Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg speaks at the graduation ceremony of the FDNY probationary class. Brooklyn College, Whitman Theater, 2900 Bedford Ave. between Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H.
At 10 a.m., Sen. Brad Hoylman and community advocates hold a policy briefing to discuss Friday’s release of a report about housing for low-income residents infected with HIV; 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy makes an economic development announcement, Theater on Ridge Dining Room, Building 28, 200 West Ridge Rd., Eastman Business Park, Rochester.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is hosting a series of events to return $196 million in unclaimed funds his office is holding for Westchester County residents. The first is at 11 a.m. at the Ossining Public Library.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sen Jose Peralta, campaigning Queens BP; grocery meat department workers from nine Trade Fair Supermarkets in Queens and other union members participate in a rally to publicize a labor dispute with the supermarket chain; 89-02 37th Ave., Queens.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s spokesman Michael Whyland released the following statement shortly after 10:30 p.m. last night:
“Speaker Silver intends to draft and introduce a resolution tomorrow, to be voted on Monday, to ask the Ethics & Guidance Committee to consider the full JCOPE report and to recommend appropriate sanctions including
expulsion of Assemblymember Lopez.”
“Given that an exhaustive investigation has already occurred by two public agencies, he expects the committee to be able to act quickly and to bring this matter back to the full Assembly with its recommendations for prompt resolution.”
After Silver introduces the resolution, the Assembly must vote to send it to the Ethics and Guidance Committee to consider the full JCOPE report and to recommend appropriate sanctions, including expulsion. The committee must then refer a second resolution back to the full Assembly for a final vote.
This came hours after Cuomo called for Lopez to resign and said Assembly should expel him if he didn’t do so.
The Legislature has expelled only a handful of members since it was established, and the Assembly has not expelled any of its members since the early 1920s.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said most of her Democratic colleagues aren’t looking to oust Silver and have “accepted his apologies for handling the situation in the wrong way.”
The DN slams the Assembly Democrats for refusing to oust Silver over the Lopez mess, calling them “cowards and hypocrites.”
Angela Battaglia, Lopez’s longtime girlfriend, was seen riding in a silver Acura with the revolting assemblyman in Queens yesterday.
Michael McKee, one of the city’s leading tenant advocates, skewered potential NYC mayoral contender ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner in a full-page article in the latest issue of the Metropolitan Council on Housing’s newspaper.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, did not disclose on financial forms her arrangement with Hillary Clinton that allowed her work simultaneously for private clients and an advisor at the State Department.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn unleashed a harsh attack on mayoral rival Bill Thompson, denouncing him for accepting the support of former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato, whom her campaign labeled as an “enemy of women’s equality.”
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, wielding the power of the Empire State’s $160.4 billion pension fund, won the widest margin ever in a shareholder vote in favor of a resolution forcing corporate disclosure of political giving.
The Oneida Indian Nation signed a deal with the Cuomo administration and local governments that would guarantee them exclusive territory for their central New York casino in exchange for revenue payments to the state of around $50 million a year.
As part of the agreement, the Oneidas also pledged to settle ancient land rights and taxation issues with the state. The tribe will sell their cigarettes and motor fuel on par with off-reservation taxable stores.
The deal is not good for – or supported by – everyone.
Nassau and Suffolk county officials are pushing Cuomo to allow slot machines on Long Island as part of his plan to expand legalized gambling in the state. But he isn’t receptive.
A financial disclosure report by Cuomo shows he has assets ranging from about $1.8 million to $2.1 million.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he won’t enforce the SAFE Act, and was one of four sheriffs to file an amicus brief to a suit challenging the new law.
Cuomo was very pleased with the state Department of Labor’s latest jobs report, which found the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in April – the lowest level in more than four years.
Harlem residents are encouraging former Gov. David Paterson to run for Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat.
The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund released a statement claiming victory over Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns in a Nebraska mayoral race.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her slow and steady rise to political prominence: “I’m very ambitious. I’m very aggressive. But I do it in a really nice way.”
A bipartisan group of House members announced a deal on sweeping immigration legislation, a breakthrough that could boost chances for one of President Obama’s top second-term priorities.
The School Board Association’s Tim Kremer says a survey of the state’s school districts finds that the vast majority are budgeting within the strictures of the tax cap, and as a result, 93 percent expect their budgets to be approved by voters on May 21.
NYC City Councilwoman Inez Dickens — a top contender to be the next City Council speaker — is so far in arrears on property taxes that the city plans to sell the debt to a collector.
Regulators say New York’s power grid is ready to handle the summer demand driven by air conditioning.
ES&S, the company that made NYC’s controversial new electronic voting machines, claims it has a solution to the city’s looming election crisis: Pay the company more money.
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