Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 9:30 a.m., former general counsel of the US Defense Department Jeh Johnson, speaks about “A ‘Drone Court’: The Pros and Cons” at Fordham University law school’s Center on National Security; James McNally Amphitheater, 140 W. 62nd St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Sens. Adriano Espaillat and Jose Peralta, 32BJ President Hector J. Figueroa and Latino advocates call for the NYC Council to vote on the paid sick leave proposals; City Hall, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor host a bipartisan press conference to propose tuition reductions for servicemen and women attending SUNY and CUNY schools who are facing the suspension of their tuition assistance from the military due to the sequester. LCA Room (130), LOB, Albany.
NYC mayoral candidates and Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez express support for proposals to overhaul federal immigration laws, and call for the changes to apply to immigration of gay couples; Noon, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan.
Also at noon, lawmakers and advocates will attend a news conference on the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright and call for “systemic reform of state’s failed public defense system.” LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. NYC mayoral candidate/Comptroller John Liu, holds one in a series of “town hall” meetings about the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” searches and public safety concerns; Latino Pastoral Action Center Inc., 14 W. 170th St., Bronx.
(Added by special request): From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., IDC leader Jeff Klein holds his annual St. Patrick’s Day “O’Klein” fund-raiser at the Fort Orange Club, Albany.
After staffers worked through a weekend that was capped off by a marathon leaders meeting last night, the governor and legislative leaders still have no budget deal.
The governor issued a public schedule saying he was to be in the “New York City area” on Sunday, but sources said budget talks were held with Cuomo at the Capitol late yesterday morning.
Last night’s discussions included talk of a “training wage” as part of the minimum wage piece of the budget, which is still in play. (Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos called it a “youth wage.”
Sources tell Tom Precious issues involving the minimum wage, tax breaks for middle-class families and small businesses, and Cuomo’s proposal to relax marijuana-possession laws are among the final major issues the sides are wrestling with.
Leaders of the Assembly and Senate want jockeys who regularly ride on New York’s thoroughbred tracks to get a cut of the extra purse money generated by VLT gambling. Some $2 million a year would go to a jockeys’ guild in Kentucky.
When State Superintendent Joe D’Amico was hired, Cuomo touted that he had foregone a 211 waiver, enabling him to collect both a salary and his pension. But Cuomo has since granted the waiver due to D’Amico’s claim it was “financially impossible” for him to keep working that way.
Fuel giant Hess Corp. is “aggressively” fighting Cuomo’s plan to keep pumps flowing at gas stations after natural disasters strike.
The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, widely credited as an important factor in the citywide drop in crime during the Bloomberg administration, will face its biggest constitutional test in a federal trial beginning today.
Quinn is reportedly strongly considering backing legislation aimed at reining in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk – a move that will surely not sit well with Bloomberg.
Staten Island DA Dan Donovan is under fire for his secretive approach in two high-profile political cases: Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal and the probe into the WFP’s actions in 2009.
Chris Smith on the ethnic politics at play in the NYC mayor’s race: “t’s better for (Chris) Quinn if Liu stays in the race, because he’ll siphon some minority votes from (Bill) Thompson…but Liu staying in the race makes it tougher for Quinn to hit the magic 40 percent mark that would allow her to avoid a Democratic runoff.
Former GOP US Senator-turned-lobbyist Al D’Amato bundled $47,550 in contributions to Thompson, the latest disclosure filings show.
Two GOP mayoral hopefuls – George McDonald and Tom Allon – have very little cash on hand. McDonald vowed to remain in the race; Allon said only “stay tuned.”
The NY Post decries the Democratic mayoral candidates’ ties to the UFT, saying: “Get ready for Mayoral Mulgrew.”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who’s seeking re-election this fall, is viewed in his city as a competent, but not visionary leader.
TU editorial page editor Jay Jochnowitz, a long-time practicer of martial arts, can’t get behind MMA, calling it “an indoor street fight” marked by “wanton brutality.”
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, in a series of letters sent to Cuomo and legislative leaders last week, argued that using cameras to catch speeders would improve public safety and reduce traffic injuries.
More on Sen. Cathy Young’s STAR property tax exemption that she improperly received on a North Greenbush condo: She signed and cashed a rebate check six years ago even though she claims she only recently learned of this error and corrected it.
In a DN OpEd, former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau urges New York officials to “enforce the gun laws we have.”
Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a “bill of rights” to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships.
The controversy over the record number of homeless NYC families has obscured the fact that the state and city have saved millions on housing the burgeoning ranks of parents and children seeking shelter because of an increase in federal funding.
Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner is supposedly still mad at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for saying he should resign during his sexting scandal, and plans to get revenge once “Hillary is president.”
Cindy Adams is convinced Hillary Clinton is indeed running in 2016.
Moreland Act Director and former state Senate candidate Regina Calcaterra has penned a harrowing personal memoir, “Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island,” which is for release in August from HarperCollins.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld celebrated his return to Back Bay and dinged Bloomberg (calling him a “quack”) in song during a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.
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