Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 7:30 a.m., Reps. Chris Gibson and Sean Patrick Maloney deliver remarks and meet with constituents at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Poughkeepsie.
At 9 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WOR 710 AM to discuss security and the Paris terror attacks.
At 9:30 a.m., CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Murphy Institute and University Student Senate host “Labor 101,″ a presentation on union structures and history, followed by a discussion with NY1’s Errol Louis, the Times’ Sarah Maslin Nir, Columbia’s Ari Paul, and CUNY’s Shomial Ahmad, Room 308, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Rep. Gregory Meeks and NYC Councilman Donovan Richards join city and state agencies and The Bluestone Organization to mark the start of construction on Beach Green North, an energy-efficient, resilient, affordable housing development, 44-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens.
Also at 10 a.m., de Blasio, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Parks Commissioner Mitchel Silver, FAICP and actress Bette Midler to celebrate the planting of the one millionth tree of the MillionTreesNYC initiative two years ahead of schedule, Joyce Kilmer Park, East 163rd Street & Grand Concourse, the Bronx.
Also at 10 a.m., staff from the state Board of Elections and the New York City Campaign Finance Board preview new state campaign finance data reporting and discuss how to make the data easier to use, Civic Hall, 156 Fifth Ave., 2nd floor, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblyman Kevin Cahill on tour of SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Building, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz.
At 10:10 a.m., “The Albany Report,” state Sen. David Carlucci’s radio show, features East Ramapo Interim Superintendent Dr. Deborah Wortham, WRCR AM 1700.
At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul speaks at the New York Botanical Gardens Green Zone groundbreaking ceremony, 2900 Southern Blvd., Main Gate, the Bronx.
At 11:15 a.m., Heastie visits the Agri-business Child Development Center, ABCD Center, 6 Adams St., Kingston.
At 11:45 a.m., Heastie holds a media availability, Maritime Center, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston.
At noon, Hochul addresses the 21st annual Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s awards luncheon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3 Executive Blvd., Suffern. (A media availability will follow).
Also at noon, NYC Councilman Carlos Menchaca, advocates and New Yorkers who would qualify for immigration relief call on the Supreme Court to remove a legal barrier to President Obama’s administrative relief programs after a year of legal delays, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at noon, Heastie meets with local elected officials, Ole Savannah Restaurant, 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston.
At 1:30 p.m., Hochul addresses over 1,000 Long Island leaders at the 4th annual Smart Growth Summit, Melville Marriot, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville.
Also at 1:30 p.m., in honor of Military Family Appreciation Month and the upcoming holiday season, Sen. George Amedore and AT&T will announce a month-long partnership with the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers, AT&T Store, Crossgates Mall, Albany.
At 2:20 p.m., US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Paul Tonko will announce new bipartisan legislation to address the skills gap and enhance job training with apprenticeship programs and tour McD Metals, LLC, 20 Corporate Circle, Albany.
At 4:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joins Nigerian officials and African immigrant community leaders to hold vigil and moment of silence for victims of Boko Haram terrorist attacks, Nigeria House, 828 Second Ave., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Richard Gottfried attends the Empire State Pride Agenda’s release of a report, “Transgender Health and Economic Insecurity: A report from the 2015 NY State LGBT Health and Human Services Needs Assessment,”LGBT Community Services Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan.
Republicans and many Democrats in the House – including a number of New Yorkers – defied President Barack Obama’s veto threat and overwhelmingly approved a bill that makes it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing civil war to enter the United States.
US Senate Democrats, saying the bill is unnecessary at best and xenophobic at worst, indicated they will block it.
Hundreds of people turned out for a rally in front of County Hall in Buffalo to protest Legislator Joseph Lorigo’s call for a public hearing regarding the potential threat posed by Syrian refugees.
Security measures vary at concert halls, theaters and large retail stores in New York City, raising concerns among some New Yorkers after last week’s attacks at similar “soft targets” in Paris left 129 dead.
“The whole city is a soft target,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said. “Even with 35,000 cops, we cannot be everywhere.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said law enforcement and anti-terror officials have long viewed the Watervliet Arsenal and Fort Drum as potential targets. And they had upped security at many locations in the wake of last week’s Paris attacks by ISIS, even before news of a video warning about the arsenal being named as a possible target.
FBI Director James Comey said there was no credible threat of an attack on US soil similar to the ones last week in Paris and that his agency had taken terrorism investigations “up a notch.”
Increasing his use of executive powers, Cuomo is marrying his drive to get things done with a distinctly liberal vision — a vision that has taken on new personal urgency since the New Year’s Day death of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, whose soaring defense of liberalism made him an icon of the left.
Patrick Foye, who led the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during one of its most turbulent periods, is stepping down as the agency’s executive director early next year.
In a “dear colleague” letter, Foye said that he had opted to leave when the agency’s board decided to extend its search for a chief executive – a new position that he had unsuccessfully sought.
