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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

Voters in Scotland decided today whether to declare independence, exiting a 307-year-old union with England.

At 8 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attends a North Country Chamber of Commerce roundtable meeting, 7061 State Route 9, Plattsburgh.

At 9 a.m., Former Vice President Al Gore speaks to religious officials during an “Interfaith Leaders Climate March Breakfast”; Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman delivers remarks at a forum on state energy policy during the Business Council of New York State’s annual conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and IBM Foundation president Stanley Litow discuss the role that business should play in education during the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 10 a.m., the Alliance for Quality Education holds a press conference on its “We Can’t Wait” campaign, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., members of the NYC Campaign Finance Board hold a public meeting, boardroom, 12th floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., ESDC President and CEO Kenneth Adams, SUNY Research Foundation president Timothy Killeen, Clarkson University president Anthony Collins and other higher education leaders participate in a discussion forum about university-based innovation during the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

Also at 11 a.m., Astorino announces a proposal regarding the Lake Placid Olympics, in front of the Town of North Elba Municipal Offices, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid.

Also at 11 a.m., Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, advocates and community leaders join together to respond to new federal census data on poverty, inequality, health coverage, and income, 263 W. 86th St., Manhattan.

At noon, anti-fracking advocates call for a statewide ban on the process during a demonstration outside a fundraiser for Cuomo; The Plaza hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Cuomo and Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul make a Women’s Equality Party announcement, Plaza Hotel, 785 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor, Manhttan.

Also at 1:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement at the Bronx Zoo, Zoo Center, 2300 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

ADDED: At 1:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman, State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico and Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler will make a public safety announcement, AG’s Syracuse office, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Suite 102, Syracuse.

At 2 p.m., Astorino greets voters at Indian Lake, Adirondack Mountains Antique Show, Main Street, Indian Lake.

At 2:45 p.m., Astorino attends a Hamilton County meet-and-greet, Indian Lake Restaurant, Main Street, Indian Lake.

At 5 p.m., Astorino attends the Adirondack Balloon Festival Opening Day Ceremony, Crandall Park, Glens Falls.

At 7 p.m., Rep. Michael Grimm holds a campaign fundraiser, Mama Rao Cucina Italiana, 6408 11th Ave., Brooklyn.

At 7:10 p.m., Astorino delivers remarks during the evening reception at the Business Council’s conference, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Rd., Bolton Landing.

At 7:25 p.m., de Blasio speaks at the Gentech 2014 Demo Night and Awards Ceremony, AppNexus, 19 West 23rd St., Manhattan.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Webster on last night for a private fundraiser that was expected to raise him $200,000, and was met by anti-fracking protestors.

“One week into the general-election season, the discourse in the governor’s race has devolved into the trivial, with attack ads deploying outlandish imagery, vicious rhetoric or issues far afield from politics.”

Publishing titan and two-time Republican presidential aspirant Steve Forbes praised Cuomo, but said it’ll be a while before the governor can boast of a welcoming business climate in New York.

According to an exclusive NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll, 88 percent of likely voters have paid a great deal or some attention to the Eric Garner chokehold death case. Just 10 percent have ignored it.

Sources close to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Rep. Brian Higgins confirm they remain supportive of Erie County Democratic Party Chair Jeremy Zellner in a leadership showdown.

The NFL’s finance committee met with Terry and Kim Pegula about buying the Buffalo Bills and unanimously recommended them to be the team’s next owners – a crucial next step in transferring the team to the couple.

A group of about a dozen medical marijuana advocates met in Albany with officials from the Cuomo administration for a briefing on the state’s progress in helping sick patients access marijuana for medical uses.

The Authorities Budget Office is investigating the loan of clean water funds for construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the bulk of which has been rejected by the EPA.

Average class sizes in grades 1-3 in New York City public schools rose to 25 or 26 children in the last school year – an addition of three students a class from five years earlier, according to the latest Mayor’s Management Report.

The proposed panel that would draw New York’s all-important political lines can’t be described as “independent” on the November ballot, a state Supreme Court justice ruled.

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Teachout-Wu Campaign Zero In On Hochul

The insurgent Democratic primary campaigns of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu are gaining some traction through endorsements from labor unions and, on Thursday, the New York Times backed Wu’s run for lieutenant governor.

