Here and Now
Good morning, and welcome to Day 2 of the federal government partial shutdown. At least the weather’s nice. Get ready for another beautiful (albeit windy) and sun-filled fall day.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Westchester County and New York City today. He’ll make an announcement at Manhattanville College’s Benziger Hall, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, at 10:30 a.m.
At 8:35 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will be a guest on WADO Univision Radio, 1280 AM.
At 8:50 a.m., Lhota will be a guest on WXNY, 96.3 FM.
Democratic NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio has a breakfast fund-raiser this morning at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and the Senate Finance Committee will hold the fourth in a series of statewide public hearings on tax reform initiatives, Executive Chamber of the Nassau County Office Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Senators Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione, David
Carlucci and Betty Little host a regulatory reform hearing that focuses on the hospitality and tourism industries, Quad Graphics, 1 Marsel Drive Auditorium, first floor, Saratoga Springs.
Also at 10:30 a.m., various elected officials and good government activists will gather on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan to call for an instant runoff voting system.
Also at 10:30 a.m., Martha Robertson, the Tompkins County Legislature chairwoman and Democratic NY-23 candidate, will call on her GOP opponent, Rep. Tom Reed, to end the government shutdown, Elmira VA Outpatient Clinic, 200 Madison Ave., Elmira.
Also at 10:30 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will announce new legal actions in defense of New York homeowners, 120 Broadway, 25th Floor, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., Schenectady County DA Rob Carney joins activists to support raising the minimum age of criminal sentencing, LCA Press Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 1:30 p.m., the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee will hold a luncheon, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd St., Manhattan. (NYC Comptroller John Liu will be there).
At 3:30 p.m., de Blasio tours an after-school program at the Red Hook Initiative and discusses plan for expanded after-school programs for middle school students, 767 Hicks St., Brooklyn.
From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Independence Party NYC mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion will be live on Radio WADO, at the Univision Radio studio.
At 5:30 p.m., the PSC will hold a hearing on Con Ed’s request to increase electric, gas and steam rates, 90 Church St., 4th Floor Board Room, Manhattan.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., a number of Brooklyn elected officials will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn.
At 6:30 p.m., Sens. Tim Kennedy and George Maziarz and Assemblyman Sean Ryan host a Summit for Smarter Schools, Kleinhans Music Hall, Three Symphony Circle, Buffalo.
At 7 p.m., GOP Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Democratic opponent, Tom Suozzi, attend a Nassau County Executive candidate forum on sustainability, Hofstra University’s Student Center Theater, North Campus, 900 Fulton Ave., Hempstead.
Up to 1,000 WNY workers found themselves either out of work or working without pay because of the budget fight in Washington.
President Obama called on the GOP to “re-open the government,” but so far there’s no end in sight for this shutdown.
The shutdown caused Obama to cancel a trip to Malaysia and the Philippines next week. US Secretary of State John Kerry will represent him instead.
In response to the shutdown, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand closed all their district offices in New York and furloughed much of their respective staffs. Schumer and Reps. Chris Collins and Nita Lowey announced they’ll go without paychecks as long as this lasts.
Rep. Dan Maffei explained why he was one of only nine House Democrats in the nation to break ranks with his party and vote with the Republicans on a measure that would have kept the government open while rolling back Obamacare.
Rep. Michael Grimm stuck with his party, drawing attacks from his 2014 Democratic opponent, Councilman Domenic Recchia.
While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired, and New York farmers are worried.
In New York City, voters elected the first woman of color – Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James – to a citywide office (public advocate).
James defeated Sen. Daniel Squadron by a wide margin in a very expensive and low turnout runoff election. There is no Republican running for the post currently held by Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, a self-described outsider for much of her younger years, is now “a mastermind behind the biggest political upset of the year…Together, Mr. de Blasio and Ms. McCray are as much a package deal as Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Cuomo will reportedly appoint former GOP Gov. George Pataki and his one-time rival, former Democratic state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, to head a task force charged with finding ways to cut between $2 billion and $3 billion in taxes next year.
A member of Cuomo’s supposedly independent anti-corruption panel, former state GOP Chairman Patrick Barrett, is now also pushing one of the governor’s key priorities — the legalization of casino gambling in the state.
As head of the council’s General Welfare Committee, de Blasio investigated the handling of the Nixzmary Brown case and others where NYC failed to protect children. That process informed his candidacy and leadership style.
GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota fought back against de Blasio’s attempt to brand him as a right-wing extremist, declaring, “If I’m tied to the Tea Party, so is Andrew Cuomo.” Cuomo declined comment.
John Catsimatidis spent $419 a vote in losing the Republican mayoral nomination to Lhota last month, more than double what Mayor Mike Bloomberg spent per vote in his 2009 re-election race.
The NYT writes: “(I)t is disheartening to see (Lhota) offering an economic plan in the familiar Republican fish wrap of tax cuts, tax breaks and tax eliminations.”
Despite glitches that caused the site to crash intermittently, the state’s new health care exchange website sparked enormous interest on its first day, drawing some 10 million visits – far more than officials had anticipated.
Eric J. Snyder, a Brooklyn voter unhappy with what he sees as pro-casino advocacy in the state’s ballot language, is suing the Board of Elections in an attempt to stop a vote on changing the state constitution to expand casino gambling.
Snyder is asking the court to enjoin voting on the measure as long as it contains “advocating language,” the inclusion of which, he said, violated the board’s authority.
A constitutional amendment to raise the retirement age of Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court judges will also be on the ballot next month, and it has sparked some quiet controversy.
Beleaguered Metro-North riders will get some relief in the form of a credit for those using the New Haven line after a ConEd power outage severely disrupted service on the country’s busiest commuter rail line.
Powerful lawmakers who warn Cuomo’s mega-plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City could drastically increase tolls on the bridge and on the statewide Thruway are seeking to head off big toll hikes now.
This year’s re-match between former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and the man who ousted him in 2009, Republican Ed Mangano, might be “the canary in the coal mine” for national politics in 2014 and 2016.
The abrupt closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last month triggered a pointed private response from Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who said the move likely broke state and federal laws and could have caused deaths because of snarled traffic.
Lawyers are asking U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff for $3,093,223 for representing six defendants who were held after their prison terms expired under a Pataki administration initiative to keep violent sexual predators off the streets.
AG Eric Schneiderman will announce today both an agreement with Bank of America Corp. and a lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co. over alleged violations of a $25 billion mortgage settlement reached last year.
New York is looking into creating its first statewide early warning system for tornados.
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