Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule, according to his press office.
That’s odd, because according to the Democratic Rural Conference, he’s supposed to be in Corning tonight for the kick-off dinner of their annual conference along with AG Eric Schneiderman, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, state Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, and state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs.
…perhaps we’ll be getting an updated scheduled from the governor’s campaign arm, because this is considered a political event? Stay tuned.
Before he was sentenced to seven years in prison, ex-Sen. Carl Kruger said: “My actions will forever overshadow whatever legacy I managed to achieve. I have no one but myself to blame, and that reality will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Kruger is scheduled to surrender to prison authorities on June 26, which also happens to be the date for federal primaries in NY.
Michael Powell almost manages to feel sorry for Kruger, whom he describes as “the felonious pol rendered as Horatio Alger.”
Amid an intense lobbying battle between physicians and health insurers, Cuomo is trying to salvage his landmark overhaul of out-of-network medical charges.
The governor expects a quiet end of session (unless the legislative redistricting plan fails to pass muster in court), and threw cold water on the concept of a minimum wage hike and public campaign finance reform.
The Bloomberg administration’s new – and first ever – information and innovation officer, was, until last October, a director of a firm that owes more than $500,000 in unpaid franchise fees to the very agency he will now head.
The spokesman for NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a Manhattan Democrat, is a cop-hating con who served time in federal prison for torching a US Army recruitment center in the Bronx.
Members of the state’s highest court seemed skeptical at a hearing that the 63rd Senate seat created by the GOP is unconstitutional.
An attorney for the Senate Democrats argued it’s “not the result that’s irrational; it’s the methodology>”
So far, three state troopers have been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that prostitutes were transported from Canada into Western New York.
Bloomberg downplayed his disagreement with Council Speaker Christine Quinn over the living wage bill he vetoed, saying he’s planning on attending her wedding and having a good time regardless of their differences.
Thanks to the DN, Paul Rivera, a top aide to Sampson, won’t be getting his $50,000 raise after all.
Buffalo school officials are the first of any district that has lost its school improvement grants for failing to institute a teacher performance evaluation to challenge the legality of the state’s decision to pull the funds.
Cuomo is investing $800 million to enhance the energy efficiency of state and local government buildings, with a goal of reducing consumption by 20 percent over the next four years. This will be funded through debt issued by NYPA.
Former President Clinton recorded a video extolling President Obama’s virtues as “decided-in-chief” and suggesting Osama bin Laden would still be alive if Mitt Romney were in charge.
VP Joe Biden drew big laughs at NYU when he discussed Obama’s “big stick.”
Newt Gingrich is taking his time dropping out of the presidential race.
How Twitter has revolutionized politics.
The DN blames Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for the three primaries this year that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
The MTA has a first-of-its-kind contract to partially privatize escalators.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said local opposition to fracking will be considered in the permitting process if drilling is indeed allowed in the Marcellus.
Roll Call writes: “If there’s a slight lean to the overall House outlook in New York, it’s probably in Democrats’ favor, with a possible net gain of one seat.”
One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs is a 92-year-old WW II veteran on Long Island who sends all his purloined movies to the troops serving overseas – for free.
Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn said she notified the Capitol police force of threatening phone calls made to her office, after Glenn Beck’s website posted a video that appeared to show her criticizing Tea Party protesters.
Another Secret Service prostitution scandal, this time in El Salvador.
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s network of political donors has a message for Obama’s longtime backers when it comes to multi-million dollar contributions to the president’s super PAC3: You first.
The NYC Council is expected to approve new zoning rules next week that make it easier for buildings to insulate exterior walls, install solar panels and put gardens on rooftops.
The state is trying for a third time to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the small city school districts over allocation of education aid.
The NY Post says NYC Comptroller John Liu’s fundraising scandal is an argument against a taxpayer-funded campaign finance system at the state level.
The Bloomberg administration spared two politically-connected schools from the chopping block: Grover Cleveland HS in Queens, which counts state Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan as an alumna, and Bushwick Community HS in Brooklyn, which garnered several vocal supporters, including Quinn.
The drama inside the courtroom where former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s fate will be decided makes for interesting reading.
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