Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and Ulster County. At 2 p.m., he’ll discuss his Tax-Free NY initiative at SUNY New Paltz’s Student Union, Multipurpose Room, One Hawk Drive, New Paltz.
Members of the Cuomo cabinet will fan out across the state to spread the gospel about the initiative, too.
– Environmental Facilities Corp. President Matt Driscoll will be at SUNY Oswego, Sheldon Hall, Room 222, 7060 Route 104, 10 a.m.
– Also at 10 a.m., OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito will be at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Cayan Library’s Mele Room, 5701 Horatio Street, Utica.
– ESDC President and CEO Ken Adams speaks at Suffolk County Community College, Health Sports and Exhibition Center, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood at 11 a.m.
– Also at 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy will be at the SUNY Brockport Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester.
– At 2 p.m., Canal Corp. Executive Director Brian Stratton will be at SUNY Binghamton, Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.
– Also ay 2 p.m., Dede Scozzafava will be at SUNY Potsdam, Barrington Hall Student Center, Fireside Room, 44 Pierrepont Ave.
– At 3 p.m., Budget Director Bob Megna appears at Columbia-Greene Community College
Professional Academic Center, Room 612, 4400 New York 23, Hudson.
– Deputy Secretary for Economic Development Leecia Eve will be at SUNY Fredonia, tudent Union at Williams Center, 280 Central Ave.
Duffy will also speak at the ‘Why I Love the Finger Lakes’ Career Expo at the Finger Lakes Community College student center, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua.
Newly-minted NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner will greet commuters at 8 a.m. at the 2/3 Subway Stop, 125th Street and Malcolm X. Boulevard, Harlem; and then appear on the Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Environmental Advocates of New York and others host a press briefing about hydrofracking, Room 120, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 3:30 p.m., U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the Columbia Law School Class of 2013 at graduation ceremony; South Lawn of Columbia University in front of Butler Library, Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., all the Democratic mayoral hopefuls – including Weiner – will appear at the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club forum at the Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Avenue, Bronx.
Mayor Bloomberg’s personal income taxes and his annual Conflicts of Interest Board disclosure report are being made available today for reporters’ examination, as they are every year.
Weiner laid out the rationale for his mayoral candidacy in a DN OpEd, and also said: “(I)f some citizens want to ask me questions about my private failings rather than public policy, I understand.”
Weiner revealed that after he resigned from Congress, he went to the Gabbard Center in Houston, a psychiatric facility that specializes in intensive “three-day outpatient psychiatric evaluations.”
“It wasn’t an addiction thing,” he said. “I mean, it was just a place to get away and to meet people…who might be able to help.”
“I didn’t go to rehab anywhere,” Weiner told Andrea Peyser. “A couple of days I worked with a therapist in Texas I was referred to. Two days, twice, for a total of four days. Or, it might have been three.”
The former congressman is running an unconventional campaign so far, and says – uncharacteristically – that he’s not interesting in attacking anyone this time around.
The NYT fact checks Weiner’s campaign announcement video and finds it lacking.
The appearance of Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, in his video signals a new role for someone who is politically savvy and heretofore very publicity shy. Hillary Clinton’s spokesman called Abedin Weiner’s “not-so-secret weapon.”
Jim Margolis, who was key producer of Obama’s ad campaigns in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, confirmed to the Daily News that he oversaw the creation of the slick 2-minute,16-second video that Weiner used to launch his mayoral campaign.
If New Yorkers elected Weiner then “shame on us,” says Cuomo.
Michael Powell explains Weiner’s affinity for the Mets.
The governor wants to eliminate sales taxes and property, business and corporate taxes – for 10 years – for companies that set up shop on or near State University of New York campuses. ““I want a little shock and awe here,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo denied any attempt to stifle opposition by elected County Sheriffs across the state to the NY SAFE Act.
Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro, who resigned after wearing a wire for federal prosecutors for close to his entire tenure in office, is thinking about running for his old seat.
Former Assembly legislative aide Elizabeth Crothers revealed that she received a threatening letter from Silver’s office in 2003 – two years after she accused the speaker’s counsel, Michael Boxley, of rape.
At the governor’s urging, party leaders unanimously approved a resolution calling, “in the strongest possible terms,” for Lopez to resign his unpaid post with the Brooklyn Democratic Party.
The Syracuse Post-Standard joins the call for Silver to resign his speakership, and says if he won’t “take the honorable way out” then state Democratic leaders need to replace him.
In a TU OpEd, Republican Assembly members Jane Corwin, Nicole Malliotakis, Annie Rabbitt and Claudia Tenney encouraged their Democratic colleagues to oust Silver from the speaker’s chair.
Lopez’s girlfriend, Angela Battaglia, showed up for work as usual yesterday as a city planning commissioner despite a week of headlines about her boyfriend grabbing and harassing young women in his office.
Jimmy Vielkind attended the state Democratic Party’s annual meeting and found it unusually boring and fireworks-free.
Members of 57 flood-ravaged households are suing the state Canal Corp., alleging that negligence by the agency cost them a combined $4.6 million in devastation from Tropical Storm Irene.
About 140 major political donors, including more than 50 fund-raisers for President Obama, have signed a letter supporting public financing in New York.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds New York City voters support 82-14 percent the increased use of surveillance cameras in public spaces, with support among black and Hispanic voters even higher.
Cuomo pointed to the Peace Bridge as a Western New York symbol of economic stagnation while defending his aggressive and controversial approach to spur development on its U.S. plaza.
The Senate Democrats made another push for a fracking moratorium.
“Taxpayer fatigue” is being blamed for the defeat of six school budgets in Western New York.
Gary Johnson, the head of the agency charged with managing state workforce labor contracts, has left for another job. And it remains if he’ll be replaced, given consolidations among offices that oversee the workforce.
The firefighters union says the FDNY is underreporting its emergency response times.
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