Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. He’s scheduled to make an announcement in the Capitol’s Red Room at 11:30 a.m.
LG Bob Duffy is in his hometown of Rochester, where he will be joined by local elected officials to announce Maximus Federal Services’ retention and expansion of Jobs in Monroe County at 10 a.m., 1 HSBC Plaza.
Student activists will protest fracking at the Capitol today. Their demonstration plans include a mock “wedding” between politicians and gas companies, and they’re scheduled to arrive at the Capitol at 11:30 a.m. “for theatrics and delivery of letter to Gov. Cuomo.”
The four-member NYC Council GOP delegation will endorse Rep. Bob Turner’s US Senate bid at 1 p.m. on the steps of City Hall in lower Manhattan.
Senate Republicans will be joined by law enforcement and education officials to discuss a bill that would criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.” 1 p.m. in Room 332 of the Capitol.
The final living wage bill will be voted on by the NYC Council this afternoon. A rally in support of the measure will precede the meeting.
The governor has asked the inspector general to investigate NYRA executives after a Raceing and Wagering report found some $8.5 million was “knowingly” withheld from bettors at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct.
In the report, Budget Director Bob Megna questioned whether the “character and general fitness of NYRA executives meets the standard necessary to be licensed in the racing industry in New York.”
Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100 percent increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year. In general, the combination of casinos and racing has proved deadly for the horses.
Cuomo intends to remain “neutral” in the 2013 NYC mayor’s race during the Democratic primary, but could be open (according to a source “familiar with his thinking”) to endorsing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly – if he runs.
Cuomo will appoint Fran Barrett, wife of muckraking reporter Wayne Barrett, to fill the newly-created position of interagency coordinator for not-for-profit services, according to an administration source said.
Many legislative staffers – 345 in the state Senate and 271 in the Assembly – earn a full-time salary and benefits, but don’t work a full schedule on government time, freeing them up to do political/campaign work.
Bill Clinton said Mitt Romney’s policies are basically former President Bush’s agenda “on steroids.”
President Obama isn’t going to replace VP Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton this year, but he is trying to capitalize on his secretary of state’s popularity by dropping her name into speeches.
“Two presidents for the (still rather steep) price of one.”
The Obama campaign’s latest video: “Forward.”
School districts across New York are revising their bullying and harassment policies to comply with provisions of the Dignity for All Students Act, signed by Gov. David Paterson in September 2010, which take effect July 1.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called on Bloomberg to release evaluations of administration staffers.
Cutting-edge Medicaid reform is taking place in Erie County.
An SUV crash that killed seven members of the same family Sunday was the deadliest accident in NYC since March 2011, when a bus heading to Chinatown from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut crashed on Interstate 95 in the Bronx.
There’s a hitch in NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich’s gay-marriage record that could undercut his key argument against Sen. Joe Addabbo.
Nearly two dozen activists who were arrested protesting the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, including Princeton University’s Cornel West, plan to rally as they head for trial today.
A Hudson Valley school official calls the tax cap formula “absurd in a lot of ways.”
The canal system opened slightly earlier than usual.
Legislators and other candidates for state offices have spent more than $44,919 on cigars and other-tobacco-related items since 2008, according to a study of campaign records provided to the DN by NYPIRG.
One World Trade Center will again be NYC’s tallest skyscraper today. No. 1 in the world? That’s debatable.
Two South Bronx schools, alike in many ways, except one is an A and the other is an F. Why? It’s complicated.
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