Prepare yourself for “Frankenstorm.” The MTA is already in planning mode. Ditto the state.

Rep. Kathy Hochul is asking House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King for a hearing on security vulnerabilities in the US student visa program after a foiled attempt to bomb the federal reserve in NYC.

Fracking opponents and supporters have launched competing TV ads.

Mayor Bloomberg will join Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a press conference tomorrow on the state’s upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

American Unity PAC launched a TV ad in support of GOP Rep. Richard Hanna that praises his pragmatism and willingness to work across the aisle. The buy is $130,000, cable and broadcast.

The PAC plans to launch a $260,000 ad campaign on behalf of Rep. Nan Hayworth tomorrow, praising her environmental record and membership in the Common Ground Caucus.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes, who’s challenging Sen. Marty Golden, saying: “I have lived in Brooklyn my entire life, and rarely have I seen a candidate who works as hard as Andrew.” (No link).

One guy who won’t be voting for either George Latimer or Bob Cohen.

Schumer contributed $1 million to the DSCC, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gave $250,000, making them two of the more generous donors to the party’s effort to retain its majority in the Senate.

WSJ reporter Jacobs Gershman is leaving the Albany beat, but staying with the paper to report on “legal matters.”

Missing from the presidential campaign trail: Discussion of climate change.

While in Florida Saturday, the governor might cross paths with Assemblyman Dov Hikind – an unabashed Cuomo fan – who will be stumping for Romney in Boca Raton.

Sen. John McCain bitterly denounced former Secretary of State Colin Powell for supporting Obama over a fellow Republican for a second straight presidential election.

Sarah Palin defended her “shuck and jive” comment by noting Cuomo employed the same phrase during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

The Washington Post endorsed Obama again, but also expressed disappointment with his first term.

GOP Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, Steve McLaughlin and Tony Jordan are calling for “Espada’s Law,” which would make it a misdemeanor to miss too many campaign finance filings.

Queens Democratic district leader Al Baldeo’s lawyers accused federal prosecutors of “overreaching” on his campaign fraud charges and said they were engaged in a “crusade” that is both vindictive and discriminatory.

Tina Fey is tired of hearing “grey-faced men” with “$2 haircuts” trying to explain to women what rape is.

Bloomberg is done pushing for nonpartisan elections in NYC.

Rudy Giuliani supports tort reform.