Here and Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9 a.m., Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Lester Young, Jr., and state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will speak as part of the opening plenary session of a day-long symposium on My Brother’s Keeper, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.
At 9:30 a.m., the last in a series of 13 joint legislative budget hearings on the governor’s 2017-18 spending plan will be held, focusing on the housing portion of his proposal, Hearing Room B, LOB, 198 State St., Albany.
At 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and will take questions from listeners.
At 10:30 a.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein, Assembly members Mark Gjonaj, Michael Benedetto and Jeffrey Dinowitz as well as New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen host a closed press Valentine’s for Veterans event with Miss USA Deshauna Barber, James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, the Bronx.
At 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci will release a report on the condition of Rockland County’s dams and urge passage of new legislation that will prioritize aging water infrastructure to target available funding to improve them, 46 Old Mill Rd., West Nyack.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella, NYC Councilman Barry Grodenchik and community members hold press conference to protest the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s bioswale project in Northeast Queens, 200-15 36th Ave., Queens.
Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney will join with seniors and advocates at the Stein Senior Center to warn against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Stein Senior Center, 204 East 23rd St., (just off 3rd Avenue), 2nd Floor, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and The Legal Aid Society announce a lawsuit protecting low-income tenants of the New York School of Urban Ministry dormitory residence from unlawful eviction, 31-10 47th St., Queens.
At 11:15 a.m., NYC Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin honors the cast and creators of VH1’s new Made in NY series, “The Breaks,” by renaming 44th Street and 7th Avenue to The Breaks Way, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan.
At noon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers his 11th State of the City address, the last in his current term.
At 1:30 p.m., de Blasio will tour the offices of AppNexus, a new tech startup, and then join Andrew Rasiej in a discussion regarding the tech sector and announce more details about the City’s new tech hub at Union Square, 28 W. 23rd St., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Sen. Marisol Alcántara holds an immigration town hall with Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, New York Legal Assistance Group, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, LatinoJustice and MFY Legal Services, P.S. 48, 4360 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., an invite-only “chair’s reception” is held to kick off Caucus Weekend 2017, Empire State Convention Center, Albany.
At 9 p.m., City & State holds a Caucus Weekend Kickoff Cocktail Reception, The State Room, 100 State St., Albany.
President Trump dismissed reports about his associates’ contacts with Russia last year and vigorously defended his performance in his first four weeks in office, in a contentious news conference that showcased his unconventional and unconstrained presidency.
“My message is being filtered,” Trump reportedly told senior administration officials inside the Oval Office hours before his freewheeling news conference. “I want to speak directly to the American people about the progress we’ve been making.”
Trump blamed the problems the country and world currently face on the “mess” he “inherited” as president, but pledged to “tackle these challenges.”
At the conference, which lasted 80 minutes, Trump forced a point he has been repeating in early morning tweetstorms for days: all of the controversial news about his administration is nothing more than “fake news” — a term he has come to use for any news article he does not like — and that the mainstream media is out to get him.
Robert Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil.
Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke is expected to be named as White House Communications Director, and the appointment is expected to be announced as early today.
Moving quickly to replace his original U.S. Labor Secretary pick after controversial fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his name, Trump played it safe with his selection: Alexander Acosta. Even the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, said Acosta deserved “serious consideration” for the post.
EPA employees have been calling their senators to urge them to vote today against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency – a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the agency.
In a surprise move, the Department of Justice now says the president “intends in the near future to rescind” his executive order on immigration, and will “replace it with a new, substantially revised” order, though Trump himself seemed to contradict that.
Trump said he’ll issue a new executive order next week, though he provided no details about what it will contain.
House Republican leaders sketched out a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, offering a set of policy specifics but showing they have yet to bridge significant GOP divisions over many of its components.
Restaurants, from San Francisco to Phoenix to Washington, D.C., were some of the most visible spots affected by yesterday’s “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, with well-known chefs closing some of their eateries for the day in support.
Melissa Mark-Viverito delivered her last State of the City address as the speaker of the New York City Council, peppering the speech with policy, Spanish and invocations of immigrant contributions — and lacing it with allusions to, but no direct mention of, Trump.
Mark-Viverito vowed to further restrict the city’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities under Trump, delivering a full-throated defense of immigrant communities. “If you are here, you are a New Yorker,” she said.
Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order threat to cut federal funds to cities and counties that decline to cooperate with federal authorities enforcing policies on illegal immigrants is unlikely to hurt the municipalities’ credit, at least in the short term, according to credit-ratings firms, analysts and investors.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo denied allegations that the agency was hiding intelligence from the president, calling reports that it was doing so “dead wrong.”
Advocates for those living in the country illegally say this week’s two local raids netting 32 people demonstrate a significant uptick in law enforcement activity stemming from Trump’s executive order to depart “all removable aliens.”
