Here And Now (Updated)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. At 3:15 p.m., he’ll join US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and MTA Chairman & CEO Joseph Lhota to make a Sandy-related announcement. Manhattan entrance of the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel.
Recanvassing in the 46th SD race (Cecilia Tkaczyk vs. George Amedore) starts today in Albany and Schenectady counties.
UPDATE: The Thruway Authority’s Finance Committee 11:30 a.m. meeting today, which was rescheduled from last week and where members were expected to vote on a 45 percent toll hike for commercial vehicles, has been called off a second time.
NYC Council Speaker/likely 2013 mayoral contender Christine Quinn speaks at the ABNY breakfast. 8:30 a.m., Grand Hyatt New York, Empire Ballroom, 42nd Street at Park Avenue, Manhattan.
The much-maligned NYC Board of Elections will hold its first post-Election Day meeting. 1:30 p.m., 32 Broadway, Manhattan.
At noon, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore and other local officials speak out against hydrofracking, LCA press room, Room 130, LOB, the Capitol.
At 5 p.m., the MTA is holding two public hearings on fare and toll increases:
One at Baruch College, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Ave., Manhattan. The other at Hostos Community College, Center for the Arts & Culture, Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.
Former LG Dick Ravitch and former Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward are being honored tonight at the New York Building Congress 2012 Industry Recognition Diner. Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.
Former Bronx BP, ex-Obama administration official and (recently) former Democrat Adolfo Carrion Jr. is all but certain to enter the 2013 NYC mayor’s race as an independent seeking the GOP line.
If he’s successful, Carrion would be NYC’s first Latino mayor. He’s being advised by former NY1 anchor Davidson Goldin.
For the first time since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, every New York City public-employee union – all 152 bargaining units – is working without a contract. They’re all waiting out Mayor Bloomberg, whose third and final term ends at the end of next December. (Fixed).
The Petraeus scandal is widening, and now includes Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan.
The father of Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell, told the DN: “There is a lot more that is going to come out. You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”
Cuomo is seeking $30 billion in disaster aid from the federal government, saying: “Just reimbursing the out-of-pocket expenses does not come close to making up to the economic damage that has been done to this state and this region.”
Cuomo’s request comes at a difficult time in D.C. and faces significant hurdles in Congress. It may take weeks, if not months, before action is taken on it.
Four more counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration: Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Putnam.
About 80,000 homes remain without power, but Cuomo says many are too damaged to have their electricity restored.
The governor kept up his verbal assault on LIPA, saying he “will make every change necessary to ensure it lives up to its public responsibility” – including removing management at the state-owned authority.
Bill Hammond writes: “Failing to take proper charge of the Long Island Power Authority is proving to be Gov. Cuomo’s worst screwup to date — and it’s a doozy.”
The MTA will not provide refunds to riders who purchased 30- or 7-day unlimited MetroCards before Hurricane Sandy.
Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer unveils a three point plan to help prepare for future weather emergencies.
Bloomberg announced a new $500 million capital investment plan to repair schools and hospitals damaged by Sandy.
Mayoral contender and former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson called these steps “welcome,” but criticized Bloomberg’s storm response.
The Buffalo News is already looking to 2016, and hopes Hillary Clinton seeks the White House again.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s post-Sandy support of President Obama hurt his chances in 2016 among Republican activists, according to GOP consultant John McLaughlin.
Change is afoot at the White House.
The NYT profiles two of NY’s new House members: Congressmen-elect Chris Collins (NY-27) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).
Cuomo, who was sitting on close to $20 million worth of political cash in mid-July, is celebrating his 55th birthday with a fundraiser.
NYC Councilman and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Charles Barron called the four IDC members “traitors” and said their fellow Democrats should take them out through primaries.
In his first interview since Election Day, IDC head Jeff Klein refused to say who his conference will back in the battle for control of the Senate, but did insist the group will be a “permanent third conference” with “a major role in shaping the policy agenda of this state.”
Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno called 2012 the “worst” election cycle in his memory for the NY GOP.
As the Republicans strategize how to retain control of the Senate, Majority Leader Dean Skelos has been on storm duty in his hard-hit Nassau County district.
NYC Comptroller John Liu suffered another setback yesterday when two of his key fund-raisers charged with fraud saw their motions to suppress certain evidence and dismiss the case slapped down by a federal judge.
The Democrat & Chronicle makes a final plea to the Thruway Authority to reject the proposed 45 percent toll hike for commercial vehicles.
Ditto, says the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Fueled by ballot victories in four states last week, same-sex marriage advocates plan to push legislatures in half a dozen more states toward legalization as they also press their cause in federal courts.
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