“We are tapping into something, clearly,” said Wu during his visit to Albany Thursday. “I’d love to give credit to Zephyr and I, but I really think there’s something going on in this state and frankly in this country.”

Wu criticized the environmental record of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

“She’s going to play the traditional, lackey-like position of lieutenant governor, which in my opinion is a waste of a constitutional position, of a constitutional office,” Wu said.

After that, Wu went across the street to attend a pro-labor rally on the steps of the state capitol.

Wu said he’d use the job of lieutenant governor as an independent and activist one.

“I think of the position, I can serve as a public advocate. My whole life I’ve put the interests of the public first,” said Wu.

Hochul, meanwhile, defended her voting record in Congress in a three-minute YouTube video released by the state Democratic Committee.

“I never backed down from our core Democratic values of pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker values,” Hochul said in the video.

Both Cuomo and Hochul have not responded to invitations to hold televised debates with Teachout and Wu.

Wu said he would prefer to have a one-on-one debate with Hochul rather than respond to her in news conferences.

“If she wants to clarify her views on her record, as opposed to having these weird conversations where she puts out videos and put our dossiers on her record piece by piece, we could actually meet in a debate and see who’s right,” Wu said.

Teachout later in the day appeared at a rally in Albany on the steps of the state Education Building. She said Hochul’s record is too out of step with Democratic voters.

“The best way to establish your bonafides as a Democrat is to vote like a Democrat when you’re in Congress,” said Teachout.

Meanwhile, there were even more signs on Thursday the Cuomo re-election campaign was gearing up to defend Hochul.

Hochul’s campaign account, meanwhile, reported receiving more than $60,000 in donations in the last 24 hours, with contributions coming from key labor groups and an LLC with ties to prolific Cuomo donor, Leonard Litwin.

And earlier in the week, the state Democratic Committee released a mailer that prominently featured both the governor and Hochul, reminding party members to vote on Sept. 9.

Carlucci Praises Revenge Porn Bill Signing

Governor Cuomo signed a bill last week outlawing what’s being called “revenge porn.” Before this law, someone could only be charged if they posted photos or video of someone online that actually show specific body parts without their consent. This law eliminates that loophole, making it a crime to post photos or videos of someone engaging in *any sexual behavior without their consent, regardless of what’s shown. Senator David Carlucci, a sponsor of the bill, joined us to discuss.

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Cuomo Approves ‘Revenge Porn’ Law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he had signed a measure designed to outlaw the broadcasting of a person’s image without their consent.

The law is aimed at so-called “revenge porn” — the posting without permission of photos or videos typically showing someone engaging in a sexual act on the Internet.

State lawmakers first raised the issue as a mater of closing a loophole in the state law.

“No one should be humiliated by having their image broadcast without their consent – and this common-sense legislation ensures that any victim of such an act will have the law on their side,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I commend Senator Carlucci and Assembly Member Paulin, as well as the Clarkstown Police Department, for their collective work to right this wrong and ensure that New Yorkers are protected from this potential abuse.”

Daily Show To Cuomo: You’re Not George Lucas

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart last night skewered the controversy over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s involvement in the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption, pointing to the governor’s contradictory comments about the panel and responding, “You know that’s f— ridiculous, right?”

“You know the I-made-it, I-can-do-what-I-want-with-it excuse only works for George Lucas, right?”” he added.

Stewart’s bit also highlighted how Cuomo campaign as governor on an effort to clean up corruption in Albany, but mocked his office’s efforts to steer subpoenas from the anti-corruption commission away from politically sensitive areas.

“It turns out Gov. Cuomo may be like the boss at work that says, ‘Yeah, no, we’ll play hoops at lunch. You can go hard.’ And then when Jimmy from accounting blocks his shot and drives the lane, he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re not allowed to touch the ball because I started the game,’” Stewart joked.

Also, watch for a brief cameo — at least vocally — from our NY1 colleague, Zack Fink.

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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 7:15 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill hosts a run, departing from the lobby of the Buffalo Hyatt Regency.

At 9:15 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the New York Regional Forum White House Summit, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., the state Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board meets, 317 Lenox Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will tour the Bronx Charter School for Excellence and hold a roundtable discussion about expanding education opportunity and school choice, 1960 Benedict Ave., the Bronx.

