Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9 a.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the Intelligent Jobsites Conference in Manhattan. McGraw Hill Conference Center 2nd floor, 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
At 10:30 a.m., Duffy will speak at a rededication ceremony for the Horse Soldier Statue honoring armed forces members on horseback, Vesey Street & West Broadway, Manhattan.
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Central and Western New York to rally for former Rep. Dan Maffei and Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter.
The Maffei rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Landmark Aviation Building No. 113, 248 Tuskegee Rd., Syracuse. Doors open at noon.
The Hochul/Slaughter event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St., Rochester. (This venue is new). Doors open at 3 p.m.
President Obama and Mitt Romney found something they can agree on: Jokes about VP Joe Biden. They both poked fun at Biden – and themselves, and each other – at the Al Smith dinner, refereed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Michael Goodwin welcomed the change of pace from the nastiness of the campaign trail that last night’s dinner provided.
“I think the governor has established a new paradigm in Albany where there is bi-partisan, results-oriented action,” Republican Sen. Steve Saland said after receiving Cuomo’s endorsement.
Saland’s Democratic opponent, Terry Gipson, was not thrilled with the news of Cuomo’s endorsement. His campaign said the governor “will continue to receive no help from Senator Saland” on a wide variety of issues – from campaign finance reform to raising the minimum wage.
Sen. Mark Grisanti, who, like Saland, crossed party lines to vote “yes” on gay marriage last year, is downplaying expectations that the governor will endorse him, too, saying he has had “no conversations” on the subject with Cuomo.
Cuomo could hit the campaign trail on Obama’s behalf as early as this weekend, testing out how his “liberal New York pedigree and Queens accent play in swing states.”
The governor stressed that his campaigning for Obama should not be seen as an attempt to lay the groundwork for his own potential White House run in 2016.
The NYT profiles the NY-18 race, calling it one of the most “intense” congressional battles in an election season marked by nasty races.
Is Mayor Bloomberg’s new PAC “his first step in positioning to run for President in 2016, or would he rather sit back and be the kingmaker of the center?”
Cuomo added FOIL reform – specifically that the Legislature be subject to the law, which it now is not – to the growing list of things he would like to see lawmakers pass before they get a pay raise.
The CFB said Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign “contravened” the spirit of New York City’s public-disclosure rules by secretly funneling $1.2 million to the Independence Party, but did not penalize him for that.
Hillary Clinton can’t stand “whining” women who complain they can’t have it all.
Clinton’s spokesman insists this comment did not refer to the secretary of state’s former staffer, Anne-Marie Slaughter.
Assemblyman Steve Katz, a Westchester Republican, has strongly criticized a secret deal in June by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to settle a sexual-harassment case involving a Brooklyn lawmaker. But Katz had his own sexual-harassment court fight.
Republican Rep. Chris Gibson and his Democratic opponent, Julian Schreibman, engaged in another spirited debate.
A new fundraising appeal for Republican Chris Collins’ congressional candidacy claims he has opened a seven-point lead over Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul in NY-27.
The new board of NYRA trustees will be dominated by former NYRA members and led by the president of Cornell University. Of the 17 trustees, nine come from the old board that Cuomo has been criticizing.
Cuomo appointed a new deputy secretary of education.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is appealing to the county’s unions to help minimize layoffs next year by coming to a speedy agreement on new contracts that include employee health contributions.
Saying the gay population has “suffered a history of discrimination,” a divided federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled DOMA is unconstitutional.
The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Romeny.
A ruling from the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee said it was accurate to call Republican Senate candidate Bob Cohen a “slumlord” in a mailing sent out by Democrats.
Rep. Bill Owens is under attack by his GOP oponent, Matt Doheny, over a trip to Taiwan that broke House ethics rules.
The NYT urges Albany not to give in to lobbyists’ desire to weaken new disclosure regulations.
NYC voters aren’t enthusiastic about a potential Alec Baldwin candidacy for mayor in 2013.
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