Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement regarding saltwater fishing licenses at 11 a.m. at the Freeport Boatmans Association in Nassau County.

Mayor Bloomberg has no public events scheduled.

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European and Asian markets continued their downward slide ahead of Wall Street’s opening this morning.

Cuomo quietly changed the compensation for plum patronage posts, so state Civil Service Commission and State Liquor Authority are now paid on a per-diem basis, rather than getting annual salaries for jobs that require just a handful of meetings each year

A source said people were “encouraged” by the departure of Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and his replacement by insider Cas Holloway because it indicates an awareness that the Bloomberg administration is “adrift” in the third term.

Goldsmith’s habit of stressing management theory over political pragmatism did not fly in New York.

The young black and Latino men Bloomberg hopes to help with $130 million worth of privately-funded programs expressed skepticism that his effort would work.

The largely minority listeners of Mark Riley’s WWRL radio show flooded his phones with rants about Bloomberg’s latest project, surprising the host.

One of the founders of City Year thinks Bloomberg’s initiative is great.

Says Michael Powell: “(Y)ou cannot write of this mayor and his good works without reckoning with his personal and policy contradictions, and with the questions that might be raised about government by personal checkbook.”

As his time in public office winds down, Bloomberg has become more overt about his philanthropy.

Some observers hope President Obama will follow Bloomberg’s lead.

Formerly of Upstate America, Mark Dunlea and Judith Enck are part of a wave of white residents who have transformed traditionally black Bed-Stuy, which is now barely 60 percent African American – down from 75 percent 10 years ago.

The Rent is Too Damn High’s Jimmy McMillan is fighting eviction from his rent-controlled East Village apartment. The landlord says he really lives in Brooklyn and should be paying more than $872.96 a month.

After signing a new energy bill into law, Cuomo estimated the power plant siting part of that measure will be up and running within a year.

Concrete workers who staged a three-day work stoppage at Ground Zero over pay cuts are back on the job.

Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch again calls on New Yorkers to hold legislators to their NY Uprising pledge promise to support redistricting reform.

AG Eric Schneiderman is moving to block a proposed $8.5 billion settlement struck in June by Bank of New York Mellon and Bank of America over troubled loan pools issued by Countrywide.

In an open letter to the governor, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt suggests the next MTA chair’s salary be reduced from $350,000 to no more than Cuomo’s own paycheck.

Questions over the closed-door meeting policy followed LG Bob Duffy to CNY for the first get-together of the region’s economic development council.

The governor signed a bill into law that expands NY’s efforts to combat music piracy.

Advocates are pushing a long-stalled plan to protect Lake George. The governor’s press shop had no comment.

A Brooklyn hospital received more than $2.5 million in capital grants from Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz’s office after it paid for his trip to the Caribbean in 2007.

NY-9 GOP candidate Bob Turner criticized Markowitz for letting his Democratic opponent, Assemblyman David Weprin, address the crowd at an Aretha Franklin concert in Coney Island last night.

The TU picks up on the NYTimes report of a drinking water aquifer contaminated by hydrofracking and calls on the DEC to pay attention.

ESDC Chairman Ken Adams was well received at the Accelerate Upstate conference.

The holdup in approval for Nik Wallenda’s wire-walk over Niagara Falls is occurring mainly on the Canadian side, highlighting the differences between the two cities that flank this natural wonder.

LATFOR members have decided to follow the prisoner gerrymandering law despite a Senate GOP lawsuit challenging it.

New lines are already being decided by the court in Erie County, which does not bode well for the looming state-level fight.

At what price gay marriage?

Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are hosting an “intimate” $71,600-a-head dinner for Obama on Aug. 11 in NYC. The event was rescheduled from July 18 due to the debt debacle.

A record 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing in the wake of the debt mess.

The threat of state layoffs appears to be still alive while CSEA and PEF members mull tentative contract agreements struck by their leaders with Cuomo.

After being chastised by the Staten Island Advance, Sen. Diane Savino apologized for referring to the Tea Party as the “new mafia.”

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, reportedly found a buyer for their Queens apartment and are moving out of his old district – perhaps to TriBeCa?

Another disgruntled former Obama supporter wants Hillary Clinton to run in 2012.

Republicans in some key states are complicating things for GOP 2012 contenders by plotting to move up their caucuses or primaries.

Two veteran attorneys were hired for top posts at the DEC.

The NYT endorsed keeping horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, saying it would be “dreary” without them, and delivering a blow to Sen. Tony Avella’s longtime crusade to ban them.

SUNY has created multi-campus alliances in hopes of saving on administrative costs.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle approves of SUNY’s cooperative spirit.