Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the North Country today, specifically Franklin, and Warren counties (and also Albany).
At 12:45 p.m., he meets with environmental advocacy groups, hosted by the Nature Conservancy, Follensby Clear Pond, Franklin County. (Closed press).
At 3 p.m., he discusses the reclassification of property purchased by the state from the Pinch Pruyn paper company for the Adirondack Park, Gore Mountain, 739 Peaceful Valley Rd., North Creek.
At 9:15 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will attend the 6th Annual King of Queens A Champions Award & Networking Event, Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th Street, Corona.
At 10 a.m., members of the NYC Campaign Finance Board hold a public meeting; OATH conference room E, sixth floor, 40 Rector St., Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella leads a rally against developers of a proposed medical ambulatory care center, 23-18 31st St., Queens.
At 11 a.m., UFT President Michael Mulgrew and education advocates criticize the Department of Education for permitting oversize classes, Tweed Courthouse steps, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Manhattan DA Cy Vance, state IG Catherine Leahy Scott and DMV Comissioner Barbara Fiala make a “major announcement,” Office of the IG, 61 Broadway, 21st Floor, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman will be holding a press conference with his attorney to address a threatening letter he received from counsel representing the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, 300 Garden City Plaza, 5th Floor, Garden City, Long Island.
At noon, Mayor Bloomberg meets with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Gabriel’s Restaurant, 11 West 60th St. at Broadway, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Lhota will participate in a Huffington Post Live web chat, will be streamed at live.huffingtonpost.com.
At 5 p.m., Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio greets voters in Harlem
at the subway stop at W. 116th St. and Lenox Avenue, Manhattan.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies will launch and host its Personally Speaking series featuring former Mayor David Dinkins, The Bryant Park Hotel, Screening Room, 40 West 40th St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., NY1′s “Road to City Hall” will feature a healthcare exchange panel with Anton Gunn, director of external affairs at HHS; Danielle Holahan, deputy director of NY State of Health, the official health plan marketplace; Catherine Abate, president and CEO of Community Healthcare Network; and Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society.
Also at 7 p.m., Lhota will meet with the NYPD’s Hispanic Society, LaGuardia Memorial House, 307 East 116th St., Manhattan. (Closed press).
At 8 p.m., the Rev. Erick Salgado discusses his plans to continue campaigning for NYC mayor on the School Choice Party line, during a news conference attended by Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and other religious officials; 2555 McDonald Ave., Brooklyn.
At 8:30 p.m., Lhota Will attend the Richmond County GOP Convention, St. Joseph’s By the Sea, 5150 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island. (Closed press).
Willie Rapfogel’s attorney insists neither the former Met Council executive director’s wife, chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, nor Silver himself knew of his alleged theft of millions of dollars from the nonprofit.
The DN: “Silver’s relationship with William Rapfogel…is one more damning reason why Assembly Democrats must dump Silver from the speakership. So, too, is Silver’s loyalty to Rapfogel’s wife Judy.”
The NY Post: “Maybe it’s true (Silver) and his chief of staff didn’t know what her husband had been up to these past 20 years. Still, there was a day when the bar for stepping down wasn’t a criminal indictment.”
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle finds state agencies under Cuomo have a “pattern multiple deadline extensions on Freedom of Information Law requests,” but the administration has made gains in putting some information on line.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch calls for more transparency from Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission.
State Budget Director Bob Megna is pushing to hold next year’s state budget to a 2 percent increase, and is directing agency heads to once again submit “zero growth” spending requests. The only bumps in aid will be for Medicaid and K-12 education.
Bill Clinton thinks his daughter, Chelsea, would make a better president than his wife “over the long run.”
Hillary Clinton announced she will lead a project evaluating the progress made in empowering women around the world.
Since he clinched his party’s nomination, and with two public polls showing he has a commanding lead of 40-plus percentage points against GOP mayoral nominee Joe Lhota, Bill de Blasio appears to be less accessible as he pursues becoming New York City’s 109th mayor.
“Unlike Mr. de Blasio, who in June released a 74-page policy book packed with ideas big (tax increases) and small (protecting pet-owning seniors), Mr. Lhota’s campaign has yet to lay out his ideas and policy prescriptions for New York.”
De Blasio’s NYU yearbook photo shows a much scruffier man with considerably more hair and, as the NY Post puts it: “a faraway gaze.”
A new Republican group supporting Lhota’s candidacy sued New York election officials in federal court to allow individuals to contribute more than the current $150,000 annual maximum to independent political groups.
More municipal governments – including the City of Poughkeepsie and the Town of Fishkill – have been labeled “fiscally stressed” by the state Comptroller’s Office, part of a list of 38 communities dealing with troubled finances.
Erie County and Schenectady County were among the municipal governments labeled “susceptible to stress” by the comptroller’s office.
Republican state lawmakers joined dozens of jail guards and workers at Mount McGregor to protest Cuomo’s plan to close it and other facilities.
As expected, the Buffalo School Board narrowly defeated Carl Paladino’s effort to oust Superintendent Pamela Brown.
The board also voted 6 to 2 to reject the hiring of an additional public relations position, even though that position had already been filled.
Appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative conference to present the Leadership in Public Service award to Mayor Bloomberg, VP Joe Biden took what he called “a point of personal privilege” to praise the work of his “old buddy” on gun control.
Biden met with de Blasio while he was in NYC.
The Cuomo administration has a message for the next mayor of New York City: Next time there’s a flood, hurricane or some other catastrophe, state officials won’t wait for the city’s go-ahead to evacuate hospitals and nursing homes.
Next Tuesday marks the debut of New York state’s health-insurance exchange, an online marketplace that will allow consumers to choose between more than a dozen coverage plans. A range of challenges looms.
A 26-year-old stripper from Oregon revealed her private online correspondence with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who’s running for the US Senate. Said Booker’s spokesman: “The most shocking part of the story was learning that there is a vegan strip club in Portland.”
Opponents of the referendum to allow the expansion of non-Indian run casinos in New York believe doing so could crete more problem gamblers.
New rules limiting the number of art vendors allowed in Manhattan’s busiest parks can remain in place after a federal appeals court ruled the vendors’ First Amendment rights weren’t violated because the restrictions apply equally to everyone regardless of content.
Three more businessmen have pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson to pass favorable legislation.
Seven research projects involving 10 State University of New York campuses will split nearly $700,000 in state funding.
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