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

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy attends a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Chobani Yogurt Bar, Chobani SoHo. (150 Prince St.)

At 10:30 a.m. NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Sen. Adriano Espaillat (who is battling in a primary for his seat after losing a challenge to Rep. Charlie Rangel) will be joined by top-level NYC and NYS housing officials on a tour and inspection of a foreclosed residential building in Washington Heights. (566 West 190th St.)

Also at 10:30 a.m., members of Cuomo’s statewide Small Business Outreach Initiative will host a workshop at Fort Drum, Clark Hall, Room A1-32.


Queens Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith has been in talks with state GOP Chairman Ed Cox about running for NYC mayor in 2013 on the Republican line, and also discussed the race with state Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay.

Another potential (Democratic) mayoral candidate, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, introduces his infant son, Max, to Cindy Adams and boasts: “(I)f it happens, he’ll become first baby of New York.”

Still another (Democratic) would-be mayoral hopeful, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, an avowed lefty, gave a speech designed to woo businesses – especially real estate developers.

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein vowed to “continue the fight” for a special education bill vetoed by Cuomo and lamented a lot of “misunderstanding” about what the measure would do. She didn’t rule out an override attempt, which would be the first of Cuomo’s tenure to date.

Cuomo pledged to work with lawmakers “and those interested in better serving the needs of our state’s children, particularly those with special needs.”

The identities of deep-pocket donors the pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York, will remain secret under new donor disclosure regulations approved by JCOPE.

NYC campaign finance regulators are girding for an expected wave of Super PAC spending in 2013 and for the first time will require disclosure of independent expenditures.

A Long Island special-education company misused millions of dollars in public money, employing 11 family members, leasing Cadillacs, and paying a son’s living expenses in California, then fabricating documents to cover his tracks, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found.

Mayor Bloomberg is an outspoken gun control advocate, but in June, New York City sold more than 28,000 pounds of the Police Department’s spent shell casings – not to a scrap metal company, as it has in the past – but to a Georgia ammunition store.

Talk about strange political bedfellows: Independence Party activist Lenora Fulani and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, united against gun violence.

Long Island contributed nearly 14 percent of the $5.8 million that Cuomo’s campaign war chest received in the first half of 2012, according to filings with the state Board of Elections.

In a Democrat and Chronicle OpEd, Terry O’Neill says Cuomo’s “attitude on public safety needs an overhaul.”

Sen. Mark Grisanti called for the reintroduction of a bill that requires Medicaid recipients to have their palms or fingerprints scanned, with biometric information embedded on cards, before they can receive medical care or get prescriptions filled.

Long Island residents are trying to disband Sanitary District 2 – the 15th attempt to dissolve a local government in New York since 2009.

With a $600,000 assist from the Robin Hood Foundation, where his daughter, Emma, is an executive, Bloomberg opened NYC’s only employment and services center exclusively for veterans.

A smoke shop in Baldwin selling synthetic marijuana, hallucinogens and mislabeled products has agreed to stop, under an order signed by a Nassau County judge, AG Eric Schneiderman announced.

Out-of-towners are filling up NYC’s homeless shelters.

Code inspectors tallying damage in Elmira wrought by last week’s tornado found 20 severely damaged properties, 128 moderately damaged properties and 169 minimally damaged properties.

A final report to be released today on the environmental impact of replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge does not include a widely touted plan to turn it into a greenway once a new span is built, but rather calls for demolishing the aging span.

Syracuse University has not announced significant changes to its policies for handling allegations of sexual abuse or other crimes in the nearly nine months since child sex abuse accusations against former basketball coach Bernie Fine made national headlines.

Three people who said they were pepper-sprayed by police officers during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in September are suing the city, the NYPD and several officers.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn opposes the “discriminatory” views of Chick-fil-A’s CEO, but won’t use her political clout to try to get restaurant booted from its only NYC location at NYU.

After being passed over for the post of Buffalo Public Schools superintendent, interim Superintendent Barbara Dixon submitted her resignation, effective Aug. 1.

The Kingston Daily Freeman editorialized against legislative pay raises.

Assemblyman Keith Wright’s father, the late Judge Bruce McM. Wright (AKA “Turn ‘Em Loose Bruce”) was honored with a Harlem street corner named in his honor.

Diva state Senate candidate Mindy Meyer won’t be running on the Independence or GOP lines.

Meyer says she has nothing to do with the “Friendz of Mindy Meyer” Super PAC.

“Mindy Meyer has come to be understood as the Snooki candidate.”

Mitt Romney’s bumpy overseas trip created an “almost toxic relationship” with his traveling press corps.

For the first time, President Obama has contributed to his own campaign, “maxing out” (sort of) at $5,000 in a move meant as a symbolic gesture.

A new Q poll found Obama has hit the “magic” 50 percent mark in three key swing states: Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In Washington, Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed to extend current government funding levels through the first six months of the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, avoiding the prospect of a pitched budget battle shortly before the November elections.

A Colorado congressman plans to challenge Rep. Joe Crowley for the post of of vice-chair in the House Democratic caucus.

Cuomo will tap the top Democrat in Jefferson County, party Chairman Sean Hennessey, to serve as the superintendent of the Dulles State Office Building, according to multiple sources.

Democratic congressional hopeful Dan Maffei supports bringing high-speed rail to upstate, which his GOP target, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, does not.

RIP Gore Vidal.

Former US Senator and NY1 Wise Guy Al D’Amato turns 75 today.