Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule.

There will be a Small Business Outreach Initiative by officials of the Cuomo administration at the South Side Innovation Center in Syracuse (2610 South Salina St.) at 6:30 p.m.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will appear with controversial Independence Party activist Lenora Fulani at 11 a.m. at the Harlem State Office Building to outline Conversation: Cops and Kids, an initiative the department has incorporated into its training.


While leading a high-profile investigation into the State Police in 2008, then-AG Cuomo reportedly discouraged top agency officials from retaining attorneys, saying it would look like a presumption of guilt. (The administration rejects this claim).

Two former top State Police officials say testimony detailing assertions of political interference with the force never made it into Cuomo’s final investigative report that was intended to expose such inappropriate activities.

Said former Acting State Police Superintendent Preston Felton: “I also think a year-and-a-half investigation should have yielded much more than an 11-page report that is essentially just a memorandum. The only word I can use is ‘ridiculous.'”

Aides to former Gov. David Paterson, the state’s first black governor, sought to have at least 10 white members of his security team replaced with black of Hispanic members, setting off a standoff with the State Police.

Paterson on life after being in charge: “It’s an instant enjoyment in the morning. I wake up and everything is not my fault.”

Cuomo will reportedly veto a controversial special education bill today that requires school officials to consider religion and other family beliefs when approving taxpayer-funded tuition for students at private schools. (More here).

A day after two children were injured in a drive-by shooting, Mayor Bloomberg said city officials are “worried” about an upswing in gun violence.

GOP congressional hopeful Matt Doheny hit Democrat Rep. Bill Owens for saying that he hadn’t heard President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks.

Denise Jewell Gee isn’t surprised by the battle over $25,000 between Nik Wallenda and the City of Niagara Falls, where “things can tend to get caught up in the petty business of politics as usual.”

Sen. David Storobin’s Democratic challenger, ex-NYC Councilman Simcha Felder, claims the signature of a woman who died two years ago has turned up on the senator’s nominating petitions.

New York’s tough gun laws don’t appear to be working. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced 8,793 guns seized in the state last year and found that just 1,595 were bought here.

Sen. Cathy Young says more gun control won’t make us safer.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has decided not to headline Assemblyman Steve Katz’s shooting-themed fun-raiser.

Bloomberg will be featured in an upcoming Vanity Fair fashion spread shot on the streets of NYC by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Protestors challenged Monroe County Executive/congressional candidate Maggie Brooks on Medicare.

Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin and Joanne Woodwood have come aboard to co-host Harvey Weinstein’s Aug. 6 fund-raising dinner for President Obama.

Obama raised more than $2 million during his brief trip to NYC yesterday.

The state may have lost up to $136 million in the scandal involving banks rigging a global interest rate benchmark known as Libor to conceal their troubles, Cuomo’s budget office estimates.

Michael Kane, the head of Western New York Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., is being touted for a spot on the revamped NYRA Board that supervises thoroughbred tracks across the state, according to local figures connected to the industry.

Rep. Richard Hanna took his own party to task, saying the GOP is too willing to accommodate its most extreme members.

The lure of the Catskills turns out to be difficult to put into words.

Cuomo on Monday signed a bill requiring written parental consent in order for a minor to obtain a body piercing.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer responds to the accusations of his nemesis, (or one of them), Ken Langone.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy called for New York to close parts of the Champlain Canal, saying the step was needed to prevent the spread of another invasive species north into the lake. New York officials once again rejected the idea, citing economic reasons.

Laborers Local 190, which endorsed Albany County DA David Soares in 2007, threw its support behind Democratic challenger Lee Kindlon, expressing unhappiness with the incumbent’s record on labor issues.

Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle and Hanna are among the minority of New York’s congressional delegation who oppose an Upstate high-speed rail line, saying it does not make sense in an era of shrinking government budgets.

The NYT sides with Bloomberg on Chick-fil-A, saying anti-gay statements by its president and COO are “offensive”, but “not a reason to kick the company out of town.”

Today’s kicker, from Sen. Malcolm Smith, who is reportedly mulling a run for NYC mayor in 2013: ““People think that I’m a crook and a thief, and I’m absolutely not.”

Although this is a good one, too: A Mitt Romney aide to members of the traveling press corps covering the candidate in Poland: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”