Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The increasing bizarre contest between GOP Sen. Greg Ball and Democrat Justin Wagner gets even weirder when Ball “reveals” an alleged fracking-related conflict of interest on the part of his opponent. (10:30 a.m., in front of Wagner’s campaign HQ, 826 South St., Peekskill).
At 11 a.m., members of the Cuomo administration and “solar industry groups” will make a solar power announcement in the Capitol’s Blue Room.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Neil Breslin will be joined by Assemblyman/congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Paul Tonko to call for a minimum wage increase. (Albany Labor Temple, 890 Third St.)
And also at 11 a.m., the second of three public hearings on the controversial proposed 45 percent Thruway toll hike on trucks will kick off in East Syracuse. (The Doubletree Hotel at Carrier Circle).
Starting at noon, MoveOn members will be handing out “pink slips” outside the track in Saratoga today to highlight their claim that plans proposed by Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan will cost the loss of 1 million jobs in a single year.
At 12:30 p.m., Rep. Kathy Hochul will “discuss her efforts to protect and strengthen Medicare as well as other healthcare concerns with members of the Wyoming County Senior Citizens Club. (Arcade Village Park Cabin, Grove Street).
Tonight, Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network will launch an ongoing effort in which demonstrators will “occupy” a series of NYC intersections associated with violent crime every weekend. Sharpton will be at 7th Avenue and 129th Street.
US Senate candidate Wendy Long will speak at the Livingston County GOP dinner at 6 p.m., Genesee River Reception Center, 134 North Main St.
Democratic NY-24 candidate Dan Maffei will speak at the Wayne County Democratic Committee Candidate’s Open House between 5:45 and 6 p.m. (229 East Main St., Palmyra).
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is in the North Country, touring Myriad RBM, a biotech company, in Saranac Lake at 9 a.m., joining Rep. Bill Owens for a roundtable on cross-border commerce at 11 a.m. (SUNY Plattsburgh), and announcing an effort to spur science and tech job growth with Clarkson President Tony Collins at 1:30 p.m.
Ashley Dupre, the former hooker who brought down ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is engaged to New Jersey asphalt scion TJ Earle and seven months pregnant.
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is using the planned absence of select Democratic House members from the convention in Charlotte against them, saying they “don’t want to be associated” with Obama.
A lot of big names on both sides of the aisle will be absent from the conventions this year.
Almost six months after the departure of state Inspector General Ellen Biben to run JCOPE, Cuomo hasn’t named a permanent successor. The office doesn’t have a spokesman, either, since John Milgrim is at JCOPE, too.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino dropped his opposition to Cuomo’s Tappan Zee replacement project, announcing with his counterparts from Putnam and Rockland that he’ll vote “yes” on the plan.
The deal made progress on mass transit on the new bridge, which pleased environmentalists.
Bids to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge don’t top the Federal Highway Administration’s estimated $5.2 billion cost, according to Cuomo’s special advisor on the project, Brian Conybeare.
New Yorkers with a valid driver’s license or state-issued non-driver’s ID can now use the website of the state Department of Motor Vehicles to register to vote or to update their current registration.
GOP political consultant Jack Cookfair said that change could help Democrats, explaining: “Any time you go out of your way to make it easier for people to enroll, it has a tendency to hurt Republicans.”
New York has struggled to promote voter registration — with less than 64 percent of eligible residents registered, it ranks 47th in the nation.
Thruway Authority officials got an earful from WNY elected officials and motorists who oppose a proposed 45 percent toll hike on commercial vehicles.
Under pressure to overhaul the New York City Housing Authority, Mayor Bloomberg has decided to remove two highly paid appointees from the agency’s board and replace them with volunteers – including one who lives in public housing. More here.
Bloomberg isn’t putting a date on when New York’s delayed bike share program, which was supposed to have launched on July 31, will be up and running.
Phil Reisman takes credit for “breaking” the news that Hillary Clinton doesn’t sweat (as exposed in a September Conde Nast Traveler cover story) back in 2006.
Conservative bloggers are doing their bit to fan the flames of speculation that Obama will replace VP Joe Biden with Clinton on the ticket this fall.
The Obama campaign launched its first Medicare attack ad against the Romney-Ryan ticket.
Albany lawmakers are already debating how to spend the $340 million windfall from the Standard Chartered PLC settlement. The Cuomo administration says it’s too soon to comment on how the cash will be used.
The NY Post thinks former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is setting his sights too low by trying to get his old job back, and suggests he run for mayor in 2013 instead.
New York’s unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in July as private-sector jobs in the state dipped slightly from the previous month due to a labor dispute that resulted in a month-long lockout of ConEd.
New York City gained 300,000 new residents between the ages of 20 and 34 between 2000 and 2010, the report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy shows.
Cuomo signed two bills repealing the statutory authorization for 28 local public authorities and 95 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are “either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.”
Pension costs will continue to rise in 2013 for New York school districts.
Rep. Bill Owens and Matt Doheny are debating the details of their agreed-upon debates.
The NRCC reserved $750,000 worth of air time to support Doheny’s NY-21 bid.
Diane DiDonato-Roth will not appeal a court decision that knocked her off the Sept. 13 primary ballot against fellow Republican Bob Cohen in the 37th Senate District race.
Bill Nojay has three jobs — radio talk show host, attorney and chief operating officer of Detroit’s bus system — and is running for a fourth in the state Assembly. He is being accused of violating the Hatch Act.
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