Cuomo Campaign: Planned Parenthood Funding ‘Critical’

womensequalityThe re-election committee of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday evening blasted the Republican-led effort in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood, calling the organization “critical” to health care.

“Planned Parenthood is a critical healthcare provider for the people of New York, and I will fight for them day in and day out,” the Cuomo email states. “Here in New York, we will not defund Planned Parenthood – not now and not in the future.”

The latest effort to end public aid to the group, which ultimately failed in the face of Democratic opposition in Congress, came after a video surfaced of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the selling of tissue from aborted fetuses. More >


People who call the New York cell number published by the web site Gawker are met with a recording from Trump advertising his Twitter account and campaign website.

Trump suggested he supported shutting down the federal government to stop funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos that show officials with the group discussing fees for tissue from aborted fetuses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be among those attending Billy Joel’s final show at the Nassau Coliseum tonight.

Is the governor thinking of adopting a pet?

A rift among the state’s ethics board spilled into public view today when some members raised concerns about the panel’s hiring practices and its previous directors’ ties to Cuomo.

Forty-one elected officials who have been connected to a scandal or investigation since 2005 have spent at least $7 million of campaign funds on legal fees, according to a review of state Board of Elections records by the New York Times.

Sen. Bill Perkins threw hit hat into the ring for retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat – the fifth contender to do so.

Former Memphis Superintendent Kriner Cash has become the clear frontrunner to be superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools after a two-hour meeting with board members this morning.

License plates you may see while driving around New York: BADCUOMO, CANCUOMO, NOCUOMO and RMVCUOMO. One you will not: FAQCUOMO, (which is probably not about frequently asked questions).

The former superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility says the acting DOCCS commissioner told him his post-escape forced retirement was “not right” and “not fair” but ordered by “downtown” (ie: the governor), despite an ongoing investigation.

There’s at least one Latino elected official in the Empire State willing to hear out Donald Trump: the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Despite his best efforts, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, the son of TV judge Judith Sheindlin aka “Judge Judy,” will have a challenger for the Republican endorsement.

A federal appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit by commercial truckers that accused the state Thruway Authority of charging illegally high tolls, and diverting excess sums it collected to maintain obsolete upstate canals.

VP Joe Biden’s sister, who also is his longtime political adviser, said she has not spoken with her brother about plans to run for president, raising more questions about how seriously he is considering a 2016 campaign.

Rep. Chris Gibson, who is not seeking re-election in 2016, continued contributing or transferring left over campaign funds to other candidates and political organizations in the second quarter.

The Albany County Democratic Committee is leaving behind its home of 21 years this month and moving down the block.

Rep. Nita Lowey has come out against the Iran nuclear deal.

Darryl Towns, the former commissioner and CEO of the state Homes and Community Renewal, is taking a job with American Airlines as director of state government relations after leaving his post with the Cuomo administration at the end of June.

Hillary Clinton’s approval rating plummeted in a new NBC/The Wall Street Journal poll to its lowest level since 2008.

Clinton finds it “relaxing and entertaining and informative” to watch HGTV.

This week is shaping up as critical for the presidential candidacy of former Republican Gov. George Pataki of New York, who barely registers as a blip in national polls.

Several historic sites in the city affected by Superstorm Sandy, including the Fraunces Tavern and Green-Wood Cemetery, will get federal funding to repair work and bolster the sites from future storms, Cuomo announced.

A Rochester man accused of threatening the president, governor and former lieutenant governor has been indicted again — a move that could overcome legal issues prosecutors faced with earlier criminal charges.

An unknown number of the 200 or so stagehands who turned out to set up and break down the Rolling Stones concert in Buffalo on July 11 received their checks around July 27, and deposited them. Days later, they found that the checks had bounced.

“The Voice” winner and Upstate New York native Sawyer Fredericks will perform the national anthem before the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International this Saturday.

Georgina Bloomberg, the youngest daughter of billionaire and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will showcase her world-class equestrian talents at this year’s Dublin Horse Show.

Don’t Expect Subsidies For Jobs To End, Cuomo Says

CuomobuffaloGov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday gave a blunt assessment when asked if there was ever going to be a time when New York didn’t have to offer lucrative incentives and subsidies in exchange for jobs.

The competition between the states when it comes to economic development is just too intense for New York to turn off the tax credit spigot, he insisted.

“No, because what’s happening now is every state is competing for every business,” Cuomo told reporters in Buffalo. “We have governors who come and meet with our businesses who make them offers to move their business.”

Cuomo was in Buffalo earlier this afternoon to tout the latest move by renewable energy company SolarCity, which will construct a new facility at the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend. More >

JCOPE Denies Funding Disclosure Exemptions

jcopeThe state’s lobbying and ethics regulators on Tuesday denied source of funding exemption requests from three organizations that sought to shield the identities of their donors.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics turned down source of funding exemption requests from the New York Civil Liberties Union, as well as Family Planning Advocates — a group that supports abortion rights — and the socially conservative New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, which commissioners determine did not meet a monetary threshold to consider its application.

