Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. He’s reportedly scheduled to meet with good government groups about overhauls to the state’s FOIL Laws at his Manhattan office at 3 p.m.
This evening, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, will host a holiday party at Gracie Mansion for members of the NYPD’s Municipal Security Section and their families. This event is closed press.
At 8:30 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and state Sen. Jose Peralta do a walk through of Northern Boulevard after a teen was killed crossing the street, corner of Northern Boulevard and Junction Boulevard, Queens.
At 9 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers brief remarks at National Education Week, Skirball Center for Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Pl., Manhattan.
Also at 9 a.m., the NYC Planning Commission will be looking at de Blasio’s proposed changes to the zoning laws as part of his housing plan, National Museum of the American Indian; One Bowling Green, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the opening of SUNY Downstate’s Biotechnology Business Incubator, SUNY Bio-Tech Incubator, 760 Parkside Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 10 a.m., Monroe County Clerk/County Executive-elect Cheryl Dinolfo will unveil a new online DMV service for Monroe County customers, Greece Auto License Bureau, The Mall at Greece Ridge, 152 Greece Ridge Center Dr., Rochester.
Also at 10 a.m., the New York Civil Liberties Union will hold a teleconference to announce a “major development” in its work on prison conditions in New York State.
At 11 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Children and Families holds a public hearing on child care assistance for low-income families, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., oral arguments are held in Brennan Center for Justice v. Board of Elections, a case that could potentially close New York’s “LLC loophole,” Greene County Courthouse, 320 Main St., Catskill.
At 11:30 a.m., the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation holds a public hearing on sand mining and illegal dumping impacts on Long Island water quality, Legislative Auditorium, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown.
At noon, Farina visits a visual arts classroom to make an announcement, PS/IS 45, 84 Schaefer St., Brooklyn.
At 12:30 p.m., Hochul tours Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, 25 Thornton St., Brooklyn.
At 2 p.m., US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks on “The Court and the World”, discussing “the many ways in which American judges, when interpreting American law, must take ever greater account of foreign events, law, and practices”, as part of the Foreign Policy Association John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture Series, 1 W 54th St., Manhattan.
At 3:30 p.m., the NYC Board of Correction meets, and new disciplinary rules will be discussed; 455 1st Ave., auditorium, Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., hedge funder and GOP donor Paul Singer attends a young professionals reception in support of presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New York Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Farina attends a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, High School of Fashion Industries, 225 West 24th St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivers remarks at the NY Renews (upstate) campaign launch, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., Buffalo.
Also at 6 p.m., state AG Eric Schneiderman delivers remarks at NY Renews (downstate) campaign launch, First Corinthian Baptist Church, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell holds fundraiser for his congressional campaign for NY-13, Del Frisco’s, 1221 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan.
From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monroe County’s Office of Emergency Management will host a public meeting for its Hazard Mitigation Plan, Office of Emergency Management, 1190 Scottsville Rd., Rochester.
At 6:15 p.m., McCray will be honored as the Equity Champion at the 2015 Human Services Council of New York Leadership Award Reception, Mutual of America, 320 Park Ave., 35th floor, Manhattan.
At 6:45 p.m., Hochul receives the Centennial Medal for Women in Leadership at the Women’s City Club of New York’s Centennial Holiday Party, UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th St., Manhattan. (Also scheduled to attend: NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Tish James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer).
At 7 p.m., the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative hosts “Great New York Stories: The Miracle of the NYC Jewish Experience,” with Gabe Pressman, Joseph Berger and Ruth Messinger, Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 15 W. 86th St., Manhattan.
During last night’s GOP presidential debate, frontrunner Donald Trump’s rivals united against his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States, and all nine candidates tussled over which of them would be toughest against terrorist threats.
In a debate prebuttal, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the American people “cannot give into fear” in the aftermath of attacks in Paris and California, laying out a multi-pronged strategy to protect the homeland and prevent domestic terrorist attacks.
Clinton said she wanted to remind her Republican “friends” former Republican President George W. Bush was “right” on his position regarding Muslims following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio finally admitted that “we need to catch up with the reality” of the city’s escalating homeless crisis — as he announced the abrupt exit of the commissioner responsible for helping New York’s needy.
The departure of the commissioner, Gilbert Taylor, is the latest fallout from the homelessness crisis, which has become a consuming political problem for de Blasio as he tries to address deepening inequality in New York City.
De Blasio said the city would conduct a 90-day review of the its homelessness approach and he would be working daily on the problem, which has proved to be a challenge for his administration for much of 2015.
New York City school officials received the same bomb threat early yesterday that prompted the closure of the Los Angeles school system, but police quickly concluded that it was a hoax. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said officials in California engaged in a “significant overreaction.”
In a major victory for ailing first responders, congressional negotiators included an $8.1 billion measure to renew the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package that was finalized and released last night, lawmakers said.
