Here and Now
More snow, ice etc. in the forecast – especially for Long Island and NYC.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 7:30 a.m., Donald Trump will appeal on Fox & Friends to discuss (as he put it) the “Super Bowl disaster” and President Obama’s pre-game interview with Bill O’Reilly.
The joint legislative budget hearing today focuses on health. State Health Director Nirav Shah is scheduled to testify at 9:30 a.m., LOB, Hearing Room B, Albany.
At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. (Also among today’s guests: Former Florida Governor and current gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist to explain why he switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party).
Also at 11 a.m., US Sen. Chuck Schumer urges the NFL to bring the Super Bowl back to the NYC metro area ASAP, outside the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. (811 7th Ave.)
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Phil Boyle holds a press conference on “Robin’s Law,” which seeks to develop guidelines that ensure safe treatment environments for sexual offense victims, LOB, Room 130, Albany.
At 2 p.m., the Assembly is in session, Assembly Chamber, Capitol, Albany.
The Winter Delegate Assembly of the UUP kicks off today at the Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., with addresses by DiNapoli (also at 2 p.m.) as well as AFT President Randi Weingarten (6:30 p.m.) and state AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.
At 3 p.m., the Senate is in session, Senate Chamber, Capitol, Albany.
No fewer than five legislative fund-raisers are scheduled to be held at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the following lawmakers: Senators Mark Grisanti, Marty Golden, Boyle, and Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
Also at 5:30 p.m., Sen. Kathy Marchione holds a fund-raiser at The University Club, 141 Washington Ave., Albany.
At 6:15 p.m., de Blasio tapes an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” that will air tonight at 11 p.m.
At 7 p.m., NJ Gov. Chris Christie has an “ask the governor” event on 101.5 FM.
At 7:30 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivers the keynote address at the NYS Association of Counties’ 2014 Legislative Conference; Kings Ballroom, Desmond Hotel, Colonie.
In a year when three dozen governors are up for election – including Gov. Andrew Cuomo – unexpectedly robust revenues from taxes and other sources are filling most state coffers, creating surpluses not seen in years and prompting statehouse battles over what to do with the money.
A “leading legislative Democrat” tells the NY Post that Cuomo will defeat NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tax-hike-for-pre-K plan, thanks to a coalition of GOP and upstate Democrat votes in the Senate.
A supposed “joke” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino made during a 2011 Capital Tonight appearance about Medicaid recipients eating soup if the program no longer covered dentures could become an attack ad if he runs for governor.
While a dozen of his Senate colleagues are fighting in court, Sen. Mark Grisanti has decided to comply with a subpoena from Cuomo’s Moreland Commission.
During an interview with The Star-Ledger in NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Super Bowl box, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said so far he’s seen no evidence that Christie knew of the bridge lane closures as they were happening.
Christie will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference with other potential Republican presidential candidates next month in Washington – a year after he was denied a speaking slot at the same conference.
An attorney with close ties to Christie’s administration helped prepare an official who gave now-discredited testimony that lane closures at the George Washington Bridge were part of a traffic study, officials said.
The first of what are most likely thousands of pages of documents subpoenaed by the State Legislature from prominent members of the Christie administration are to be turned over to investigators today, and it could take weeks to review them all.
State investigators recovered a record $851 million in misspent Medicaid funds last year, nearly doubling New York’s previous record.
The NYT says Cuomo’s claim that there isn’t sufficient support in the Senate to pass his campaign finance reform proposals “balderdash,” saying he should use whatever means necessary to get them through.
An ongoing investigation into years of overpayments to New York’s Medicaid system could impact how much the state ultimately receives as part of its pending $10 billion waiver application.
The promoters of Ultimate Fighting may have damaged their chances of legalizing the sport in New York by letting convicted sex offender and former Assembly counsel Michael Boxley participate in an Albany reception aimed at winning votes from state lawmakers.
Revenue at the nine casino tracks plummeted by $9 million, or 7 percent, in January, amid arctic cold and snowstorms, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
The DN’s Pete Donohue warns: “Unless Cuomo’s MTA demonstrates more flexibility and urgency in its dealings with a coalition of LIRR unions, and gets off its high horse a little bit, railroad commuters will endure the first strike since the governor’s father was in office.”
Sen. Adriano Espaillat has hired an 1199 SEIU operative who worked on de Blasio’s successful campaign last year as the campaign manager for his probable bid against Rangel.
The Glens Falls Post-Star thinks Cuomo’s $2.5 million to study the rooftop highway project is a bad idea, insisting the whole project has been a “pipe dream for generations.”
Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing a bill today that will require the agency to halt office closings until it can prove to Congress that it has picked the right targeted sites.
If Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice wins her bid to succeed Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Cuomo will appoint a temporary successor, and county Democrats and Republicans already are mulling potential candidates to replace her.
A little-known unit of the University at Albany called the National Center for Security & Preparedness is being targeted by state investigators, who are asking questions about its contracts with a state agency
Republicans are seizing upon what they see as a vulnerability of Cuomo by spinning his long-delayed decision on drilling for natural gas into a major leadership flaw.
De Blasio was trying to handle Staten Island Chuck (the groundhog) when the anxious animal squirmed right out of the mayor’s hands and fell on his head.
Hillary Clinton’s game day tweet: “It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed and sacked! #SuperBowl.”
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was a Fairport native and had his first acting role outside high school at a theater in Rochester.
Indicted Sen. Malcolm Smith wants his upcoming federal fraud and bribery trial pushed back a few months until after the Democratic primary so that the Queens pol can seek re-election.
Former Mayor Bloomberg is in South Africa.
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