It’s not the first time JCOPE has denied donor-disclosure exemptions from the groups, which have sought to shield their donors from being disclosed.

The 2011 ethics law that created JCOPE required new disclosure of how non-profit organizations that seek to influence public opinion in the state are funded. More >

In Binghamton, Cuomo Talks ‘Disruption’

CuomosoutherntierThe upstate economy was a “victim” of the last economic “disruption” in which manufacturing jobs left the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said while in Binghamton.

But the state — especially areas hit hard by outsourcing and a drain of manufacturing jobs — is in a better position now to respond and take advantage of the new economy, Cuomo insisted — thanks in large part to his taxing and spending policies.

“I hear opportunities in disruptions,” Cuomo said. “Disruptions are right. The entire economy, whole business lines, are being disrupted and they’re changing. In that change, there’s opportunity. That’s good news for the state of New York.”

Sounding at times more like a TED talk with buzzwords like “disruption” commonly used in the tech sector, Cuomo was at the Kirkwood Industrial Park West in Binghamton to tout the plans of Modern Marketing Concepts, Inc., which will spend $17 million to purchase a vacant 426,000 square foot building as part of its expansion. The company is expected to create 592 full-time jobs over the next five years in addition to retaining 310 jobs. More >

Northeast Charter Network Hires NY Director

northeastcharterA prominent charter school network on Tuesday announced its hiring of a new state director for New York with ties to organized labor, creating the position following a session that focused heavily on the charter school debate.

Northeast Chart Schools Network is turning to Claudia Granados, a native of El Salvador who grew up in California. She has ties to SEIU, and has worked with the 32BJ labor group as a deputy political director. Granados also served as Cory Booker’s chief labor negotiator while he was mayor of Newark.

“Education truly is the great equalizer. As an immigrant, and the child of parents whose first language is not English but who pushed me to excel in school, I recognize that I am where I am today in large part because of an excellent education,” Granados said in a statement. “Charter schools are providing this path for so many children and I knew I wanted to represent educators who are doing this meaningful work.”

Education policy dominated the legislative session after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled last December he would seek a broad overhaul of the teacher evaluation criteria as well as undertake an effort to strengthen and expand charter schools. More >

Cuomo Tries A New Strategy: Mr. Nice Guy

cuomoboltonFrom the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, known for throwing sharp elbows and a politician with something of a vengeful streak, has tried something new this summer: Playing nice.

After he was blasted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for undermining his agenda in Albany and accused of going on “vendettas” against real and perceived enemies, Cuomo has only sought to draw those he has differed with closer.

At the same time, he has held de Blasio had relative arm’s length, simultaneously saying the two don’t share a “lovey dovey” relationship and later calling the mayor a “friend.”

But rather than become isolated after de Blasio’s double-barrel attack, the governor has reached out to elected officeholders and others who have had aired grievances with him in the past. More >

Akshar Touts ‘Fresh Face’ Versus Fiala’s Experience

aksharFrom the Morning Memo:

Republican Senate hopeful Fred Akshar launched his campaign on Monday seeking to draw a contrast to his better known Democratic rival: Sure, she has experience, but he is a “fresh face.”

“The community needs a fresh face, fresh ideas and I have the passion and dedication to bring that to Albany,” said Akshar, the Broome County undersheriff.

It’s a phrase he used often during the campaign kick off event for his bid to replace Tom Libous in the Southern Tier Senate seat, a district that leans Republican, but could potentially be moved to the Democratic column with the candidacy of former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala.

In a sign, however, the campaign was sensitive to concerns Akshar didn’t have the career chops, Republicans released his resume detailing his law enforcement work alongside a press release. More >

Still The Cheerleader-In-Chief

duffyFrom the Morning Memo:

Former LG Bob Duffy left the Cuomo administration in early January for a private sector job back in his hometown of Rochester, but he’s still one of the governor’s biggest fans.

Duffy, who once declared he was proud to be Cuomo’s chief cheerleader, sang the praises of his ex-boss during a CapTon interview last night, saying he believes the governor will “bounce back” from the slow but steady demise of his poll numbers.

The former LG asked New Yorkers who may feel disenchanted with Cuomo’s performance of late to remember all the personal challenges he has faced.

“I think people should keep in mind, this man lost his father over the past year,” Duffy said. “I’ve lost both my parents over the years. The impact of how close the governor was with his Dad..factor in those personal issues, they do weigh heavily. I don’t think people realize, he had to go back and be the governor the next day and withstand all those issues.

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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Broome and Erie counties.

At 8:30 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik holds a “coffee with your congresswoman” event, Keene Fire Dept., 10858 NYS Route 9N, Keene.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul visits Camp Bais Rachel to discuss the governor’s legislative accomplishments with campers and community leaders, 224 Pleasant Valley Rd., South Fallsburg. (A media availability will be held outside the camp entrance following the LG’s visit).