Potential 2018 GOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. Chris Gibson said it’s time for the Cuomo administration to “start over” on the Common Core, and bring administrators, teachers and parents into the conversation.
New York came in dead last of the 50 states in a survey of “economic freedom” because of its high taxes, large government and business regulations. New Hampshire ranked No. 1 in the Toronto-based, libertarian Fraser Institute’s study.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics raised concerns that the state’s latest ethics reform law contained potentially significant loopholes that could obscure the disclosure of state lawmakers’ legal clients. The law was passed this year in the wake of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s indictment on charges that he used his office to garner millions in legal payments.
JCOPE members are looking to offer guidance for when discussions of policy matters on social media constitute lobbying.
A construction company with a strong reputation has been hit with some serious fines and penalties. Tishman has agreed to pay back $20.2 million in restitution and penalties due to mail and wire fraud charges.
Success Academy, the high-achieving charter school network, told employees this week that it would shorten its school day next year, altering a feature that has distinguished the network from New York City’s regular public schools but has also made it hard to retain teachers.
High-school students taking advanced courses in the fine and performing arts gained their first opportunity to earn diplomas focused on those specialties by unanimous vote of the state’s Board of Regents.
Educators began to offer up fixes after the state Board of Regents voted to dump a widely criticized test-based teacher evaluation system that was pushed through in last spring’s budget.
Republican legislators in Suffolk called on the federal government to review county police operations after the arrest and denial of bail to former Chief of Department James Burke, who is charged with beating a suspect and a later cover-up.
At a time of national focus on inmates’ being released from federal and state prisons back into their communities, debate in New York City has swirled over criminal justice reforms, some decades old, aimed at keeping people from ever reaching a jail cell.
NYC’s $7 billion municipal hospital system will barely have enough cash on hand to pay its bills by the end of the fiscal year, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has reached settlements with 30 online retailers nationwide that sold illegal toy guns to New York consumers.
City planners got their first look last night at the Pearl Street Hotel – the largest project ever proposed by Carl and William Paladino, who hope to add to the hospitality growth in downtown Buffalo with a 12-story hotel at Franklin and West Tupper streets
The Glens Falls Post-Star: “For anyone still in doubt about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hostility toward open government, his vetoes on Friday of two bills to buttress the state’s Freedom of Information Law remove all doubt.”
The Journal News: “(I)n the wake of the high-profile convictions of two of Albany’s former legislative bosses, Cuomo’s (FOIL) plan does not go far enough. Besides, we’ve heard Cuomo come up with lofty legislative plans to make important social change early in the year, only to see efforts fizzle out by the legislative session’s close in June.”
A jury is deadlocked in the trial of police officer William Porter, charged in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said.
A federal judge, frustrated by the slow pace of New York City’s efforts to curb mold in public housing, will appoint a special master to ensure the city complies with an agreement to address the problem faster and more aggressively.
The NYPD sergeants’ union released a video challenging the Black Lives Matter movement — and singling out Quentin Tarantino and the Rev. Al Sharpton for their anti-cop comments.
Researchers at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs mapped the median family income and racial makeup of schools against those of surrounding neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and found many of the schools to have markedly less variety.
Parents at Brooklyn Technical High School had 4,395 signatures yesterday on a petition demanding a fair share of city funding, saying the elite school had to cut advanced classes, sports and clubs in recent years.
Manhattan federal judge Shira Scheindlin — who infamously ruled “Stop and Frisk” was unconstitutional — ripped into a married couple and their attorney for trying to game the court system in a domestic-violence case.
Erie County’s departing district attorney, Frank A. Sedita III, will begin his first year as a State Supreme Court justice at a comfortable distance from the criminal courtroom – and from the County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo. He’s headed to Mayville, the seat of government for Chautauqua County, where he will be in charge of the civil case calendar.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s lawsuit against COR Development Co. could stall construction of the company’s $324 million Syracuse Inner Harbor project, Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon said.
NYC Councilman Mark Levine will introduce a bill today to require the city Department of Transportation to study truck deliveries south of 59th St. in Manhattan and in downtown Brooklyn.
Dozens of privately owned sewage-treatment plants have violated pollution standards repeatedly over a four-year period by discharging excessive amounts of nitrogen into Suffolk County’s ground and surface water, a News 12 Long Island/Newsday investigation found.
Carolyn Walker-Diallo, who was elected last month in Brooklyn’s 7th Municipal District, took her oath of office recently using the holy book of Islam as a testament to her Muslim faith. Though the swearing-in went off without a hitch, it has since sparked controversy.
There are now 32 major MTA bus routes that regularly operate with notable gaps in service, making it impossible for riders to plan their commutes, according to the Straphangers Campaign, which released its annual Pokey Awards yesterday.
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