Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area with no public schedule.
UPDATE: Cuomo will be making an announcement in Utica at 1 p.m., SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 5701 Horatio St.
At 8:30 a.m., AARP NY holds a roundtable and news conference on older adult hunger and ways to get more eligible seniors food assistance, The American Red Cross, 50 Prince St., Rochester.
At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & members of the Super Bowl Host Committee announce a series of charitable initiatives connected to Super Bowl 2014, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., two former fundraisers for NYC Comptroller John Liu – Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan and Jia (Jenny) Hou – will be sentenced after being found guilty of federal campaign finance crimes, Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Centre St., Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., MTA officials testify about the public transportation agency’s finances during a hearing of the state Senate’s Transportation Committee; Senate Hearing Room, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., the Hunger Action Network of NYS will hold a news conference to release its performance audit of the NYS Food Policy Council, LCA Press Room, LOB, Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., Capital Region elected officials (including the mayors of Albany and Schenectady and the Albany County executive) and business leaders urge New Yorkers to vote “yes” on the casino amendment, NYS Business Council Headquarters, 152 Washington Ave., Albany.
Also at 12:30 p.m., Sens. Eric Adams and John Sampson and Assemblywoman Inez Barron, Brooklyn Development Center employees and religious officials express opposition to state plans to close the center by 2017 during informational picketing, a march and a news conference; 888 Fountain Ave., Brooklyn.
At 1:30 p.m., Democratic NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio receives endorsements from women’s rights and health organizations, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 3:30 p.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will meet with Partnership for New York City, 450 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., Lhota will meet with the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America, 42 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., 14th Annual Gala Blueprint for Success will be held, honoring Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Cipriani, 55 Wall St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Kenneth Thompson, winner of the Democratic Brooklyn DA primary, will appear on NY1′s “Road to City Hall.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken $219,000 worth of campaign cash from the film and TV industry – including tens of thousands of dollars early this year while he was pushing to expand a production tax credit program to cover shows that relocate to New York, like Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” and “America’s Got Talent.”
The state Board of Elections argues a lawsuit challenging its glowing language of Cuomo’s referendum to expand casino gambling was filed too late, although the wording wasn’t posted on the board’s website until two weeks after that deadline to sue.
Maimonides Medical Center, the largest and most prestigious hospital in Brooklyn, received millions of dollars of city funding, thanks to the advocacy of then-Councilman Bill de Blasio, and also created a job for his wife, Chirlane McCray.
Moreland Committee Co-Chair William Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County district attorney, said the NYC media wouldn’t question his independence if they knew him better. “It’s just categorically false that the governor is interfering, controlling, directing the commission. It is just not accurate,” he said.
The NY Post isn’t buying that, and accuses the governor of chickening out on battling public corruption.
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy made some unusually pointed remarks in Rochester about the failure of the state’s bureaucracy and politicians to help business succeed. He also wouldn’t comment on rumors he’s looking for another job.
Lhota plans to release a policy book today outlining his vision for New York City, from developing under-used land on public-housing campuses to selling the air rights on government-owned properties to raise revenue.
Interviews with two members of the Feerick Commission, a Moreland Act panel created by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo in 1987, suggest that body had little direct contact with the executive chamber, but were instead left to pursue its inquiry into what it described in a series of reports as a morass of ethical and electoral failings. The current governor isn’t following that lead.
House Republicans are starting to consider a path out of the fiscal impasse that would raise the debt ceiling for a few weeks as they press for a broader deficit reduction deal.
If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, the cost to New York alone would be significant – $2 billion or more, according to Cuomo.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner drained about half of her campaign account in the Democratic primary to keep her place on the November ballot, but is still far ahead of her opponents in the fundraising department.
Paychex founder and now Florida resident Tom Golisano returned to WNY to join Niagara University officials in cutting a ribbon to open the new B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences on the campus, for which he donated $10 million.
An environmental group has given Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment.
New York tied New Jersey for last among the 50 states in the Tax Foundation’s annual report on business tax climates. It marked the second consecutive year that New York ranked at the bottom.
Financial Services Commissioner Benjamin Lawsky outlined a plan to aggressively audit the multimillion-dollar pension funds of city and state workers, specifically looking to crack down on those who wrack up overtime in their final days to pump up their retirement checks.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is asking the state to put an immediate pause on the Health Department’s review of hydraulic fracturing, instead calling for a more-comprehensive analysis that is “transparent and thorough.”
Almost a month to the day since he faced off against MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and then finished a distant fifth in the NYC mayor’s race, former Rep. Anthony Weiner challenged conservative talk show host Sean Hannity to a health care debate on Fox News.
The chairman of Colonie’s Ethics Board, Robert Tengeler, is the town’s authority on conflicts of interest, but he has contributed thousands of dollars to Supervisor Paula Mahan’s campaigns. He also works for a law firm that does business with the town and chairs its economic development corporation.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s proposed $2.79 billion budget for 2014 was criticized during a budget hearing for relying heavily on borrowing and not providing for salary increases should wage freezes be struck down by the courts
The daughter of a founder of a South Bronx housing and social service organization was arrested on charges that she stole nearly $900,000 from the group to pay for personal expenses, including a new $29,000 Toyota Sienna and trips to department stores, jewelry stores, nail salons and movie theaters.
The early achievements of Janet Yellen — set to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve — are documented in back issues of The Pilot, the newspaper for Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
De Blasio said he had a very New York moment experiencing “house envy” while attending a fundraiser for his campaign at artist Domingo Zapata’s sprawling, brand-new Gramercy Park townhouse and studio.
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