Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Members of his cabinet are again fanning out across the state to deliver regional versions of his State of the State message. Their respective schedules appear at the end of this post.
At 8:15 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will appear on Bloomberg TV’s In The Loop with Betty Liu to discuss his agreement with BlackRock and ongoing effort to crack down on “Insider Trading 2.0.”
At 10:30 a.m., state lawmakers hear testimony from MTA executives and public transit advocates about the agency’s finances, plans and policies during an Assembly oversight hearing; Assembly Hearing Room, room 1923, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
Also at 10:30 a.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joins Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to push for he Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.
At 11 a.m., some 40 GOP county chairs and elected officials meet with Donald Trump to try to convince him to run for governor, Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave., Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., top state education officials will participate in a symposium tomorrow focusing on how New York can better harness the potential of its 35 community colleges, Albany Hilton, State Street, Albany.
At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a roundtable with Staten Islanders, Goodfellas Pizza, 1718 Hylan Blvd.
At 1:30 p.m., Sen. Chuck Schumer makes an announcement about efforts to make NYCHA buildings more storm resistant, Two Bridges Housing Development, 286 South St., Manhattan.
Also at 1:30 p.m., Sen. David Carlucci announces a toll relief plan that is part of the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference’s Affordable New York agenda, Nyack River Club, 11 Burd St., Nyack.
At 3:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presents “Armory Appreciation Day” proclamation to Armory Foundation Executive Director Dr. Norb Sander and in honor of the 168th Street Armory’s 100th year hosting track and field meets, The Armory, Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1’s “Inside City Hall” features Eva Moskowitz from Success Academy Charter Schools and David Banks from the Eagle Academy.
A “very sad” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized numerous times for the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal his administration caused, and insisted he had no prior knowledge of involvement in that mess by his now-former top aide and appointees.
More on the two aides Christie let go in the wake of this scandal: Bill Stepien and Bridget Anne Kelly.
If it’s true that former aides to Christie orchestrated a traffic jam as a reprisal against a political foe, the potential legal consequences for those officials could be serious.
The Star-Ledger thinks Christie still has a lot of explaining to do, saying the governor’s claim that he found out about the scandal just this week “stretches the bounds of belief.”
One ex-Christie Port Authority appointee, David Wildstein, who resigned in December over the closures, refused to testify Thursday at a legislative hearing.
Wildstein invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 20 times and was held in contempt by state lawmakers.
Christie rushed up from Trenton to say he was sorry to the people of Fort Lee, N.J. for their inconvenience in the jam. Mayor Mark Sokolich accepted the governor’s apology, but said he should have waited until various investigations into the scandal are concluded.
Christie on his relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, vis-a-vis the Port Authority: “This is a bi-state agency with significant tension all the time. Now, there’s no tension between Gov. Cuomo and I. We get along quite well and when issues rise to our level, we’ve always been able to resolve them.”
Maggie Haberman: “Chris Christie did about as well as he could, given the circumstances. All he can do now is wait, and hope it passes without many more revelations.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped into the “absolutely immoral” behavior by the Christie administration, noting a lot of New Yorkers got caught up in those traffic jams.
De Blasio deferred to new NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in how she will divide up the spoils (committee assignments and leadership posts) among her supporters in the hotly contested speaker’s race.
An Upstate Medical University drug addiction expert called Cuomo’s medical marijuana plan “ridiculous,” adding: “You will end up with a bunch of stupid stoners in New York with lung disease who think maybe they should go out on disability because they don’t want to get off the couch.”
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos said de Blasio has yet to make a persuasive argument to raise taxes to fund an expansion of pre-kindergarten.
Actor Liam Neeson went to bat for the Central Park carriage horses de Blasio wants to ban, calling them an “iconic, historic part of New York.”
The $2 billion education bond act Cuomo has proposed would effectively kill the $5 billion environmental bond act green advocates have been pushing. Only one bond plan can be put to voters statewide vote a year and it must be for a single purpose.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he’s prepared to grant an appeal hearing for Democratic colleague Micah Kellner, but he doesn’t expect it to be public.
