Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Nassau County today.
At approximately 5:21 a.m. and 7:21 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears/ed on NPR’s Morning Edition.
At 10 a.m., members of NYC Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor hear testimony about reality television productions, including compliance with scheduling and wage regulations and working conditions, during an oversight hearing; City Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., a new report will show black and Latino homeowners in the outer NYC boroughs remain in the grips of the foreclosure crisis because the value of their homes is less than the outstanding balance on their mortgages; Council members will call on the city to use eminent domain to seize “toxic” mortgage and modify them, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 10:45 a.m., Cuomo signs speed camera legislation into law, Bethpage High School, 10 Cherry Ave., Bethpage.
At 11 a.m., LG Bob Duffy makes an announcement at Burgard High School, 4th Floor, Room 414, 400 Kensington Ave., Buffalo.
Also at 11 a.m., the New York State Gaming Commission meets, Empire State Development Corporation, 37th Floor Conference Room, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
At 2:20 p.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver attends a plaque unveiling ceremony at event honoring him by the Thrust for Governor’s Island; Governor’s Island ball fields, Manhattan.
From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Central NY Economic Development Council meets at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse.
At 3 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the launch of New York’s annual Free Summer Meals program, Public School 111 Adolph S. Ochs, 440 West 53rd St., Manhattan.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., George Thorogood and the Destroyers, the baddest-to-the-bone performers in rock, will headline tonight’s Summer ’14 At The Plaza Capital Concert presented by Saranac, Albany.
At 5 p.m., NYC Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer host a fund-raiser reception in support of the re-election for Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell at Cafe du Soleil, 2723 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former chairman and chief executive of accounting and business services firm Ernst & Young Global Ltd., James S. Turley, to be honored by members of The Council on Competitiveness during the council’s “America Competes Awards” ceremony; The Plaza hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James attends the 100 Hispanic Women Anniversary celebration, 1135 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.
Also at 6:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña speaks at the O’Melveny & Myers LLP Scholarship Awards dinner, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
Rep. Charlie Rangel appears to have won a hard-fought victory for his 23rd term in Congress, though his second-place primary challenger, Sen. Adriano Espaillat, has refused to concede the race.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rangel had had 47.4 percent of the vote to 43.6 percent for Espaillat, a margin of about 1,800 ballots in the 13th District Democratic Primary, unofficial returns showed.
Early results suggested that Rangel had made important inroads in precincts that Espaillat carried by wide margins in 2012 – including parts of Washington Heights, the center of the Dominican-American community that Espaillat has represented for 18 years in Albany.
“We feel this race is too close to call,” Espaillat told his supporters at 809 Bar and Grill on Dyckman Street in Inwood. “Every vote must be counted.”
Newcomer Elise Stefanik won big against Matt Doheny in the NY-21 GOP primary, but he remains on the November ballot on the Independence Party line.
Doheny was bogged down by his previous runs (this was his third attempt at winning the seat), and a $1 million ad blitz from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads that reminded voters of a past boating while intoxicated conviction.
Meanwhile, NY-21 Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf is fundraising, concerned about outside spending in the general election campaign – especially after seeing the SuperPAC influence in the GOP primary.
Rep. Richard Hanna managed to hold off a Republican primary challenge from the right, defeating Tea Party favorite Claudia Tenney in NY-22. With no Democrat on the ballot in November, the win assures Hanna of returning to Congress for a third term.
Republican State Sen. Lee Zeldin won a bruising GOP congressional primary victory, surviving an aggressive $2 million campaign by challenger George Demos, who had the backing of former Gov. George Pataki and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In Nassau County, voters from both major parties picked candidates to run for the seat held by Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election. Nassau DA Kathleen Rice will run on the Democratic line, facing Bruce Blakeman on the GOP line.
Sources are telling NY1 that after Tuesday’s meeting with the governor and the NYC mayor, IDC leader Jeff Klein has tentatively agreed to rejoin the regular Democrats after the elections. So there’s an agreement in principle, but a lot has to happen before that can come to fruition.
The talks that took place were described by a source to Capital New York as still in the “preliminary phase.”
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says Cuomo’s celebrity chef girlfriend, Sandra Lee, should file a financial disclosure form with the state because their relationship is like a marriage.
Bill Hammond: “Cuomo will fittingly share the ballot this November with a proposed constitutional amendment that — depending on whom you ask — will either end the ugly practice of gerrymandering or merely put lipstick on the pig.”
Bringing a final settlement to an issue that has for decades vexed Orthodox parents of New York City’s special needs children, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that beginning in September the city will remove much of the bureaucratic red tape that was described by parents as a recurring nightmare.
The New York City Council plans today to approve $50 million in discretionary funds to hundreds of community groups, defying Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for abolishing this type of government funding that some critics describe as “pork.”
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito promised a fairer distribution of discretionary funds than in the days of predecessor Christine Quinn — but the largest piece of the pie still went to her and her friends.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has sweetened its offer to unions representing Long Island Rail Road employees as it tries to avert a potentially crippling strike in less than a month.
De Blasio may want to rent out his family’s Park Slope home while he’s living in Gracie Mansion. Experts say he could get as much as $6,500 a month for the three-bedroom house.
St. Lawrence County officials are rallying against an audit report released by the state comptroller’s office that says the NYPA is leasing property in the north country below market value.
State energy czar Richard Kauffman wants out of the grant-giving business.
House Democrats’ pressure on caucus members to pay dues early to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying off, according to the party’s most recent fundraising document.
Developer Donald Trump on Twitter said he “is the only potential owner of the Buffalo Bills who will keep the team in Buffalo where it belongs. But Cuomo insists that’s not the case.
Cuomo said he is “not convinced” of the need for a new stadium once the Buffalo Bills are sold.
Disgraced former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and his lawyer are staring at possible contempt-of-court criminal charges for violating a judge’s order.
Wilmorite, the Rochester-based real estate company, will unveil redesigned plans today for a $425 million destination casino-resort in the town of Tyre in the state’s Finger Lakes region.
The New York Gaming Commission is scheduled to consider today whether to add a fourth member to the Gaming Facility Location Board.
A sweep by law enforcement authorities at Rikers Island, part of a monthslong investigation into wrongdoing at the jail complex, led to the arrests of two correction officers on Monday night and more than 20 inmates on Tuesday, officials said.
RIP Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.
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