It’s primary day! But only for state-level races.

The court-mandated congressional contests were held June 26, and since the Legislature couldn’t agree to hold all races on that day, New York is host to three – THREE! – primaries this year: Presidential (April 24), House (June 26) and state (today).

The extra primary is costing already cash-strapped local governments as much as $50 million to put on. (Seen another way: Four elections – including the November general – in a seven-month period costs an estimated $125 million).

There are a number of heated races around the state. Lists of some worth keeping an eye on can be found here, here and here.

Also, there are three – THREE! – contested Assembly races in the Capital Region for seats being vacated at the end of the year by retiring veteran members: Assemblymen Jack McEneny (109th AD), Ron Canestrari (108th AD) and Bob Reilly (110th AD).

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

Democratic candidates endorsed by Cuomo (via press release or LG Bob Duffy) include: Sens. Adriano Espaillat, Toby Ann Stavisky and Neil Breslin and Assemblymen David Gantt and Sean Ryan. We’ll be watching to see if he picked winners.

Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial and first-of-its-kind ban on large-sized sugary drinks is scheduled for approval today by the NYC Board of Health.


Hours before the soda ban vote, NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says obesity is an epidemic and sugary drinks its leading cause.

Reasoning that Bloomberg “will not be mayor forever,” the sweetened beverage industry is gearing up to fight the ban over the long haul, and is considering legal action to block it.

The Board of Health will also vote on a proposal that would require parents to sign a consent form before submitting their babies to a controversial Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual known as metzitzah b’peh.

A new Q poll finds Obama and US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand cruising to re-election victories in New York.

Scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez is trying to hold onto some shred of political power through a handful of primary races.

Newly-released emails reveal an attorney in Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office disagreed with public statements by the comptroller about the comptroller’s role in the secret settlement with Lopez’s sexual harassment accusers.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has insisted he had no personal knowledge of the settlement, but it’s clear his top staffers were intimately involved in drafting it.

The women who accepted settlement payments of taxpayer dollars were required to keep quiet about it or risk being forced to pay a $10,000 penalty – each.

Sen. John DeFrancisco says Silver’s leadership role is safe – unless Cuomo decides he’d like to see a change.

Ten more retired Long Island Rail Road workers have been charged with federal crimes, accused of falsely claiming to be disabled so they could obtain federal disability pensions in addition to their railroad pensions in what prosecutors have called a huge fraud scheme.

AG Eric Schneiderman’s probe of tax practices at private-equity firms is based on information from a whistleblower.

For the first time in New York state, a driver in a deadly boat crash was indicted for vehicular homicide – a charge usually reserved for the most egregious cases of intoxication and recklessness on highways.

In a 38-5 vote, the NYC Council approved legislation that imposes stiff fines on a growing number of landlords who illegally convert residential housing into hotel rooms.

Schenectady is the first county to accommodate Spanish speakers at the polls under a new agreement reached with Schneiderman’s office.

The natural gas industry saw hopeful signs of increased support for fracking in yesterday’s Q poll.

The mayor of Niagara Falls says he may withhold fire and emergency services from the casino owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians if the tribe doesn’t pay the millions of dollars owed to the city.

Trustees with the State University of New York on Wednesday directed UB to provide the SUNY governing board more details about the founding, funding and staffing of its controversial Shale Resources and Society Institute.

Indian Point’s new perimeter security system crashes regularly and the nuclear power plant routinely fails anti-terrorism drills, a security lieutenant at the plant claims in a $1.52 billion lawsuit.

Yet another editorial board calls for changes at JCOPE.