Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
As of 9 p.m. last night, the governor, who cancelled a trip to Syracuse and Rochester due to severe weather, announced approximately 93,700 customers without power across the state due to yesterday’s storms. The tally:
NYSEG: 47,000. Chemung County, 17,000 outages; Putnam, Westchester, and Steuben each have 5,000 outages, and Broome County has 4,000 outages.
Central Hudson: 33,000. The most significant damage reported in Dutchess County with more than 19,000 customers without service, Ulster, Orange, and Putnam Counties have 4,800, 3,500, and 1,575 outages, respectively.
In Orange, Rockland and Sullivan outages total approximately 7,600.
ConEd (Westchester Division): 2,500.
LIPA: 1,800. National Grid: 1,500. RGE: 38.
Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Chemung County shortly after 8 p.m. last night.
The storm claimed the life of 61-year-old Brooklyn resident Richard Schwartz, who worked as a prosecutor in AG Eric Schneiderman’s office.
The New York City Fire Department is trying to determine if a severe lightning strike caused a fast-moving fire that injured 40 firefighters and a dozen civilians in Brooklyn.
The impending storm spurred Cuomo to get involved in the nearly month-long dispute between ConEd and some 8,500 unionized workers and help end the lockout.
“Sometimes a storm has a silver lining,” Cuomo said.
In the Capital Region, where many pre-storm precautions were taken, it turned out to be the “storm that never was.”
In non storm-related news…
Mayor Bloomberg kept up his crusade against the NRA with a Bloomberg News OpEd, writing: “More than anything, the NRA is a marketing organization, and its flagship product is fear.”
Brown broke ranks with the NRA on the issue of an assault weapons ban, which he supports at the state level, but declined to say (through a spokeswoman) his position on other gun control issues.
The Mindy Meyer juggernaut continues. (Watch the Diva state Senate candidate browbeat a man on the street into voting for her; she’d be a match for any Albany lobbyist). She also invited ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani to her Bat Mitzvah and thought he’d come. He didn’t, but did send a note.
The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region jumped to 8.8 percent last month – its highest level for any June in at least 22 years – as more workers joined the job hunt.
Ex-NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook’s attorneys say he’ll consider all his legal options following his conviction on federal bribery charges.
The MTA is planning to raise $20 million by adding a dollar surcharge to all MetroCards.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has a $1 million campaign war chest – a clear sign he’ll seek a third term next year, although he hasn’t yet formally announced his candidacy.
Following Bloomberg’s lead, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged his citizens to stop drinking soda made by foreign companies and instead choose locally produced grape juice.
President Obama’s secret weapon against Mitt Romney on the foreign policy front: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Romney leaked his own meeting with Sir John Sawers, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service — also known as the MI6 – which neither the Romney campaign nor Sawers’ office would confirm or deny.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, will donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country.
While stumping for Romney in Tampa, ex-NYC Mayor Giuliani said Sen. Marco Rubio would make the “most exciting” VP candidate.
Top Democrats, who meet today in Minneapolis to start drafting the platform, are getting pleas to add party planks on issues ranging from sports medicine to salad-bar and pickle sanitation.
Localities in New York spend at least $1 billion a year on judgments and other costs of lawsuits, according to preliminary data from Rockefeller College.
Rep. Bill Owens voted in favor of auditing the Federal Reserve – something on which he and his GOP opponent, Matt Doheny, agree.
New York City public school officials have told state education officials that they will work to balance the enrollment of pupils in city schools to ensure that children with high needs are not overly concentrated in a handful of institutions.
Today’s kicker: Democratic consultant Scott Levenson on Assemblywoman/congressional hopeful Grace Meng’s predicament: “It’s a huge problem when your dad is arrested on bribery charges while you’re running for Congress.”
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