One of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature initiatives hit an obstacle this week, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration curbed a financial resource critical to building low-income housing.
Con Edison’s failure to inspect and test a plastic joint in an underground gas pipe led to the 2014 East Harlem building explosion that killed eight people and injured 50, the PSC said in a new report.
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos wasted no time “badgering” New York’s largest political donor, Leonard Litwin, owner of real-estate firm Glenwood Management, about getting his son, Adam, a job, saying his adult offspring was “struggling and needed help” within weeks of becoming one of the three most powerful men in state government, Glenwood Vice President Charles Dorego testified.
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver filed a Hail Mary motion to get all the corruption charges against him tossed out, but the judge overseeing his trial indicated she wouldn’t be letting him off the hook.
Even as the issue of outside income for lawmakers percolates through Silver’s corruption trial, there is concern inside Albany’s chief ethics panel that public officials could subvert enhanced and soon-to-be-enacted disclosure requirements through a possible legal loophole.
Lawyers for Cuomo and the restaurant industry jabbed away at each other yesterday during a hearing appealing the state Labor Department’s order to raise the minimum wage for some fast food workers to $15 an hour.
Republican Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, father of freshman Sen. Michael Venditto, has been re-elected, receiving just 99 more votes than his Democratic challenger, officials said. The Board of Elections is expected to certify the race in a few days.
According to a new study, cutting back on energy waste in NYC — and cutting carbon emissions in the process — can take just a few simple fixes, like installing a tiny plate in each radiator’s valve to slow the release of steam; adding insulation and a temperature sensor; and affixing a control knob on the exterior of each radiator.
De Blasio is looking for a new speech writer.
Last year the number of index crimes reported in New York sank to the lowest level since the state began tracking such data in 1975.
After years of failed attempts to negotiate a new contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the School Board is now taking its latest offer directly to teachers. The move underscores a lack of faith that negotiations are headed toward any kind of resolution, and suggests the district could be close to pulling the plug on talks with an outside mediator.
The federal government’s annual homelessness count showed an increase in New Yorkers living on the streets or in shelters, even as the number of homeless people nationwide dipped slightly compared with the previous year.
The NYT says that in a “better world” de Blasio and Cuomo would work together to address homelessness in the city, but they “are stuck in a malfunctioning relationship that has turned once-routine city-state partnerships and problem-solving exercises into an unusually fraught psychodrama.”
Cuomo and US Sen. Chuck Schumer say they are still working around the clock to save some 500 jobs at the Alcoa facility in Massena.
The thrust of a new federal grand jury investigating the conduct of Suffolk police is reportedly focusing on two scenes – a police precinct in Smithtown and the house of a Smithtown man who stole a duffel bag from former Suffolk County Chief of Department James Burke.
Nassau’s financial control board voted unanimously to reject County Executive Edward Mangano’s 2016 budget, saying the $2.95 billion spending plan relies on more than $80 million in risky revenue assumptions.
Newsday urges the governor to stay strong in the education reform battle, insisting students should take “reasonable, high-quality standardized tests, so progress can be measured,” and part of a teacher’s evaluation should derive from that process.
The Syracuse City Council will appoint a new councilor soon – possibly as early as Monday – and one of the contenders is veteran politician Joe Nicoletti, the former councilor, assemblyman, city hall official and mayoral candidate.
Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin has come out against a Federal Aviation Administration proposal to turn over the role of on-the-ground weather observers to air traffic controllers at MacArthur Airport.
Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker, a Democrat, turned an unofficial one vote election night lead into a 17-vote victory when all the votes were finally counted at the board of elections in Yaphank. “We can now breathe,” said Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman.
Two specialized Long Island high schools in danger of closing won a reprieve from the Nassau BOCES board and a potential commitment for support from Long Island’s favorite son (and a close friend of Cuomo’s), Billy Joel.
Kaleida Health paid $1.6 million in 2014 to its former CEO, James Kaskie, after forcing him out early last year, according to its most recent federal regulatory filing.
Given the unpredictable nature of influenza, no one knows for sure how effective the vaccine will be this year. Still, the benefits of getting a flu shot outweigh the risks of not getting one, experts say.
Princeton students ended a 32-hour sit-in in the university president’s office last night after administrators signed a document that committed them to begin conversations about addressing racial tension on campus – including possibly removing the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from some public spaces.
Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton blasted Congress for not acting on gun control as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence honored her last night at a big-ticket bash in lower Manhattan.
The political debate over Huma Abedin’s hours and time sheets has become a finger-pointing contest over who leaked what, according to a report. Nearly two dozen State Department nominees have been blocked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley over questions about Abedin’s double duty as a top aide to then-Secretary of State Clinton and outside consultant.
The Troy City Council fell a vote short of overriding the tax cap this week, creating a situation in which the city may have to cut about 30 employees to balance the 2016 budget by trimming $1.5 million to $1.6 million in spending.
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