Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Onondaga and Albany counties to deliver the final two speeches in his series of six regional State of the State addresses. He will then travel back to New York City.
President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his first official press conference since July at 11 a.m. at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Hearings for four more of Trump’s cabinet nominees are scheduled to take place today – including Secretary of State-in-waiting Rex Tillerson.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.
At 9 a.m., homeless New Yorkers, community groups and advocates from the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing will demand that Cuomo and legislative leaders release $1.9 billion that was allocated for supportive and affordable housing, Cuomo’s New York City office, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan and residents of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village will hold a rally to urge the Buffalo Preservation Board to prevent Ciminelli Development from demolishing structures for a development project at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo.
Also at 10 a.m., the 2017 Human Justice Summit is held, Bronx Christian Fellowship, 1015 E. Gunhill Road, Bronx.
At 10:30 a.m., Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy Energy Leaders Forum event with guest speaker Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Columbia Club, 15 W 43rd St., Manhattan.
Also at 10:30 a.m., mmbers and supporters of the Stop the Cuomo Tax campaign, including Blair Horner of New York Public Interest Research Group; Susan Zimet of Hunger Action Network; Bob Cohen of Citizen Action and others hold a news conference to discuss how local residents are “getting screwed” by Cuomo’s nuclear bailout deal, State Street entrance, state Capitol, Albany.
At 11 a.m., Cuomo delivers his fifth regional State of the State address, John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Carrier Theater, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. (LG Kathy Hochul will attend).
Also at 11 a.m., public defender organizations urge NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to call for vote on Right to Know Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will unveil a Utica venue that Cuomo can use, should he want to include the Mohawk Valley on his State of the State tour, Conference Rooms A and B, State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica.
At 12:30 p.m., state GOP Chair Ed Cox will continue his streak of providing a response/rebuttal to Cuomo’s State of the State speeches, outside the entrance of the Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse.
At 1:20 p.m., Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on “Banking Culture From a Regulatory Perspective” at The Culture Imperative Interbank Symposium, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance considers a bill that would reauthorize the city’s tax lien sale program for another four years, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 1:45 p.m., potential 2018 GOP gubernatorial contender Harry Wilson holds a media availability, Sheraton University, (outside Ballroom) 801 University Ave., Syracuse.
Also at 1:45 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina hosts middle school students from the Bronx and Brooklyn for a College Awareness Day announcement, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Cuomo delivers his sixth and final State of the State address the the University at Albany, Performing Arts Center – Main Theatre, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany. (Hochul will also attend).
After Cuomo’s speech, Cox will again provide a rebuttal/response, lobby of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany.
At 3 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honors a trio of crime fighters, including some unconventional community champions, as his latest “Heroes of the Month,” Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.
At 6 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James, mentioned as a potential mayoral contender this year, holds a cocktail fundraiser, The Brooklyneer, 220 West Houston St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams and state Sen. Kevin Parker host a free workshop on how to submit a City Council discretionary application, Brooklyn College, 2705 Campus Road, enter at Campus Road and Amersfort Place, Brooklyn.
At 11:35 p.m., First Lady Michelle Obama makes her final appearance on The Tonight Show – her third appearance on the show in her current role. Other guests include Stevie Wonder, of whom Michelle Obama is a big fan.
In a farewell address to a Chicago hall filled with the activists who helped him become the first black American president, Barack Obama urged all Americans to unite to protect the nation’s democracy, which he said is being threatened by outside forces as well as tensions within.
Going back to his hometown for this historic moment was symbolic to Obama because the city is where he worked as a young community organizer and where eight years ago he declared victory to become the country’s first black president.
The chiefs of America’s intelligence agencies last week presented Obama and President-elect Donald Trump with a summary of unsubstantiated reports that Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Trump, two officials with knowledge of the briefing said.
The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.
BuzzFeed published the dossier in its entirety, even though the site’s editor, Ben Smith, said he had “serious reason to doubt the allegations” in it. A few hours after the documents were published, Trump put out a tweet in all caps that said “FAKE NEWS — A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, forcefully rejected accusations that he has racist views, and departed from several of the president-elect’s campaign stances during a Senate confirmation hearing that drew tough questioning from his Democratic colleagues.
The Democrats opposing Sessions are making a “big mistake” and being “intellectually dishonest,” according to former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was can associate attorney general for former President Ronald Reagan when Sessions was a federal prosecutor, a relationship that dates back more than 30 years.
A New York judge dismissed a Republican political strategist’s $4 million defamation suit against Trump and his former campaign manager, ruling the president-elect’s “intemperate” tweets saying the woman “begged” for a job were statements of opinion protected by the First Amendment.
As a businessman, Trump has kept the courts busy. That’s hardly likely to change when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially serious problem for a sitting president.
When Trump needs a lawyer to wage his thorniest battles, from defamation claims to fights over deals-gone-south, he has often leaned on New York litigator Marc Kasowitz, who said he expects to continue representing the president-elect when he takes the White House.
