Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. At 11:30 a.m., he’ll attend UAlbany’s NYSUNY2020 presentation at the Capitol’s Red Room.
LG Bob Duffy is in his hometown of Rochester, where he’ll deliver remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Voters Block Community Development. 431 West Main St., 11 a.m.
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its NYC HQ at 225 Park Avenue South. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. (The 9/11 museum settlement between Mayor Bloomberg and Cuomo will be discussed).
Anti-facking advocates will release a new report that shows drilling in the Marcellus will cost the public millions in damage to roads and bridges, healthcare, lost property value near drilling sites, and more. The Egg, 11 a.m.
At noon, elected officials and goo-goos will gather on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan to rail against the NYC Board of Elections.
At 3 p.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of New York will announce their support of Republican Matt Doheny’s congressional campaign. The Sagamore Resort.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are both campaigning in Florida today. (Miami and Tampa for the former, Sarasota for the latter).
Mayor Bloomberg said that “in retrospect, maybe all of us could have done more” to help the two Republican senators who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage and now may lose their seats as a result.
Cuomo left the door open to endorsing the two senators, Roy McDonald and Steve Saland, should they win their respective primaries, saying he didn’t do so before last Thursday’s election because his nod might have hurt more than it helped.
Between 2008 and 2011, the median household income in New York fell 1.4 percent to $55,246, and property taxes increased 18 percent, according to new U.S. census data.
Also according to the Census: New York City’s poverty rate reached its highest point in more than a decade, and the income gap in Manhattan, already wider than almost anywhere else in the country, rivaled disparities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Bloomberg moved from 12th place to 10th place on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. His fortune grew an estimated 28 percent to $25 billion.
Brooklyn Democratic leaders voted 36-2 (with two abstentions) to replace scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez with his ally, former Assemblyman Frank Seddio, as party chairman.
The “no” votes were cast by NYC Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Assemblywoman Inez Barron. Said the Councilman: “That’s going to be Vito Lopez 2.”
“It’s a new day in Brooklyn,” said Seddio, adding: “We are all united, and the change that we do makes us feel positive abou the direction of the party.”
“Somewhere there are people who need a boogeyman – ‘Vito is coming’ – and I’m past that,” Seddio said in a telephone interview hours before his selection. “I’m the good ghost.”
Before last night’s vote, both Seddio’s opponents – Assemblyman Karim Camara and District Leader Jo Anne Simon – conceded the race to the former assemblyman. (Simon abstained from voting).
Should he defeat Republican incumbent State Sen. Mark Grisanti in November, Michael Amodeo does not rule out joining the IDC – a renegade group of Senate Democrats who often side with GOP conference.
The latest Mayor’s Management Report shows the quality of life in New York City is a bit of a mixed bag as city agencies struggle to maintain services in the face of recurrent budget cuts.
Cuomo will be receiving petitions signed by some 10,000 people asking him to avert cutbacks at the financially ailing SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
The NYT urges Cuomo and the Senate to get on board with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh’s bill that would make the ballot easier to read and voting less complicated in New York City.
In an example of extreme microtargeting, NARAL Pro-Choice America plans to spend $2.5 to $3 million in an independent expenditure aimed at getting some 300,000 women voters in swing counties to return to Obama’s side.
Former LG Richard Ravitch, who is advising Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on financial matters, said it was “absolutely inappropriate” for Moody’s to assign a negative outlook to the city’s credit rating in response to Miner’s research on municipal bankruptcy.
An independent audit requested by the Port Authority found its unpopular and controversial toll hikes last year were warranted, but warned toll increases can’t be relied on to fix all future financial problems.
New York has overbilled the federal government at least $15 billion in Medicaid reimbursements for housing developmentally disabled patients over the past 20 years, according to a congressional committee’s report.
Working against a Jan. 17 deadline, 107 school districts in New York have now come up with a teacher evaluation plan that passes state muster.
One final swindle of Soundview by former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.? Federal prosecutors say yes.
Cuomo again defended the embattled JCOPE, saying New York is better off with it than without it.
Broome County Republican Chairman Dave Hamlin criticized Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for not speaking out fast enough about a “culture of perversion” in Albany in the wake of the Lopez scandal.
Monica Lewinsky is back and reportedly promising to reveal secret love letters to Bill Clinton and his penchant for kinky sex in a new tell-all about her days as his favorite White House intern.
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