Here And Now
After a spate of daily public appearances (mostly upstate) that began late last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule.
Former Gov. George Pataki endorses GOP US Senate candidate Wendy Long at 10:30 a.m. (Sheraton New York Towers, Suite J).
Sen. Adriano Espaillat, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and Juan Cartagena, president of Latino Justice PRLDEF will call for elections reform after the “mishandling” of the June NY-13 primary that Espaillat lost to Rep. Charlie Rangel. (Noon, steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan).
At 1 p.m., the NYC Council convenes a hearing on the NYC Board of Elections’ performance in the June 26 primary in advance of the Sept. 13 state legislative primaries.
At 12:30 p.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the Empire Farm Days lunch in Seneca Falls (Special Events Building, 2973 Route 414). State Ag Commissioner Darrel Aubertine will also attend the event.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., members of Cuomo’s New NY Education Commission members meet at Binghamton University. (Engineering & Science Building on the Innovative Technologies Complex, Rm. 2008; 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal).
Members of Cuomo’s Small Business Outreach Initiative will be at the JCC of Staten Island at 6:30 p.m.
Two events are being held in NYC in response to Sunday’s Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin:
At 2:30 p.m., the Sikh Cultural Society & India’s Consul General in NY hold a rally on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.
At 7:30 p.m. in Union Square Park, the Interfaith Center of NY and UNITED SIKHS will join religious and interfaith leaders for a vigil in remembrance of the victims and wounded.
The parents of a girl killed in a July 4th boating accident are expected to attend a Senate hearing on boating safety chaired by Sen. Carl Marcellino. (11 a.m., Town of Oyster Bay Hearing Room, 54 Audrey Ave.)
Senate Republicans hailed Cuomo’s crackdown on the sale of synthetic drugs as a good step forward, but want the Assembly to go further by acting on a bill that would make the sale and possession of designer drugs illegal.
Cuomo vowed to address gun violence and form a “consensus” on new laws in next year’s legislative session, but much depends on whether the Republicans retrain the Senate majority.
The number of towns, cities, counties and other governments borrowing from the state pension fund to make their annual pension payments has more than tripled from last year, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.
The fight over a paid sick leave bill demonstrates just how much power Christine Quinn wields as NYC Council speaker. Since she took that post in 2006, there has never been a vote on a measure she opposes.
Labor leaders plan to enlist prominent LGBT activists to question Quinn’s 2013 mayoral bid if she doesn’t support the paid sick leave bill.
Former Gov. David Paterson, who was the target of multiple ethics probes during his tenure, has a new job as chair of Icon Group Compliance Services, in which he will be providing advice on investigations and risk management to construction companies.
Republican Rep. Tom Reed and his Democratic challenger, Tompkins County Legislator Nate Shinagawa, disagree on fracking.
Is NYS Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky the “new Eliot Spitzer“? (It’s meant to be a compliment).
Dan Janison notes how Lawsky, a former top Cuomo aide and longtime ally to the governor, keeps intruding on territory traditionally belonging to the state attorney general.
Corporate money is flooding into GOP Rep. Chris Gibson’s re-election campaign in NY-19, emboldening his Democratic opponent, Julien Schreibman, who draws links between the congressman’s fundraising and his political choices.
GOP Sen. David Storobin and Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton are at odds over Storobin’s petition signatures, which have been questioned by his Democratic opponent, Simcha Felder.
A former Teamsters leader expelled from his union this spring after he was accused of fabricating travel expense receipts is the newest member of retiring Assemblyman Bob Reilly’s staff.
New York has the highest real estate closing costs in the nation.
Mitt Romney mistakenly (?) sent a fundraising pitch to major Democratic donor and DNC committeeman Bob Zimmerman.
North Country school districts are discussing consolidation.
Three City Council members want to widen the popular – and very crowded – bike and pedestrian path on the Brooklyn Bridge.
“My son voted absentee, and his ballot was probably counted against me,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, who has questioned the results of his June 26 primary victory.
Former President Clinton slammed Romney for using him in a “misleading” TV ad in which he accused Obama of trying to “gut” the 1996 welfare reform act.
As authorities continue investigating the fallout and environmental impact of last week’s fire at a transformer recycling plant in Columbia County, regulatory documents show frequent movement of substantial quantities of oil containing relatively high levels of PCBs from TCI Inc.
London’s famous party scene hasn’t caught Olympic fever. Athletes are grumbling about the lack of free booze.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caught on camera (again) dancing during her Africa trip.
Neil Barofsky, the former Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Fund, can sum up the state of the nation in two words: “Pretty f#@$ed.”
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