Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his regional State of the State address tour with stops on Long Island and in Westchester County.
At 9 p.m., President Obama delivers his farewell address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago.
In D.C., confirmation hearings begin for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.
At 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton attends the hearing for the U.S. AG nominee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, and also will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and civil rights organizations.
Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Department of Finance and LinkNYC provide updates during a meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.
At 10 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo will be joined by Seneca Park Zoo Officials for an “exciting announcement,” 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester.
At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo delivers his Westchester State of the State address, SUNY Purchase, Performing Arts Center – Recital Hall, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase.
Also at 10:30 a.m., members and supporters of the “Stop the Cuomo Tax” campaign hold press conference to protest the governor’s upstate nuclear bailout deal, Nassau County Courts, Supreme Court Building, south side, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Councilman Antonio Reynoso will stand at the corner of Lorimer Street and Grand Street in Brooklyn, the location where an 85-year-old man was killed by a hit and run driver, the latest in a string of deadly hit and run crashes.
At 11 a.m., the state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.
At 1 p.m., Cuomo delivers his Long Island regional State of the State address, (LG Kathy Hochul will attend), Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall Multipurpose Room, Farmingdale.
Also at 1 p.m., the NYC Council holds a hearing on the economic impact of Trump’s security on local businesses and the city as a whole, Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
Also at 1 p.m., the National Organization for Women holds a protest and press conference to call on the NYPD to take rape cases seriously after NYPD Captain Peter Rose’s controversial remarks on rape, for which he has apologized, 100 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn.
At 6 p.m., hundreds will march to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Brooklyn home and hold a rally calling on him to resist Trump’s cabinet picks, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
Also at 6 p.m., City & State hosts the “State of Our State” cocktail reception with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli keynoting and featuring a panel with state Sens. Diane Savino and Cathy Young, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, The State Room, 100 State St., Albany.
Also at 6 p.m., NYC Council members Rafael Espinal and Inez Barron, CEC 19, and Community Board 5 co-host a public hearing to receive community input on proposed new 1,000 seat school, P.S. 13 Auditorium, 557 Pennsylvania Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 6:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends a Town Hall meeting of District 10’s Community Education Council, P.S. 86, 2756 Reservoir Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 6:30 p.m., the New York state Senate Mental Health Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, SUNY Downstate, 450 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn.
At 9 p.m., Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century hosts screening of Obama’s farewell address to the nation, Smithfield Hall, 138 W. 25th St., Manhattan.
Jared Kushner will become a senior White House adviser to his father-in-law, Donald Trump, cementing the New York real estate executive’s role as a powerful and at times decisive influence on the president-elect.
Lawyers for Kushner said he would sell many of his assets to avoid myriad potential conflicts of interest. But because he plans to sell to his brother or to a family trust controlled by his mother, some ethics lawyers interviewed questioned how meaningful the divestiture would be.
Kushner will step down as publisher of New York media publication the Observer now that he has accepted a job in Trump’s administration.
Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, who also participated in her father’s campaign decisions, has no immediate plans to enter the administration and will restructure her portfolio of holdings, stepping down from her fashion label.
Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions didn’t disclose revenue-making oil interests he holds in Alabama, despite federal ethics rules requiring him to do so, an examination of state records shows.
ExxonMobil did business with Iran, Syria and Sudan while the man chosen to be secretary of state by Trump, Rex Tillerson, was running the company, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Growing numbers of Republicans are showing discomfort over obliterating Obama’s health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters. Hoping to capitalize on the jitters, Democrats staged an evening Senate talk-a-thon to condemn the GOP push.
Delivering the first of six State of the State addresses planned around the state this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday located the cure to the nation’s political fever in New York, implicitly offering himself as an antidote to a president-elect whose name went unmentioned.
Speaking from inside One World Trade Center, Cuomo acknowledged the “roar” heard from Election Day but urged that “we cannot lose ourselves in an apparent attempt to save ourselves.”
Ken Lovett: “(Cuomo) again tried to claim the progressive mantle he hopes could play well at home while also springboarding him into the national conversation for 2020.”
As Democratic leaders reassess their party’s mission and long-term strategy after Trump’s election, Cuomo seems eager to quickly position himself as a different sort of Northeast liberal, one capable of building things beyond a social agenda — and remaking a persona that has long rubbed some of his colleagues and voters the wrong way.
After Cuomo’s 42-minute speech, the governor and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took a brief break from their ongoing hostilities to greet one another warmly in thee VIP section.
