Here and Now – Shutdown Edition
Good morning, and Happy October!
A partial federal government shutdown – the first in 17 years – has begun following the failure of Congress and the White House to agree on a spending deal before 12:01 a.m.
The US Senate is scheduled to reconvene at 9:30 a.m.
Even though this whole fight has been about Obamacare and whether to delay the individual mandate for at least a year, that provision of the law goes into effect today regardless of the shutdown.
From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., NYC voters head to the polls yet again to cast ballots in the public advocate runoff between Sen. Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Tish James.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 7:30 a.m., NYC Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears on 1010 WINS.
At 7:40 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott appears on The John Gambling Show, WWOR 710 AM.
from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks as part of security firm Guidepost Solutions LLC’s “Distinguished Speakers Series”; The Harmonie Club, 40 E. 60th St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., members of the Cuomo administration attend events marking the start of the NY healthcare exchange enrollment.
- LG Bob Duffy will be at the Gates Vascular Institute (5th Floor Atrium), 875 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
- Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, will be at the Customer Service Center, 22 Corporate Woods, Albany.
- Secretary of State Cesar Perales will appear at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cuomo administration officials will tour health centers across the state. Duffy will be at the Anthony Jordan Health Center, 82 Holland St., Rochester, at 2 p.m.
At 11 a.m., Independence Party NYC mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion sits for an interview with Radiovision.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the state Senate Education Committee will hold the first of four statewide hearings on the Board of Regents’ reform agenda, Syracuse City Hall, 233 E Washington St.
At 1 p.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will tour Yeshiva University, Stern College, 215 Lexington Ave., Manhattan. (A media availability will follow).
At 3 p.m., constituents in Rep. Tom Reed’s district will protest the shutdown outside his Ithaca district office, 40 E. State St.
Also at 3 p.m., constituents in Rep. Michael Grimm’s district will do the same, 265 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island.
Also at 3 p.m., Carrion does a taping for The Brian Lehrer CUNY TV show.
At 3:30 p.m., the MTA convenes special board meeting to consider credit for Metro-North New Haven Line customers due to failure of Con Edison feeder cable; MTA Headquarters, Fifth Floor Board Room, 347 Madison Ave., Manhattan.
A new Q poll found American voters oppose, 72-22 percent, Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. (They don’t approve a battle over raising the debt ceiling, either).
As a result of the shutdown, some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed, and another million will be asked to go without pay.
Mail will still be delivered, and Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue to flow. But national parks and Smithsonian museums will close. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays.
In his sole response early Tuesday to Congress’ failure to avert the first shutdown in 17 years, Obama addressed his comments in a video to American troops, rather than the lawmakers he’s been scolding for weeks.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robocalls targeting more than 60 House Republicans on the government shutdown.
Cuomo’s job approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark for the first time since he took office, according to Siena.
Bill de Blasio spoke publicly of his father’s suicide in anticipation of a NY Post story on the subject.
De Blasio doesn’t like much about Bloomberg’s tenure at City Hall, but he approves of the mayor’s public health initiatives and says he would continue the majority of them. Joe Lhota, who leans libertarian on social issues, would not.
The $183,000-a-year CEO of Chevra Hatzalah, an Orthodox Jewish volunteer ambulance service, has resigned amid allegations that he was involved in the charity scandal that led to the arrest of a close friend of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Cuomo on Monday signed a new law that removes barriers for Erie County in its quest to take control of foreclosed, vacant properties and get them back on the tax roll.
Mayor Bloomberg, a self-described workaholic who has ascribed his success partly to not leaving his desk to go to the bathroom, is planning a vacation on Jan. 2 – the day after his successor is inaugurated at City Hall.
The state Thruway Authority last week quietly laid off about a half-dozen non-union employees – a move that comes as the federal government has told New York that they’ll only lend the state about 33 percent of the nearly $4 billion cost of a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Bloomberg is taking on the popular, unattainable notions of beauty promoted by professional image-makers with a campaign that tells girls that they are beautiful the way they are.
The positive spin on the casino amendment that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot appears to be working in Cuomo’s favor, a new Siena poll found.
Bill Hammond: “(L)ooking too closely at how Cuomo imposes his will on others can sometimes make you queasy. One case in point: the revelation that the governor has been interfering in the operations of his supposedly independent Moreland Commission…Another: his out-of-line attempts to manipulate this fall’s referendum on casino gambling.”
New York City’s plan to solicit bids for health insurance for hundreds of thousands of workers has been put on hold, thanks to a preliminary injunction issued by a Manhattan judge.
Most private school students failed the state’s tough new standardized exams, state Education Department data show.
Cuomo has vetoed legislation permitting industrial development agencies to help retailers that are harmed by disasters, such as superstorm Sandy.
New York state is demanding a review of environmental conditions on Plum Island before the federal government can sell the island and move an infectious animal disease laboratory to a new facility in Kansas.
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