Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. At noon, he makes an announcement at the Javits Center. 655 West 34th St., Manhattan.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is in Owego. At 9:30 a.m., he’ll join local veterans – including employees – and reveal his plan to prioritize the extension of the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credits. Sanmina-SCI, 1200 Taylor Rd. (He’ll also be in Niagara Falls at 1:45 p.m.)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is also upstate. She’ll be in Lancaster at 10:30 a.m. and in Syracuse at 2:15 p.m., where she’ll volunteer at the Interreligious Food Consortium, packing food bags and helping with distribution.
At 10:30 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will announce charges brought against the leaders of a tri-state criminal network following a 16-month investigation. One Police Plaza, Manhattan.
Also at 10:30 a.m., JCOPE is meeting. 540 Broadway, Albany.
At 11 a.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Rep Charlie Rangel and others join the Consulate General of Israel to support Israel’s right to self-defense for the missile fire from Gaza. 2nd Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads the annual Catholic Charities distribution of Thanksgiving Meals. 34 W. 134th St., Manhattan.
At events across the five boroughs, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger will release the its annual survey on demand at soup kitchens and food pantries with additional information on the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Today’s Q poll finds NYC voters believe President Obama, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg did a good job with response to Hurricane Sandy, but they give their highest marks to NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Also, Bloomberg’s handling of the storm helped lift his overall approval rating to 56 – 34 percent – his highest grades in more than two years.
Christie’s standing with the GOP as a potential presidential contender was badly hurt by his embrace – literally and figuratively – of Obama in Sandy’s immediate aftermath.
Bloomberg insisted that the city’s 911 system “functioned perfectly” during Sandy, despite evidence of unanswered calls, clueless operators and deaths of people who couldn’t get help in time.
The next big thing in protecting transit tunnels from floodwaters: A giant inflatable plug.
NYC’s Education Department and union leaders have agreed on the cancellation of three vacation days from the weeklong February break to make up for days lost to damage and delays from Sandy.
Sandy’s death toll in the U.S. has risen to 135, according to tallies from individual counties and states, with 60 deaths in New York now credited to the superstorm.
A handful of state workers say they have been unfairly docked vacation days because they stayed home during the Oct. 29 storm either because their supervisors told them to or because they were unable to get to their worksites.
A new problem, post-Sandy: Injuries and illness as people clean up the damage the storm left behind.
The absentee and affidavit ballot count in the 46th SD race finished in Albany County around midnight last night. Assemblyman George Amedore’s campaign says he’s at 956 votes to Cecilia Tkaczyk’s 1,043. (No link).
Albany was the first county in the 46th to start its counting process. Tkaczyk’s campaign expects her to do well in Ulster County, where she leads Amedore by more than 8,000 votes, but counting there doesn’t start until next week.
Paper ballot counting is also underway in the 41st SD, where Putnam completed its tally last night. Terry Gipson’s campaign says his lead over Sen. Steve Saland grew by 76 votes, and he’s now up 1,684 overall. Dutchess County starts counting today. (No link).
The DN’s Bill Hammond says it’s “common sense” not “treachery,” that makes some Democrats – including Cuomo – wary of seeing control of the state Senate back in the hands of their party.
GOP Sen. Hugh Farley submitted retirement papers earlier this month, allowing him to leave the state payroll and start collecting a pension. After 46 years in various government jobs he’s entitled to $52,000 a year.
Less than two weeks after the Presidential election, the 2013 NYC mayoral race began in earnest yesterday as the top Democratic contenders and Democrat-turned-Republican Tom Allon criticized Bloomberg’s handling of city public schools at a forum.
Michael Benjamin on ex-Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion’s effort to run for mayor on the GOP line: “If local Republican leaders buy Carrión’s latest ‘road to Damascus’ transformation, they deserve to be cast into the political wilderness for the next 40 years.”
A proposed $3 million settlement of a lawsuit against New York state troopers appears to be dead because about a dozen Native American plaintiffs refuse to sign.
During his first week in Washington, Congressman-elect Chris Collins held a fundraiser that brought in $60,000 to help retire his campaign debt.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the closure of the Shale Resources & Society Institute, saying: “Research of such considerable societal importance and impact cannot be effectively conducted with a cloud of uncertainty over its work.”
The institute’s first study, released in May, drew sharp criticism for being biased in favor of the oil and gas industry.
Gas drilling companies say they’re “exhausted” by the more than four year long review process on whether to allow fracking in New York, that they say they now fear will drag on into 2013.
The New York pension fund for state and local government workers is reporting a 4 percent return on investment for its last quarter with an estimated fund value of $150.1 billion at the end of September, up more than $3 billion.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner brokered an agreement with the tax-exempt Crouse Hospital, which will pay the city $50,000 per year to help offset the cost of snowplowing, fire protection and other services typically funded through property taxes.
Former Yonkers councilwoman Sandy Annabi was sentenced to six years in prison for accepting nearly $200,000 in exchange for changing her vote on two real-estate deals.
Florida GOP Rep. Allen West conceded his race to Democrat Patrick Murphy.
According to her father, Chelsea Clinton and her husband are “working on” having a baby.
VP Joe Biden turns 70 today.
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