After a big day in Albany yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

But his cabinet members will be busy spreading his State of the State gospel far and wide, delivering regional versions of his speech.

At 10 a.m., ESDC Chairman and CEO Ken Adams will be at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. (The governor was widely believed to be headed here himself, but there was a change of plans, apparently).

The entire day’s schedule is fairly lengthy, and so appears at the bottom of “Here and Now” instead of the top.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a sweeping agenda in his election-year State of the State address, focusing on tax cuts, economic development and education, though – as usual – the speech was light on details that will likely come in the governor’s budget on Jan. 21.

The governor is continuing to seek a middle political way even as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is forging a new path on his left. It’s an approach that has left Cuomo with strong poll numbers, though not a lot of love among fellow politicos.

This year’s address looked back as much as it looked forward, with Cuomo touting his success since taking office in Jan. 2011 – a hint of what’s to come on the campaign trail.

Tom Precious found Cuomo’s speech “subdued” compared to those he delivered in previous years, and noted the “teeth-chattering temperatures” in the Empire State Convention Center.

The NY Post isn’t buying Cuomo’s claim that his administration has “reversed decades of decline” in the state over the past three years.

The NY Times says Cuomo’s centrist approach is “undoubtedly good politics,” but thinks his proposals “tilt too heavily in favor of the wealthy” and could mean less money for housing, education and other state services.

Cuomo wants the state to take over construction projects at LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy International Airport.

The governor has recruited former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to be a special adviser to establish the nation’s first college dedicated to homeland security. The location of this college will be somewhere within the SUNY system, but the details have to be worked out.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the state Democratic Party co-chair, got a shout-out from Cuomo during his SoS for her efforts to consolidate government services. She praised his speech, but said she had hoped for a “fuller explanation” of how he plans to help struggling upstate cities.

Cuomo said he wants to offer bonuses of up to $20,000 for teachers who receive top marks on their evaluations. Local districts and the teachers unions would have to agree on the payouts.

New York’s “angler-in-chief” announced this year’s gubernatorial challenge at the Bassmaster Classic at Owasco Lake in Cayuga County on Aug. 21.

Cuomo laid out a swift schedule for casino development in upstate New York, and introduced a Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan, who has broad international experience, as his man to lead the effort.

The Nation says Cuomo’s medical marijuana proposal is most noteworthy for what it does not do.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took his time to schmooze with legislative leaders at the Capitol during his State of the State visit, saying: “With all due respect to Mayor Bloomberg, this is about showing respect for the leadership in Albany, and I think he often failed to do that.”

Cuomo didn’t mention de Blasio in his speech, though he did give a nod to the mayor’s signature policy issue: Universal pre-K, calling for its institution statewide. (Though how to pay for that is another matter entirely).

More State of the State coverage here, here,
here, here and here.

The NYC Council unanimously elected Melissa Mark-Viverito on Wednesday as speaker, installing a top ally of de Blasio in the second-most-powerful position in city government.

By selecting Mark-Viverito, the NYT says, the Council eschewed the moderate leadership that had overseen its ranks for a decade and eliminated the last barrier to a government fully in line with the undiluted liberalism embraced by the new mayor.

The final hours of the Council speaker’s race were a flurry of phone calls, meetings and – allegedly – threats.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a strong school choice proponent, laced into de Blasio and hinted he’d use his office to try to discourage a rollback of New York City’s education reforms.

Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the federal government to immediately release more than $35 million to subsidize home heating for New Yorkers affected by a run of frigid weather.

A western New York company has been awarded a nearly $1.6 million contract to finally begin the long-planned demolition of two buildings at Albany’s Harriman State Office Campus.

A political operative who wore a wire to help the feds bust Assemblyman Eric Stevenson on public corruption charges admitted he turned off the device at least once to receive oral sex from a prostitute.

James Carville suggests that Hillary Clinton set up her campaign HQ in Buffalo, not NYC, if she runs for president in 2016.

Clinton will deliver a speech in San Jose, CA in April.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had some trouble staying awake during the lengthy state Capitol press conference Tuesday at which VP Joe Biden was a special guest.

In Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to the “full-blown heroin crisis” gripping his small state.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could face a federal criminal investigation into “Bridgegate” — as a growing number of state Democrats want him to answer for the orchestrated traffic nightmare. More here and here.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who has been on leave for treatment of lung cancer, says she won’t seek re-election this fall.

De Blasio buys his suits off the rack at Rothmans, a Union Square menswear institution.

Happening today…

At 10 a.m., ESDC Chairman and CEO Ken Adams will be at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. (The governor was widely believed to be headed here himself, but there was a change of plans, apparently).

At 11:30 a.m., Secretary of State Cesar Perales will be at Amsterdam Centro Civico, 143 East Main St., Amsterdam.

At noon, LG Bob Duffy will speak at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

At 1 p.m., DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala, whose photo played a role in Cuomo’s Power Point SoS presentation, will be at the Broome County Office Building, Legislative Chamber, 60 Hawley St., Binghamton.

At 1:30 p.m., Duffy will be at the Magrath Sports Complex, 10050 Tigris River Valley Rd., Fort Drum.

At 2 p.m., Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey will speak in the Oswego City Council Chambers, 13 West Oneida St., Oswego.

Also at 2 p.m., NYSERDA Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman will be at Farmingdale State College’s Campus Center Ballroom, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale.

Also at 2 p.m., OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito will be at Roberts Wesleyan College, Garlock Commons, Ellen Stowe Roberts Room, 2301 Westside Dr., Rochester.

At 3:30 p.m., DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald will be at SUNY Orange, Middletown Campus, The Gilman Center, Library Building, 115 South St., Middletown.

At 6:30 p.m., state Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera will speak at Community Board 7’s offices, 250 West 87th St., Manhattan.

It’s a busy day for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. At 11 a.m., he’ll administer the oath of office to NYPD recruits, Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

At 4 p.m., he’ll tour the Bronx School of Young Leaders and then hold a press conference on after-school programs with NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, 40 West Tremont Ave., the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., he’ll speak at the Bronx Centennial Inauguration, Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Bronx County Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 7:10 p.m., he’ll administer the oath of office to new Queens BP Melinda Katz, LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

Other events…

At 10 a.m., The Brian Lehrer Show features Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos on the governor’s State of the State address and the 2014 session, WNYC.

At 11 a.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams and elected officials hold a press conference to address the NYPD disparity in resolving outer-borough homicide cases, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., state Sen. Lee Zeldin holds a kick-off rally for his congressional race, Portuguese American Center, 1216 Portion Rd., Farmingville.

At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1’s “Inside City Hall” features a panel on inequality with Bryce Covert of Think Progress and CUNY’s Laird Bergad.