Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule – yet.
Word has it that his push for a deal on the toughest-in-the-nation gun control deal has finally been successful. Sources say the bill is in print, and an announcement could come as early as today.
However, the NY Post’s Fred Dicker reports that “several major areas of disagreement” remain between the Senate GOP and the Assembly Democrats on the gun agreement, making a vote this week uncertain.
While we’re waiting to find out what happens with that, the following events are also happening today:
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will appear on WOR 710 at 7:40 a.m.
At 9 a.m. Mayor Bloomberg will headline a summit on guns at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. (He’ll be introduced by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is viewed as a potential 2016 rival for Cuomo).
At 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy joins elected officials and advocates in support of Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Act. The Well, LOB, Albany. (IDC Chair Jeff Klein will also be addressing the group at 11:15 a.m.)
Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Michael Grimm and Problem Solvers in Congress host No Labels Meeting to Make America Work, Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.
And still another 11 a.m. event: Council Members Leroy Comrie, Ruben Willis and Jumaane Williams launch “Peace Week” and call for a NYC peace effort, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Former MTA Chairman and would-be mayoral candidate Joe Lhota addresses New York Building Congress members at the organization’s annual membership meeting and construction industry luncheon forum. Ballroom, 36th floor, Mandarin Oriental New York hotel, 80 Columbus Circle, Broadway and 60th Street.
At 5:30 p.m., state Secretary of State Cesar Perales will deliver a version of Cuomo’s State of the State address in Rockland County. Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Suffern.
It looks like President Obama’s second term agenda will be dominated by gun control.
VP Joe Biden’s gun task foce is expected to make recommendations to Obama as early as tomorrow. It is looking at a wide range of issues linked to gun crimes, including violence in video games and movies, and gaps in mental health treatment and background checks.
Upstate gun owners are furious with Cuomo, and say the measures he’s pushing will outlaw most of the firearms they own.
Bloomberg is determined to use his billions to try to “change” Republicans in Congress rather than oust them.
Newtown residents are debating the future of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Should it be re-opened? Razed? Left as a shrine?
Veteran columnist Clyde Haberman’s latest gig at the NYT involves interviewing prominent New Yorkers over a meal. His first subject: Former Bronx BP Freddy Ferrer, who is now acting MTA chairman.
Two Senate Democrats – Ruben Diaz Sr. and Liz Krueger – pay rent that grossly exceeds Senate-mandated limits, and were ordered by the GOP to get a better deal — or get boxes and move to somewhere cheaper.
Despite a fundraising scandal, NYC Comptroller John Liu is pushing ahead with his mayoral campaign.
Liu says he raised $522,000 from 2,052 contributions during the six-month fundraising period that ended Friday. He spent $345,000 during this time period and has roughly $2 million cash on hand.
Cuomo could appoint the first openly gay or the first Asian-American or the first Dominican jurist to the state’s highest court. He has until Jan. 15 to make a decision.
A Daily News photographer whose Breezy Point home was severely damaged by Sandy writes: “I’ve learned that there’s nothing rapid about Mayor Bloomberg’s so-called Rapid Repairs program. My neighbors and I joke that it should be renamed Three-Month Repairs.”
Cuomo made repairing the upstate economy a theme in his State of the State message, yet his administration has been slow to implement a job-creation program signed into law in March and designed specifically for the Buffalo area.
State Sen. Eric Adams and NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia have both raised over $100,000 for the Brooklyn BP’s race, which is developing into a major fight, even though the position is largely ceremonial.
DiNapoli issues a warning about the state’s mounting debt in a NY Post OpEd.
Education advocates were dismayed Cuomo did not address school funding in his State of the State speech, and are terrified that the Gap Elimination Adjustment put into place by ex-Gov. David Paterson will continue.
AG Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached agreement with the Nassau County Police Department to improve translation services for residents with limited English speaking ability.
The House will move ahead this week with a multibillion-dollar Sandy disaster aid package, but the legislation is already caught in an escalating debate over spending and deficits that foreshadows another ugly fight among Republicans.
The success of three new upstate New York casinos proposed by Cuomo would depend heavily upon them drawing gamblers from other places in an already crowded Northeast market, analysts say.
The reasoning behind Cuomo’s “180” on casinos. (Remember: Last year, he wanted one in NYC).
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor confesses to being a jaywalker.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who could play a key role in advancing Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, will meet with the former Nebraska senator this week. He reportedly plans to ask Hagel to “to clarify and in some ways recant statements about Iran and Israel.”
The DEC may have to signal a decision on hydraulic fracturing by Feb. 13 if it wants to meet an end-of-the-month (Feb. 27) deadline for finalizing a set of proposed regulations.
NYC taxi inspectors wrote a record number of tickets last year accusing livery cabs of picking up passengers from the street – an unprecedented crackdown that coincided with a City Hall push to expand legal street hail service outside Manhattan.
The Cold Spring carriage house Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney bought after winning the June NY-18 Democratic primary may soon be on the market. (He and husband Randy Florke have their eye on a new abode).
A new documentary about Ed Koch may have ruined his friendship with Ethan Geto, a prominent gay advocate, who suggests in the movie that the former NYC mayor is gay.
President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globe Awards to honor Steven Spielberg’s “extraordinary” film “Lincoln.” Host Amy Poehler referred to him as “Hillary Clinton’s husband.”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s old arch-enemy Carl Paladino showed up at his fund-raiser last week, and even paid $100 to attend.
Democrat Howard Weitzman is set to announce today that he’s seeking a rematch against Republican Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, who unseated him from the post in a razor-close 2009 race. (Weitzman says his rare blood disorder is under control).
NYC school bus company employees said they have been told to prepare for a strike that could take place as early as tomorrow.
Washington County Assemblyman Tony Jordan has been promoted to serve as the minority leader pro tempore, making him the top lieutenant to Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
The Columbia University professor who wrote “A Beautiful Mind” has filed suit against the school over almost $1 million that she says she’s owed.
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