Gov. Andrew Cuomo and LG Bob Duffy continue their upstate swing of regional economic development council assessment tours. They’ll be in the Mohawk Valley today, starting at 10 a.m. at the Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Dr., Rome. 

Mayor Bloomberg is in Washington, D.C. to lobby for federal disaster aid for NYC after Sandy.

He’s scheduled to meet with a slew of senators and members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (3 p.m.), and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (1 p.m.) – not Speaker John Boehner, interestingly.

At 2:30 p.m., Bloomberg will meet with New York’s own Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and this will be followed by a Q&A with reporters.

The mayor expects to be back in the Big Apple in time for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 8:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, back in NYC, potential Democratic candidates for NYC mayor will participate in a Crain’s event about the city’s future. Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the Associated General Contractors of NYS are hosting a panel discussion entitled “New York’s Shale Resources: A Discussion of Issues for 2013.” LOB, Room 711-A.

Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz is holding a public hearing the review the merger between the Consumer Protection Board and the Department of State. 11:30 a.m., LOB, Hearing Room C, Albany.

The MTA’s hearings on proposed fare and toll increases continue. 5 p.m., Springer Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, CUNY’s College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd. (This is rescheduled after being cancelled due to Sandy).

At 7 p.m., Sen. Marty Golden, state Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, and Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi host a meeting with utility and FEMA executives for Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods hit by Sandy. P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach, 2529 Gerritsen Ave.

Headlines…

As you read last night, Sen. Jeff Klein has decided his IDC would rather create a coalition government with the Senate Republicans than his fellow Democrats.

Meanwhile, in the 46th SD race that might very well give the Republicans the 32 members their need to retain the majority without Klein & Co., Assemblyman George Amedore leads Cecilia Tkaczyk by 110 votes with the undisputed paper ballots all counted.

…Now we go to court.

The counting process has become painful and painstaking, as GOP attorneys challenge far more ballots than their Democratic counterparts.

Things are progressing very slowly in the 41st SD recount. Just 7 percent of the 6,700 absentees returned to the Dutchess County Board of Elections have been tallied so far, and the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of stalling.

Elliot Broidy, the high-powered Israeli investor who pleaded guilty to giving $1 million in bribes to four top state pension fund officials — including disgraced ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi — got off with a slap on the wrist, and no prison time.

The post-Sandy federal disaster aid Cuomo is seeking for the MTA would cover the cost of improvements, not just repairs.

A growing number of voices from the finance industry are imploring the federal government to grant tax-exempt status to what they are calling “Sandy Bonds.”

The NYT calls on Cuomo to join with other disaster aid claimants, including NJ Gov. Chris Christie, to strengthen his case for Congress to give FEMA more money to fulfill his disastter aid request.

Sandy could result in higher property taxes for already over-taxed Long Island residents.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (!) co-wrote an OpEd with his former colleague, Rep. Greg Meeks, to rally support for the Rockaways after Sandy.

Is this yet another step back onto the political stage for Weiner?

After Cuomo admitted the DEC would miss a key fracking review deadline tomorrow, the process was extended another three months.

Fracking supporters have launched a new ad campaign calling on the governor to end the review, which has dragged on for more than four years.

A group of medical professionals has launched a new campaign to force the state of New York to do a more detailed – and independent – study of the health effects of hydrofracking.

House Republicans have tapped Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas lawmaker and former US attorney who is sympathetic to New York’s counterterror needs, to succeed Long Island Rep. Peter King as Homeland Security Committee chairman.

Juan Gonzalez questions the Qunnipiac University polling that has consistently shown NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn to be the frontrunner in the 2013 mayor’s race.

Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s decision to run for NYC comptroller instead of mayor next year has pushed Councilman Dan Garodnick out of the comptroller’s race. He’ll seek re-election to his current post, and might run for speaker.

As per an email from his campaign, Garodnick is scheduled to make an “important announcement” about his future at 1 p.m. today. (No link).

After losing to Democratic Congressman-elect Sean Patrick Maloney, GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth intends to remain active in public life and says she has some “media possibilities.”

Cuomo and Duffy toured economic development projects in Rochester and the Finger Lakes yesterday.

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that Albany County Judge Stephen Herrick exceeded his authority in removing DA David Soares’ office from prosecuting its high-profile steroids case.

Two nurses in Westchester County have filed a $200,000 lawsuit against Douglas Kennedy, a son of RFK, accusing him of assault and battery, negligence and causing them emotional and physical distress after an episode involving his newborn son.

The Erie County Legislature Republicans hope to eliminate a proposed county tax increase with an $8 million package of budget cuts that would trim personnel, jail overtime and other spending, but would leave arts, cultural and library funding untouched.

AG Eric Schneiderman declared victory after a federal appeals court upheld New York’s gun licensing law, rejecting claims by five Westchester residents that the law violates their constitutional right to bear arms.

The TU says its time to review residency rules for public employees, which are routinely flouted.

Some 100 Red Cross volunteers working on Sandy recovery in NYC are living aboard the SS Wright.