Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Broome County.
Both Rep. Charlie Rangel and his top primary challenger, Sen. Adriano Espaillat are campaigning hard leading up to tomorrow’s NY-13 primary – the most closely watched primary contest in New York.
Both Espaillat and Rangel are appearing this morning on WNYW Fox 5′s “Good Day NY,” at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.
Rangel has an endorsement press conference at 2 p.m. at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. He’ll end the day at a “Spring Fling, 345 W. 145th St., The Old Bowery Building, Manhattan.
Espaillat will be hitting senior centers, schools, subway stops and community centers throughout the day. At 5:20 p.m., he’ll be a guest on “The Ride Home” with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby, WABC, 770AM.
Also hitting the campaign trail hard:
- NY-21 GOP primary opponents Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny. Doheny will hold a tele-town hall tonight at 6:45 p.m. Stefanik is going door-to-door today in Queensbury, Wilton and Fort Edward.
- NY-22 GOP primary opponents Rep. Richard Hanna and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. At 9:30 a.m., Hanna will visit Eddie’s Paramount Diner, 414 West Dominick St., Rome. At 12:30 p.m., he’ll be at the Park Diner, 119 Conklin Ave., Binghamton.
Tenney will appear on “Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker” at 10 a.m. on Talk 1300 AM.
At 9 a.m., the State Board of Regents meets, Regents Room, Education Department Building, Albany.
At 9:15 a.m., U.S. education secretary Arne Duncan joins Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, for a panel discussion on community schools, Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.
At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo signs legislation combating heroin, Binghamton University, ITC Center, Atrium Rotunda, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.
At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference and signs 11 traffic safety bills into law, Gymnasium – 3rd Floor, P.S. 152, 33-52 62nd St., Queens.
At 11:30 a.m., civic groups will release a report documenting the negative impacts of the 2012 redistricting deal and announce their award for the most gerrymandered state legislative district, LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.
At noon, NYRA unveils the special event lineup for this year’s Saratoga race meeting, Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, 250 East Ave., Saratoga Springs.
At 1 p.m., government officials and representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1814, Metro Cruise Services LLC and the NYC EDC hold a news conference to discuss efforts to improve the Red Hook Cruise Terminal, 72 Bowne St., Brooklyn.
Also at 1 p.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill and Lt. Thomas Phelan, president of the Yonkers Police Captains Lieutenants and Sergeants Association, discuss policing issues, Pizza D’Ora, 49 Palisade Ave., Yonkers.
At 2 p.m., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and other representatives hold a press conference to announce legislation related to the legal representation of unaccompanied minors and mentally disabled individuals being processed in immigration proceedings, U.S. House Triangle, Washington, D.C.
At 2:30 p.m., the state Local Government Assistance Corp. audit committee meets, followed by a board meeting at 2:45 p.m., Room 131, state Capitol, Albany.
At 3 p.m., Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. holds a press conference with the family of two young teens drowned in the Bronx River, Starlight Park, Bronx.
At 5:30 p.m., members of the NYC Panel for Educational Policy’s Contracts Committee meet; conference room, second floor, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
Also at 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan attends a cocktail reception and fundraiser in support of Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s first TV ad of the campaign hits the airwaves today. It uses baseball imagery to say Gov. Andrew Cuomo “struck out” for New York when it comes to the economy and high taxes.
Democratic insurgent Zephyr Teachout is urging voters to reject a constitutional amendment establishing a new redistricting commission, saying it’s an “incumbent protection scheme” representing a glaring broken promise by Cuomo.
Cuomo scores some wins on fiscal issues in the 2014 legislative session, but didn’t manage to get agreements on key liberal issues that will now become fodder for the campaigns – especially in the state Senate.
Residents in 10 of New York’s 27 congressional districts vote tomorrow in primaries for districts ranging from the Southern Tier to the Hudson Valley, the North Country, New York City and the eastern tip of Long Island.
