Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Two of his cabinet members are being deployed to Long Island today:
At 8 a.m., ESDC President and CEO Ken Adams discusses the 2013-14 budget at the Long Island Forum for Technology, Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, 225 Hofstra University, Hempstead.
At 7 p.m., Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey does her budget-touting duty in Nassau County at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 W. Park Ave., Long Beach.
At 9 a.m., NYC Council Speaker/Democratic mayoral frontrunner Chris Quinn discusses the future of the NYC mass transit system. LaGuardia Community College, Room E500, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Queens.
At 10 a.m., the NYC Campaign Finance Board will meet in the CFB Conference Room, on the 19th Floor, at 40 Rector St., Manhattan.
The NYC is Not for Sale group will protest outside Quinn’s district office to oppose her call for its anti-Quinn ad to be pulled from the airwaves. 11 a.m. to noon, 224 West 30th St., Manhattan.
At noon, Sens. Tony Avella and Daniel Squadron, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John C. Liu, (both mayoral hopefuls) Assembly members Bill Colton, Danny O’Donnell and Linda Rosenthal and others criticize the risks they say are posed by fracking; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., Democratic NYC mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson will detail his plan to strengthen public safety during a speech at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 6th floor, 899 10th Ave., Manhattan.
At 1:30 p.m., former LG Richard Ravitch addresses the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s public policy forum entitled “The Fiscal Crisis Facing Local Governments,” 411 State St., Albany.
Mayor Bloomberg meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 3 p.m., City Hall, Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Outgoing Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz presents his last State of the Borough Address, Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
Sen. Liz Krueger is hosting a campaign finance reform forum at 6:30 p.m., Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., Assembly members Patricia Fahy and Mark Emanatian attend a Fair Elections Community Forum, SUNY Albany, Lecture Center 21, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany.
A new Q poll finds 66 percent of NYC voters support Quinn’s call to create an inspector general to independently monitor to the NYPD.
Gun law loopholes allow people to skirt background checks and purchase firearms when they perhaps shouldn’t own them.
The bipartisan background check deal presented by US senators yesterday still has some loopholes.
Sen. Chuck Schumer defended the deal, saying it will save lives.
As Cuomo continues to face heat from firearm-rights supporters and conservatives for the SAFE Act, his administration is launching a new grant program for shooting ranges across the state.
The governor vetoed 202 line items from the budget approved by the Legislature last month.
A Budget Division spokesman said the vetoes included three items the governor believed were improperly reinserted, four new member items, one duplicate item, 120 member items that were fully cashed out, and 45 appropriations where no money has been paid since 2005.
The key to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s comeback: His wife, Huma Abedin, who’s taking a page from the playbook of her boss, Hillary Clinton.
The NY Post had some fun with its (ahem) wood at Weiner’s expense. And the editorial board writes: “Redemption requires more than jamming the airwaves with ads and plastering his face all over town. We’ve already seen enough photos of Weiner to last a lifetime.”
The DN: “At a crucial point in his coverup, Weiner infamously couldn’t ‘say with certitude’ if a picture of a familiar crotch was his. What can be said with certitude is, he’d have an uphill run for City Hall.”
Political experts said the disgraced ex-Queens congressman would shake up the Democratic primary for City Hall should he become a candidate.
Weiner told reporters gathered outside his Manhattan apartment building that he had nothing to add to the magazine article and would be talking to journalists individually in the coming weeks.
If nothing else, Weiner could make it difficult for any Democrat to reach the magic 40 percent necessary to prevent a runoff.
If Weiner decides to run for mayor, he’ll have to work fast to reassemble the pieces of his political operation, which after several years of neglect has mostly disintegrated.
After he was indicted on perjury charges, former Assemblyman Nelson Castro apologized to his constituents and insisted he was working “very hard” on their behalf in Albany – even though he was also working for the feds.
Castro pleaded not guilty, but his attorney, Michael Farkas, said the whole proceeding was a formality because the charges against his client are likely to be dropped as a result of his cooperation with prosecutors.
“He’s helping the government clean up the Legislature,” Farkas said.
“And say what you will, maybe no one will believe this, he’s not just doing this out of self-preservation, he’s doing it at least for a very good reason because it’s the right thing to do.”
The first meeting of the Spring Valley Council since two top elected officials were arrested on bribery charges was awkward – to say the least.
De Blasio proposed a plan to fight corruption in the NYC Council, (of which he was once a member), including banning discretionary spending by individual lawmakers and creating an outside ethics monitor.
Queens Sen. Jose Peralta has introduced a bill to repeal a controversial tax credit given to businesses that employ teenage minimum-wage workers.
The $19.1 million in federal money that Buffalo has spent over the last three years at four failing schools has yielded disappointing results, State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said.
A judge has questioned the legality of a fee for the cost of policing New York City’s largest bike tour – a 40-mile, five borough event that is scheduled for May 5.
About 10,000 students, most of them from area Catholic schools, put instruction aside for a few hours to rally in Buffalo in support of state legislation that could help make private-school education more affordable.
Adam Clayton Powell IV is preparing another run for the Harlem congressional seat once held by his father and occupied for the past five decades by Rep. Charles Rangel, but will only run if Rangel retires.
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk unveiled several economic development initiatives aimed at supporting farms and small businesses during an appearance in Catskill.
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