Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, where he will reportedly sign the medical marijuana bill passed by the Legislature this past session into law.
GOP consultant John Haggerty, who lost his Court of Appeals bid challenging his conviction that he stole some $1 million of then-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s cash from the state Independence Party in 2009, will be sent to jail today.
At 10 a.m., School crossing guards and union officials recognize Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and Sen. Jose Peralta for introducing legislation (passed by both houses, but not yet signed by Cuomo), that would make it a Class D felony to assault school crossing guards; I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer, 33-34 80th St., Queens.
At 11 a.m., NYC Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito marks the start of the city Department of Youth and Community Development’s “Summer Youth Employment Program” for more than 10,000 teenagers and young adults ages 14 to 24; CAMBA Client Choice Food Pantry, 2241 Church Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 11 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill City joins Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich and community officials to express support for proposals to establish tax credits for families whose children attend parochial and private schools; St. Francis de Sales School, 219 Beach 129th St., Queens.
At 1 p.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th avenue at 103rd Street, Manhattan.
Also at 1 p.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will urge Brooklynites to exercise proper water safety habits, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Also at 1 p.m., anti-fracking advocates call on Cuomo withdraw his administration’s draft SGEIS because it is nearly five years old and lacks current information about drilling hazards, Binghamton City Hall, 38 Hawley St., Binghamton.
At 2 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina makes an unspecified announcement during a news conference; M. 346 Community Health Academy of the Heights, 504 W. 158th St., Manhattan.
At 2:30 p.m., the state Gaming Commission meets (though the get together is expected to last less than five minutes). Albany video conference location:, Blue Room, State Capitol 2nd Floor. NYC video conference location: Office of Rothschild, Inc., 1251 Ave. of the Americas , 33rd Floor, Manhattan.
At 3 p.m., Adams will present trophies to the professional and top amateur champions of the 2nd annual Brooklyn Open Championship, Marine Park Golf Course, Brooklyn.
At 6:10 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at the 32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, BRIC House and Urban Glass, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
At 7:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will host a meet and greet with Councilman Ulrich and the Reagan Republican Club, Lenny’s Clam Bar, 161-03 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach.
At 8:45 p.m., Astorino will host a meet and greet with former Rep. Bob Turner and the Rockaway Republicans, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126th St., Belle Harbor.
Anonymous but “key” state Democrats say Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered his hand-picked running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, to be “kept under wraps” so her conservative views didn’t harm him further among NYC liberals.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio de Blasio helped Democrats raise a half-million dollars last week toward reclaiming control of the state Senate, headlining fund-raiser that drew more than 200 people at up to $25,000 a head. Neither Cuomo nor IDC Leader Jeff Klein attended.
Companies involved in bidding for casino licenses in New York spent nearly $11 million on lobbying and campaign donations in 2012 and 2013, and are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to campaign committees through holding companies, according to a new report from the NYPIRG.
The NYT on Sen. Tom Libous’ indictment: “(It) adds another stain to Albany’s sullied reputation. And it stands as a reminder that Mr. Cuomo has failed to make good on his promise to clean up Albany when he was elected nearly four years ago.”
The 2010 conversation in which Libous allegedly lied to two FBI agents was not recorded, which means the whole case could come down to their word against his.
The Democrat and Chronicle praises US Attorney Preet Bharara for cracking down on Albany corruption while Cuomo’s JCOPE “essentially twiddled its thumbs.”
Less than two weeks before some 5,400 LIRR workers could walk off their jobs – shutting down the nation’s largest commuter railroad – the MTA doesn’t have a final contingency plan to transport stranded commuters.
NYC is mourning the first death of a city firefighter in the line of duty in more than two years – Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas, a 14-year veteran who made a career out of rescuing people.
Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and his wife, Katuria, are working through “personal issues,” the couple disclosed Friday without providing details.
In a letter to de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, five Council members are seeking to end school suspensions for what they call vague and poorly defined infractions that unfairly target black and Latino males.
A NYC Health Department study reveals that 200 city kids age 15 through 17 died from gunfire between 2002 and 2011 – more than any other cause of injury. Sixty-three others died from stabbings.
The new Buffalo Board of Education majority intends to start dramatically overhauling the city’s schools when it meets Wednesday, proposing significant changes such as increasing the number of charter schools and lobbying for more state intervention in the school system.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been deposed in the case of a defrocked Missouri priest facing a civil trial Monday for molesting a girl beginning when she was 5.
Thanks to the states highest court, the fracking battle will be fought at the local government level.
Former NYPD police commissioner Raymond Kelly says that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria poses a significant threat to America.
Staten Islanders gave de Blasio a polite reception at the 4th of July Travis Parade, where he shook hands and posed for pictures in the rain. He was booed – but not much.
“Domenic Recchia thinks there’s something for everyone to loathe about the man he wants to unseat in Congress, Michael G. Grimm.”
Mathematician and hedge-fund founder James Simons was among the first in the financial field to use quantitative strategies to predict market activity. Now one of the biggest philanthropists in the New York area, he is investing in researchers who are using quantitative methods in the field of biology.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer and local veterans leaders are teaming up to ask the federal government to name Western New York’s new veterans cemetery after Buffalo native William J. Donovan, a legendary war hero who’s also known as “the father of U.S. intelligence.”
Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is giving the teachers union a lesson in political retribution for snubbing him and endorsing his rival Adriano Espaillat for Congress by supporting non-unionized charter schools.
Based on scores of interviews and a review of bidding requirements against public data provided by bidders, some of the 16 teams in the running for a casino license show a greater likelihood of winning: The odds of a casino appear highest in Schenectady, near Monticello in Sullivan County, near Newburgh in Orange County, and in the town of Nichols in Tioga County.
Lost in the NYC-centric coverage of the state’s expansion of pre-K is the fact that areas all over the state will be engaging in an ambitious experiment, too, with community organizations that have long played a role in delivering these programs get a new degree of independence.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a powerful lawmaker whose outside business activities were recently investigated, failed to disclose years of free trips given to him as gifts, as required.
NYS prison archives have been digitized.
A popular river rafting company in New York’s Adirondack Mountains has suspended operations indefinitely after a 15-year-old river guide died when a company bus overturned.
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