One of Trump’s most popular New York City construction projects, Central Park’s Wollman Rink, is the subject of a new lawsuit by a hockey coach who says he was seriously injured on the ice.
U.s. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s lonesome opposition to granting defense nominee James Mattis a waiver is running headlong into confirmation reality: The crusty former general may be the best answer to Trump’s inexperience in the national security arena.
Hillary Clinton made a rare and low-key return to Washington yesterday for the ceremonial opening of a new exhibition and museum area at the State Department that will be partly named for her. She appeared alongside fellow former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Colin L. Powell.
Chris Cillizza says Clinton should officially quash speculation that she might challenge NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in a primary next fall.
NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick, whose Manhattan district includes Trump Tower, is urging the president-elect to stay out of New York to cut down on the city’s massive security bill.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo surprised observers by doubling down on the Buffalo Billion, which federal prosecutors say was rigged to benefit former aides, allotting another $500 million to Phase II of the program. Is he changing the subject or simply reverting to business as usual?
Nearing the finish line of his tour, notably absent from the governor’s rhetoric thus far have been ethics and government reform. It’s expected he is saving his reform proposals for the speech in Albany today, where they likely are to resonate the loudest among residents with inside-the-beltway mindsets.
Cuomo, in his third and fourth stops this week around the state to give his annual State of the State speech, proposed a plan that would put the onus on county executives or county managers to call together all officials from their counties to devise ways to share government services to cut expenses.
The governor also called for a 750-mile Empire State Trail, which would create 350 miles of new trails in three separate phases over the next three years to complete the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails into a unified Empire State Trail.
Cuomo urged LIPA to approve an offshore wind farm 30 miles from Montauk and said the state would commit to other offshore projects that would place hundreds of turbines in federal waters off the Long Island coast by 2030.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who is facing federal corruption charges, is unlikely to be renominated for a third term, and potential replacements include former state Sen. Jack Martins, County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and Hempstead Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman.
After two years of major declines in New York City’s traffic deaths, the number of people killed in crashes dropped slightly last year while pedestrian deaths rose, leading to questions about whether Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious campaign to eliminate traffic fatalities has stalled.
The commander of a Brooklyn police precinct has apologized for remarks he made to the media and at a local community meeting last week in which he played down a recent surge in rapes in his neighborhood, saying most were date rapes, not “true stranger rapes.” His comments touched off a firestorm of criticism.
RIP Steven McDonald, a New York Police Department detective who touched the world by forgiving the shooter who left him paralyzed 30 years ago. He died yesterday at the age of 59 after being admitted to North Shore University Hospital on Friday following a heart attack.
A full department funeral for McDonald is being planned for Friday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to pay a $400,000 fine to settle charges that the bistate agency misled investors about risks associated with $2.3 billion in bonds to fund its projects.
The NYPD is lightening the load for its newest class of recruits — replacing heavy departmental books and thick pamphlets with laptops.
Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato was removed for a Jet Blue flight after trying – unsuccessfully – to lead a passenger insurrection. Gary Lewi, a spokesman for D’Amato, cited the former senator’s frustration over the long delay and “sleep deprivation” as factors in the incident.
Sen. Mike Gianaris wants to add immigration status to the list of protected classes in New York’s civil rights law. The Queens Democrat’s bill would make it illegal to discriminate against immigrants — even those who are undocumented — when it comes to housing and public accommodations.
A longtime Albany insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking investors of his cheese company out of more than $1 million, while his wife admitted to filing a false claim after their son’s suicide last spring.
What is the difference between a “cash discount” and a “credit-card surcharge” at the corner store? New York permits merchants to offer the first while prohibiting the second, prompting Supreme Court arguments yesterday over how far the government may go in regulating price information.
An $850,000 settlement agreement between the village of Hoosick Falls and two companies blamed for polluting the community’s drinking water supplies includes a clause that would prohibit the village from filing future claims against the manufacturers over the contamination.
With negotiations over the expired 421-a property tax break making progress, the city’s real estate lobby is turning its attention to another longstanding issue: Property tax reform.
Gov. Chris Christie said that he would focus in his final year in office on New Jersey’s drug epidemic, including promising to limit the supply of opioid drugs that doctors could initially prescribe and seeking legislation to require insurers to pay for at least six months of drug treatment.
State leaders are trying to get more school districts to sign up for an overdose prevention program that allows school personnel to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.
A North Country man has become the first to graduate from a new online Farmers’ Market Managers Professional Certification Course that has been available across the state since last March.
A manufacturer of drum-handling equipment is seeking tax breaks for its move from East Syracuse to larger quarters in Salina, but the company is not promising to create any new jobs with the move.
Attica Correctional Facility has been on lockdown since Sunday following a series of fights among prison inmates, according to a statement released yesterday by the state corrections officer union.
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