Here And Now
It’s Day Two of President Obama’s upstate tour. He spent the night in Auburn, and will be headed to Binghamton University for a town hall-style forum, before driving across the border to Scranton, PA for the final stop of his journey.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be joining the president on the second leg of his bus trip. He’ll be in the New York City area with no public schedule.
At 7:30 a.m., NYC comptroller candidate and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer greets at Church Avenue B/Q Subway station (Brooklyn) with former NYC Councilwoman Una Clarke.
At 10:15 a.m., mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will be guest on the Geraldo Rivera Show, WABC 770 AM.
At 10:30 a.m., mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will campaign with Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Avenue J & E 16th Street, Brooklyn.
Also at 10:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio receives the endorsement of the New York State Nurses Association, Bellevue Hospital, NE Corner of 27th Street & 1st Avenue, Manhattan.
At 10:45 a.m., US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leads the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for about 150 immigrants; Room 310, 26 Federal Plaza., Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will attend the Great NYS Fair.
Also at 11 a.m., Lhota will be a guest on the Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC 93.9 FM.
At 11:45 a.m., NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu will be interviewed live on WWRL 1600 AM radio.
At 12:15 p.m., former congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner continues his “Delivering for New York City” tour by discussing his record of fighting to protect NYCHA tenants, Jefferson Houses, 2227 Second Ave., Manhattan.
At 1:30 p.m., Democratic Western New York constituents and community leaders will hold a press conference to call on Rep. Tom Reed to guarantee that he will pay all his taxes on time, outside the Rochester IRS office, 255 East Ave.
Though Cuomo had only limited participation in the Buffalo portion of Obama’s trip, the two man spoke warmly of one another in public. The president called Cuomo “one of the finest governors in the country,” while Cuomo said: “We always love to have the president here.”
A group of more than a dozen prominent elected officials and business leaders – including Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney (a Republican) – welcomed Obama to Syracuse in a private meeting before his speech at Henninger High School.
Obama’s performance-based rating system plan requires congressional approval and is certain to anger some college officials, who argue that their costs are affected by state funding decisions, the rising cost of health care and other factors outside their control.
A number of the innovations Obama is proposing for higher education are already underway in the SUNY system.
Educational leaders were generally warm to the president’s intent but withheld full endorsement until the details are fully explained.
The president will be greeted in the Southern Tier today by a full-page newspaper advertisement accusing his administration of covering up information regarding hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Obama told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he and First Lady Michelle Obama got their new puppy, Sunny, in part to prepare for the day his daughters leave for college.
Amid questions about the former Rochester mayor’s plans and connections to the Rochester Business Alliance, the Cuomo administration insisted LG Bob Duffy will be on the ticket when the governor runs for re-election next year.
Duffy stressed that “nothing was hidden” about his recent purchase of a 2,360-square-foot house on Keuka Lake in a private sale from the retiring head of the RBA.
Cuomo outfoxed the anti-frackers by making an unannounced visit to the State Fair after canceling his morning appearance there to greet Obama at the Buffalo Airport. (Yes, he ate the sausage).
Some members of the anti-drilling community, including Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, believe state GOP Chairman Ed Cox should apologize for referring to anti-fracking demonstrators as a “rabid mob.”
In a move seen as a rebuke to Mayor Bloomberg, the NYC Council overrode two of his vetoes on bills designed to reign in the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic.
One of the measures, creating an inspector general to monitor the department, saw the mayor’s veto overridden by a vote of 39-10. The other, Intro 1080, which expands the definition of racial profiling to include sexual orientation, housing status and gender, passed 34-15.
NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Chris Quinn called the votes historic. She supported the inspector general bill and opposed the racial profiling legislation, but allowed both to come to the floor.
“No one on this floor is anti-N.Y.P.D.,” said Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, a Brooklyn Democrat who was a co-sponsor of the legislation. “We are antipolicies that are not working.”
Bloomberg rebuked the Council, saying it had “adopted legislation that will make it harder for our police officers to protect New Yorkers and continue to drive down crime,” and warned the effects would be felt the strongest in minority communities.
The NY Post sides with Bloomberg, and also singles out NYC Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio for “misrepresenting the lawsuit bill by characterizing it as a ban on racial profiling.”
Former congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (AKA Carlos Danger) released his first Spanish-language TV ad.
Actor Liam Neeson endorsed Quinn for mayor, saying: “I was an amateur boxer before I was an actor — and I know a good fighter when I see one.”
Wednesday’s mayoral debate, broadcast live on the cable news channel NY1, was fiery, but attracted an average of only 50,000 viewers, according to ratings measured by Nielsen.
Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson wasn’t dissuaded from accepting Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s endorsement just because Hikind dressed up as an African-American basketball player — complete with brown makeup — at a Purim party in February.
Cuomo’s three straight on-time budgets, which cut more than $13 billion in deficits, raised New York’s credit outlook to positive at Moody’s Investors Service. The company’s Aa2 rating, third highest, on the state’s general-obligation debt may rise if Cuomo and the Legislature can keep passing balanced budgets on time.
During his third debate with Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, Eliot Spitzer said he’ll work as New York City comptroller for only $1 a year – the same salary billionaire Bloomberg is taking now as mayor.
Stringer said he and Spitzer will be friends again after this election, and even invited the disgraced former governor to help baby-sit. Stringer’s wife’s reaction: “No. Not with my kids.”
The debate, like those that preceded it, included some nasty, below-the-belt jabs. But it also featured something new: Singing (sort of).
Some of the Capital Region’s top real estate executives say Cuomo’s Start-Up NY program should be given a chance — despite concerns that it would be unfair to existing businesses.
The Plattsburgh Press-Republican calls on Cuomo to sign the so-called “transit lockbox” bill sitting on his desk, saying not to do so “impacts transportation companies across the state, including Nova Bus and Bombardier here in the North Country.”
Rochester’s mayor and police chief are joining a growing coalition of elected officials pushing the electronics industry to protect consumers from the cell phone theft known as “apple picking” – an initiative started by AG Eric Schneiderman.
Cuomo signed a bill into law that will allow county election boards to replace hand-written tallies of vote results with computerized, portable memory devices.
A “very hedgie” crowd is expected at Cuomo’s tony Hamptons fundraiser featuring a performance by Jon Bon Jovi Sunday night.
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