Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany today with no public schedule. (A very quick trip to Charlotte indeed).
The CapTon team is headed back to Albany from North Carolina, too. We will be en route for much of the day, so expect light blogging from us as a result.
We’ve had a great – albeit very busy and tiring – time covering the GOP and Democratic conventions over the past two weeks, and hope you have enjoyed what we’ve produced. We’re looking forward to coming home.
New York political news hasn’t exactly been dormant in our absence. Aside from the Vito Lopez scandal, which continues to unfold, the Sept. 13 primaries are right around the corner.
Plus, it’s debate time! We’ll be hosting head-to-head verbal slugfests for many of the competitive upstate House races, which ought to be fun.
In the meantime, some headlines…
Saying he is “mindful of my own failings,” President Obama made the case to the nation in his acceptance speech last night for giving him another four years in the White House to accomplish his agenda.
The president cast the upcoming election as a stark “choice between two different paths.”
The latest round of jobs numbers are due out at 8:30 a.m., which could either bolster – or hinder – Obama’s argument on the economy.
Here’s the full transcript of Obama’s speech.
The New York Times says Obama “met his challenge in Charlotte.”
The New York Post was unimpressed, saying Obama offered “nothing new” in his speech.
A fact check of what Obama and VP Joe Biden said at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delayed her departure from Brunei to watch President Obama accept the party’s nomination for a second term.
Maggie Haberman’s take: “Obama was fine, (Bill) Clinton was better.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a nod to the abortion debate while delivering his convention closing prayer.
Sen. John Kerry made a joke about Osama Bin Laden during his speech.
JCOPE will NOT be investigating Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the Lopez sexual harassment scandal, voting instead to narrowly focus its inquiry only into the behavior of the embattled Brooklyn lawmaker.
The commission has already subpoenaed records for its investigation of Lopez.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli confirmed his office has received a request for Lopez-related records.
On Silver’s fate as speaker, one anonymous Assembly Democrat said: “Everyone is waiting for a signal from the governor as to whether he wants a change as well as the outcome of the ethics investigation.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Assembly to pass a resolution calling on Lopez to resign, but defended Silver, saying he has made mistakes and admitted them.
Schumer on Hillary 2016: “I want her to do it, and she’d win it if she did.”
Cuomo is unlikely to move against Silver, insiders say, because a weakened speaker serves the governor better than chaos in the Democratic conference.
Jimmy Vielkind writes that Cuomo got “in and out of the convention as painlessly as possible,” avoiding any potentially damaging gaffes that could damage a future White House run.
New York is cracking down on high-profile campaign attacks by secretive, well-funded super PACs, but the regulations requiring specific disclosure on spending and donors that were drafted months ago likely won’t be final this election cycle.
Westchester County has successfully dodged a contempt order in its fight with the federal government over a provision in the 2009 county fair-housing settlement.
Dutchess County legislators began discussing the possibility of banning the use of hydrofracking brine on county roads.
Incumbent state Senator Roy McDonald and challenger Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione will square off during a debate at Russell Sage College at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Public School 36 in St. Albans Queens has received no special treatment despite the fact that NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is an alum and his grandson is currently a student there.
The economic downturn represents a watershed for unions in New York City, according to a new CUNY report.
The Cuomo administration plans to hold a two-day conference on government response to disasters and emergencies in Albany next month, pulling in participants ranging from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to an author who interviewed Osama bin Laden.
The Empire Center’s Russ Sykes warns of an unfunded liability of nearly $250 billion for future health costs of government retirees in New York.
Democrats in the crowded 109th Assembly District race are struggling to differentiate themselves.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spoke glowingly of Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter, both of whom have tough re-election bids
The TU endorsed Sen. Neil Breslin in his primary battle against Albany Legislator Shawn Morse.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, is a New Yorker at heart.
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, holds a large fundraising advantage over his Republican primary opponent, Jim Blake.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch and former NYC Council Speaker Peter Vallone have been hanging out together at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Ann Coulter spoke at a Monroe County GOP fundraiser.
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