Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at ORAFOL Precision Technology Center’s facility expansion, 200 Park Center Dr., West Henrietta.

At 1 p.m., Duffy joins local officials for an announcement about the Buffalo Arts and Technology Center, Artspace Buffalo, 1219 Main St.

PL/Environmental Advocates will release its annual voters guise and also announce the 2012 Oil Slick award “winner” – a legislator who has gone above and beyond in his or her hostility toward the environment. LCA Press Room, (130, LOB), 11 a.m.

GOP US Senate hopeful Wendy Long is in Syracuse, where she’ll hold a press conference at the Onondaga GOP HQ at noon to slam Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for their opposition to fracking.

Also at noon, NYC Council members, community groups, religious leaders and unions will announce their support of AG Eric Schneiderman’s Bear Sterns/JP Morgan Chase lawsuit and call on the city to investigate how the bank’s “fraudulent and unethical behavior” cost taxpayers cash. One Chase Manhattan Plaza, corner of Pine and William Streets, Manhattan.

President Obama and Mitt Romney face off in the first debate in Denver tonight. Trailing in the polls – especially in swing states – Romney, in particular, is under pressure to perform. Here are five things to watch for in the debate.

The Obama campaign is already on the attack with a pre-debate memo and web video.


Cuomo’s bus tour of taxpayer-funded projects in Syracuse did not include Destiny USA.

During the trip, Cuomo “looked at times like an architecture graduate student, at others a Chamber of Commerce cheerleader,” writes Thomas Kaplan.

State officials agree: It’s going to be another difficult budget year.

Cuomo wants to see a spending plan that holds growth to 2 percent or less, and look for “incremental” changes going forward – no big-ticker items like the 2 percent property tax cap or sixth pension tier.

The mother of Amadou Diallo is upset that Kenneth Boss, one of the four NYPD officers who shot and killed her son in a hail of bullets more than 13 years ago, now has his gun back.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s friends are telling him not to show his face in Albany to avoid igniting a “firestorm” as he fights to keep his seat despite his sexual harassment scandal.

The New York Times calls on federal prosecutors and regulators to follow up Schneiderman’s lawsuit against Bear Sterns with actions of their own, warning “the full range of potential wrongdoing by banks will go unaddressed” if they don’t.

The MTA’s finances have improved “appreciably” over the past two years, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, but fares and tolls are on track to increase 35 percent by 2015.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota called DiNapoli’s assessment the result of a “thoughtful and thorough analysis,” which stands in contrast to some of his past comments about the comptroller’s office.

In a DN OpEd, UFT President Mike Mulgrew accuses Bloomberg of pushing a teacher evaluation system that would focus on punishing “bad apples,” rather than improve performance across the board.

Douglas Kennedy rejected a settlement deal with two nurses with whom he scuffled over his newborn son at the Westchester hospital that included cash and a requirement that he collect garbage for at least two weeks.

Hillary Clinton’s final trip abroad as US secretary of state might be to Ireland.

Bloomberg wore hipster glasses.

The mayor is funding the expansion of a pilot maternal health program in Tanzania that is predicted to help 50,000 mothers and their children during the next three years.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn split with Bloomberg over an NAACP complaint about the use of entrance exams as the only criteria for getting into the city’s elite high schools.

Two former NYC housing officials pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from real estate developers. They were the latest people connected to the city agency to fall in a still-continuing corruption investigation.

Cuomo’s upcoming beer and wine summit will also include representatives from the state’s spirits industry.

The governor insisted the state isn’t taking a step back on fracking, but merely concluded more work was needed before a final drilling decision is made. (First link requires subscription).

Our colleague at NY1 Errol Louis interviewed a scientist from the Energy Department who says newer, safer hydrofracking technology could put an end to the debate.

Rep. Louise Slaughter is standing by a campaign ad deemed inaccurate and overstated by a bipartisan committee, and plans to keep it on the air. (Subscription required).

A former assemblyman who played a role in the failed 2000 coup attempt against Speaker Sheldon Silver reminds anyone who’s mulling an uprising how difficult that can be.

Charlie Rose does the dougie “like a dude.”