At 10 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman and Rep. Grace Meng will host a fraud and abuse prevention forum for Queens senior citizens, Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center, Auditorium, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault and NYC Public Advocate Tish James hold a press conference regarding recent news that 55 colleges nationwide are under investigation for the mishandling of Sex assault cases, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m.,the Senate’s Health Committee holds a hearing to discuss the idea of including electronic cigarettes in the existing Clean Indoor Air Act and regulating liquid nicotine, Hearing Room A, LOB, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and other local leaders highlight after-school programs in Western New York, Burchfield Penny Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rep. Dan Maffei and officials from the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities hold a grants workshop, Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse.

At 11 a.m., Cahill holds a press conference with Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, Buffalo Naval Park, 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo.

Also at 11 a.m., New York City Council members including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Laurie Cumbo host a press conference to call for the release of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:50 a.m., de Blasio visits a pre-K classroom in Queens, Classroom 100, PS 69 Q, 77-02 37th Ave. (He’ll deliver remarks directly after his visit).

At noon, New York City elected officials and pro-choice advocacy groups hold a press conference regarding Cahill’s candidacy for AG, NOW-NYC, 150 W 28th St., Room 304, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., Sen. John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Nick Perry announce legislation that create a commission to rule on complaints on prosecutorial conduct, LCA Room (130), LOB, Albany.

At 2 p.m., LG Bob Duffy announces construction to strengthen Lock E-11 on the Erie Canal, 366 West Main St., Amsterdam.

At 5 p.m., NY-21 GOP candidate Matt Doheny attends the Baked Ham Dinner at the Colton Volunteer Fire Department, Raquette River Road, South Colton.

At 6 p.m., Public Advocate James and Brooklyn BP Eric Adams join elected officials for a town Hall about employee responsibilities and rights under the Paid Sick Leave Law, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Charlie Rangel has a fund-raiser, Jacob Restaurant, 2690 Eighth Ave., Harlem.

At 7 p.m., Cahill will attend the Manhattan Institute Dinner, Cipriani Le Specialità, East 42nd St., Manhattan.


How will the rift between Cuomo and the WFP be resolved? In the most extreme scenario, the governor could pressure top unions to pull their support from the party should it run its own candidate against him.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino will urge President Obama to “put up or shut up’’ on the federal government’s claim that Westchester engages in racial discrimination when Obama visits the new Tappan Zee Bridge project on Wednesday.

“For an election that is nearly seven months away, Mr. Cuomo has quickly staked out his strategy, resolutely refusing to engage Mr. Astorino while unleashing others to do so for him.”

The Cuomo and Astorino camps traded barbs over a report that Larry Schwartz intervened on the behalf of the governor’s live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee, in a dispute over building code violations in Westchester County.

Few upstate school districts plan to launch full-day pre-kindergarten programs in September, even though Cuomo and lawmakers provided $40 million in the state budget for that purpose.

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Astorino: Where Did The Businesses Go?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino released another web video this morning knocking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the businesses that have left the state in recent months.

“This is what losing looks like governor,” Astorino, the Westchester County executive, says in the video.

Astorino has released a series of videos, mostly pointing to the money being spent on the START UP NY ad campaign, which Republicans charge is an effort aimed at promoting Cuomo.

The claim that the state has spent $150 million on the campaign, though, is disputed by state officials, who point out that $15 million so far has been spent and that Astorino is conflating spending on other economic development promotions.

Let’s Count Them, Governor Cuomo from Rob Astorino on Vimeo.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

At 8:30 a.m., Borough President Eric Adams, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, will host the first meeting of the Brooklyn Economic Exchange, Community Room, Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Also at 8:30 a.m., Assemblywoman Janet Duprey hosts a fundraiser at the Albany Room Restaurant, Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 9 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will deliver the keynote address at a New York Law School event entitled “Insider Trading 2.0: A New Initiative to Crack Down on Predatory Practices.” A panel discussion will follow. 185, West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Council members and housing advocates attend a rally and press conference to end the cycle of predatory equity and call for a community-based plan to take over the buildings, improve deplorable living conditions and preserve affordable housing, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks at the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s Legislative Day, Empire State Plaza, Convention Center, Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., government officials including NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, community, religious and union officials and fast-food restaurant workers criticize labor practices of McDonald’s Corp. franchise restaurants during a demonstration and news conference, coinciding with protests scheduled in cities nationwide; 341 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Rep. Tom Reed will formally announce his candidacy for re-election, First Arena, 155 N. Main St., Elmira. He’ll hold a second event at 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 1 Franklin Sq., Geneva.

