Here And Now
Eleven years ago today, terrorists took over commercial airlines and flew them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Today, we remember those attacks – the worst on US soil in the country’s history.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and various other elected officials and dignitaries will attend the Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at September 11th Memorial Plaza in Lower Manhattan. No politicians will speak at this event.
LG Bob Duffy will join members of the NYFD and other first responders during moments of silence at the NYS Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany. 8:30 a.m.
Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who will face Assemblyman Guillermo Linares in Thursday’s primary (moved by the Legislature to avoid falling on 9/11), has suspended his campaign activities today.
It’s likely any number of other candidates will do the same – including President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Rep. Charlie Rangel isn’t taking the day off from politics. He’ll be at the Audubon Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. to call on Espaillat to join him in “rejecting racially and ethnically divisive appeals” in his primary battle with Linares.
VP Joe Biden Will be in Somerset County, PA to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service.
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW is holding its 11th annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive at the Queens Center Mall, Queens Blvd & Woodhaven Blvd, 1-6:30 p.m.
Just in time for today’s anniversary, Bloomberg, Cuomo and NJ Gov. Chris Christie reached a deal to break the long-standing impasse over financing that was preventing the 9/11 museum from moving forward.
The 9/11 foundation agreed to share financial data with the PA and pay additional cash to cover construction costs, and an advisory committee will be created to resolve disputes. The authority will formally transfer ownership of the eight acres that contain the memorial and the museum to the foundation.
Federal authorities investigating the fund-raising operation of NYC Comptroller John Liu, had their eyes on him as early as 2009 and obtained judicial approval to listen in on his phone conversations for a year and a half.
Attorney’s for Liu’s fundraiser, Xing Wu Pan, say he was “entrapped” by an undercover sting operation into “violating the campaign finance laws” as part of a federal investigation into the comptroller’s fundraising practices.
Though JCOPE commissioners wouldn’t discuss their vote yesterday, sources say they’ve widened their probe of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal to include Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the mess.
Bill Hammond says it’s time for Cuomo and the Legislature to recognize their mistakes and “fix” JCOPE.
Ditto, says the TU, adding: “(I)t’s obvious that the governor and lawmakers must scrap the sham that is JCOPE and replace it with a truly independent board.”
Cuomo defended JCOPE as former Commissioner Ravi Batra warned of “possible illegality and corruption”, but also said he’s open to making some “tweaks” to improve it.
Says the NY Post: “(T)he integrity of three of the top four elected Democrats in the state has been severely compromised, and the credibility of the fourth — Cuomo — is hanging in the balance.”
The governor called a Moreland Act commission his “Plan B” if JCOPE fails to perform. Commissioners were offended by his threat.
Cuomo warned New York’s struggling local governments not to expect a state bailout.
Espaillat admitted to sending out a controversial campaign mailing that accursed his primary challenger, Linares, of betraying the Latino community by supporting Rangel in the June 26 primary.
Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins is trying to turn the Medicare issue back on Rep. Kathy Hochul with a new ad that says votes she took against repealing the Affordable Care Act have perpetuated planned cuts in the entitlement program.
Rep. Louise Slaughter and her GOP opponent, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, are the first candidates in a New York House race to publicly release tax returns.
After the conventions, Obama and Romney are neck-and-neck with likely voters, a new poll finds. Out of 15 key issues and attributes, Obama has significant leads on eight, Romney on zero.
Jay-Z and Beyonce will host a fundraiser for Obama at the 40/40 Club on Sept. 18.
The Kingston Freeman commends Ulster County Legislature members for their “restraint” in the redistricting process.
New York state education officials want to split the toughest mandatory exam that high-school students have to take – the one on global history – into two, and require only one of the tests for graduation.
The campaign manager for Lee Kindlon asked Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners for information on payments made to District Attorney David Soares’ staff — six months before the same data appeared on a local blog Thursday along with the staffers’ Social Security numbers.
A Kindlon mailer accuses Soares of shredding both evidence and his own credibility.
Harold Tischler, the father of 21-year old state Senate candidate Abraham Tischler and 20-year old Assembly candidate Moshe Tischler, is under indictment for conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and mail and wire fraud among other charges.
Critics say New York City is moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
The state Education Department may miss its goal for review and approval of teacher and principal evaluation plans for some of the 715 public school districts statewide, top officials admitted.
Cuomo refused to be nailed down on a date for the fracking decision.
Albany County lawmakers began laying the groundwork to — if necessary — exceed the state’s property tax cap for the second consecutive year since it took effect.
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