Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in NYC with no public schedule.
NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio remains in Connecticut, where he is visiting family for the holidays.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott awards Rose Shimony with an honorary diploma in celebration of her 100th birthday, the Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2266 Cropsey Ave., Brooklyn.
At 11 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg announces 2013 saw the fewest murders and shootings recorded in NYC history at the NYPD Graduation Ceremony with Police Commissioner Kelly, Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., ATU International holds a press call to issue a study refuting Bloomberg’s plan to convert New York’s school bus industry save tens of millions by cutting school bus drivers and matrons salaries.
At 6 p.m., New Yorkers Against Bratton, a group comprised of parents and families against police brutality, grassroots organizations, activists and concerned community members, rally and march to protest de Blasio’s appointment of Bill Bratton as police commissioner; starts at Adam Clayton Powell State Building in Harlem, northeast corner of 125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1’s “Road To City Hall” features Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
New York, whose status as the most populous state has long been ceded, will soon fall behind Florida into fourth place, a long-anticipated drop that is rife with symbolism and that could carry potentially serious economic consequences in coming years.
In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today. She leads all other potential GOP contenders.
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s real estate company has spent $88 million for a vacant property in an up-and-coming neighborhood on Manhattan’s far west side.
Spitzer won’t say what he plans to do with the property. His family’s company, Spitzer Enterprises, has not built a building in NYC since his father, Bernard Spitzer, erected the 34-story residential tower at 150 East 57th Street in 1997.
At an event designed to highlight another of his achievements as mayor — a decline in the city’s incarceration rate — Mike Bloomberg appeared moved by the story of Michael Smith, a 24-year-old who is turning his life around after he was arrested last year.
Remembering candidate Bloomberg.
New York finished November nearly $590 million behind its projections, according to a monthly cash report issued by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
About 50 employees in New York City Comptroller John Liu’s office have been told their services will no longer be required at the end of the year when their outgoing boss is replaced by current Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer.
De Blasio is reportedly looking for a new communications director to take to City Hall now that Lis Smith, his current spokeswoman, has been outed as Spitzer’s girlfriend.
It took just two hours for the 1,000 public tickets to de Blasio’s Jan. 1 inauguration to get snatched up and only a few more minutes before they were being scalped on CraigsList.
As the NYPD has attracted an increasingly kaleidoscopic range of nationalities to its ranks in recent years — officers hail from Albania to Yemen — department statistics reveal a decline in new recruits among black New Yorkers.
An aide to incoming Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson has told a staffer to the man he’s replacing, Charles Hynes, that Thompson wants the toilet seat in the district attorney’s private bathroom replaced.
Pace University, Century 21 and Financial District homeowners are suing NYC over a plan to move the Probation Department to their neighborhood.
Assemblyman Dennis Garbyszak still isn’t saying anything about the sexual harassment allegations lodged against him.
The IRS has conferred tax-exempt status on a recently reconfigured Long Island Power Authority, clearing the way for a new utility to take over the Island’s power grid on New Year’s Day.
A pair of community centers aimed at promoting the Tappan Zee Bridge project has drawn just 730 visitors since their doors opened in February — or about two people per day – while costing the state $73,000 during that time.
IDC Leader Jeff Klein and RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum OpEd in favor of the IDC’s paid family leave proposal.
As of Thursday, there were five days remaining for homeowners to register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption, before the Dec. 31 deadline.
In a Facebook message to supporters, former Rep. Anthony Weiner reflected on 2013, saying the year “didn’t go as I had hoped,” and hinted that he hopes to stay involved in politics in the new year.
The state’s minimum wage is rising to $8 an hour at the end of this year – 75 cents above the federal minimum and the old state rate.
A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates has ranked New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs.
The former executive director of Monroe Community Hospital has sued Monroe County over his firing, and his lawyer said he is seeking in excess of $3 million in damages.
A former SUNY Oswego professor kidnapped by al-Qaeda in 2011 asked President Barack Obama to negotiate for his release in a video published by multiple media outlets on Thursday.
As New York University president John Sexton begins the final two years of his tenure, he will consider issues such as student debt, the value of an NYU education and who his successor will be.
New York’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, which had funded more than $70 million in grants to top experts since 1998, has fallen victim to a classic Albany budgeting trick. Supporters are seeking to re-establish the program.
A Pleasant Valley resident is trying to block a subpoena issued to his public relations firm by the Moreland Commission.
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