Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., the New York Women’s Foundation’s 27th annual “Celebrating Women Breakfast” honors the executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, Soffiyah Elijah, Hot Bread Kitchen founder and CEO Jessamyn W. Rodriguez and activist and writer Gloria Steinem; Broadway Ballroom, sixth floor, New York Marriott Marquis hotel, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 9:30 a.m., the House Judiciary Commissioner holds a hearing on the Comcast-TWC Merger, Washington, D.C.
At 10 a.m., NYC education activist Brian Jones announces his intent to seek nomination as Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor, Harlem River Park, 128th Street between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Sen. Diane Savino call for the restoration of X18 bus service at the MTA bus stop, Bay Street and Fingerboard Road, Staten Island.
At 11:30 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew announce a $1.5M investment in community schools, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
At noon, UFC, the Latino Commission on AIDS. GMHC and others launch a new public awareness campaign called “Protect Yourself” aimed at spreading the word on the importance of HIV Testing & safer sex, 24 West 25th St., Manhattan.
At 1:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the FY 2015 executive budget, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
Also at 1:30 p.m., Sen. Marty Golden and Malliotakis will join the pastors of both St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church and Our Lady of Angels, at a press conference to address the profound effect of the vibrations from the 4th Avenue R train, corner
of 4th Avenue and 83rd Street, Manhattan.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., US presidential counselor and former White House Chief of Staff John D. Podesta delivers the keynote speech during a policy conference marking the anniversary of the establishment of Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; Low Memorial Library, Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Sen. Mark Grisanti hosts a fundraiser, Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
At 6 p.m., Sen. Bill Larkin holds a fundraiser, Anthony’s Pier 9, 2975 U.S. 9 West, New Windsor.
Also at 6 p.m., Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attend a roundtable discussion and reception, Christos Restaurant, 155 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie.
At 6:30 p.m., the Working Families Party holds its 16th Annual Gala and honors NAACP CEO Ben Jealous and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.
At 8 p.m., the Broadway Democrats host a forum and endorsement vote for candidates running for governor, attorney general, state comptroller and state Senate, Bankstreet College of Education, 610 West 112th St., Manhattan
At 8:30 p.m., the Village Independent Democrats have an endorsement vote for candidates running for governor, attorney general, state comptroller, state Senate, state Assembly, and Democratic state committee, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St., Manhattan
LG Bob Duffy says his decision not to seek re-election this fall is “personal” and not political, insisting: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years.” He wants to stop traveling the state and stick closer to home.
Amid increasing concern about “oil trains” derailing and exploding, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx ordered rail companies to warn state officials whenever they are hauling crude oil or other hazardous materials through local communities.
Westchester County executive Rob Astorino has tapped WNY Rep. Chris Collins to formally nominate him at the Republican state convention next week.
Ex-Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin is being rewarded with a reduced prison sentence from 10 years to six for helping the feds nab fellow corrupt elected officials. He’ll be eligible for release later this year.
Opponents of public campaign financing are using the indictment of NYC Councilman Ruben Wills as an example that the system can be manipulated by corrupt elected officials.
Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci will be the first candidate for statewide office in New York to use public money for his campaign for the state comptroller’s post.
Even if Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara were to find Cuomo’s administration interfered with the recently disbanded Moreland Commission, some legal experts doubt a federal prosecution would be possible.
Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy called for the passage of a medical marijuana bill in Albany, and has been prodding WNY senators to support the measure.
Federal auditors say New York should repay $60.8 million in Medicaid reimbursement for unallowable costs for room and board for taking care of developmentally disabled people.
START UP-NY’s rules might be tweaked.
In one of their first skirmishes, Republican NY-24 candidate John Katko accused Rep. Dan Maffei of avoiding a public discussion of the issues that divide their campaigns.
Two large consumer debt-buying firms have agreed to halt lawsuits against borrowers and to pay fines under separate settlements with AG Eric Schneiderman.
The state Senate confirmed Barry Schwartz, an excutive VP at Ronald Perelman’s investment firm, MacAndrews & Forbe, and a Cuomo donor — to serve on the CUNY Board.
Rep. Joe Crowley has been mentioned as a successor to Rep. Steve Israel as head of the DCCC, but some Democratic leaders might want Israel to stick around for an unusual third term.
Israel says he’d like to stick around for another term, but the caucus needs “fresh blood.” Also, the Congressional Black Caucus has not been “impressed” by his time leading the DCCC.
Gene Kelly, the longtime head of the state Department of Conservation region that covers the Capital District, is stepping down.
Kelly’s responsibilities include permits for the crude-oil handling facilities at the Port of Albany, which is a controversial issue at the moment.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos hopes Sen. Greg Ball seeks another term in Albany and doesn’t run for Putnam County executive. Ball will announce his decision May 16.
The UFT voted to recommend backing Sen. Adriano Espaillat over Rep. Charlie Rangel in the June primary – a blow to the veteran congressman, and an about-face from 2012.
New York City has notified family members of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that they will be able to witness the delivery Saturday of unidentified remains of victims to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum site.
NYSUT will comply with a Court of Appeals decision that allows public access to the pension records of state and local government retirees.
The cost to New Jersey taxpayers for Gov. Chris Christie’s internal inquiry into lane closings at the George Washington Bridge is likely to reach several million dollars, outpacing early estimates and touching off urgent attempts to reduce the cost.
Christie’s top political strategist, Mike DuHaime, is the latest aide subpoenaed by state lawmakers probing Bridgegate.
Legislators in both the Senate and Assembly are working to shine more light on the deliberations over a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
Emma Bloomberg, the eldest daughter of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, quietly left her job as chief of staff of the Robin Hood Foundation not long after de Blasio was elected.
A key contingent of Suffolk County legislators is vowing to fight the Bellone administration’s continued effort to fund a multimillion-dollar software upgrade deal with computer giant Microsoft, jeopardizing the project’s funding a second year in a row.
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