Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, and he’ll make an announcement at 1 p.m. in the Capitol’s Red Room.
President Obama is back in NYC to attend the 67th Session of the U.N. General Assembly today and tomorrow.
He’ll tape an appearance on “The View” this afternoon with First Lady Michelle Obama and be at a reception for visiting heads of state and government at the Waldorf Astoria this evening.
State Education Commissioner John King will address the NYS Council of School Superintendents at 9:30 a.m. at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs.
Members of Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Utica at the Mohawk Valley Community College Technology/Performing Arts Conference Center.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak this morning at her husband’s Clinton Global Initiative summit in Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will announce bipartisan Senate resolution demanding UN action against Iranian leaders’ incitement to genocide. Ralphe Bunche Park, 343 East 43rd St., across from UN HQ. (This comes on the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Yom Kippur speech at the UN).
Assemblywoman Grace Meng is scheduled to receive the endorsement of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association for her NY-6 congressional campaign. 11:30 a.m., Engine 306, 40-18 214th Place, Bayside, Queens.
Citizens Union is holding a “civic discussion” on the 2013 elections. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 34th St. an Fifth Ave. Participants include former LG Dick Ravitch and the Partnership for NYC’s Kathy Wylde.
“Alpina Foods,” a new yogurt plant, officially opens today in Genesee County.
The governor’s North Country afternoon with cabinet staffers (and reporters) was part of a broader effort to get top administration staffers out of their offices and into communities around the state.
Everyone – the media included – was cut off from cell phones and Internet access for several hours. MTA Chairman Joe Lhota was particularly vexed he couldn’t Tweet.
“(R)eporters were granted an unusual amount of access to roughly two dozen cabinet members and the Governor himself in a largely unstructured ‘hang.’”
While on his Adirondack retreat, Cuomo called DEC Commissioner Joe Martens’ decision to have the DOH review the potential public health impact of fracking “intelligent”, even though it will indefinitely delay a drilling decision.
The governor said he learned the value of “team building across departments” from his days in the Clinton administration.
Bill Eggler, a longtime legislative writer for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Silver, is behind a Web alter ego, “Sophia Walker,” who defends Silver against on-line criticism for his handling of the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.
Increasingly nervous members of NYC’s business community are looking for – but not finding – “Bloomberg 2.0″ to run in 2013.
Cuomo will sign legislation within days giving the state control of NYRA’s board, and reportedly plans to seek bids for a new operator to replace the non-profit from for-profit companies with experience in the racing and/or entertainment industries.
JCOPE Executive Director Ellen Biben will no longer oversee remaining sentencings tied to a massive state pension fund pay-to-play scandal for AG Eric Schneiderman’s office because she is now investigating the Lopez scandal and the extent of involvement by Schneiderman’s staffers in the secret settlement brokered by Silver’s office.
The governor has appointed or extended the terms of Republicans on the Workers Compensation Board and Insurance Fund. A spokesman said he’s not focused on party affiliation, but rather on who will be the best candidate to serve.
With or without Cuomo’s nod, Sen. Mark Grisanti is planning campaign lit and ads featuring him with the popular governor. One piece under consideration features the two hugging. Said a Republican: “That embrace is worth a million dollars.”
Jack Casey, a Republican who served as the state Senate parliamentarian for 14 years, is releasing an e-book – a biting satirical novel called “A Parliament of Fowls” that savages the dysfunctional Senate following the 2009 coup.
Asked about Mike Amodeo, the Democrat trying to take out Grisanti, Cuomo replied: “I know nothing about him.”
Cuomo, an avid angler, urged members of Congress to “act swiftly” in appropriating relief funds for New York commercial fishermen following a disaster declaration for Northeast fishing grounds.
A report from the Alliance for Quality Education, a labor-backed policy group, contends high-need schools have been unable to adequately compete for up to $75 million in competitive grants championed by Cuomo.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik will leave a federal prison in Maryland and travel to the Bronx to testify for the prosecution at the perjury trial of two of his former friends, Frank and Peter DiTommaso.
Eliot Spitzer has “a sudden, newfound desire to examine Mitt’s tax returns.”
Bill Clinton has “no earthly idea” if his wife will run for president, but thinks she’s earned a rest.
Health officials say a NYC pilot program to distribute morning-after pills and other contraceptives to high school students has encountered little resistance from parents since it began early last year. (This could soon end).
Sandra Lee is in Paris. (Quick turnaround: On Saturday, she was in Queensbury with Cuomo at the Adirondack Balloon Festival).
Today’s Manhattan judicial nomination convention could be a test of borough Democratic Party Chairman Keith Wright’s leadership, as Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer might challenge his judgeship choices.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks are battling over a series of audits that were critical of the county.
The public was on the hook for $6.8 million in state spending on lawmakers’ mail between October through March, the latest figures available.
The Village Voice and a dozen other weekly newspapers are parting ways with Backpage, a controversial classified site tied to alleged sex trafficking. The split will result in the creation of a new ownership group that is focused solely on news and events.
City&State’s new reporter: Nick Powell.
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