cuomo said of the agreement, which was first announced Saturday morning. “We announced an agreement with the city which is going to be unprecedented agreement and those is going to be the largest investment in the MTA in modern political history.”

Cuomo equated the investment with his own efforts to build a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties, as well as the project to overhaul and upgrade LaGuardia Airport.

“There’s good news and there’s bad news,” Cuomo said. “New York City is old and it has a great history. That’s the good news. The bad news is we need to rebuild our infrastructure.”

The MTA plans to purchase 1,000 new subway cars as well as 1,400 new buses for its system.

“New York is going to have a whole different feel,” Cuomo said. More >

Sweeney Games Out Ryan For Speaker

If Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan continues to hold off on announcing a run for speaker of the House of Representatives in the coming days, he’s unlikely to do so at all, former Rep. John Sweeney said in a radio interview on Monday.

“If you don’t hear from Paul Ryan in the next couple of days that he’s in, then he’s not in,” Sweeney told Fred Dicker on his Talk-1300 radio show.

Sweeney, a Clifton Park Republican who was unseated in 2006 by now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, has some insight into Ryan.

Both men were elected to the House the same year, 1998, and Ryan served as a vote whip for Sweeney’s bid to the influential House Steering Committee. Sweeney in the interview said he was present when Ryan first met his wife.

Sweeney cast doubt on whether Ryan wanted the job at all, saying the 2012 vice presidential nominee “legitimately has higher ambitions” such as running for president one day.

The Ryan-for-speaker push came as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned Washington by announcing he would not seek the position after all, a move that came after the California Republican failed to draw enough votes from the right-wing House Freedom Caucus in order to capture the speakership in a floor vote.

“The problem with Kevin (McCarthy) at this time is you have to be for something,” Sweeney said.

Ryan, meanwhile, has repeatedly stated that he is not interested in the job, an all-consuming post that could hamper his future as a White House contender.

Sweeney added Ryan prefers to return home on the weekends to spend time with his young family in Wisconsin and may not want to keep up a break-neck fundraising schedule around the country like outgoing Speaker John Boehner did, especially in New York battleground districts.

Should Ryan not enter the race, Sweeney said potential compromise candidates could include Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam.

Hochul, Traveling To Puerto Rico, Sees Parallels For New York

hochulFrom the Morning Memo:

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul departs for Puerto Rico today as New York sends another delegation to help the territorial government iron out its financial crisis.

It’s the first time Hochul has traveled to Puerto Rico since becoming lieutenant governor this year; she traveled there last year after the November elections attend the Somos conference.

The delegation’s trip, to be led by Hochul, is due to conclude on Wednesday.

In a phone interview on Sunday, Hochul said there were lessons New York learned in the wake of the great recession — especially dealing with a $10 billion deficit, plus restructuring Medicaid spending — that can be applied to Puerto Rico.

“We have experts in the state of New York who have deal with similar challenges,” Hochul said. “Whether it’s the financial situation or health care, we wanted to share our experiences and best practices with them.”

But the assistance New York is offering has come under criticism from lawmakers here. More >

Programming Note: TWC News Hosts Troy Mayoral Debate

Time Warner Cable News will host and televise the Troy mayoral debate on Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 7 p.m. on channel 9 and 200.

The hour-long debate, which will also re-air at 10 p.m., will feature Republican candidate Jim Gordon,

Democrat candidate Patrick Madden and the Working Families Party candidate Rodney Wiltshire as they square-off on the key issues facing residents in the Collar City.

TWC News anchor Kate Welshofer will moderate the in-studio debate alongside panelist Karen Tararache. In addition, the debate will be available to viewers on twcnews.com, via the TWC News app, and Local on Demand, channel 1020.

Republicans Protest ASC’s Orange County Dem Appearance

From the Morning Memo:

Demonstrators sympathetic to Senate Republicans this weekend protested outside of the Orange County Democratic gala where Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was giving the keynote address.

A source reports that protesters were chanting “Hell no to NYC control” and, referencing the support the mainline Democratic conference has received from Mayor Bill de Blasio, “Save New York, reject de Blasio’s agenda.”

The protest comes as Senate Democrats are eyeing Hudson Valley Republican Sen. Bill Larkin’s seat as a potential pickup opportunity next November.

In her remarks given at the Orange County Democratic event, Stewart-Cousins indicated the area will be a battleground for control of the chamber. More >

Here and Now

Happy Columbus Day! Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. LG Kathy Hochul, fellow members of the Cuomo administration and several Assembly members depart today for a trip to Puerto Rico to help officials there transform their Medicaid system.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newstead Town celebrates one of Western New York’s first “Indigenous Peoples Day” with an art show, traditional singing and dancing and the unveiling of the new town seal, Russell Park, Akron.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo marches in the NYC Columbus Day Parade, 46th Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

At 11:45 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio also marches in the Columbus Day Parade, and holds a media availability, Fifth Avenue from 47th Street to 72nd Street, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., boxer Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in the Philippines, speaks and takes questions at the Asia Society in New York, on the eve of receiving the Asia Game Changer of the Year Award, 725 Park Ave., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., the Radio Television Digital News Association presents its national awards for excellence in electronic journalism. Presenters include MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, CBS Radio News’ Steve Kathan, ABC News’ David Muir, CBS News’ Barry Peterson, Al Jazeera America’s Ray Suarez, and RTDNA Chair Kathy Walker, Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, Manhattan.


In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (the amateur mechanic) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (the determined driver) have discovered a newfound zeal for mass transit, dueling over which man would emerge a more vociferous champion of the people’s mode of transport. Their recently announced deal to fund the MTA’s capital plan is unlikely to end their long-running feud.