Albany lobbyist Pat Lynch says with the governor now moving statewide toward his medical marijuana pilot project, efforts are underway to craft a viable New York City-only med-mar bill – one that perhaps won’t require approval from the state Legislature.
Cuomo’s plan to create a tax credit for New York renters would only begin to address an imbalance in tax policy that historically has favored homeowners over tenants in the state, housing experts said.
Cuomo wants the Metro-North Railroad to expand to New York City’s Penn Station following recommendations made in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
A wide spectrum of proposed changes in state laws to hold child protective services caseworkers and their supervisors more accountable will be unveiled this afternoon by State Sen. Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes in response to two recent killings of children in Erie County.
More than three dozen Republican legislators and GOP county leaders from around the state are set to converge this morning in a 25th-floor conference room in Manhattan to try to persuade developer Donald Trump to challenge Cuomo in this year’s gubernatorial race.
As part of a continuing crackdown on what he referred to as “insider trading 2.0,” AG Eric Schneiderman plans to investigate brokerage firms that might have provided early market-moving information to preferred clients.
New York commuters who pay bridge and highway tolls would be eligible for a $250 state tax credit under a plan Sen. David Carlucci is pitching.
The Buffalo News’ Donn Esmonde supports the decision to close the NYS Thruway in the most recent WNY blizzard.
The $105 million genomic medicine and supercomputing project announced in the State of the State by Cuomo for Buffalo and Manhattan could create up to 600 jobs as the initiative draws two out-of-state companies to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Cuomo’s plan to raise the age at which New York teens can be tried as adults received a lukewarm reaction from GOP lawmakers, but won the support of Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, who heads the state DAs Association.
Even in his official diplomatic Cape Dutch-style mansion in Waterkloof Ridge, President Obama’s Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard hasn’t quite let go of his past life as one of New York’s top political operatives – especially with his best friend, de Blasio, becoming mayor of NYC.
During Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson’s public corruption trial, Manhattan federal court’s top judge got into a heated debate with a black lawyer on whether the N-word can ever be interpreted as a “term of endearment.”
Addressing a common criticism of New York City charter schools, a new study says that in general their students were not, in fact, more likely to transfer out than their counterparts in traditional public schools. But special ed students do leave charters far more often.
A whopping nine State University of New York schools are on Kiplinger’s annual “Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges” list.
The Bloomberg administration marshaled billions of dollars to create and preserve affordable housing, but a new report said the city lost 40 percent of apartments for low-income residents over the last decade.
Richard A. Ball, the owner of Schoharie Valley Farms in Schoharie, has been tapped by Cuomo to be state’s next commissioner of Agriculture & Markets.
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, a Duanesburg Democrat, is introducing legislation that will make the failure to provide adequate shelter for dogs a misdemeanor, rather than a violation.
HCR Home Care, the area’s top woman-owned business, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle charges of Medicaid fraud, Schneiderman announced.
Regional State of the State address schedules:
At 9:30 a.m., DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald will be at SUNY Sullivan’s Grossinger Dining Room, Statler Hall, 112 College Rd., Loch Seldrake.
At 11 a.m., DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala will be at the Chemung County Legislative Chamber, 203 Lake St., Elmira.
Also at 11 a.m., NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation President & CEO Matthew Driscoll will be at Finger Lakes Community College’s Stage 14, FLCC Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua.
Also at 11 a.m., Deputy Secretary of State for Local Governments DeDe Scozzafava will be at Massena Town Hall, Room 30, 60 Main St., Massena.
At noon, state Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton will be at Auburn Memorial City Hall, City Council Chambers, 24 South St., Auburn.
At 12:30 p.m., Civil Services Commissioner Jerry Boone will be at The Queensbury Hotel in the Adirondack East Room, 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls.
Also at 12:30 p.m., ESDC President & CEO Ken Adams will be at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, Queens.
At 1 p.m., OGS Commissiner RoAnn Destito will be at the John D. Plumley Complex, Room 111, 1101 Floyd Ave., Rome.
Also at 1 p.m., ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt will be at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 East Fourth St., Jamestown.
At 3 p.m., state Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera will be at the Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, Queens.
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