Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Syracuse today to attend the funeral of State Trooper Amanda Anna. 10 a.m.,North Syracuse Baptist Church.
LG Bob Duffy is holding down the fort in Albany. He’ll hold an 11:30 a.m. Blue Room press conference to highlight state initiatives to help young people find summer jobs.
Members of Cuomo’s New York Works Task Force will meet on Monday at 1 p.m. at the ESDC HQ in NYC. (633 Third Ave.)
State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah touts Cuomo’s legislation to protect New Yorkers with disabilities at 1 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center.
Saying “we may be getting too close to Big Brother,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is considering legislation to block Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of large sugary drinks in certain NYC establishments.
The mayor defended the ban on various national TV shows, explaining: “We have an obligation to warn you when things are not good for your health.”
Bloomberg also defended his support of National Donut Day (which is today, in case you didn’t know), saying: “One donut’s not going to hurt you. In moderation most things are OK.”
“What’s next, a Twinkie purge?”
Former President Bill Clinton, a vegan convert and heart bypass surgery survivor, believes Bloomberg’s doing the right thing.
NYC deli owners are furious the ban would apply only to establishments that are inspected by the city Health Department and receive letter grades, which means not “Big Gulp” king 7-Eleven.
Like the ban or hate it, Bloomberg deserves credit for turning the word “mayor” into “what it’s supposed to be – a verb,” says Mike Lupica.
If the ban is enacted without approval from the NYC Council, as Bloomberg intends, it could easily be reversed by his successor. A number of 2013 Democratic mayoral candidate have already expressed opposition.
Jon Stewart’s take:
“Fact is, the proposal would not bar free refills or even multiple purchases — it’s meant to discourage, not to ban,” the NY Post reasons.
The DN approves of Bloomberg’s effort to reduce the waistlines of “fat city” residents.
NYT: Bloomberg is “overreaching” and should instead focus on programs “that educate and encourage people to make sound choices.”
Silver believes Cuomo’s office should have a lesser role in a new state agency the governor has proposed to police the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. Silver also insisted he’s not carrying water for CSEA.
The Cuomo administration wants to get rid of four sets of “rotting and obsolete” trains that have sat unused in a rail yard outside Schenectady since 2004, costing taxpayers $150,000 a year in storage costs.
State Operations Director Howard Glaser said the trains “may be the most expensive planters in the world.”
Republican Senator-elect David Storobin says he’s living the American Dream. He hopes to be sworn in next Tuesday, and isn’t daunted by the fact that he’ll have very little time to actually serve in Albany.
What’s next for Storobin’s defeated opponent, NYC Councilman Lew Fidler? Maybe a Brooklyn BP run in 2013?
Federal authorities announced their largest-ever push for bus safety, shutting down 26 discount bus companies and assuming an aggressive new oversight stance after a series of deadly crashes.
“When the economy is good and booming then I think there’s an opportunity to do a minimum wage increase then,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said shortly after Occupy Albany protestors were arrested for demonstrating in his Capitol office.
A documentary filmmaker arrested three years ago in Bridgehampton after a dust-up with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is suing the town ands its police department for $25 million.
Albany County DA David Soares chose an interesting location for his official re-election campaign kick-off.
There’s a Democratic primary for the right to take on GOP Sen. Ken LaValle.
The Catskill school district is firing 10 teachers.
The mayor of Ossining, William Hanauer, will wed his longtime partner, Alan Stahl, this weekend.
Mitt Romney’s campaign debuted a new ad, “A Better Day,” that indicates what will be different from “Day One” if he’s elected.
Peter Schmitt, the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, could face possible contempt charges.
John Edwards may have been acquitted, but the NY Post still thinks he’s a slimeball.
Congrats to Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser and his wife, Jessica, who welcomed their son into the world yesterday.
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