Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. (This changed late last night, he was supposed to be in NYC).
At 10 a.m., State Comptroller Tom 10 a.m. DiNapoli announces a fiscal profile, City Hall, 42 Ridge St., Glens Falls.
At 10:15 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, joined by community officials and others, discusses the release of his office’s audit of the New York City Housing Authority; Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses, 120 Navy Walk, Brooklyn.
Also at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton and Eric Garner’s family meet with the U.S. Attorney of the Civil Rights Division for the Eastern District, at Camdan Plaza, Brooklyn.
At 11 a.m., FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presides over promotion ceremony for 106 FDNY members; Christian Cultural Center, 120-20 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 11 a.m., Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will formally endorse Dr. Terrence Murphy of Yorktown for SD-40, 39 Mt. Ebo Road South, Brewster.
At 11:20 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on AM970 The Answer with host John Gambling.
At 1 p.m., opponents of horse-drawn carriages participate in a demonstration sponsored by the animal rights organization NYCLASS; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 1:06 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on WXXI with host Evan Dawson.
At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds its Stated Meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 2:30 p.m. (Italian time), NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at a public ceremony with the Mayor of Grassano Francesco Sanseverino, Palazzo Materi.
At 4:30 p.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Tim Wu, hold a press conference calling on Cuomo to “come clean” on interference in the Moreland Commission corruption investigations, outside Cuomo’s NYC office, 633 3rd Ave., Manhattan.
Good government activists called on Cuomo to address the NYT bombshell on his administration’s interference with his now-defunct corruption-busting Moreland Commission, but he declined to say anything beyond the 13-page response he provided to the paper.
The story threatens to turn what was a “sleepy” re-election campaign for Cuomo into an effort dominated by the touchy subject of corruption – which Cuomo himself said he was targeting by creating the commission in the first place.
The NYT followed up its report with an editorial on Cuomo’s “broken promises.”
“While the governor has the legal right to involve himself in the workings of a Moreland panel, do he or his staffers face steeper legal peril because this panel was also empowered as deputy attorneys general?”
The governor made no public appearances yesterday and released no statements in response to the Moreland Commission story, but he did sign a bill into law that cracks down on pet theft and mistreatment.
Phil Reisman, in a “Spaceballs” reference: “The Schwartz is definitely with Cuomo.”
Josh Benson says the NYT report should “permanently banish the idea that Cuomo will ever put any skin in the game when he talks about reform.”
LG Bob Duffy declined to give his thoughts on Cuomo’s handling of the commission, saying he did not have “any direct knowledge” of it workings.
New York’s credit rating was raised to AA+ from AA by Standard & Poor’s, which cited strong fiscal management after Cuomo won his fourth consecutive on-time budget. This is the highest rating for the state since 1972.
The Cuomo campaign is now challenging both the petitions and the residency of the governor’s Democratic primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout.
Some attendees at the funeral for Eric Garner, the man who died while in NYPD custody after being put in an apparent chokehold, were upset NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t cut his Italy vacation short to be there.
While in Italy, the mayor ate pizza with a knife and fork – again.
Speaking at the funeral, the Rev. Al Sharpton called for “justice” for Garner and peaceful protests in response to his death.
Sharpton said Team de Blasio is different, compared to how Bloomberg and his police commissioner handled emergencies, and vastly different from Giuliani.
A top de Blasio administration lawyer infuriated cops by tweeting about how the city failed Garner — even as the investigation into his death remains open.
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating whether police used a chokehold in a video of a man who refused to put his hands behind his back during an arrest for beating a subway fare.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s longtime friend William Rapfogel said he was “terribly sorry” for ripping off his former employer, the Met Council, for $9 million as he was sent to prison for up to a decade.
Citi Bike and its operator stand to get tens of millions of dollars to expand New York’s popular bicycle-sharing program in a deal that could close within a week.
New York State is launching a first-in-the-nation campaign to collect coordinated data on residents’ sexual orientation as part of a comprehensive effort to improve health and human services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers.
The NYPD has identified the Brooklyn Bridge flag swappers, but so far knows them only by their nicknames.
Thousands of cheering locals greeted de Blasio as a hometown hero in a “Welcome Home Bill” celebration yesterday in the small Italian town of Sant’Agata de’ Goti that brought gushes of emotion from the mayor.
By keeping “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC, CBS is now eligible for $11 million in tax credits over five years, as well as $5 million in grants from Empire State Development to offset costs of renovating the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert’s tenure.
Seven CBS corporate affiliates gave a total of $35,000 to Cuomo’s reelection coffers recently.
Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi writes about how control of the state Senate is “up for grabs,” and hinges on races taking place on Long Island.
The partners and family members behind the Syracuse Inner Harbor development and the state’s new nanotechnology hub in DeWitt have contributed $287,500 to Cuomo’s 2014 election campaign during the last three and a half years.
Two more private colleges in New York – St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County and Elmira College in the Southern Tier – are under federal investigation for their handling of alleged sexual assault cases, according to an updated list released by the U.S. Department of Education.
It’s only July, but state Education Commissioner John King Jr. says he wants to help schools get a jump on the upcoming academic year by releasing in early August the “instructional reports,” or detailed breakdowns, of this year’s English and math exams for grades 3 through 8.
Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the school boards in Buffalo and Utica to require kindergarten attendance of children beginning at five years old.
Cultural institutions in NYC have been invited to offer benefits to municipal ID cardholders in an effort to expand their use.
A lightning bolt destroyed a large tree at the Saratoga Race Course yesterday, with debris destroying a nearby hot dog stand as well as picnic tables.
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