Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg will be on the tarmac at JFK Airport at 11:30 a.m. to greet President Obama as he arrives in NYC for his first post-election trip.
The president is in town to see the damage wrought by Sandy. He’ll be visiting FEMA tents at Miller Field in New Dorp, Staten Island and also inspect a storm-ravaged private home nearby.
Sen. Jeff Klein will be at the Edgewater Park Firehouse in the Bronx at 1:30 p.m. along with Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and members of the Department of Financial Services to answer Sandy-related insurance questions. (The DFS reps will be there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is hosting a national summit on teacher education, which will also serve as the kick-off event for SUNY’s Statewide Teacher and Leader Education Network. Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 7 p.m., members of the NYC Districting Commission meet; auditorium, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway.
That’s the same location for the NYC Campaign Finance Board meeting, except it’s taking place at 10 a.m.
The Fiscal Policy Institute will release a new report on income polarization in New York, with data about polarization trends after the Great Recession.
Insisting the “national paralysis” won’t stop New York from addressing climate change, Cuomo unveils plans to crate three commissions to look at preparedness, response and infrastructure improvements so the state will be ready “to face Mother Nature’s inevitable fury.”
New York’s congressional delegation is annoyed with Cuomo for failing to give them a heads up before he went public with his $30 billion disaster aid ask from the federal government.
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have asked for up to $1 billion in federal aid to repair and fortify at least 120 miles of coast from Montauk Point to Rockaway Beach hit by Sandy. They say this is just phase one of a multi-billion dollar rebuild effort.
AG Eric Schneiderman has issued subpoenas to LIPAand ConEd as part of an investigation into whether the utilities violated state laws in their response to Sandy.
It’s not clear what kind of legal case Schneiderman could build agains the utilities.
Outgoing LIPA chief Michael Hervey is unapologetic about the authority’s response to the storm, but admits “we could have communicated outage time better to customers,” adding: “If we had the information, we would have communicated it.”
NYC’s gas crisis has abated.
Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi has been granted parole on his second attempt and will be home for the holidays. He’ll be released from prison Dec. 19.
Stung by electoral defeats in 2010 and the passage of several bills they found objectionable, NYSUT spent roughly $4.5 million in this year’s elections, most of which – about $3.5 million – went to assist the Senate Democrats.
The Brooklyn Democrats are infuriated by Senator-elect Simcha Felder’s decision to conference with the Republicans, and are exploring ways to legally expel him from their ranks.
The NY Post calls Felder, an Orthdox Jew, the “devil” for his soul-selling, side-switching ways.
Former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion met last night with NYC’s five GOP county chairs. As previously reported, two – Craig Eaton and Jay Savino – are on board with his 2013 NYC mayoral run. The others need convincing. (He needs 3 for a Wilson Pakula).
Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng (father of Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng) pleaded guilty to a wire-fraud charge stemming from an $80,000 bribe he was charged with soliciting as part of a ruse in which he purported he would use his political clout to fix a criminal case. More here.
Obama laid out his vision for his second term during his first post-election press conference.
Mitt Romney is blaming his loss on Nov. 6 on “Obamacare” and other “gifts” he says the president handed out to African Americans, Hispanics and other core supporters.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett hopes Hillary Clinton will become the first female president of the United States in 2016, saying: “I don’t see how you could have anybody better qualified.”
The State University of New York will ask for $1.97 billion in taxpayer dollars for 2013-14, a roughly 13 percent increase from the current year.
A DOH spokesman confirmed the outside experts required for a health review of the impacts of fracking have not yet been hired, and the agreement involving the scope of their work, and any fees they will be paid has not yet been worked out.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have asked a judge to sentence former NYC Councilman Larry B. Seabrook to at least seven and a quarter years in prison for his conviction on political corruption charges in July.
Sen. Mark Grisanti criticized the DMV’s plan to switch to black-and-white driver’s license photos.
Nassau and Suffolk elections officials began recanvassing ballots including Long Island’s tightest race, where Republican Assemblyman Dean Murray’s 36-vote election night lead over former Brookhaven Town board member Edward Hennessey, budged – but just barely.
The Journal News called the details of the Thruway Authority’s proposed 45 percent toll hike for commercial vehicles “too fuzzy.”
The election’s over, but Rep. Kathy Hochul and Congressman-elect Chris Collins remain sharply divided on how to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff.
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