In his WNY State of the State address, Cuomo unveiled a $500 million Part II of the Buffalo Billion project – dubbed BB2 – promising hundreds of millions of dollars for projects intended to spur development in downtown Buffalo, on the East Side, in Lackawanna and Niagara Falls.
Unlike Phase I of the economic development program, BB2 isn’t about headline-grabbing mega-projects, like SolarCity’s solar panel factory or a new IBM data analytics center, like the original initiative was.
Here are the 25 initiatives that make up BB2.
Westchester County is bracing for a hit to local employment and revenue after the Indian Point Energy Center shuts down in 2021 after more than 50 years of operation.
Carl Paladino says he remains informally connected with the president-elect, even after his remarks about the Obamas were widely criticized as racist. “The Trump camp generally has no problem with me, though they were right in condemning my remarks,” he said. “And I have accepted responsibility.”
The NYC teachers union piled on as American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten blasted Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, whose confirmation hearing will be tomorrow.
De Blasio said he’s not worried about a primary challenge from Hillary Clinton because he believes the 2016 White House race was her last. He also insisted the two time failed presidential contender has a bright future.
The mayor said that he won’t be commuting on the new Second Avenue subway because it’s not as convenient as his SUV in getting to his regular workouts in Brooklyn.
The number of people who died in fires decreased last year in New York City to 48 — the lowest since the Fire Department started keeping records 100 years ago.
A firm that manages dozens of city homeless shelters — including the Bronx site where two toddlers were killed by a radiator steam leak in December — has kept years of tax problems hidden from the city even as it continued to collect millions in taxpayer dollars.
A chemical of growing concern to health experts has been detected throughout much of Long Island’s drinking water, prompting state officials to investigate why and to approve a pilot treatment method never before used here.
State lawmakers and law enforcement officials from around New York launched a campaign to keep former Weather Underground member Judith Clark, who received a commutation of her sentence from Cuomo, behind bars.
Dissension within NYC’s 1,500-member court clerk’s union broke out with a delegate suing his president over pay raises in a new contract
New York may look like it’s booming, but the city’s finances are skating on thin ice, according to a report. The Fiscal Times put out a list of America’s large cities ranked by their fiscal stability — and New York came in ahead of only troubled Chicago.
State and federal regulators filed a lawsuit against the makers of Prevagen, in hopes of getting consumers and stores to forget the memory loss dietary supplement that’s marketed to seniors.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called the recent comments about rape by a Brooklyn police precinct commander “insensitive,” and insisted “takes rape and sexual assault seriously,” investigating “every report thoroughly.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to require pilots departing from New York airports to take a breathalyzer test before they get behind the controls.
A standing-room-only crowd of about 100 people rocked Depew Village Hall last night with their passion to save their 124-year-old village from dissolving when it faces a community vote next Tuesday.
The Niagara Falls City Council unanimously voted to name embattled Councilman Charles A. Walker as its chairman last night despite Walker being charged two months ago with four misdemeanors over his failure to file required campaign finance reports.
Steven M. Scott, a hospital administrator with more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine, has been been named interim chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital to replace Dr. John McCabe who is stepping down.
A crowd nearly 600 strong crowded into a Malverne square last night to pray, light candles, and extend good wishes to NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, a village resident paralyzed in a 1986 Central Park shooting and hospitalized in critical condition after apparently suffering a heart attack Friday.
Nassau legislative committees agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle two federal lawsuits against the county, one alleging that Nassau police falsely arrested a woman who had been framed for nonexistent robberies by a vengeful ex-boyfriend.
Bomb threats, which turned out to be unfounded, were reported all over the Eastern United States yesterday, at as many as 16 Jewish community facilities, one advocacy group estimated. Time and time again, the police responded, buildings were evacuated and, after tense waits, the centers and schools reopened.
Oyster Bay Town Attorney Leonard Genova, who long served as former Supervisor John Venditto’s right-hand man, resigned yesterday. Genova’s resignation follows that of the indicted Venditto, who quit last week.
The New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans is sounding the alarm on three big health care issues to watch in Albany this year – higher taxes on health insurance, hospital funding and rising drug costs.
A Dutch company has built a splashy high-rise hotel in Poland—and shipped it in 210 pieces to New York. The 20-story, 300-room project at 185 Bowery by hotel developer and operator citizenM is the biggest modular-construction hotel project ever in New York.
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