Here And Now
Good morning, New York, you have a budget!
Shortly after midnight – and after about 12 hours of debating and voting by the Assembly, give or take – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders sent out a press release trumpeting the “early passage” of the 2013-14 budget.
As expected, the education budget bill, which is where (inexplicably) the SAFE Act amendments were lodged, sparked the most contentious debate on the Assembly floor.
There was also an impassioned rank-and-file effort to reverse cuts in programs for the developmentally disabled.
Latino lawmakers are upset the final budget didn’t include the DREAM Act.
While the budget was being hailed by Cuomo and lawmakers, fiscal watchdogs raised warning flags about a plan they say has misplaced priorities.
While meeting with reporters yesterday, a senior Cuomo admininstration official “noted with some delight” that legislative efforts to give the governor less control over economic development spending was not part of the final budget.
Confusion over how the new state budget will affect Upstate University Hospital increased Friday night when hospital officials announced the spending plan will restore $9.3 million to the teaching hospital after all.
Albany schools may still be in difficult fiscal straits because an unexpectedly high increase in state aid dollars “evaporated.”
It would be not at all surprising if the governor holds a Red Room press conference some time today to further tout his success in getting three on-time and/or early budgets in a row for the first time in some three decades. So far, we have no press advisory for Cuomo’s plans.
In non-budget news…
There’s a paid sick leave deal in NYC that would eventually force companies that employ more than 15 people to give full-time workers five compensated days off a year when they’re ill.
Under the compromise proposal hammered out by NYC Council Speaker/mayoral hopeful Chris Quinn, a sick-leave mandate would initially apply to companies with 20 or more employees and kick in April 1, 2014.
Mayor Bloomberg says he considers the field of candidates jockeying to replace him “really depressing.”
Under fire for sex-harassment charges, Assemblyman Vito Lopez is planning a political strategy session with allies next week that could propel him toward a run for the NYC Council — or retirement by the end of the year.
For the second consecutive year, the Committee to Save New York – a coalition of business leaders supportive of Cuomo – spent more money on lobbying in New York State last year than any other group. But its future is unclear.
The committee held the same top spot in 2011, but its spending dropped from $12 million that year to $4.2 million in 2012. Exxon Mobile Corp. was No. 2 on the spending list.
New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect.
“Abusing power they shouldn’t have, two Brooklyn state senators have told New York City — its mayor, police commissioner and near-unanimous City Council — to go to hell.” (The DN takes Sens. Marty Golden and Simcha Felder to task for blocking speed cameras).
Looking to avoid troublesome social media postings by its officers, the NYPD has issued strict guidelines and ordered its members to comb through their personal profiles on Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites to ensure they are in line with the new rules.
Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys’ claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.
Months after the Newtown massacre with still no deal on gun control in D.C., a visibly frustrated President Obama is trying to jumpstart talks reminding lawmakers of the Connecticut tragedy.
AG Eric Schneiderman made the case for national gun background checks. (Subscription).
A study from George Mason University rated New York No. 50 for the level of freedom its residents enjoy.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has withdrawn two corporate shareholder resolutions after Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond agreed to encourage their suppliers’ responsibility for workplace safety, human and worker rights and environmental compliance.
New York’s highest court rejected arguments by two Internet retailers that they should be exempt from collecting state sales tax.
The court has agreed to hear Nassau County’s appeal of a ruling that rejected the county’s attempt to shift the cost of property tax refunds onto school districts and towns.
The number of New York City public-school students suspended last fall plummeted by more than a third after the city relaxed disciplinary policies.
Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Sen. John McCain, is getting her own TV show.
SU advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA championships.
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