The big question remains just how the state plans to pay for its $8.3 billion five-year commitment to the MTA. Cuomo and Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan say the two won’t support new taxes to pay for it, and the governor believes he can find the money somewhere within the existing state budget.

Staffers for Cuomo and de Blasio described what one called a “fatally poisoned atmosphere” between their camps, with much of the anger from the Cuomo side focusing on Karen Hinton, de Blasio’s press secretary and wife of Howard Glaser, the governor’s now-estranged former operations director.

A state team led by LG Kathy Hochul is heading back to Puerto Rico this week, roughly a month after Cuomo visited the island on a mission to help the territory address its debt and health care crises.

The governor in coming weeks must nominate two new members to the Court of Appeals, including for its highest position, chief judge. And by the time he fills an additional scheduled vacancy of an associate judge next year, Cuomo will have appointed every member of the court. So far, he has named only Democrats.

Two lobbying firms with close ties to new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie saw their client lists grow exponentially after the Bronx Democrat rose to power in February.

A manager at Duane Reade is better prepared to run a big city budget than de Blasio — a “spin doctor” who divided the city to get elected, says Don Peebles, the millionaire real-estate mogul who once backed the mayor but is now considering a run against him in the next election.

President Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server to conduct her correspondence while secretary of state was a “mistake”, but denied that U.S. national security had been jeopardized as a result.

Seventeen months after its creation – longer than the Watergate investigation lasted — a NYT report shows the extent to which the focus of a House committee’s work has shifted from the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack to the politically charged issue of Clinton’s use the private email server.

Republicans are pre-butting Clinton ahead of tomorrow night’s Democratic debate with a new advertisement that focus on her email.

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The Weekend That Was

As we reported last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending another delegation to Puerto Rico. But this time, LG Kathy Hochul, not the governor, is heading up the delegation.

IDC Leader Jeff Klein says he’ll propose a new state law that would ban statewide the sale of K2 — the dangerous form of synthetic marijuana wreaking havoc in certain city neighborhoods.

Hillary Clinton has had a rough year. But, largely due to a lack of a strong alternative, she remains the frontrunner in the 2016 Democratic primary on the eve of the party’s first debate.

Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary today.

A former investigator with the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has accused the Republican-led panel of obsessively targeting Hillary Clinton in a partisan attempt to discredit her.

Singer Katy Perry, in her first appearance for the 2016 campaign, will rally Clinton supporters on Oct. 24 in downtown Des Moines before the presidential nominee attends the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley’s campaign has “severed all ties” with a campaign volunteer in Virginia following the supporter’s arrest on felony child pornography charges.

For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, which is unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. They can blame low gas prices.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is asking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using the power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events.

Public schools in California can no longer use “Redskins” as a team name or mascot, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a contested bill into law today.

Republicans far and wide appeared to signal today that they would support Rep. Paul Ryan as their next House Speaker, even as the Wisconsin representative repeatedly dismissed his interest in the thankless and stressful job.

The NYT accused the governor of selling out the Hudson River by refusing to call on the EPA to require GE to continue its dredging project, and suggests it’s because the governor is trying to get the company to relocate its corporate HQ back to New York from Connecticut.

A DEC spokeswoman declined to answer questions about why the department’s new commissioner, Basil Seggos, reportedly tried to oust Dave Wick as executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, why he backed off, and whether any lesson was learned from that.

Harendra Singh, the Long Island restaurateur indicted on federal charges of bribing an Oyster Bay official, donated thousands of dollars to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign and won appointments to join business leaders and celebrities on three mayoral committees as well as the advisory board of a city-led philanthropy.

As a Legal Aid lawyer, Steven Banks brought the suit that forces New York to house all families seeking shelter. Now he’s head of the city’s Human Resources Administration.

Former Sen. George Maziarz passed a State Police background check required for an obscure hydropower panel appointment he received from the Senate, even as he was a target of US Attorney Preet Bharara over possible inappropriate use of campaign funds. Now it appears the local DA and the state AG are interested in the case.

Islandia officials have taken a pre-emptive step in banning sales of medical marijuana in the Long Island village.

The chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority, resurrecting a quarter-century-old controversy, unexpectedly called for construction of a new companion span between the US and Canada, and received support from Rep. Brian Higgins.

Democrat Mark Poloncarz has raised five times as much money as his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Ray Walter, in the campaign for Eric county executive, with the incumbent’s campaign war chest exceeding half a million dollars.

Bill O’Reilly contemplates what the Senate Republicans might get in return for signing off on another minimum wage increase.

After nearly 12 years, the longest-serving executive that Monroe County has ever had, Maggie Brooks, is wrapping up her time as the region’s top elected official and one of its most well-recognized Republican leaders.

Hate crimes that occur in the five boroughs — from racist graffiti to violent homophobic attacks — would be reported in weekly crime data, if a NYC Council bill becomes law.

Members of the Buffalo School Board spent more than $23,000 last year to attend conferences, raising the question about whether it’s worth the expense while the high-needs district has so many struggling schools.

Outgoing Bronx DA Robert Johnson intends to collect both his new $174,000 judicial salary and his retirement pay, which sources estimate could be as much as $142,000.

The attorneys representing a doctor convicted of fraud for his role in the LIRR federal disability scandal are looking for a second trial based on new evidence they say shows that “the overwhelming majority” of his former patients were entitled to disability benefits.

After months of tense debate over financing for the MTA, state and city officials announced a deal to pay for the authority’s ambitious plans to repair and expand the nation’s largest transit system, with New York City agreeing to sharply increase its contribution to the authority – a move the Cuomo administration had demanded.

A new middle school gym, new athletic fields and a new stadium, as well as new classrooms and a complete overhaul of school configurations are some of the improvements that are part of the $39.85 million North Tonawanda School District capital project that will be funded at no cost to local taxpayers.