At 1 p.m., advocates and lawmakers hold an event in support of the Healthy Workplace Bill, which addresses repeated abusive mistreatment at work and offers recourse to the targets of workplace bullying, LCA Room (130), LOB, Albany.

At 1:30 p.m., Cardinal Timothy Dolan and bishops from around the state hold a news conference calling on Albany to support an education investment tax credit bill, 4th floor lobby outside Senate gallery, state Capitol, Albany. (They’re also scheduled to meet with legislative leaders throughout the day, and with Cuomo at 3 p.m. in the Red Room).

Also at 1:30 p.m., Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, the pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Queens, the Rev. Calvin Rice, community officials and families express support for charter schools during a “Speak Out” event sponsored by the group Families for Excellent Schools; 122-05 Smith St., Queens.

At 2 p.m., mental health consumers, families, providers, religious groups and legislative leaders will express their support for statewide implementations of Crisis Intervention Teams, LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.

At 3:30 p.m., a newly organized group of New York City families whose loved ones have been killed or maimed in crashes will demand that lawmakers take action to support Vision Zero – NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024, LCA Press Room (130), LOB, Albany.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio holds a meet-and-greet with students participating in Good Shepherd Services’ After-School Programs, bullpen, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees meets, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

At 5:30 p.m., Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic Chairman Carl Heastie hosts a fundraiser in Meeting Room 5, Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Gary Finch hosts a fundraiser at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio attends the Richmond County Democratic Committee St Joseph’s Day Dinner, La Strada Restaurant, 139 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island.


Even though the DREAM Act failed in a 30-29 surprise vote in the Senate, the IDC is declaring victory for getting the measure to the floor. Sen. Dave Valesky called yesterday “the strongest day for this coalition yet.”

Sen. Mark Grisanti was one of only two Republicans who spoke on the floor during the DREAM Act debate. The other was Long Island Sen. Jack Martins, who advocates considered a potential “yes” voter. Both voted “no.”

All the Republicans present voted “no,” along with two Democrats, Ted O’Brien of Rochester and Simcha Felder of Brooklyn. Two Republicans – Phil Boyle and Kemp Hannon, both of Long Island – were not present for the vote.

Businessman Adam Haber, who ran an unsuccessful and largely self-financed Democratic primary race for Nassau County executive last year, has registered a campaign committee to challenge Martins this fall.

Even Latino advocates were taken aback by the abrupt vote. They had planned to lobby in Albany today for the DREAM Act’s passage. Now they’ll express their disappointment about its failure.

“It certainly seems that it was bought up to fail, given the outcome,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat. He said the vote “made a mockery of a very important issue.”

On Day One of the public conference committee meetings, lawmakers repeatedly insisted that they’re “not that far apart” on the budget. On paper, however, the sides look far apart on a number of initiatives – from the Common Core to med-mar.

Local elected officials who appeared with Cuomo in support of his property tax freeze fell silent when asked if there was a special district within their own jurisdiction that that had eliminated – or at least tried to eliminate – to save money.

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Charter Schools Group Launches Digital Campaign

A pro-charter schools group is launching a digital campaign over the next several weeks on social media and other websites opposing multiple de Blasio administration efforts, it announced Monday.

The campaign, which features 30-second videos on YouTube, is part of an effort from Families for Excellent Schools opposing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent reduction of $210 million in capital as well as a new charter rent policy.

“The de Blasio administration has said parent voices matter to them, but they seem to be discounting ours,” said Rafael Lois, the father of two Girls Prep Bronx scholars who is featured in one of the videos. “My daughters are receiving an excellent education, which is their moral and legal right, and I will do everything in my power to make sure they continue to have these opportunities.”

Families for Excellent Schools added in a news release they are also concerned about that the administration “also continues to hint at plans” that would roll back charter co-locations.

New York City has 185 charter schools, which the coalition points out serves students who live in poverty and are 93 percent black or Hispanic.

The push comes a day after de Blasio’s latest trip to Albany for caucus weekend, when he again reiterated his push for a universal pre-Kindergarten program that would be paid for by taxing those who earn $500,000 and more a year.

The mayor did not mention the tax increase in an event with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants a statewide universal pre-K program without the tax increase for New York City.

The YouTube channel can be viewed here.