Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City today. At 7 p.m., he’ll attend the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 100 East 50th St. at Park Avenue.
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are scheduled to be at the dinner, too. Obama will be the first sitting President to attend since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Conservatives were upset with Cardinal Timothy Dolan for inviting Obama to attend the dinner. But the move also sparked an uptick in donations. More than $5 million is expected to be raised for charities that assist poor and needy children in the archdiocese – a record for the event.
While in the Big Apple, Obama is taping an interview with Jon Stewart for “The Daily Show.”
At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board will hold a public meeting. OATH Conference Room E, on the 6th Floor, at 40 Rector St. in Lower Manhattan.
The CFB will hear a complaint about Mayor Bloomberg’s $1.1 million to the state Independence Party in 2009, $750,000 of which was funneled to GOP operative John Haggerty, who was convicted of grand larceny and money laundering in December.
US Education Secretary Arne Duncan is also in New York City. At 2:15 p.m., he’ll attend the 18th annual “Principal for a Day” event organized to promotes partnerships between businesses and schools. P.S./I.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs, 440 W. 53rd St.
Two ex-presidential contenders – former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Vermont Gov./DNC Chairman Howard Dean – will debate at Cornell University at 8 p.m.
Goaded by Wendy Long, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was very critical of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his handling of the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal during last night’s debate at Skidmore, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.
The debate – the lone head-to-head match-up of the US Senate race – was the one opportunity for the under-funded, little-known Long to score points against Gillibrand. She was aggressive and combative, but didn’t land any knock-out punches.
Gillibrand and Long differed sharply on many issues – from abortion rights to taxes to fracking.
During the debate’s lightning round, neither woman would admit to having read the popular erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey.”
Working to expand his role on the national political stage, Mayor Bloomberg has created a Super PAC, Independence USA PAC, that will spend between $10 million and $15 million to back candidates from both parties who pledge to work in a bipartisan fashion.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson will take a leave of absence from City Hall to run the new PAC.
By getting involved at this late stage in the campaign, Bloomberg is betting he’ll be able to sway the small number of still undecided voters in close elections.
According to the most recent FEC data, only two other billionaires – GOP-backers Sheldon Adelson and Harold Simmons – have spent eight-figure sums on this election.
Former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, who is trying to win back his old seat from Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, will be one of the beneficiaries of Bloomberg’s PAC.
Bruce Springsteen posted a message on his website explaining why he’s supporting – and campaigning for – Obama to be re-elected.
In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, both candidates have stepped up their already aggressive pursuit of women’s votes.
Case in point: First Lady Michelle Obama’s open letter to the readers of Elle magazine, which appears in the November edition.
After losing the Democratic primary in the 60th SD to Mike Amodeo, Chuck Swanick has resumed his campaign on the Conservative Party line and said for the first time he would have voted “no” on the same-sex marriage bill.
Rep. Louise Slaughter and her opponent, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, will debate for the first time at 8 p.m. Friday. The debate will be televised live on WXXI-FM (Channel 21) and WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and on DemocratandChronicle.com.
Conservatives are criticizing CNN’s Candy Crowley for correcting Romney and giving more time to Obama during the Hofstra debate.
In an interview with the BBC, Chelsea Clinton didn’t rule out a future run for political office, saying she feels a “strong call” for public service.
Ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik offered contradictory testimony during the trial of two former friends.
New York City will speed up $1 billion in spending on “critical” infrastructure, including bridges, roads, schools and libraries.
After a yearlong review of pink-ribbon-themed breast cancer ad campaigns, AG Eric Schneiderman will release a set of guidelines for greater transparency in the billion-dollar industry of charitable-cause marketing.
A Bangladeshi man was arrested and charged with trying to detonate a 1,000-pound car bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Adam Bradley, the former White Plains mayor and state assemblyman, saw his domestic violence conviction overturned and will face a new trial.
Locked in a heated election campaign, leaders of the Seneca Indian Nation have scheduled a news conference for this morning to discuss allegations of “possible fraud surrounding the whereabouts of millions of dollars meant for the Seneca people.”
William Reilich Jr., a Monroe County employee and the son of the GOP county chairman, admitted that he continued to accept unemployment benefits while he worked for the county.
Bloomberg, Cuomo and former President Clinton were on hand to dedicate a park memorializing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, almost four decades after it was first planned.
The state Authorities Budget Office found Syracuse officials continue to flout civil service rules by keeping more than 100 employees on the payroll of the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency when they actually work for the city.
Pamela Anderson has asked NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn on a date (of sorts), to the NYClass gala to promote replacing the city’s horse-drawn carriages with classic cars.
Brooklyn District Leader Lincoln Restler, a Lopez critic and opponent, lost his re-election bid by 19 votes to Chris Olechowski.
Bill Clinton’s Friday rally for Slaughter and Rep. Kathy Hochul in Rochester has been relocated to a bigger venue.
The NY-24 candidates have radically different ideas about how to get people back to work.
Newsweek is going all-digital at the end of December.
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