Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 9 a.m., ESDC President and CEO Ken Adams will discuss Cuomo’s Tax Free-NY initiative at SUNY Purchase, Student Services Building, Red Room, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase.
At 10 a.m., OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito will speak about Tax Free-NY at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome Campus, Festine Auditorium, 1101 Floyd Ave.
Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Joe Crowley and Food Bank For New York City President and CEO Margarette Purvis criticize proposed reductions in federal funding for the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” (food stamps) as part of the Farm Bill under consideration by Congress; Key Food supermarket, 46-02 Queens Blvd., Queens.
Also at 10 a.m., legislators and advocates will gather in the Well of the LOB (Albany) to mark the centennial of the suffrage campaign and unveil a resolution honoring the “Spirit of 1776” wagon used in organizing women to vote in New York.
At 11 a.m., the Senate Republicans and local law enforcement officials hold a press conference on the Public Assistance Integrity Act, Room 124, state Capitol, Albany. (The act prohibits welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery
tickets or to gamble).
Also at 11 a.m., civil rights and legal advocates and residents discuss planned legal action challenging the NYPD’s surveillance of businesses frequented by Muslim residents and area mosques; One Police Plaza, Park Row and Pearl Street.
Also at 11 a.m., Syracuse Mayor/state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner urges the Legislature to pass the Women’s Equality Agenda, Harriet May Mills House, 1074 West Genesee St., Syracuse.
At noon, NYC Council members Margaret Chin and Brad Lander discuss funding for social services and express support for state legislation that would withdraw Madison Square Garden’s property tax exemption; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Progressive coalitions unite to call on the Independent Democratic Conference to pass bills opposed by Senate Republicans, Million Dollar Staircase, Third Floor, State Capitol, Albany.
At 1:30 p.m., Sen. Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. host Bronx Day in Albany, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
At 5:30 p.m., City and State hosts its 40 under 40 reception, Taste Albany, 45 Beaver St., Albany.
Cuomo acknowledged it is unlikely lawmakers will agree to strengthen abortion rights or create a public financing system for state campaigns before the legislative session ends this week.
“Tainted by a series of corruption scandals and at loggerheads over the highest-profile legislative issues, lawmakers seem eager simply to return home.”
Cuomo and legislative leaders spent over an hour behind closed doors trying to finalize legislation to privatize the LIPA, create tax-free zones on upstate university campuses, reauthorize binding arbitration with special provisions for fiscally distressed cities, and authorize up to four new casinos around the state.
Cuomo’s early victory this year in getting Senate Republicans to pass the SAFE Act may have made them “gun shy,” says Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, and hampered the governor’s ability to push them on the rest of his progressive agenda at the end of the session.
The governor suggested the loss of his Women’s Equality Act will likely come back to haunt some senators – especially the IDC members – in next year’s elections.
As the legislative session winds down, all eyes in the Capitol are on IDC Leader Jeff Klein, who insists: “I don’t bring bills to the floor that fail. That’s not what leaders do.”
The fate of a proposal to allow Nassau and Suffolk counties to borrow up to $500 million each through the state Dormitory Authority was unclear last night.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s tombstone at Trinity Church in Washington Heights was mistakenly engraved with the wrong birth year — Dec. 12, 1942, instead of 1924. The error is being corrected.
With her support in the polls dipping, NYC Council Speaker/Democratic mayoral frontrunner Chris Quinn went on the attack against her rivals.
Even in her early career as a gay rights and housing advocate, Quinn preferred an insider, work-the-system game to rabble-rousing confrontation.
Quinn is highlighting her record on the City Council as the crucial factor that sets her apart from her competitors, but a similar strategy failed when her predecessors as council speaker = Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone Sr. – ran for mayor.
Denouncing Cuomo as a “schoolyard bully,” GOP Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin confirmed he is “considering” a run against him in 2014, fueled by his opposition to the SAFE Act.
Language quietly inserted into a bill that sailed through the Legislature singled out five luxury NYC developments to make them eligible for tax breaks — which could cost the city tens of millions of dollars in property taxes.
In an attempt to force change upon a sector that operates with scant supervision and produces mixed results, state Financial Service Superintendent Ben Lawsky plans to use an obscure state banking law to rein in banks’ use of consultants.
Two weeks after Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes’ campaign emailed reporters to announce the endorsement of Rep. Yvette Clarke, the congresswoman was on the steps of Brooklyn’s borough hall to back one of Hynes’ opponents, Ken Thompson.
New York City’s high-school graduation rate dipped slightly in 2012 for the second consecutive year to 60.4 percent as it became tougher to qualify for a diploma.
Statewide, the graduation rate held steady at 74 percent, even as high school graduation standards were increased.
Alone among Bloomberg’s 250 ideas to shield New York City from storms and the impacts of climate change, his so-called SeaPort City for the east side of Lower Manhattan has prompted skepticism, criticism and confusion.
Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll’s house is for sale, and the Cuomo administration official said he plans to buy a house outside the city, on Onondaga Hill.
In a letter to Medicaid Inspector General James Cox, representatives of the U.S. House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform chastised him for advising an employee to get permission to talk to committee probers, and for not providing requested documents.
US Sen. Charles Schumer, self-professed “big dog,” flew into Syracuse to put his clout behind city efforts to redevelop three vacant gas station properties at a prominent South Side intersection.
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