Here And Now (Updated)
It’s Primary Day!
In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie, the polls opened at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. In all other counties, the polls open at noon.
If you live in NYC and you’re unsure where your polling site is, click here.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will likely be keeping a low profile today. (So far, no official word on his public schedule). He lives in Westchester, where there are no big primary races.
UPDATE: Cuomo does have events, but they’re upstate – far, far away from the circus in NYC.
At 10 a.m., he’ll attend a NY Rising Committee meeting at Binghamton University’s Engineering and Science Building, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.
At noon, he’ll attend a NY Rising Committee meeting at SUNY Cobleskill’s Frisbie Hall, Room 200, Old Quad, Schenectady Avenue, Cobleskill.
President Obama delivers a primetime address on the situation in Syria at 9 p.m.
The candidates are making a last mad dash in hopes of convincing a few more voters to pull the lever for them. They’ll be doing meet-and-greets all over the place, and making time to vote (we assume for themselves). A few highlights…
At 6:30 a.m., NYC comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer will appear on HOT 97’s The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show.
At 7:30 a.m., NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu will appear on WADO 1280AM radio.
At 7:35 a.m., former Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner will appear on the Hot 97 Morning Show, 97.1 FM.
At 8:10 a.m., Spitzer will appear on The Curtis Sliwa Show, AM 720 The Answer.
At 8:25 a.m., mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will be a guest on the John Gambling Show, WOR 710AM.
At 9:10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn will appear on The John Gambling Show, WOR 710AM.
At 9:35 a.m., an interview with Quinn airs on Buen Dia, WADO 1280 AM.
At 10 a.m., Environment New York unveils a report on power plant pollution, South Swan Street at West Capitol Park, Albany.
At 10:30 a.m., Lhota will be a guest on the Geraldo Rivera Show, WABC 770
At 10:50 a.m., Liu will appear Rivera’s show.
At 11 a.m., Rep. Michael Grimm will host a press conference with Reps. Earl Blumenauer, James McGovern, and members of the Commuter Benefits Work for Us coalition to support the Commuter Parity Act of 2013, Capitol Hill ‘Triangle’, Washington, D.C.
“Under Bloomberg’s tenure, New York City has experienced a rise in inequality that outpaces the rest of the country.” Now New Yorkers are looking for a different kind of mayor.
The mayoral candidates, now vying to move into Gracie Mansion, recalled their far more humble beginnings when they first started living on their own in NYC.
The difference between the election day plans of the Spitzer and Stringer campaigns boils down to old fashioned boots-on-the-ground vs. data analysis (AKA microtargeting).
Spitzer paid several consultants $300,000 over the final days of the primary campaign.
Former AIG honcho Maurice “Hank” Greenberg upped his decades-old grudge match against Spitzer, just as the former AG and governor faces Democratic primary voters today.
While his work on his father’s behalf in the NYC mayor’s race has made his recognizable to many New Yorkers, Dante de Blasio is just a regular guy at school.
In Democrat-dominated Albany, voters will likely pick their new first new mayor in 20 years today. In GOP-controlled Saratoga County, Republicans will choose their first new sheriff candidate in more than 41 years.
Republicans in Binghamton will select a mayoral candidate today.
There are 17 primary elections for public office in Onondaga County, 28 in Oswego County, eight in Cayuga County, and six races in Madison County.
A state Supreme Court judge is expected to rule at any moment on whether there will be a Republican candidate on the ballot for Syracuse mayor in November.
The Buffalo mayoral primary is gaining the most attention in Western NY, but there’s also a brawl for Erie County sheriff, along with four county Legislature races and some Family Court contests.
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell berated mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner last night, repeatedly asking him: “What is wrong with you?”
Weiner told O’Donnell to “chillax, buddy” – advice the TV host did not take.
Cuomo’s handling of the Javits Center boat show mess “provides a glimpse into the decision-making process of a chief executive who cultivates a reputation for swift and decisive action, and demonstrates how such actions can have unintended consequences.”
The retrial of former state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 at the federal courthouse in Albany.
Former Senate Democratic leader John Sampson quietly amended his 2012 state financial disclosure report to include a lucrative real estate asset not previously disclosed, and also revealed he’s separated from his wife.
Ashley Dupre, the former hooker who brought down Spitzer, is planning a Caribbean wedding with her fiance, TJ Earle.
IDC Leader Jeff Klein said his conference will challenge fellow Democrats at the ballot box next year, as an ever-growing rift between the warring political conferences continues to widen.
The NAACP is beginning its search for a successor to outgoing President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who announced this week that he will step down at the end of the year.
More than 35,000 people have signed up to take the New York State Police entrance exam next month.
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