Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
In Albany, anti-fracking advocates are planning “one of the largest actions against fracking in the state’s history” at the Corning Preserve.
Day One of the GOP convention has been canceled.
The New York delegation is scheduled to hold its breakfast at the Clearwater Hilton as planned, and will hear from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
After that, members will be briefed on all these Tampa/convention released – from how to get around – weather permitting – to floor passes/credentialing issues.
After that, the day is pretty much unscripted as we all wait to see what happens with Isaac.
At this point, the storm isn’t hitting Tampa directly, but could provide some unfortunate optics for the convention and Mitt Romney if they’re partying it up while residents of New Orleans get slammed on the 7th anniversary of Katrina.
The big concern: The White House will be managing the storm while Romney is basking in the GOP limelight in Tampa, reminding the media – and subsequently, voters – of the Bush administration’s mistakes with Katrina.
Inside the Romney campaign, there’s still talk of calling off the whole convention, although this was not shared with reporters on a conference call yesterday.
Officially speaking, convention planners insist they’ll be able to fit most scheduled events into an abbreviated three-day schedule, but acknowledge Isaac could affect the tone of the program and might force it to extend to Friday.
GOP leaders are putting on a united front, but behind the scenes, they’re worried about factions that could undercut the need to broaden the party’s appeal.
Said former Gov. George Pataki, a member of the ever-shrinking band of moderate Republicans: “Sometimes, those who I fear have that antigovernment view, as opposed to the limited-government view, rise to the center of the nominating process. I think that is not a good thing for the Republican Party.”
Though the storm might eventually dampened the celebratory mood, New York delegates rocked out – with a whole roast pig – at last night’s welcome party.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie reportedly didn’t want to be Romney’s VP pick because he doubts the GOP ticket will win the White House and would have had to give up his current office to run.
NY supermarket mogul and mega-donor John Catsimatidis commented on Christie’s losing battle with his weight: “He’s gotten a bit heavier…Remember: I have the same problem.” (Catsimatidis is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 275 pounds).
A lot of rich people from New York are here in Florida.
Rep. Michael Grimm insists the weather, not the FBI investigation into his fundraising, is keeping him away from Tampa.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Romney at 47 percent among registered voters and Obama at 46 percent — barely changed from the deadlocked contest in early July.
A Central NY member of the NY delegation has a family connection to Romney: Her son-in-law, Matt Rhoades, is the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign manager
And in state news:
Cuomo on Assemblyman Vito Lopez: “Sexual harassment at the workplace cannot be tolerated in any shape or form. These are serious allegations and, if true, the governor believes he should resign.”
Leaders at the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, Lopez’s political base, are abandoning him and plan to urge him not to seek re-election as Brooklyn Democratic chair.
Sen. Shirley Huntley, who is expected to be hit with corruption charges today, paid her daughter $50,700 from her campaign account for wages, polls, consulting and office expenses.
The latest spate of legislative scandals might reduce the chances of a pay raise for lawmakers.
Rochester’s four broadcast TV stations have booked almost $1 million in political ads so far this year, and industry experts expect air time to sell out as the election nears – an unprecedented development in the upstate market.
Andrew Beyer thinks the thoroughbred racing industry should be worried about a NYRA takeover by the state, noting Cuomo got his dislike of the “bluebloods” associated with Saratoga from his father.
Old tensions have boiled to the surface in primary battle between Betty Jean Grant and Sen. Timothy Kennedy to represent the new 63rd State Senate District.
Four NY House members made the annual list of the 50 richest members of Congress, but Rep. Nita Lowey lost big money last year. (Rep. Nan Hayworth’s wealth increased, while Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Richard Hanna remained steady).
Even ConEd is confused about why utility bills were so high in July.
The US Tennis Association yanked all invitations to elected NYC officials and city employees last week because the Conflict of Interest Board quietly ruled that they can’t accept the freebies.
Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione suggests her GOP primary opponent, Sen. Roy McDonald, has a conflict of interest through his job with M&T Bank. He says he’s not a lobbyist.
State Senate Republicans said they will report this week that their operating budget for the fiscal year that ended in April was nearly $11 million under budget.
The NYC pols who promised not to take cash or assistance from StudentsFirst have received $250,000 worth of contributions from the city and state teachers unions. (Sen. Jeff Klein is playing both sides).
Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi ate 110 hot dogs at the New York State Fair.
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