At 10:30 a.m., JCOPE meets, 540 Broadway, Albany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Don Jeffries, President & CEO of VisitRochester will hold a joint press conference to make a tourism announcement, VisitRochester, 45 East Avenue, Suite #400, Rochester.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Sen. Jose Peralta unveils a bill that would require certain state applications to include an option to register in the Donate Life Registry, Hooters of Manhattan, Herald Square, 155 W. 33rd St., Manhattan.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Stefanik attends a Lake Placid Vets Forum, American Legion, 316 Main St., Lake Placid.

At 10:45 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Kirkwood Industrial Park West, 265 Industrial Park Rd., Binghamton.

At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman Ruben Wills holds a press conference to call on Skyway Men’s Shelter to uphold a pledge to remove known sex offenders, 132-10 S. Conduit Ave., Ozone Park, Queens.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio provides an update on Legionnaire’s Disease with city officials, Lincoln Hospital auditorium, 234 East 149th St., the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., NYC Councilmen Brad Lander and Stephen Levin hold a reusable bag giveaway with local grocers, Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.

At noon, NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan BP Gale Brewer, Rep. Charlie Rangel and others hold a press conference at the groundbreaking ceremony for new lighting at the Polo Grounds Towners, 2937 8th Ave., Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Hochul visits camp Rav, 350 Cherrytown Rd., Kerhonkhson.

Also at 12:30 p.m., human rights advocates hold a rally to denounce what they call the Obama administration’s “attempt to minimize ongoing, widespread human trafficking and forced labor conditions in Malaysia” to advance the TPP free trade agreement, outside Malaysia consulate general, 313 E. 43rd St., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Cuomo participates in a topping off ceremony at RiverBend, 1339 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

At 1:30 p.m., Rep. Paul Tonko tours Albany International Airport to view energy-saving projects, Administrative Building Parking Lot, Albany.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio discusses the city’s financial plan at the NYS Financial Control Board meeting, governor’s office, 633 Third Ave., 38th Floor, Manhattan.

At 3:30 p.m., Manhattan Da Cyrus Vance Jr., attends National Night Out events, starting at the 9th precinct, E 5th St. between 1st and 2nd avenues, Manhattan.

At 5:35 p.m., Hochul and NYC Councilwoman Inez Dickens speak at 2015 National Night Out events in Harlem, 163 W. 125th St. (between 7th and 8th avenues), Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., de Blasio attends a National Night Out event at the 73rd precinct, Betsy Head Park, Thomas S. Boyland Street and Blake Avenue, Brooklyn.


AG Eric Schneiderman’s office will investigate the death of a woman who was found dead in a holding cell in Mount Vernon after she was arrested on shoplifting charges and then fell ill. Why the woman, Raynette Turner, died has not been determined and toxicology tests are still being conducted.

Schneiderman also says he’ll join nine other states in defending President Obama’s plan to dramatically cut U.S power plant emissions if it’s challenged in court.

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx has claimed three more lives, bringing the death toll to seven, New York City officials said amid calls for tighter regulation of water-cooling towers, which are thought to be the origin of the illness.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are expected to introduce legislation this week to help prevent future outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. The mayor said the city would take steps to strengthen inspections of building cooling towers where bacteria that causes the disease can appeared.

A grade fixing scandal at a NYC high school has prompted some state lawmakers to suggest de Blasio’s control of the city school system shouldn’t be renewed next year.

The Buffalo School Board has interviewed five candidates so far for superintendent, but the man they will interview today is a heavy hitter who could be a game changer in the search process. Kriner Cash is a lively personality who navigated Tennessee’s largest school district through a difficult period of education reform.

Billionaire businessman Steve Case, who has been touring the country to promote – and invest in – up-and-coming business markets, is bringing his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour to Buffalo. His Sept. 30 visit will give Buffalo companies the chance to compete for $100,000 in startup funds.

Onondaga County government’s Board of Ethics is not functioning, keeps no meeting minutes and does not investigate potential conflicts of interest, Comptroller Bob Antonacci said in a report.

State Labor Department representatives next month will begin prescreening applicants for SolarCity’s new solar panel manufacturing plant in South Buffalo, as the first step in the company’s eventual hiring of more than 1,500 workers and the creation of some 3,000 jobs in all.

State leaders are planning to borrow $5 million to help CBS pay for renovations at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, the home for the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” That means state taxpayers are on the hook for $5 million, plus interest.

US Sen. Charles Schumer teamed up with his cousin, actress and comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a new effort for stricter gun-control laws.

It was at a screening of Amy Schumer’s film, “Trainwreck,” last month in Lafayette, La., that a gunman fatally shot two young women and wounded nine other people. Since then, she has pledged to become involved in efforts to curb gun violence.

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