Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany
At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo hosts the state’s first-ever tourism summit in the Hart Lounge at the Egg Center for Performing Arts.
At noon, Gay and transgender rights advocates including Empire State Pride Agenda members and city and community officials call for state lawmakers to pass GENDA during the current legislative session, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., LG Bob Duffy (a former police chief) delivers remarks at the Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
The NYC Council will hold a long-awaited vote on paid sick leave legislation at 1:30 p.m., Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan. The vote will be preceded by a rally with advocates, and business and labor leaders on the City Hall steps.
At 2 p.m., a judge will release documents revealing the names of six lawmakers caught on the ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley wiretap – unless prosecutors appeals.
The IDC is holding an ethics and campaign finance reform hearing in Rockland County (home turf of Sen. David Carlucci) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Valley Cottage Library, 110 New York 303, Valley Cottage.
At 6 p.m, the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee holds a fundraiser, Tuscana West, 1300 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is now a Buffalo school board member after winning 79 percent of the vote in yesterday’s elections.
“Something was missing at a public hearing held by the State Senate on Tuesday to examine New York City’s campaign finance system: the public.”
Stunned by the indictment of state Sen. John Sampson, charged with embezzling $440,000 from sales of foreclosed properties, the state Office of Court Administration launched a review of how foreclosure sales are handled.
Sampson’s mole in the US attorney’s office, exposed.
Bob McManus believes corruption in Albany starts at the top, and calls out Cuomo for his taxpayer funded pro-business ad campaign.
Sen. James Sanders, who replaced Huntley in the Senate, slams elected officials who “snitch” on their colleagues.
The state Department of Financial Services has begun an investigation into pension advance firms, the lenders that woo retirees to sign over their monthly pension checks in return for cash.
The Senate GOP’s casino plan, which is still being drafted, protects the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casino investments in the region by honoring a decade-old compact between the state and tribe to keep new Las Vegas-style casinos from locating in a large portion of the region.
When it comes to casinos, the TU says, Cuomo “is asking New York to buy into a game where the rules have yet to be explained and the payout is a mystery. Who’d take a bet like that?”
Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner was an outspoken advocate for – and opponent to – many things while he served in Congress, but he was the lead sponsor one just one bill that was signed into law – a 2010 measure aimed at reducing cigarette sales-tax evasion.
A review of campaign finance filings by the AP found IDC leader Jeff Klein paid $150 per appearance to someone named “Turdo the magician.”
A NYPIRG report found that candidates, political committees and their contributors broke the law more than 103,805 times between between January 2011 and January 2013, while the state Board of Elections did little more than send warning letters to offenders.
Klein and Carlucci OpEd in favor of the IDC’s campaign finance reform and ethics proposals.
Economic-development agencies run by local governments doled out $1.5 billion in tax breaks to 4,486 projects in 2011, an increase of 16 percent in net exemptions since 2010, according to the state comptroller’s office.
Two long-shot NYC mayoral candidates – Sal Albanese and John Catsimatidis – are presenting problems for their more established rivals and getting under their skin.
Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota said if he could turn back time, he would not have waged war with the Brooklyn Museum over a dung-covered painting of the Virgin Mary while serving as Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayor.
The latest installment of Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic-development pledge – $10 million – will be used to help pay for ripping up a portion of the Robert Moses Parkway just south of Niagara Falls.
Former “Lost Boy” Chol Majok is now earning $36,000 a year as Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s scheduler.
Filmmaker Michael Moore thinks Mayor Bloomberg’s crusade against illegal guns is “wonderful.”
AG Eric Schneiderman applauds President Obama’s replacement of Edward DeMarco, who served as acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, but says more needs to be done to resolve the foreclosure crisis.
Connecticut lawmakers are reconsidering the state’s ban on mixed martial arts in a bid to cash in on the sport’s growing popularity.
David Fried – who was endorsed last month by Clinton in his bid for Rockland County executive – said he will give to charity $10,000 that political fixer, government informant and admitted felon Moses “Mark” Stern contributed to Fried’s failed 2006 run for New York State Assembly.
The Cuomo administration announced $91 million in low-income loans and tax credits for 33 affordable housing projects, including $4.4 million to assist in the “adaptive re-use” of Albany’s vacant Philip Livingston Magnet Academy.
A brief history of politicians and their struggles with weight loss.
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer was overheard saying that if he runs for office again, it needs to be an office that demonstrates his willingness to “work my way back up.”
The king and queen of Sweden are headed to Harlem.
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