The lowest turnout primary tomorrow could well be the battle for the Independence Party line between NY-18 Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his GOP challenger, former Rep. Nan Hayworth.
The differences between NY-21 GOP primary opponents Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny “largely speak to experience and inclination.”
Sen. Adriano Espaillat didn’t think much of the eleventh-hour, statement-only endorsement Cuomo gave to Rep. Charlie Rangel.
Rangel: “I just can’t believe in all honesty that any of the three other candidates have given one scintilla of evidence, besides their own ambition, that this district should change.”
There was no last-minute endorsement for Rangel from President Obama.
The NY-4 GOP primary between Bruce Blakeman and Francis Becker has taken a nasty turn.
Lawmakers in Albany last week passed a bill to let the Big Apple lower its default speed limit, the highest allowed where none is posted, from 30 mph to 25 mph. The legislation boosts NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to tame dangerous drivers and eliminate traffic deaths.
De Blasio is launching a national mayoral task force to address issues of economic inequality, which he called “a threat to our fundamental values.”
Senate Deputy Republican Leader Tom Libous says de Blasio is taking a “serious gamble” with his very public push to help the Democrats win control of the chamber.
De Blasio and NYC business leaders are getting along – for the moment.
In July, de Blasio will officiate at his sixth wedding since taking office, an average of about one ceremony a month. That is twice as many weddings as his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, performed over 12 years.
State Republicans are combing public records for the names of Sandra Lee’s clients to see if they’re doing business with the state or trying to influence state policy
New York hopes to build the most sophisticated web of early warning weather stations in the United States to better predict everything from flash floods to ice storms – a $23.6 million system.
The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is set to unveil a new hotline that state government staffers and tipsters can call to report sexual harassment or other complaints dealing with corruption and nepotism.
Brooklyn’s borough president Eric Adams and a top deputy spent 11 days traveling in China in May and June at the expense of a nonprofit run by one of their own volunteer staffers.
Does the so-called heroin “epidemic” actually exist?
Statewide, only 21 percent of districts have said that they’ll be applying for the governor’s new universal pre-K program.
In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.
Casino advocates in the Town of Thompson have been fighting for Las Vegas-style gambling for years, but are now bracing for more disappointment after two groups abandoned their plans to bid on casino licenses in the Catskills, citing competition from Orange County.
The contracts negotiated by HTC, the major union expected to organize upstate gambling houses, suggest that developers are not blowing smoke about annual average salaries of more than $40,000 for casino and hotel workers.
The Palace Theatre and the Times Union Center in Albany have reached agreements with Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Churchill Downs on a proposed casino in East Greenbush.
Trump World Tower residents are trying to force out 76-year-old real-estate honcho Stephen Green, who slapped the condo with a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
Though the New York region is home to more than 75 percent of the nation’s 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has but a single interpreter on call, down from five in 2009.
Donald Trump endorsed Sen. Lee Zeldin in the NY-1 GOP primary.
US Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing to save the jobs of more than 60 blind Rochester residents who make paper goods and other supplies for federal agencies.
Environmental groups are pleased that state lawmakers have rejected a proposal to allow larger off-road vehicles on New York’s public trails.
The board that decides how much landlords can raise rents for New York City’s nearly 1 million regulated apartments is scheduled to vote today whether to forgo increases for the first time in history.
After years of silence on the issue, India-born U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has begun to open up about the cultural scorn he has faced over his high-profile prosecutions of South Asian defendants, particularly that of an Indian diplomat that led to one commentator in India to call him an “Uncle Tom.”
Michael Goodwin says Bharara’s office “was worse than amateurish in screwing up the Malcolm Smith corruption case.”
“Glee” star Chris Colfer surprised Hillary Clinton at her book signing in Los Angeles.
Trainloads of New York City garbage will begin arriving in Niagara Falls early next year. They will keep coming for 20 years.
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