Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
It’s going to be a hectic day at the state Capitol with a normally uncontroversial vote on the reappointment of four Board of Regents members having morphed into a referendum on the Common Core.
The outcome of the vote is unusually uncertain, but we know there will be at least one new member because one of the four abruptly announced last night he’s not seeking re-election.
The vote will take place during an afternoon joint session of the Legislature, which at least some of the Senate Republicans – who normally boycott this event – are scheduled to attend. Those who say they’ll be there plan to vote “no” on the incumbents. Call time is noon.
Other scheduled events:
At 6:30 a.m., Success Academy Harlem Central Middle School scholars will appear on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with their principal, Andrew Malone.
At 11 a.m., members of the House Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, including Reps. Richard Hanna and Grace Meng, hear testimony about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s outreach programs during a field hearing; Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, CUNY’s Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.
At 11:30 a.m., NYSCOPBA members and their allies will rally to oppose Cuomo’s proposed closures of corrections and mental health facilities, West Capitol Park, Albany.
At 11:45 a.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and reform advocates rally for publicly financed campaigns, Million Dollar Staircase between the 3rd and 4th floors at the Capitol, Albany.
At noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference in the Blue Room at City Hall, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee and the Libraries Subcommittee hold a joint preliminary budget hearing, City Hall, Council chambers, Manhattan.
At 3 p.m., Congressional candidate Jim Fischer, after receiving the unanimous support of all the Republican committees in NY-20, will formally announce his campaign kickoff at the Albany Desmond Hotel, Shaker Room, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Colonie.
At 4 p.m., Deputy Secretary of State for Local Governments Dede Scozzafava will deliver a regional version of Cuomo’s budget address, LeRay Town Hall, Board Room, 8650 LeRay St., Evans Mills.
At 5:15 p.m., President Obama will attend a DNC fundraiser at a private residence in Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Sen. Neil Breslin hosts a fundraiser at the University Club, 141 Washington Ave., Albany.
At 5:30 p.m., Sen. Michael Nozzolio hosts a fundraiser at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.
At 6 p.m., Donald Trump will headline an Onondaga County GOP fundraiser, at the Doubletree by Hilton, off Carrier Circle, in DeWitt, a Syracuse suburb.
Also at 6 p.m., Silver and DACC and Sen. Joe Robach hold unrelated fundraisers at the Hilton, 40 Lodge St., Albany.
Also at 6 p.m., Sen. Thomas O’Mara hosts a fundraiser at Pinto & Hobbs, 142 Washington Ave., Albany.
Also at 6 p.m., Assemblyman Phil Steck hosts fundraiser at the Fort Orange Club.
Also at 6 p.m., Assemblyman Kevin Cahill holds a fundraiser at Taste, 45 Beaver St., Albany.
At 6:30 p.m., former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and former NYC Mayor Bloomberg attend the 10th annual Kelly Gang St. Patrick’s Day benefit, 24 West 55th St., Manhattan.
At 7:30 p.m., Obama attends a fundraiser for the DSCC at a private residents in Manhattan. De Blasio is scheduled to be there, too.
One of the four Regents up for re-election today – James Jackson, a member representing the Capital Region and some parts of the Hudson Valley – has decided not to run after all.
Almost two dozen challengers are vying for the spots, with interviews running right up until Monday afternoon. The bar to get an interview is low. One needs to simply put in a resume by the deadline. But then a candidate has to be nominated in the Legislature.
Assembly members Monday held a last-minute interview with candidate Josephine Finn, a village justice in upstate Monticello who is a former associate professor at Sullivan County Community College.
The governor’s Common Core reform panel released its recommendations less than 24 hours before the scheduled Regents vote.
The panel called for a delay in using new Common Core test results to determine promotions for students in grades 3 to 8 this year, but no slowdown in using the results to review teacher performance.
Even as the Assembly planned to include NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tax-the-rich-for-pre-K plan in its one house budget, a union ally of the mayor’s scrapped a radio ad to push for the proposal and the mayor’s wife cancelled a lobbying trip to Albany.
Negotiations over the Senate’s one house budget resolution are ongoing. The IDC is pushing for inclusion of the DREAM Act and campaign finance reform – both of which the Republicans oppose.
In a move to help provide cover for the IDC, the Senate leadership is considering bringing the controversial DREAM Act to the floor even though the votes are probably not there to pass it.
Newsday editorialized in favor of the DREAM Act, writing: “No one benefits when bright young students can’t find a way to pay for a college education in New York, even if those students are immigrants who came to the country illegally.”
Cuomo rejected de Blasio’s claim that a tax law change to fund pre-K would be more permanent than a budget line to fund it, reiterating his promise to provide enough state cash to fully cover the program statewide.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor praised Cuomo for being a “great partner in supporting charter schools.”
A Metro-North Railroad worker was struck and killed by a train in East Harlem early Monday morning – the latest in a string of devastating accidents for the railroad over the past year.
Rep. Charlie Rangel’s camp called his primary opponent Sen. Adriano Espaillat “the darling of the forces blocking a Democratic majority in Albany” because he has accepted contributions from the IDC.
A survey by Capital NY found the majority of GOP county chairs remain uncommitted to a gubernatorial candidate. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s biggest supporters are in his own county and in Nassau.
The DN’s Bill Hammond: “As Cuomo runs for a second term, Astorino is asking — quite legitimately — why the dials either haven’t moved, or are going in the wrong direction.”
The owner of Suffolk County’s Oheka Castle, who was shot by a masked assailant in February, spoke about the incident for the first time in a video produced by his family. Gary Melius said he’s “healing” and “looking forward to starting over again.”
A senior New York State Police investigator held a stake in a politically connected company embroiled in a legal dispute that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota sealed from public view after Melius’ shooting.
The latest entry into the NY-21 race has run for president, governor, lieutenant governor, Congress, the state Senate, county Legislature and, decades ago as a Republican, was charged with taking a bribe.
Nassau’s financial control board extended a three-year wage freeze for county employees but outlined conditions the county and unions could meet to lift the freeze, possibly before the end of this month.
Emin “Eddie” Egriu, who calls himself a “liberal anti-war populist,” will run against Rep. Brian Higgins, a five-term incumbent, in the Democratic primary. He is the second candidate to announce a challenge to the congressman.
Bridget Kelly, the former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who ordered up the George Washington Bridge access lane closures will appear in court today.
Long before the lane closings, the Port Authority — a bistate government agency financed by tolls and taxes — had already been turned into a de facto political operation for Governor Christie.
Destiny USA developer Robert Congel doesn’t want to pay property taxes on his proposed $75 million, 252-room hotel for 20 years.
Housing costs have risen beyond what New Yorkers can afford in many parts of the state, whether they rent or own, an examination released by the state comptroller’s office shows.
Nearly 44 percent of Long Island homeowners pay more for housing than they can afford, among the highest rates in New York, according to the comptroller’s report.
NYRA Chairman David J. Skorton plans to end his presidency of Cornell University next year to become head of the Smithsonian Institution. He will lead the university through June 30, 2015, and is expected to continue handling NYRA duties for the coming months.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, called for full-scale federal legalization of medical marijuana in no uncertain terms.
With the 2016 election still years away, a super PAC preparing for a potential presidential bid by Hillary Clinton is stepping up its efforts with a revamped website and a Washington, D.C. fundraiser to help pay for their efforts.
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