Here And Now
The late Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, will be laid to rest today in Trinity Church Cemetery.
His 11 a.m. funeral at Temple Emanu-El (1 E. 65th St., Manhattan) is expected to be very crowded. Mayor Bloomberg will deliver the eulogy and former President Bill Clinton will speak.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be attending the funeral, and then traveling to Albany.
The NYPD’s helicopter unit will fly an honor guard over Temple Emanu-El twice today — once when Koch’s casket is being brought in, and again when it is brought out for interment in Trinity Cemetery in Washington Heights.
At 1:45 p.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and NYC officials will discuss a legislative proposal to rename a subway station in memory of Koch; northwest corner, Lexington Avenue and 77th Street, Manhattan. (This may be more easily said than done).
Up in Albany, expect a long (and potentially boisterous) day in the LOB’s Hearing Room B, where today’s joint legislative budget hearing focuses on environmental conservation.
At noon, anti-fracking advocates – including actor Mark Ruffalo; Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolence leader Mahatma Gandhi; and “Gasland” director Josh Fox – will hold a press conference at the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase.
They’ll also deliver a pledge of resistance to fracking and water from around the state to Cuomo’s office.
The New York State Association of Counties annual legislative conference kicks off today at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie.
At noon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Cuomo’s first Court of Appeals nominee: Jenny Rivera. Capitol, Room 124.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., live birds of prey from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center will be on display on the third floor of the LOB as the Coalition of Living Museums educates lawmakers on the importance of the Environmental Protection Fund and the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquaria program to the state’s economic recovery.
At 2:30 p.m., members of the Senate’s bipartisan task force on Sandy recovery releases a preliminary report on recommendations for storm relief, contingency planning and storm mitigation. The Capitol, Room 124, 2:30 p.m., Albany.
At 7 p.m., actress Debra Messing, TV producer Max Mutchnick and NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn discuss legal and political aspects of gay marriage at Fordham University, Time Warner’s Screening Room, One Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.
The power failure that caused a 34-minute delay in the Super Bowl was “an unfortunate moment,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who has called for “a full action report from all parties involved.”
The Beyoncebowl gets a thumbs-up from the NYT.
Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline. The program requires federal approval and would be among the most ambitious ever undertaken.
As Cuomo plans amendments to the budget he introduced Jan. 22, the state Department of Health is being pressed by federal regulators to figure out how to sustain a cut of $1.1 billion in Medicaid funding per year starting April 1 while also repaying for some of the years of excessive payments.
Two state lawmakers – Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder and Sen. Joe Addabbo, both Queens Democrats – are pushing a bill to raise the gambling age from 18 to 21 as New York voters decide this fall on whether to legalize Vegas-style casinos
Following through on an ultimatum to Mayor Bloomberg and the UFT, Cuomo is prepared to take action Feb. 22 that could lead to the imposition of a new teacher-evaluation system on NYC.
Tomorrow, mourners, led by Bloomberg, will sit shiva for Koch at Gracie Mansion. Koch sat shiva there for his own father while he was mayor.
Some in the gay community remain angry at Koch, who was very secretive about his own sexuality.
Long-time gay rights advocate Richard Socarides imagines the impact Koch could have had in coming out – if he was, in fact, gay.
Wayne Barrett remembers covering the man he dubbed “Mayor Mouth.”
Koch has a bridge named after him, but the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge” – sort of a mouthful – hasn’t quite stuck.
Critics are questioning whether Cuomo really stuck to his “no new taxes” pledge in the 2013-14 budget.
Lawmakers aren’t happy that Cuomo’s budget includes no legislative pork, but $3 billion in new programs and discretionary spending that would be controlled solely by the governor.
Some local leaders are tentatively backing Cuomo’s controversial pension smoothing proposal.
The mayor of the cash-strapped village of Herkimer says he might need a control board or help from the state comptroller’s office.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. might be the first lawmaker referred to the Albany County DA by the state comptroller’s office in a per diem abuse case.
Sen. John DeFrancisco’s comments about the need for discipline in Syracuse schools sparked a lively Facebook debate.
The heads of New York City’s five borough chambers of commerce met on Feb. 1 to plot the formation of a new, issue-based advocacy group that they hope will be the small business equivalent of the Partnership for New York City.
Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis has launched his mayoral campaign with few concrete proposals — save for an ambitious plan for the city to host its third World’s Fair.
A number of fund-raisers are taking place in Albany tonight:
5:30 p.m. – New York League of Conservation Voters PAC hosts fund-raiser featuring Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave.
5:30 p.m. – State Sen. Marty Golden holds a fund-raiser, Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave.
5:30 p.m. – State Sen. Carl Marcellino holds fund-raiser, Albany Club Room, Empire State Plaza.
6 p.m. – State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins holds a fund-raiser, Taste, 45 Beaver St.
6 p.m. – State Sen. Kevin Parker holds a fund-raiser, The University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Ave.
6:30 p.m. – Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney holds fund-raiser, Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave.
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