Mayor Bloomberg has joined Campaign to Fix the Debt, a controversial debt-reduction group funded by corporate CEOs and private equity billionaire Peter G. Peterson.

In a wide-ranging interview with Karen DeWitt, Gov. Andrew Cuomo trumped AG Eric Schneiderman’s 501(c)4 donor disclosure announcement by saying he’ll put out his own plan that “rationalizes the entire system.”

NJ Gov. Chris Christie insists he’s not too fat to be president.

Cuomo, a self-professed gearhead and Harley-Davidson owener, appeared in last week’s episode of “American Chopper.”

NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has hired “The Perez Notes” blogger/radio show host Roberto Perez, who is hanging up his reporting hat – for now.

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was released from prison as scheduled this morning and is “very, very happy to be home” in Queens.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern from Peru in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities.

…The Homeland Security Department reportedly instructed federal agents not to arrest the intern until after Election Day.

Going over the fiscal cliff could cause big problems for New York’s already over-burdened court system.

The fiscal cliff talks go could past Christmas.

Hillary Clinton says “all doors are open” for her future, but continues to maintain she’s unlikely to run for president again.

The CBO estimates only about a third of the emergency disaster aid package for Hurricane Sandy will spend out  in the next 21 months, which won’t likely encourage the GOP to move quickly in approving President Obama’s $60.4 billion request.

As upset over 12-12-12 ticket scalping continues, Sen. Daniel Squadron submitted a bill that would make it illegal to resell tickets to charitable events for more than their face value.

The state is receiving a $1 million federal grant for the research and development of the crops used for New York’s wines and alcohol.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, who is considering a run for NYC mayor next year as a Republican,  turned up last night at Democratic NYC Councilman Peter Vallone’s Queens borough president campaign kick-off.

New Yorkers should expect fully financing the recovery process to take months or years, not days or weeks. To wit: Officials estimate the state is still waiting on approximately $200 million in federal aid for Hurricane Irene.

IDC leader Jeff Klein has accepted more than $150,000 in campaign contributions from some donors with felony convictions and others with ties to organized crime. (After being made aware of this, he’s giving the cash to charity).

The FBI raided offices of the Altamont Program, a nonprofit founded by the state Legislature’s unofficial in-house priest, the Rev. Peter Young.

Retiring Assemblyman Bob Reilly teared up while announcing the latest – and final – around of nonprofit recipients of his legislative salary, which has has donated to charity for eight years.