Here And Now
The Legislature is still in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not.
He’ll be in New York City and his home county of Westchester, delivering versions of his State of the State and budget addresses at 11 a.m., at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Two of Cuomo’s cabinet members are also on the road.
Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky will speak at Suffolk County Community College at 2 p.m., Health, Sports and Education building, Lecture Hall- MD 105, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood.
ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt will be at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., at noon.
At 8 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg accepts an Excellence in Transportation award at the Rudin Center Breakfast for Transportation, The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art, 9 W. 53rd St., Manhattan.
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan joins AFT President Randi Weingarten and others to call on the Legislature to pass the Farm Worker Fair Labor Act, 9:30 a.m., Room 130, LOB, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., faith, labor and community members will be joined by Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Justice to end their 40-hour fast in support of a minimum wage increase and equal protection for New York’s farm workers. Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 900 Madison Ave., Albany.
At 11:30 a.m., DREAMers and Latino leaders from across the state will deliver an open letter expressing their concern on Sen. Chuck Schumer’s “alarming” immigration record that has focused on more enforcement than family unity. (Events will take place simultaneously in NYC, Albany and Binghamton).
At noon, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried and Sen. Bill Perkins unveil a universal single payer health coverage plan, LCA Press Room, LOB, Albany.
DACC and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hold a fund-raiser, 6 p.m., Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.
Cuomo’s job approval rating remains high at 56 percent among voters statewide, but his support has eroded upstate after passage of sweeping new gun laws, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC NY/Marist Poll.
Sen. Cathy Young has since 2001 improperly claimed a STAR property tax exemption on both the condo she owns in North Greenbush and her Cattaraugus County home. (She blamed her husband, who “handles all of our financial matters,” and said the situation has been corrected).
The Roswell Park Cancer Institute says Cuomo’s plan to make organizations compete for public health funding is “a step backward.”
The Assembly approved a two-year fracking moratorium, but the fate of a similar bill is uncertain in the Senate.
Silver expressed skepticism that fracking can be done safely.
Silver said MMA will be legal in New York “at some point,” though he couldn’t say exactly when.
Another potential victim of the Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks (which takes effect Tuesday): Specialty coffees.
GOP NYC mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota defended the honor of his former boss, ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, insisting he’s not a “jerk.”
Lhota said the city’s property tax system is backwards, with officials first determining how much money they need, and then deciding how to get it.
NYC mayoral hopeful Adolfo Carrión’s campaign defended his use of a political action committee a decade ago after a Daily News report questioned its spending.
Central Park’s carriage horses have been thrust into the race for mayor, with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio pledging that one of his first acts as the city’s chief executive would be to get them off the streets.
The DN’s Juan Gonzalez says the Bloomberg administration secretly funneled more than $9 million in city property taxes to the Hudson Yards project on Manhattan’s far West Side without informing the City Council.
According to the NYC-based Citizens Budget Commission, only 3.4 percent of school districts statewide benefited from performance improvement grants and only 2.3 percent benefited from a second grant program, which focused on management efficiency.
The federal government has released $193.1 million to the MTA to help cover Hurricane Sandy recovery costs.
Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster on John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director shortly before 1 a.m. He lasted almost 13 hours before needing to take a bathroom break.
It is not clear if there are enough votes to block Brennan, but Paul did change the mind of some of his colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. A procedural vote on Brennan’s nomination is set for this morning.
Richard D’Alauro, the NRA’s field representative for NYC and its suburbs, is forbidden from owning guns under an order of protection stemming from a confrontation with his wife in their Long Island home.
Schumer is promoting a bill that would allow “observation” stays to be counted toward the three-day mandatory inpatient stay required for Medicare coverage.
After losing a battle in September to open its first store in New York City, Wal-Mart Stores appears to have scaled back its efforts to gain a foothold in the nation’s largest city.
A new Gallup poll found 71 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, as the president proposed in his State of the Union address.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James, a NYC public advocate candidate, plans to introduce a resolution calling on Albany lawmakers to allow local input into the selection of future casino sites.
Buffalo Assemblyman Michael Kearns has a bill that would bar “sealed, closed or secret settlements of a public body” – like the one approved last year by Silver in Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment case.
Columbia University students have an expensive Nutella habit.
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