Here and Now
It’s Opening Day at the racetrack in Saratoga Springs.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule. He and his family depart for a vacation in Italy this evening.
At 8:45 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on 98.1FM/1590 WAUB Finger Lakes Morning News with host Joe Salzone.
At 9:45 a.m., Astorino will attend and deliver remarks at the American Legion Convention, Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., former Mayor David Dinkins, the principal of K. 455 Boys and Girls High School, Bernard Gassaway, state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and Assemblywoman Annette Robinson speak during a ceremony to mark the observance of “Nelson Mandela International Day,” between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street and Lewis Street and Utica Avenue, Brooklyn.
At 11:15 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on the Laura Ingraham Show.
At 11:30 a.m., LG Bob Duffy attends a groundbreaking ceremony the or Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, 24 Aspen Park Blvd., East Syracuse.
At noon, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will rally supporters of his re-election campaign at a “major event” in Buffalo. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will formally endorse DiNapoli, UAW Region 9 Headquarters, 35 George Karl Blvd., Suite 100.
At 12:15 p.m., Astorino will attend and deliver remarks at the Associated General Contractors Conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.
At 12:45 p.m., NY-21 GOP candidate Elise Stefanik will tour ReEnergy Black River on Fort Drum.
At 3:30 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on 92.1FM/1040AM WYSL The Credibility Report with host Peter Haidt.
At 3:45 p.m., Astorino will attend Saratoga Racetrack Opening Day with Sen. Kathy Marchione, Saratoga Racetrack, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs.
At 6 p.m., Stefanik will tour the Watertown Rams stadium to tour and throw out the first pitch at their game.
At 6:30 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss marches in the Seneca County Parade and attends the Seneca County Fair, Waterloo.
At 7 p.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends an Oneonta Outlaws game, where he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Damaschke Field.
Federal prosecutors investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland Commission have subpoenaed the assistant to its former executive director to testify before a grand jury. The subpoena asked for documents and correspondence – including any communications with Cuomo and his senior aides.
Prodded by Cuomo, LIRR union leaders and MTA negotiators reached a tentative deal in the four-year-long contract battle that averts a strike and for the first time requires all workers to pay for health care.
Cuomo finalized the deal over a seafood lunch at the Midtown restaurant Docks Oyster Bar downstairs from his office. He had fish.
Getting involved at the 11th hour in labor disputes and then taking credit for closing the deal has become a “signature move” for Cuomo, Ken Lovett notes.
The state has proposed shutting down the Indian Point nuclear plant for up to three months a year to protect fish in the Hudson River.
New York has spent $161 million on ads promoting tourism and its business climate since Cuomo took office in 2011, according to records released late yesterday. The largest chunk – $28 million – went toward START-UP NY ads.
It took the Cuomo administration a long time to fill FOIL requests for its ad spending information. Gannett waited a year.
Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul headlined a rally on the Upper West Side to announce she and Cuomo plan to run on a new Women’s Equality ballot line.
Critics called the new ballot line a cynical ploy by Cuomo to boost turnout among women voters.
Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino continues to call for eight regional debates between himself and Cuomo.
Former Queens Councilman Daniel Halloran testified at his federal trial that an envelope of cash he took from someone who turned out to be a government informant wasn’t a bribe but a personal loan.
Mayor Stephanie Miner wrote to President Barack Obama today to urge federal officials to establish a site in Syracuse to house immigrant children awaiting deportation.
Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill’s $1 million-plus campaign haul included $20,000 from conservative hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, known for his controversial statements about homosexuality and his activism against abortion.
A group of Capital Region lobbyists for hopeful cannabis growers and dispensary owners started a business alliance.
Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti is now assured of a line on the November general election ballot after the Erie County Board of Elections dismissed nominations of an entity calling itself the Erie County Independence Party.
Hillary Clinton says there’s “growing awareness” that Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was probably shot down by Russian insurgents — but argued that European leaders must “take the lead” on any action if that proves to be the case.
Syracuse developer Scott Congel says he is still interested in buying the Bills. A potential partnership between Congel and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano is reportedly no longer in the works, and now it appears the two are pursuing the team separately.
State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky proposed the toughest restrictions on bitcoin companies to date, unveiling a plan that would require firms dealing in virtual currencies to hold certain levels of capital, hire compliance officers and obtain special licenses.
A city agency that helped provide emergency shelter during superstorm Sandy paid contractors for services that were never delivered and for ineligible expenses, according to a report from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Standing in front several storm-damaged homes in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, de Blasio boasted that his administration has begun construction on 132 homes ravaged by the October 2012 superstorm. Thirty of those home repair projects have been completed, he said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Environmental Protection Agency to list microbeads as Great Lakes contaminants.
Some 53,000 Medicaid recipients in the region, including nearly 29,000 in Erie County, will have to look for new insurance coverage this fall because BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care program.
New York City’s public pension funds fall near the back of the pack when it comes to private equity investments performance — a key area as they chase market-beating returns.
De Blasio named Richard Emery chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. A lawyer who contributed to de Blasio’s campaign, Emery is also suing the the NYC CFB for John Liu, who was denied matching funds in last year’s mayoral race.
President Obama has a “close, personal” connection to New York City – more so than any other modern president – and visits the Big Apple frequently, though the White House won’t say exactly how much.
A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million.
The next citywide election is three years away, but in the first campaign filing of the 2017 election cycle, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is sitting on the largest campaign war chest of any politician in the city.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that the annual NFL Draft will be held in one of two cities – but longtime host New York isn’t one of them.
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