A severe storm ripped through Elmira, with a possible tornado sighting. The damage sounds pretty significant so far.

London Mayor Boris Johnson did not take kindly to Mitt Romney dissing his city’s Olympics. Ditto British Prime Minister David Cameron.

NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook was found guilty on of orchestrating a broad corruption scheme to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars to his relatives, friends and a girlfriend through a network of nonprofit organizations that he controlled.

The special election to replace Seabrook, who was instantly removed from office upon conviction, will be held concurrent with the Nov. 6 general election. One candidate has already declared: Andy King, an 1199 SEIU operative who lost to Seabrook in 2009.

The looming storm today has forced the state Parks Department to issue an mandatory evacuation of tent campers in parts of western New York and the Hudson Valley.

The Cuomo administration also postponed a Rockland County community meeting on the Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project.

By design, NY Council Speaker Chris Quinn, the 2013 mayoral frontrunner, avoids taking positions on controversial issues.

One Spitzer administration veteran (Lee Kyriacou) is raising campaign cash for another (congressional hopeful Sean Patrick Maloney).

Mayor Bloomberg is raising money for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown because of the GOP lawmaker’s “tough stand” on gun control.

The NRA has given Brown an “A” rating.

Steve Kornacki concludes Bloomberg’s support of Brown is really about Wall Street.

Clyde Haberman suggests New Yorkers should be relieved they lost out on hosting the upcoming Olympics to London.

Democratic congressional hopeful Mark Murphy had fundraisers for breakfast AND lunch in Washington, D.C. today.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer isn’t eating at Chick-fil-A anymore and doesn’t think you should, either.

Ken Lagone explains why he can’t forgive Spitzer for coming after him and former NYSE Chairman Dick Grasso: “I saw the evil of personal ambition blinding him to his responsibilities.”

The CFB put together an interactive map of campaign contributions to NYC candidates broken down by zip code.

Ex-Rep. Dan Maffei on why NY-24 voters should return him to Washington: “I was a very, very good congressman.”

New York State ratified its constitution on this date in 1788.