Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. At 10 a.m., he’ll attend a Regional Economic Development Council meeting in the Capitol’s Red Room.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand continues her downstate tour with a top in Queens, where she’ll join Sen. Jose Peralta and advocates and business owners to call for an increase in the federal minimum wage. (3:15 p.m., Make the Road New York, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights).
Gillibrand’s opponent, Wendy Long, will be in Buffalo, where she’ll attend a rally in her honor at the Ellicott Square Atrium (the building is owned by Carl Paladino), 5:30-7 p.m.
Mayor Bloomberg says NYC is going to have to start “cutting back and economizing” following a judge’s ruling that the five-borough taxi plan is illegal.
The NY Times urges the City Council to get involved and fix the flawed tax plan.
The Bronx DA and the AG’s office are investigating reports by the NY Post that Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera misused taxpayer dollars and put ex-lovers on the public payroll.
With less than 18 months to go in Bloomberg’s unexpectedly long tenure, nearly three-quarters of NYC voters said he should not have been allowed to run for a third term, according to the latest poll by The New York Times.
Rep. Kathy Hochul is already up on the air with her first TV ad in the NY-26 race. Chris Collins intends to launch his first spot today on cable and broadcast stations in Rochester.
Add Rep. Nan Hayworth to the list of NY House members with tough re-election bids who are skipping their parties’ respective national conventions. (Her Democratic opponent, Sean Patrick Maloney, isn’t going either).
Rep. Todd Akin cancelled his appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” so the host spoke to an empty chair and called the Missouri congressman a “gutless little twerp.”
Akin, who hasn’t yet dropped his US Senate bid despite pressure from party leaders, recorded a TV ad asking for “forgiveness” from voters and acknowledging he used “the wrong words in the wrong way” when he suggested that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
Experts surmise the Israel skinny-dipping incident wasn’t what the FBI was after, and suggest the real target was Rep. Michael Grimm, whose fundraising is under scrutiny.
Rep. Tom Reed Reed acknowledged jumping into the Sea of Galilee in shorts and a golf shirt with his wife, Jean, but said calls for his resignation are “extreme.”
Reed said he was “appropriately clothed” and not drunk at the time of his ill-fated swim.
“From my perspective, we didn’t see anything that was inappropriate,” Reed insisted.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos traveled from Long Island to Rockland County to introduce Cuomo at his triumphant Tappan Zee press conference.
Phil Reisman: “Yonkers is one of the mini-Greeces.”
“Mediscare” tactics are being employed by both parties this election season.
Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse, who is challenging Sen. Neil Breslin in the Democratic primary, once broke a man’s nose in a bar fight.
The Board of Regents and the state education commissioner are being asked to consider adding 19 more New York City high schools to the list of 28 schools statewide that use student projects to satisfy the five-regents exam graduation requirement.
A vet and a biologist explain why the state’s yogurt industry and fracking “don’t mix.”
Cuomo continues to insist no final decision has yet been made on allowing fracking in the Marcellus.
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer declined to comment on the fact that the former prostitute who ended his political career is now with child, “except (to say to) anybody who is pregnant, congratulations and good luck.”
Bill and Hill live it up in the Hamptons.
Odd….Sen. Mark Grisanti is running against…Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver?
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