Here And Now
L’Shana Tova, if that applies to you.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in ALbany with no public schedule.
Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York officials, including President Gary LaBarbera, are scheduled to endorse Rep. Michael Grimm’s re-election bid at noon at Staten Island Borough Hall.
Leaders in the Asian American, labor and business communities will voice their concerns about the ongoing federal investigation into NYC Comptroller John Liu’s fundraising. Confucius Plaza Community Room, 20 Bowery St., Chinatown. 1:30 p.m.
President Obama is campaigning in Ohio. VP Joe Biden is in Iowa. First Lady Michelle Obama is in Florida.
Mitt Romney will be delivering a speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, CA.
The New York Times says Cuomo should keep the Moreland Act commission option “on the table” for investigating the Assemblyman Vito Lopez scandal because “the Legislature has never been able to investigate itself.”
The TU’s Fred LeBrun suggests Albany County DA David Soares, who “has experience in dealing with gubernatorial egomaniacs” thanks to his Troopergate probe days, should be involved in investigating potential JCOPE leaks, which seems to go all the way to the top.
Cuomo is saving $508,000 a year by operating the state Parole Board with five of its 19 seats unfilled. That means former Gov. George Pataki, with five appointees, has more than the sitting governor, who currently has three.
A Cuomo source says the usually nonpartisan governor will be “active down the home stretch” in competitive House races, and will issue more than his standard paper endorsements.
The House Majority PAC, which aims to help Democrats win back the majority, launched a new website that declares “It’s Time to Clean House”, featuring 10 of the country’s most vulnerable GOP House members – including three New Yorkers.
The governor will hold another “Adirondack retreat” for his top state commissioners and agency heads next weekend. (Second item). First item: Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous says he has received death threats due to his support of fracking.
It’s unclear if Sen. Roy McDonald will try to press on in the general election on Row E (the Independence Party line) if he loses the GOP primary to Kathy Marchione. Said one source: “Roy has to win the line. Otherwise, he’s got a very tough road ahead of him.”
An Iona College Political Science professor likens Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the Lopez sexual harassment mess to the Joe Paterno/Penn State scandal.
The state Education Department has approved evaluation plans for only 80 school districts out of the more than 700 in New York. About 400 districts have not yet submitted plans, which are subject to collective bargaining with unions.
Republican Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin slammed his Democratic opponent, Rep. Nita Lowey, who is worth at least $14.3 million, for collecting a $10,302 annual state pension on top of her $174,000 congressional salary.
Sen. David Storobin’s landlords at the Trump Village Apartments in Brighton Beach have gone to court three times in recent years to recover nearly $10,000 in unpaid rent from the freshman Republican. He says he simply forgot to pay on time and quickly made good on the debt.
The lingering power of the “scrappy” (?!) assemblyman is evident in the apparent loss last Thursday of Brooklyn District Leader Lincoln Restler.
Furious NYC Republicans want the Manhattan DA to probe whether Speaker Silver’s kids committed voter fraud by remaining registered at their father’s home address long after moving out.
The surprise rejection by Chicago teacher-union delegates of the contract their leaders approved left the city’s school strike entering a second week and Mayor Rahm Emanuel promising to go to court.
Unnamed sources tell POLITICO that the DEC remains “weeks away” from a fracking decision that was initially expected this summer.
Republicans who favor tax cuts and believe the issue should be a political winner for their party, are wondering why Romney hasn’t gained traction with his plan.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is dismissing calls for Romney to be more explicit about his differences with Obama on a variety of issues ranging from health care to foreign policy to taxes.
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