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn misled the FBI about discussing sanctions with a Russian diplomat ahead of Trump’s inauguration. That could have meant criminal charges, but investigators reportedly don’t believe Flynn intentionally lied.
An elite Upper East Side private school’s annual ice-skating party at Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park reportedly had to be canceled after parents refused to send their kids in protest of the president.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he and Trump didn’t discuss any potential jobs for him in the administration when they dined at the White House this week, but the president did make him order the meatloaf.
Yesterday, Christie himself was on the menu of a municipal court in Fort Lee, N.J., where a citizen had lodged a criminal complaint against him over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing affair and a judge ruled that the case could proceed.
Rep. Tom Reed, a Trump supporter, can expect to face some strong resistance at his four town hall meetings in the Southern Tier this weekend. But it sure won’t be spontaneous. A group called “Indivisible of New York’s 23rd District” has published a two-page “plan of action” for progressives who will be attending.
Rep. John Katko blamed the Indivisible movement for fueling protests in Central New York aimed at convincing him to meet with the public at a town hall meeting, saying he won’t let the group “hijack service to my district or disrupt meaningful engagement with my constituents.”
Reed came away from a White House meeting organized by his fellow Trump backer, Rep. Chris Collins, reassured that there’s nothing more to the issue that recently led to the firing of the president’s national security adviser: contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials.
A Staten Island educator slipped in an anti-Trump question on a middle school homework assignment — and then defended it to outraged parents as freedom of speech.
While Trump has bashed Alec Baldwin for playing him on “Saturday Night Live,” Hillary Clinton seems to be a big fan of her comedy double, Kate McKinnon, with whom she dined in Manhattan this week.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos softened her view on the objections to her appointment to Trump’s Cabinet, a day after she criticized protesters who she said want to keep new thinking out of schools.
Speaking at UB last night, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he will take a wait and see approach before saying anything critical about the newly confirmed head of the Justice Department, former Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $32.2 billion capital plan – its largest ever – that would, during the next decade, fund major upgrades and repairs across the region.
The NY editorializes about the governor’s rejection of NYC’s five-cent plastic bag fee: “By kicking the bag down the road, with little reason to hope that the Legislature will be any more supportive of this issue a year from now, Mr. Cuomo looks more than a little inconsistent.”
An appeals court ruled against New York City, upholding a lower court’s decision to block an increase in city water rates. The 3-1 decision by a four-judge panel came in a case brought by the Rent Stabilization Association.
Consolidated Edison Inc. has reached a $153.3 million settlement with New York regulators over a fatal explosion in East Harlem in 2014 in which eight people were killed and more than 50 injured. The PSC will determine how the money is used.
Just how bad is the STAR rebate check mess? One Central New York couple’s payment was late, and then doubled. (They had to send the second check back).
Two NYPD officers have been charged with lying about a suspect they arrested in 2014.
Cuomo announced the first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect consumer data and financial systems from terrorist organizations and other cyber criminals.
At a time when New York City is facing a homeless crisis, a new report to be released today says that increasing state investment in affordable housing not only will benefit the needy but the entire economy.
Eight months ago NYC signed a $16 million contract with a nonprofit that had been cited repeatedly for housing the homeless in decrepit apartments and hotels. Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio pulled the plug, announcing the city will phase out its use of Bushwick Economic Development Corp.
A bill from Assemblyman Al Stirpe, a Syracuse-area Democrat, would have the state pick up $97.8 million in Medicaid costs now passed onto Onondaga County if voters approve a plan to consolidate.
…but the Onondaga County Legislature’s leadership has erected another serious roadblock for any potential city-county merger. Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon said lawmakers will not vote to put a merger referendum on the ballot in 2017.
PolitifactNY rates Cuomo’s claim that New York subsidizes private colleges “probably more than any other state except maybe one” (Texas) as true.
Drug price controls, the adequacy of Medicaid payments and expanding the power of the Health Department were among the topics discussed at a legislative hearing on Cuomo’s proposed budget for health and Medicaid.
More than three dozen new hotels are under construction or planned, adding over 3,000 rooms from Niagara Falls to Jamestown, with a heavy concentration in downtown Buffalo, according to data from Tennessee-based travel and hospitality research firm STR Inc. That’s nearly a 20 percent increase in room count in just a few years.
Exam scores were fast-tracked for students who took a makeup ACT at Roslyn High School in January — nearly three months after their answer sheets from the October test went missing — with some results delivered in about a week rather than the usual two to eight weeks.
Chicago’s ethics board voted unanimously to fine former White House aide David Plouffe $90,000 for violating lobbying laws while he was working for Uber and emailed his ex-Obama administration colleague, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for assistance. Uber was fined $2,000 for the violation.
The dramatic 2015 prison break at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, which involved a onetime City of Tonawanda resident, will be the focus of a Lifetime movie in April. “NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell” will premiere at 8 p.m. April 23.
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