Here And Now
It’s primary day! Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in NYC and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. All others open at noon.
Turnout is expected to be very low, which means the outcome of these races – the three-way GOP US Senate contest and a handful of congressional match-ups across the state – are very hard to predict.
You know things are really up in the air when an expert political numbers-cruncher like Jerry Skurnik says: “I am less sure of what the turnout will be in this primary than I’ve been in just about any primary.”
Erie County Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr said his office is preparing for 20 percent turnout at the most.
The newly-drawn district lines are further complicating things.
In short, it should be an interesting evening. For those in the CapTon viewing area, we’ll be live from 8 p.m. on with results and analysis.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who lives in NY-18 where there is a five-way Democratic primary for the right to face GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth in November (he hasn’t endorsed anyone in that race) is in NYC with no public schedule.
No information was released on where – and whether – he’ll be voting, and he’ll be making no last-minute campaign appearances on behalf of the candidates he has endorsed.
Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez is calling for the Dominican community in New York to support Sen. Adriano Espaillat in his primary battle against Rep. Charles Rangel.
The NY Post slams the state’s political establishment – including Cuomo – for backing Rangel, saying his supporters are either “opportunists” or “comrades in chicanery.”
The New NY Education Reform Commission is meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan.
In other news…
Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a $68.5 billion budget deal for the fiscal year that begins Sunday, restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to child care, after-school programs, fire service and libraries.
The political duo sealed their agreement with a kiss.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb called a possible post-election deal to raise lawmakers’ pay in exchange for cutting their per-diem payments “extortion.”
The DN’s Bill Hammond says lawmakers desperate desire for a pay raise presents Cuomo with an opportunity to get something out of them, adding: “He must milk it for everything it’s worth.”
The partial fracking plan floated by the Cuomo administration creates a conflict for some town board members who own property and stand to benefit personally by leasing their gas rights.
Entering the home stretch of his third and final term in office, Bloomberg is experiencing a spate of defections by high-level staffers.
Cuomo believes a property tax abatement for hundreds of thousands of NYC condominium and co-op owners would be preserved, despite his rejection of a renewal of the abatement as part of a package of housing legislation on the final day of the legislative session last week.
WNY Sens. Mark Grisanti and George Maziarz say it would be “safer” if New York’s large sports stadiums could serve beer one hour earlier – at 11 a.m. – on Sundays, because it could cut down on tailgating.
New York’s inability to pay its bills on time cost taxpayers nearly $2 million during the past budget year, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The biggest offender: DOH.
A federal appeals court has returned to the New York state courts a dispute over whether the Shinnecock Indian tribe should be able to build a casino in the town of Southampton.
The SUNY Board of Trustees’s Charter Schools Committee decided — without a vote — to allow Harlem Success Academy Charter Schools, run by former NYC Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, to increase its per-pupil fee from $1,350 to $2,000 to run charter schools in Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The State Police spent an estimated $91,000 on overtime last autumn monitoring and enforcing a curfew in a state-controlled park near the Occupy Albany encampment, the TU reports.
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s portrait – a gift from his former staffers, friends and son – will be hung sometime this fall.
The state Senate’s failure to pass deficit-reduction bonds for Rockland County, Long Beach and Nassau County could hurt the municipalities long-term financial picture, Moody’s warned.
Two laptops were stolen over the weekend from Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s campaign office.
Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin, whose coveted official parking placard was pulled by the Bloomberg administration in April after he racked up $630 in unpaid summonses, has 10 new tickets and $595 in fines and late fees.
The Bloomberg administration is in advanced talks with an investment group seeking to build a giant Ferris wheel akin to the London Eye near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
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