Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
LG Bob Duffy is also in New York City. He’s scheduled to deliver the welcoming remarks at the Partnership for After School Education Conference at Pace University. (9 a.m.)
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will discuss the Obama administration’s vision for “great urban parks” at the Greater and Greener International Urban Parks Conference presented by the City Parks Alliance. (8:30 a.m., NYU).
Two NYC Council Committees vote today (9:30 a.m. Zoning and 10:30 a.m. Land Use) on the controversial plan to add four buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet to NYU’s Greenwich Village campus. A full Council vote is scheduled for July 25.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is hosting a summit of the upstate mayors at which they will discuss their collective fiscal woes. (Press conference to follow at Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 4 p.m.)
The State Budget Crisis Task Force, led by ex-LG Richard Ravitch and former Fed Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, will release an in-depth analysis of state fiscal policies and practices at an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (11 a.m.)
The NYC Board of Elections commissioners are meeting at 1:30 p.m. They’re expected change election night vote tally procedures so the “memory sticks” in electronic machines will be used to get totals.
Kerry Kennedy is due in court today and plans to plead not guilty to her drug-impaired driving charge.
The trucker whose rig was clipped by Kennedy last Friday said she ignored a warning blast from his horn. “I’m pretty sure she was half-asleep or very, very intoxicated.”
In other news…
The NYT picks up the DN’s story about Cuomo’s aversion to email, and expands on the pride his administration takes in “leaving few footprints.”
Two-thirds of the individual contributors who have given cash to Cuomo since January gave $1,000 or more. His spokesman said the govenror’s not focused on low-dollar donors because he’s not actively campaigning for re-election.
Two companies fighting to get MMA legalized in New York donated $105,000 to the governor during his first 18 months in office.
Of Cuomo’s donors, at least 102 gave $40,000 or more. Leading the list: Real estate mogul Leonard Litwin, who didn’t give a single individual contribution to the governor, but funneled $250,000 to him via LLCs.
NYC Comptroller John Liu, who continues to raise cash for a likely 2013 mayoral run despite legal woes, took in $577,100 over the past six months, but spent $165,341 – over half his expenses for this fundraising period – on attorneys’ fees.
NYC Public Advocate Bil de Blasio again out-raised his likely 2013 mayoral rivals, but is still playing catch-up to NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer.
The Senate Republicans have a considerable cash advantage over the Democrats in the upcoming re-match for control of the chamber.
The NY Post on the potential political comeback of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner: “Get over yourself, Tony. Go find a real job.”
Ditto, says the DN, adding: “Rather than take an ego-driven flier financed by donations from supporters he betrayed, he should long ago have sent refunds.”
The prolonged heat wave is crippling upstate farmers.
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin dubs Tompkins County Legislator/congressional hopeful Nate Shinagawa the “Jeremy Lin of politics.”
The Bloomberg administration has delayed the launch of its much-touted bike sharing program.
Divided Democrats have poured money into the crowded contest to succeed Assemblyman Jack McEneny, swelling the campaign coffers of the half-dozen candidates vying for the seat to the tune of $265,000 before anyone has even officially made the ballot.
From the safe perch of his own show on Current TV, Eliot Spitzer went after Maria Bartiromo following his tiff with her on HER show. (She was not there to respond).
Is New York really as “open for business” as Cuomo’s $50 million ad campaign exclaims?
Chris Callaghan, the former Saratoga County treasurer and 2006 state comptroller candidate, plans to seek the seat of retiring county GOP Chairman Jasper Nolan. He’ll likely have competition.
Dan Maffei surpassed Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in cash on hand.
Hillary Clinton called Mitt Romney’s ads that use her to attack President Obama a “waste of money.”
Democrats in the GLOW counties plan to fight for Rep. Kathy Hochul.
Republican-Conservative U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long says if elected this November she will renew the annual report tradition established by the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Alec Baldwin’s preservationist zeal may tank his plan for a 120-foot wind turbine at his Hamptons home.
The 9/11 joke in the movie “Ted” fell flat in a Hamptons theater after the crowd realized ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in the house.
VP Joe Biden is headed back to the Hamptons for some fundraising.
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