Here and Now
Please note: Due to the holiday, there will be no “Extras” tonight or “Here and Now” tomorrow. There will also be no “Morning Memo” in your inbox (if you’re a subscriber) tomorrow morning.
These regular features – along with some light blogging, as dictated by the news cycle – will return on Thursday. Have a safe and happy celebration! – LB
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City today with no public schedule.
At 7:25 a.m., Donald Trump will be interviewed by Curtis Sliwa on 970 AM.
At 11 a.m., Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, celebrates Mass at George Motchan Detention Center , for the inmates and staff; 15-15 Hazen Street, East Elmhurst, Queens.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., approximately 1000 students from Satmar Hasidic academies in Kiryas Joel, protest against current efforts by the Israeli government to draft their counterparts into the Israeli army; march down Second Avenue from 47th to 42nd Streets, ending with a rally across from the Israeli Consulate, Manhattan.
At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg thanks volunteers serving meals at the Annual Christmas Eve Lunch for the Homeless at City Hall Restaurant, 131 Duane St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1’s “Road To City Hall” features Richard Steier from The Chief-Leader. (There is no Capital Tonight this evening or tomorrow night).
At 11:50 p.m., Bloomberg attends midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, Manhattan.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said if the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are true, then “I think there should be no other choice but a resignation.”
The next complaint to be filed against Gabryszak is coming from a woman who is still on his staff. Caitrin Kennedy is in her third month as his director of community relations, earning about $38,000 a year.
Kennedy said in the past three months, Gabryszak has invited her to a couples massage session, suggested she become pregnant, mentioned that he would like to join her in a hot tub and allowed a man to call her a “fox” at the office. Her boss also talked about fantasy football teams he had named for oral sex and female genitalia.
The Buffalo News says Gabryszak has just two options: “Issue a forceful and plausible denial or resign.” (Following his attorney’s advice, the assemblyman is currently saying nothing).
Betsy Hart, who worked in communications for President Ronald Reagan, says de Blasio’s spokeswoman Lis Smith can date whoever she wants, but should think twice about her choice of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Media strategist Alexis Grenell thinks differently, writing: “Regardless of her taste in men, Lis Smith has the right to make her own decisions. Her relationship with Eliot Spitzer is entirely irrelevant to her qualifications as Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s spokeswoman.”
And Andrea Peyser disagrees, saying: “If de Blasio continues to stand by Eliot’s unsavory love interest, his credibility as this city’s righteous voice for those without money, power and sexual corruption is shot to hell.”
Chris Smith chronicles how Mayor Bloomberg “gave” the city de Blasio.
Bloomberg leaves a sprawling legacy as he winds down his 12 years as the mayor of New York City.
His return to New York City for a second tour as police commissioner may create an awkward situation for Bill Bratton, who sits on the boards of two companies who hope to do business with the city, and is a senior adviser to a third. He is resigning all three positions.
De Blasio reached to Wall Street for a top aide, naming a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group as deputy mayor for housing and economic development.
Republican state senators George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer are urging Cuomo to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca.
Rep. Chris Gibson donated his “shutdown” pay of about $5,400 to Catholic Charities.
According to Rep. Paul Tonko’s office, the congressman donated his shutdown pay in three equal parts of $1,550 to the Regional Food Banks of Northeastern New York in Latham, Leatherstocking Honor Flight in Cobleskill and the Northern Rivers Family Services Development Department in Albany.
Last-minute insurance shoppers got a 24-hour reprieve Monday from New York’s health exchange, with a key enrollment deadline pushed back to midnight tonight.
Following public debate over how a federal judge in Manhattan came to oversee a 2008 lawsuit challenging the city’s stop-and-frisk policy, the Federal District Court in Manhattan announced new rules to make the assignment of cases more random and transparent, and to offer a means for parties to object to assignments.
An aide to scandal-plagued city Comptroller John Liu was fined for working on her own campaign with city equipment during work hours.
A survey paid for by the state real estate industry’s state lobbying arm found most Adirondack residents support a proposed resort project in the economically challenged village of Tupper Lake.
The board of mediators appointed by President Barack Obama to help resolve a 31/2-year contract dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and most of its unions rejected the LIRR’s claim that it can’t afford to give workers raises.
Vincent Delorio has resigned from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. JCOPE spokesman John Milgrim confirmed the resignation was received earlier this month, and said Delorio cited “personal and professional commitments.” There are now two vacancies on the commission.
The sister of UFT President Michael Mulgrew received a warning from the NYC Conflict of Interests Board for operating a booming tutoring company that was awarded $40 million in work from the city while she was employed as a public-school teacher.
The City of Oswego closed a $4 million deficit in part by cutting more than a dozen jobs and raising property taxes by more than 40 percent in a budget passed unanimously last night.
The now three-member GOP conference in the NYC Council is trying to figure out how – if at all – they can play a role in the new, more liberal administration.
Employees of the youth prisons overseen by the Office of Children and Family Services have for years been complaining about what they say are dangerous conditions in places like the Brookwood Secure center in Columbia County. They’re happy the agency’s commissioner, Gladys Carrion, is headed to the de Blasio administration.
Bloomberg co-authored an anti-gun violence missive for POLITICO.
Feminist Gloria Steinem and a host of women’s groups are supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for speaker, while her rival, Councilman Dan Garodnick, has the support of four of his female colleagues.
The City of New York has agreed to resolve hundreds of federal civil rights claims filed by people who said they were unjustly arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Donald Trump has filed a 228-page complaint against Eric Schneiderman, scolding the attorney general for his office’s “shameless” use of Twitter.
De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCary, prefer low key Italian restaurants in their Park Slope neighborhood.
Incoming NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer made some staff appointments.
Remembering Stan Brooks, the longest-serving City Hall Room 9 reporter.
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