Here And Now
Happy Earth Day!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 8:30 a.m., US Attorney Preet Bharara will speak at the Citizens Crime Commission on “Public Corruption in New York: More than a Prosecutor’s Problem.” Mutual of America, 320 Park Ave., Manhattan.
At 9:15 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg will appear on the Today show. (Interview is pre-taped).
At 10 a.m., Democrat Reshma Saujani will formally kickoff her campaign for NYC Public Advocate with “Opportunity for All: Five Boroughs in Five Days,” a weeklong tour of the city. 216 W 30th St., Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn makes an announce legislation to raise minimum tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 with NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, City Council members and Mayor Bloomberg. Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., the national public policy center Demos will release a new report detailing how public financing is improving Connecticut’s legislative processes and relieving lawmakers of special interest burdens. LOB, 3rd Floor Landing, By the Bird Lady Statue, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., Assemblymen Bill Colton and Will Barclay and Sen. John DeFrancisco call for ending a duplicative tax on state veterans, LCA Room 130, Legislative Office Building, 181 State St., Albany.
At 12:10 p.m., Concerned Clergy for Choice, which is holding its advocacy day in Albany, hosts a press conference on the governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda, LOB, Room 711A.
At 1:30 p.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holds a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill that builds on the Iran Divestment Act. He will be joined by members of the Assembly majority and advocates. Speakers Conference Room (342), state Capitol, Albany.
At 6 p.m., the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosts a mayoral forum on sustainability. Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design; Great Hall at Cooper Union, Seven E. 7th St., Manhattan.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh will join fellow elected officials and Community Boards 3 & 6 to host a town forum about the proposed closure and relocation of the Stuyvesant Post Office. Campos Plaza Community Center, 611 East 13th St., Manhattan.
The coalition known as Fair Elections For New York has raised $750,000 to $1 million to pay for a new campaign finance reform TV ad that targets the state Senate. It could be running as early as next week.
Silver reassured members of his Democratic conference that most of them are on the up-and-up, but he also used part of an hour-long closed-door meeting to warn that corruption taints the entire chamber, lawmakers’ families and constituents.
Cuomo reportedly told business leaders he doesn’t want to approve fracking because he’s afraid the Legislature will respond by passing a moratorium on drilling.
IDC leader Jeff Klein is pushing legislation that would allow construction firms to walk off tax-funded jobs amid payment disputes with local governments. The main backers of the measure, the Subcontractors Trade Association PAC and Empire State Subcontractors, have given $61,200 to Klein since 2004.
The state is hiring a Rochester-area firm to help develop a recruitment strategy as its workforce grows smaller and grayer, and unions say more needs to be done to deal with a coming glut of retirements.
A Rochester-area man who was falsely accused of rape is among those crusading to reform “discovery” in New York.
Two sisters are determined to prevent Quinn from becoming NYC mayor, and have poured $200,000 into the $1 million “NYC Not 4Sale” campaign.
The rise in New York City’s poverty rate as a result of the recession has apparently eased, but not before pushing nearly half of the city’s population into the ranks of the poor or near-poor in 2011, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg administration.
Investigators were finally able to start grilling Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev late yesterday — after he recovered enough from neck wounds to scribble out written responses to questions.
Federal authorities have asked to speak with the wife of the dead suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and her lawyer said Sunday he is discussing with them how to proceed.
Security was high at two short-distance running races in NYC this weekend.
Some districts are in danger of losing their increase in state education aid because of side deals struck with local unions.
A group of Horace Mann alumni have hired former judge and sex crimes prosecutor Leslie Crocker Snyder to conduct an independent investigation of the alleged sexual abuse at the school.
The issues of race and ethnicity have hung over the jury selection process in the trial of two former aides to NYC Comptroller John Liu.
Former AG Dennis Vacco is crying foul about the uneven enforcement of New York cigarette taxing laws and charges that improper motivations are behind a case he is defending for a politically connected Seneca tribal member.
The number of state employees collecting both a salary and a pension dropped for the first time in three years, declining by 5 percent between 2011 and 2012, records show.
The NRCC launched a series of online ads targeting three 2014 Democratic House candidates and one Democrat who has not even formally entered a race in an effort to discredit them before their campaigns get off the ground.
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