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

LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the Buffalo Outer Harbor groundbreaking ceremony. 11 a.m., 225 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo. 

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses efforts to promote economic growth and development in all five boroughs; ABNY Breakfast Forum; The Conrad Hotel, 102 North End Ave. Manhattan.

Public health professionals will express concern over the lack of an independent review of the potential health impacts of fracking. 3rd Floor, state Capitol, outside the LCA, 2 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Districting Commission holds public hearing. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.


The general consensus after last night’s first presidential debate, even – or perhaps most notably – from liberal donors and commentators, is that Mitt Romney won. More here, here, here…you get the picture.

Chris Matthews: “What was Romney doing? He was winning. If he does five more of these nights, forget it.”

President Obama, who is under fire for his lackluster performance, can take heart: George W. Bush was widely judged to have clearly lost the first debate against John Kerry in 2004, and went on to win the election anyway. (That hasn’t been true with all incumbents who struggled in debates, however).

Also roundly criticized for his debate performance is moderator Jim Lehrer. But a few people came to his defense, saying he did a good job of staying out of the way and letting the candidates do the talking.

Both Obama and Romney made a number of misleading statements last night.

Romney’s Big Bird comment went viral. @FiredBigBird has more than 23,000 followers on Twitter this morning.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and NJ Gov. Chris Christie worked the post-debate spin room for Romney, and gave him high marks. (Christie is at it again this morning).

In non-debate news…

New York is a congressional battleground state. Some $4.1 million worth of Super PAC cash has been spent here since Labor Day – most of that going to help Republicans.

YNN and Syracuse University will host a debate in NY-24, even if Democrat Dan Maffei declines to participate. (At this point, he’s not saying yes, but not saying no, either).

Gore, Bohener, Pelosi – some big names are involved in the NY-27 race that pits Rep. Kathy Hochul against former Erie County Executive Chris Collins.

Also: The Buffalo News says Hochul will report raising $730,000 this quarter, and calls that a “staggering” amount for an upstate congressional campaign. (See above link).

Collins has often mentioned that he owns four pistols and won NRA endorsement during his unsuccessful congressional run in 1998, but the organization spurned him in favor of Hochul this time around.

The NRA also endorsed Rep. Bill Owens in his re-election bid in NY-21. He and Hochul are the only two new York Democrats to receive the group’s nod.

The National Journal released new House race ratings, moving the NY-24 contest from the 6th most competitive in the country to the 10th.

Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s attorney wants to quit defending his client in a tax evasion case due to a dispute over payment, but a judge won’t let him.

At this point, it’s nearly impossible for scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez to lose his re-election bid.

Lopez’s replacement as Brooklyn Democratic chair, Frank Seddio, is an avid cook, saying: “I learned a long way that the best way to a person’s heart is food.”

Seddio is also very passionate about Christmas.

WSJ on Cuomo’s fracking backtracking: “(T)he man who would be President is ducking the premier energy debate of our time.”

Forbes contributor Jon Entine takes The New York Times to task for its anti-fracking “advocacy role.”

US Senate hopeful Wendy Long is trying to make fracking an issue in her long-shot bid to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

NYC has put a record number of elementary and middle schools on a watch list for closure – 36 – as Mayor Bloomberg attempts to make a lasting impact during his last full year in office.

Cuomo signed Lauren’s Law. (Subscription required).

The Obama campaign conducted weekly phone bank operations in Greenburgh’s Town Hall building — free of charge, said Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. Until the Post came calling, that is. Now the campaign is paying rent.

The fate of campaign finance reform remains uncertain this year, as the Senate Republicans seem less interested in trading it for a legislative pay raise.

An LIRR division responsible for day-to-day upkeep of the line squandered untold resources through  “systemic” inefficiency, including workers who left early despite an expensive monitoring system, according to an MTA inspector general report.

Environmental Advocates’ Rob Moore says the 2012 legislative session was a disappointment for environmental and other issues.

NY-21 Green Party candidate Don Hassig won’t be suspending his campaign for a Canadian trip to retrieve camping gear after all.

RIP Irving Cohen, the borscht belt’s longest-serving maître d’hôtel, also known as “King Cupid of the Catskills.”