Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9:45 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg meets with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, City Hall.
At 10 a.m., the Albany NYS Division of Human Rights will hold a hearing on Liberty Ridge Farm denying Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy use of the facility for their same-sex wedding.
At 11:15 a.m., de Blasio holds a press conference to make an announcement,Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, 281 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and a bipartisan group of at least five fellow senators will kick off their final two-week push for the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, 485 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.
At noon, Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Yvette Clarke, Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander and others call on the Bloomberg administration to drop its appeal and delay of stop-and-frisk reforms, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman hosts a forum on investment fraud initiatives for seniors, American Legion Post #259, 139 W. Manlius St., Syracuse.
At 1:30 p.m., Common Cause/NY’s Susan Lerner, the Working Families Party’s Ellen Kennedy, Citizen Action’s Jim Anderson and others hold a press conference on public financing of elections in Buffalo, City Hall steps, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo.
At 4 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees meets, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, S-429, Albany.
The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Greece, NY prayer case.
GOP Chairman Ed Cox delivers an anti-Cuomo speech in Buffalo tonight – the keynote address at the Independent Oil & Gas Association’s annual conference. The governor was originally scheduled to hold a fund-raiser in the city, but moved it to Nov. 19.
The annual Somos El Futuro Fall conference begins in San Juan, Puerto Rico. No official word yet on whether de Blasio will be there. Expect lots of jockeying in the upcoming NYC Council speaker race.
From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the recently opened UFC Gym NYC John Street and MMA4NY are hosting a “Fight Night for the Troops Viewing Party”, 80 John St., Manhattan.
Meet NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio – an unabashed liberal and a man who has “come to delight in upsetting expectations.”
De Blasio won by the largest margin of any non-incumbent mayor in the city’s modern history, and it the mayor-elect said this gives him an unmistakeable mandate to pursue his liberal agenda.
The victory caps a significant political turnaround for de Blasio, who was polling in fourth place in the Democratic primary in the summer.
Lhota’s underdog bid for mayor never seemed to get off the ground in the general election campaign, though he was the clear victor in September’s GOP primary.
A de Blasio spokesman said Lhota called the mayor-elect at 9:29 p.m. to concede.
Bob McManus says the political and policy conflicts now percolating just below the horizon between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the mayor elect “promise to be epic.”
Dan Janison writes: “With de Blasio carrying a progressive banner, Cuomo stands to be compared to him ideologically. To more conservative voters, the governor may wish to appear more ‘moderate’ than de Blasio, and to more liberal voters, in tune with his goals.”
“The governor will look at (de Blasio) as a new rival,” said one insider. “And what does de Blasio do about his tax plan when you have a governor who is clearly a fiscal conservative and a social liberal?”
De Blasio and his family celebrated their victory with a smackdown dance on stage at the Brooklyn Armory. To emphasize his progressive message, de Blasio walked onto the stage to the pop song “Royals.”
President Obama called de Blasio last night to congratulate him on his victory.
Mayor Bloomberg cast his ballot on the Upper East Side, but a href=”http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/bloomberg-remains-mum-on-successor-choice-as-he-casts-vote-1.6382822″>refused to say who he voted for in the race to succeed him.
The DN advises de Blasio: “Your first order of business is to sit down with (Bloomberg) and listen. He will be prepared to candidly discuss the policy, budget and operational challenges that need your immediate attention.”
First Lady-in-waiting Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s wife, wore a red dress last night designed by New York City fashion designer Anni Kuan.
Thanks to de Blasio and a number of other key wins, the labor-backed Working Families Party is ascendant.
Here are the unofficial county-by-county results (minus Rensselaer) for the six constitutional amendments, all but one – Prop. 6 – passed.
“The push to expand gambling was a textbook case of how well-financed interests can push Albany to embrace an industry, hiring an army of lobbyists and wooing Mr. Cuomo and lawmakers with millions of dollars in campaign contributions.”
Meanwhile, casino supporters were dealt twin setbacks in Massachusetts.
The political focus in New York will now officially shift to 2014 and the governor’s race.
With Republican victories in Westchester and Nassau counties – two incumbents, Rob Astorino and Ed Mangano, respectively – the state GOP will be better situated to make a bid for statewide posts next year, including for the governor’s office, analysts said.
“If Republicans are winning in Erie and Westchester, Andrew Cuomo should start getting worried,” Bob McCarthy writes.
Astorino won decisively in a Democrat-dominated county (where Cuomo lives) and against a Democrat endorsed by Cuomo, which will no doubt only intensify speculation that he’ll challenge the governor in 2014.
Mangano denied the man he ousted in 2009, Democrat Tom Suozzi, his comeback bid.
Rockland County also has a new Republican executive-elect: Ed Day.
Political newcomer Ken Thompson declined to take a concession phone call from Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes last night after he soundly defeated the 23-year incumbent.
Assemblyman Micah Kellner lost again to NYC Councilman-elect Ben Kallos, and now must defend his Albany seat as he fights sexual harassment allegations.
There are some very close local races in Central New York.
Bill Clinton’s former fundraiser, ex-DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe (a Central New York native), will be Virginia’s next governor by just 55,000 votes in nail-biting race.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was spotted on the streets of Manhattan without his wedding ring.
The man who defeated Spitzer in the September NYC comptroller primary, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, cruised to victory last night against Republican John Burnett.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James will replace de Blasio in the NYC public advocate’s office. She’s the first black woman to get elected to a citywide post.
Eric Ulrich, one of the few Republican incumbents in the NYC Council, survived friendly fire from billionaire supermarket mogul and failed mayoral contender John Catsimatidis to win re-election.
The City of Albany has its first new mayor in 20 years, and its first female mayor ever: Kathy Sheehan.
Thanks to the victories of Sheehan, Rochester Mayor-elect Lovely Warren and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, three of upstate’s largest cities will be led by women come 2014.
Refusal to enforce the SAFE Act helped propel Timothy B. Howard win a third term as Erie County sheriff.
In non-election news…
Critics of Cuomo’s plan to overhaul LIPA filed a late objection to one critical approval granted by federal regulators that frees the new operator, PSEG-Long Island, from federal oversight.
Federal officials unveiled a set of long-awaited, more stringent rules for pilot training that aim to prevent another plane crash like the one that claimed 50 lives in Clarence Center nearly five years ago.
Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky has subpoenaed about 20 companies that help New York’s pension trustees decide how to invest the billions of dollars under their control to determine whether any outside advice is clouded by undisclosed financial incentives or other conflicts of interest.
The president of SUNY’s upstate medical campus ruined his chance to become the 18th president of Pennsylvania State University, and is in trouble with SUNY leaders after they learned he has been padding his state pay without authorization, two state officials familiar with the matter said.
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