Here And Now
There was some significant breaking news overnight that continues this morning…
One of two suspects wanted in the deadly Boston marathon bombing was killed in a violent standoff with the police early this morning.
The second suspect remains at large following what authorities described as a deadly crime spree that left an MIT Police dead and a Transit Police officer seriously wounded in a firefight.
“We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed David. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”
Authorities say the suspects, who are reportedly brothers who have legally lived in the US for a year, carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint. The driver escaped. They threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown.
The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured with a combination of both gunshot wounds and explosive-related injuries. He later died at a hospital while the other escaped.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has suspended public transit in Boston, and commuters are being told to stay home as the manhunt continues.
Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors as they search for the remaining suspect.
A SWAT team was going door to door in Watertown this morning, clearing one home at a time.
On now on to our regular “Here and Now” programming…
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 10 a.m., NYC Public Advocate/mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, TWU members and Queens officials will protest the MTA for slashing shuttle bus service in the Rockaways as it markets a new “Dream Ride” service to the Hamptons. A-train shuttle bus stop at Beach Channel Drive and Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, Queens
At noon, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand presents a keynote address during a Regional Plan Association; Waldorf-Astoria; 301 Park Ave., Manhattan. (Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is speaking at 8:30 a.m.)
At 1 p.m., Sen. Lee Zeldin will call for a crackdown on drivers who register their cars outside New York to avoid paying high premiums. 4155 Veterans Highway, Suite 5, Ronkonkoma.
The TU on reform proposals at the Capitol: “Mr. Cuomo proposes a political solution to a system that is already plagued by politics. Mr. Skelos’ answer would only give New Yorkers a better look at a broken, corrupt system without fixing anything.”
Rep. Pete King is backing Republican Joe Lhota for mayor of NYC, and thinks it’s “too soon” for his former House colleague, Anthony Weiner, to try to make a comeback.
An anonymous source with ties to the White House called Weiner’s potential comeback “creepy,” “bizarre” and “a vanity project.”
Republican John Catsimatidis’ campaign claimed the Boston terror attack will boost his candidacy by reminding voters of his pro-cop positions.
The NYC Council’s taxpayer-funded Community Outreach Unit has been acting like a publicity and public relations machine for Speaker Chris Quinn, benefitting her mayoral campaign.
An undercover FBI agent testified in federal court that he worked with a fundraiser for city Controller John Liu to fraudulently drum up cash for his mayoral campaign.
More than two decades before Republican George McDonald jumped into the race for City Hall, he mixed it up with trash TV host Morton Downey Jr. in an on-air face-off that’s highlighted in “Evocateur,” a new documentary about the talk-show wildman’s rise and fall.
Jeremy Zellner, chair of Erie County’s Democratic Party, discusses his ongoing rift with Cuomo. He’s still hopeful the relationship can be mended.
The results of the state tests students are taking this week and next will be made public. The exams themselves will not.
Complaints have been plentiful: the tests were too long; students were demoralized to the point of tears; teachers were not adequately prepared. Some parents, long skeptical of the emphasis on standardized testing, forbade their children from participating.
Jim Dwyer: “(N)o one has to have much sympathy for Hank Morris to think that the parole rules should not be bent in his case, either for or against him.”
New York has become the yogurt capital of the United States, beating California in production in 2012 thanks to the Greek yogurt boom.
Several campaign contributors say they didn’t give money to help crooked legislators avoid jail and would welcome a ban on using campaign cash for legal fees.
AGEric Schneiderman says he’d love to have more authority to pursue public corruption cases, which even in the face of recent scandals, no one at the Capitol is pushing to give him.
Minor party leaders are fighting Cuomo’s effort to do away with the Wilson-Pakula Act, saying to do so would marginalize their organizations and empower wealthy interlopers.
Sen. Malcolm Smith and NYC Councilman Dan Halloran were formally indicted on charges lodged by federal authorities two weeks ago that they tried to bribe Smith’s way onto the GOP ballot line in the NYC mayor’s race.
The Assembly has changed the internal form its 150 members use to be reimbursed for official business expenses while in Albany and other areas to add the caveat, after accusations of abuse surfaced with federal charges against Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.
Assemblyman Bill Magarelli has asked for a federal inquiry into U.S. Probation Office’s handling of the David Renz case.
A $2.2 billion project to bring power from Quebec to New York City passed a key regulatory hurdle in Albany. Critics say the project would reduce power sales from upstate power plants.
Authorities have arrested an Elmira man for allegedly threatening New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney over her proposed gun control legislation.
New York’s taxi commissioner indicated that the Bloomberg administration would not support a City Council bill requiring all newly manufactured taxicabs to be wheelchair-accessible.
The Long Island Power Authority is expected to name a new top official today at a hastily scheduled trustees meeting, according to sources.
The Buffalo News says if Cuomo’s live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee, enjoys the taxpayer-funded “perks” of being his wife without being married to him – like getting clear to fly on state aircraft – she could disclose her finances.
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