A federal appeals court in New York struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, following a similar ruling by an appeals court in Boston. The US Supreme Court is expected to take up the case next year.

The decision was cheered by New York elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said:

“In June 2011, New York State inspired the rest of the nation by becoming the largest state to achieve marriage equality. Today’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides further momentum for national progress on this important civil rights issue.”

“What we did here in New York can only be the beginning, and we must continue to work together until all Americans are free to marry whom they love and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage equally, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Secretary of state Hillary Clinton was “emphatic” when asked by author Ayelet Waldman (writing for Marie Claire) if she’s running for president in 2016, saying: ”You know? I am not.”

US Senate candidate Wendy Long thought my “Fifty Shades of Grey” lightning round question at last night’s Skidmore debate was “sexist.”

Uh-oh.

A preview of President Obama’s “Daily Show” appearance tonight.

There was a “warm and non-confrontational atmosphere” at the Long Island Association’s fall luncheon featuring former VP Dick Cheney.

The NYC Campaign Finance Board found no punishable violation committed by Mayor Bloomberg in connection to the $1.1 million he contributed without disclosure to the state Independence Party in 2009, determining there was no evidence the money was spent to assist his campaign because GOP operative John Haggerty stole it.

A poll conducted by GOP pollster John McLaughlin found Randy Altschuler leading Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop 48-43, with 9 percent undecided.

Bloomberg cut a radio ad for GOP state Senate candidate Bob Cohen, decrying “lies” and “eleventh hour attacks” being lodged against him.

More on diva state Senate candidate Mindy Meyer’s very unusual (and paid for by Bravo) fund-raiser, which featured a live elephant wearing a pink scarf (and maybe with a pink manicure?) and has landed her in hot water with PETA.

Ex-JCOPE Commissioner Ravi Batra’s latest missive to Albany’s ethics watchdog is worth a read.

Cuomo has three new staffers.

The state Court of Appeals declined to hear an appeal of an August state Supreme Court ruling that deemde the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional, sending the case back to the Appellate Court.

Sen. Lee Zeldin touts his effort to repeal the MTA payroll tax in his first (and only?) TV ad of the campaign.

Zip lines are coming to Thacher Park, compliments of the governor’s New York Works initiative.

The $10million to $15 million Bloomberg is dropping on this year’s elections is likely just the beginning.

Bubba and The Boss.”