Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 7:15 a.m., education advocates and families, supported by NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, board buses for Albany for a day of lobbying to increase state funding for city schools.
An education funding rally will be held on the Empire State Concourse at 10:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other elected officials are expected to speak.
At 9:30 a.m., Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew and others participate in the New York State Afterschool Network’s summit on afterschool, summer and expanded learning opportunities, The Albany Room, Empire State Concourse, Albany.
At 10 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivers her annual “State of SUNY” address, Lewis A. Swyer Theatre at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Also at 10 a.m., Sen. Greg Ball will hold a press conference to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, which was supported by Cuomo in his State of the State, Room 332, state Capitol, Albany.
At 11:45 a.m., Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb will be a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.
At noon, New Yorkers for Active Transportation and elected officials host a press conference calling for Cuomo to dedicate funding for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in the budget, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala delivers a regional version of Cuomo’s State of the State address, Columbia Greene Community College, Professional Academic Building, Room 612, 4400 Route 23, Hudson.
Also at 12:30 p.m., members of the SUNY Board of Trustees meet, Empire State Plaza, meeting rooms 3 and 4, Albany. (LICH caregivers from NYC plan to deliver some 18,000 signatures in favor of keeping their facility open).
At 2 p.m., Canal Corp. Director Brian Bratton delivers a regional version of Cuomo’s State of the State address, Cooperstown Village Hall, Village Board Room, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
At 3 p.m., NJ Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address, State House, Assembly Chambers, 125 West State St., Trenton.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Time Warner Cable News NY1′s “Inside City Hall” features NY1’s “Wise Guys” with Al D’Amato, Bill Thompson and Tom Suozzi.
It took a jury just 90 minutes to find Bronx state Assemblyman Eric Stevenson guilty of four bribery-related counts in connection with the use of his political influence to help Russian businessmen.
It’s unclear if Stevenson will appeal. But his lawyer accused US Attorney Preet Bharara of “creating corruption,” noting he had used political associates of Stevenson’s to lure him into a set up bribery situation.
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepared for his State of the State address today, Democratic lawmakers announced the formation of two investigative committees that threaten to prolong the scandal over his aides’ closings of bridge lanes last year.
The feds busted a close friend and fund-raiser of Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm for illegally routing cash to his campaign, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint.
The charges against the Houston, TX woman suggest that a two-year-old federal investigation into Grimm’s fund-raising is still active.
After a decade of headlines about sexual impropriety, harassment and even alleged rape by male legislators or other state government officials, female lawmakers say it’s time for the male-dominated Legislature to take new steps to show it is serious about protecting female staffers who work for politically powerful male bosses.
JCOPE has opened a probe of former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, and is looking beyond allegations of sexual harassment brought by his staff members.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin dissed fellow Democrat Cuomo for his START-UP NY plan, saying: “I am not running for president of the United States…I think our Governor to the West is…I’m not going to put up ads, and spend tons of loot offering tax incentives that cannibalize states.”
The Daily News used its front page to slam NY Post columnist Fred Dicker for calling the Newtown tragedy a “little convenient massacre” on the air.
The WSJ does not approve of the “new progressive agenda” that aims to raise taxes on the rich, saying: “It’s all Bill de Blasio’s money, and he’ll graciously let you keep some of it.”
SUNY’s board of trustees may be forced in the next two months to consider closing Downstate Medical Center, given the financial picture at Long Island College Hospital.
Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Cardinal Timothy Dolan for the first time since he took office, declaring he will join forces with the archbishop to convince Pope Francis to visit New York City.
Cuomo is still reviewing various immigration reform proposals – including the state DREAM Act.
A county legislator says a “lack of enthusiasm from City Hall” in Syracuse is blocking the Cuomo administration from funding a big economic development project – perhaps a sports stadium – in the city.
For the third straight year, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has ordered departments not to spend up to 10 percent of their budgets as a cost-saving measure.
Thousands of state regulations are potentially costing businesses in New York billions of dollars – a worsening problem that a bipartisan group of state senators says hurts the state’s job creation efforts.
Authorities are investigating a handful of people with ties to the New York City area who may have received overseas training by al-Qaida-affiliated extremist groups before returning to the United States.
AG Eric Schneiderman has wrangled millions of dollars worth of settlements out of the mortgage foreclosure crisis – including $613 million from JP Morgan Chase. But Cuomo may get to decide where the money goes – and some of it could fund tax cuts.
Steve Davis, a retired NYPD captain who served as a deputy in the department’s Public Information Office more than 20 years ago, will take over as its new top spokesman.
Sen. Diane Savino, a longtime supporter of a bill that would make medical marijuana available to a broad spectrum of ailing New Yorkers, says the legislation “isn’t ready” for a vote in the Senate.
The Rochester City Council has called for an ethics investigation into the hiring of Mayor Lovely Warren’s two-man security detail and the appointment of her uncle, a retired State Police investigator, to lead the unit.
How successful the new health-care law is depends on what side of the Hudson River you live on.
There are mixed reviews of New York’s health exchange, though in technical terms it is one of the country’s most successful.
Thanks to an intervention by de Blasio, a month after closing a newsstand on Astor Place that had been operated for 26 years without the proper license, New York City officials have reversed course, agreeing to let the stand reopen and to grant the longtime operator the necessary license.
The Rensselaer County Legislature will consider a resolution tonight to support building a casino in the city of Rensselaer.
The State University of New York plans to expand its online course offerings at six colleges, including Finger Lakes Community College and Broome Community College, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will announce today.
Rep Sean Patrick Maloney and his partner of 21 years, Randy Florke, are engaged.
Jon Stewart skewered de Blasio for “Forkgate.”
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