Here And Now
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The joint budget conference subcommittee on health convenes at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room B/LOB. A five-way leader’s meeting – this time including the minority conference leaders – is scheduled to take place at that time, too, in the Red Room.
Three years ago on this date, David Paterson was sworn in as New York’s first black governor following the resignation of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, due to a prostitution scandal.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will review safety at the Indian Point nuclear power plant after an MSNBC report named it the nation’s most vulnerable in the unlikely case of a major earthquake.
Cuomo has long thought Indian Point was too risky to be located so close to NYC.
Evacuating everyone within a 50-mile radius of Indian Point would entail relocating 15 million people.
Peter Applebome thinks those worried about Indian Point and other potential natural disasters in New York – not matter how far-fetched they might seem – are right to do so.
Cuomo said there’s “flexibility” in his executive budget and he wants to make a deal with legislative leaders.
Rudy Giuliani thinks Cuomo has gotten off to a “very good start” because he’s “doing everything that a Republican governor would do in a similar situation.”
The outlook for the extended millionaire’s tax is not good at the moment.
Is Assemblyman Robin Schimminger being punished for standing with Cuomo and casting the lone Democratic “no” vote on the majority’s one-house budget?
The Senate wants the state to take over the licensing of billboards in the five boroughs – potentially stripping millions of dollars from the city.
Both the Assembly and the Senate included money in their one-house budgets for the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment – the old-school partisan method of redistricting.
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown had a bit of a misunderstanding (at least that’s how the downstate mayor’s aides and allies characterized it).
Upstaters didn’t quite see it that way. Quipped Rep. Louise Slaughter: “(W)e’d love to have Mayor Bloomberg up in Buffalo. In fact,” she chided, “when he comes up, we’ll have him meet with the real experts on snow removal so he’ll be ready to handle it next time.”
A spokesman for Brown confirmed that Bloomberg apologized, but said the Buffalo mayor still feels the remarks were a “cheap shot.”
Bloomberg’s approval rating has hit a new low, according to a new Q poll.
The upstate-downstate divide is evident in discussions over prison closures.
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have proposed a bill to improve the training of commercial bus drivers.
That comes after 17-bus crash deaths in just four days.
More Sen. Carl Kruger-related allegations.
Members of Congress may have banned earmarks, but they’ve found a way to get their favorite projects funded: appealing directly to federal agencies for money that is already available.
North Country school districts are keeping a close eye on the 4021 school funding fight in Albany.
Cuomo kept a fairly low profile while in Saranac Lake.
Hillary Clinton is making plans for life after the Obama administration.
Clinton, a one-woman party of “no.”
Assemblyman Keith Wright says Harlem has no hard feelings about former President Clinton’s impending departure.
Wright’s political stock in Harlem and Albany is “rising exponentially,” according to Black Star News.
Sarah Palin is going to Israel.
A new front opened in the LIFO battle over an e-mail sent by the DOE to parent coordinators.
New ORDA Chairman Patrick Barrett is already on the job.
AQE held protests over Cuomo’s proposed education aid cuts in Yonkers, Albany, Watertown, Buffalo.
Mike Rebell, the lead attorney in the CFE case, says Cuomo’s cuts are unconstitutional.
Betsy McCaughey takes on hospice.
NYU submitted a modified expansion plan for its Greenwich Village campus after running into community opposition.
Reps. Richard Hanna and Bill Owens voted “yes” on the latest federal budget extender.
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