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Dec 8th - 5:56 pm
Trump reportedly intends to nominate Andrew Puzder, chief executive of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains, as labor secretary.
Puzder has been an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, opposing efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, while arguing that large minimum wage increases hurt small businesses and lead to job loss among low-skilled workers.
As an employer of many immigrant workers, Puzder has spoken in favor of immigration reform.
Senate Democrats immediately blasted Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator and vowed to try to block his confirmation. “We have a fight on our hands and Republicans have to do a moral gut check and a political one,” said Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz.
The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for the day after Trump’s inauguration, will have very limited access to large swaths of the national mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, thanks to a “massive omnibus blocking permit” filed by the National Park Service, acting on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is leaving the U.S. Senate a very different politician from when he entered in 1987.
At a portrait unveiling ceremony for Reid, Hillary Clinton said fake news is an “epidemic” and “a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”
David Rubin, longtime former dean of the Newhouse School, has retired from SU.
The Capital Region received $83.1 million as a “top finisher” in the sixth round of annual Regional Economic Development Council awards, which were announced today at The Egg with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in attendance.
The executive director of New York’s ethics and lobbying watchdog said that since he was appointed in March, no one from the Cuomo administration has ever spoken to him about major policy matters before the panel.
Los Angeles schools this week launched a hotline to help students cope with increased anxiety about Trump’s election victory and how it might impact their families.
Rockland officials aren’t giving up on efforts to pass a law that would let school districts collect their own taxes, potentially lowering costs and saving taxpayers thousands of dollars, which was vetoed recently by the governor.
Ross Barkan: “Though political dynamics always change, it’s hard to fathom a politician more ill-suited for this populist moment than Andrew Cuomo.”
“Hillary Clinton, formerly your Presidential front-runner, now your flaxen-haired Sasquatch of Chappaqua.”
A Los Angeles-based lawyer who gained notoriety by reclaiming Jewish-owned art looted by the Nazis has filed a lawsuit in New York against the FBI seeking information on the warrant that led to its seizure of Anthony Weiner’s computer in the Hillary Clinton email case.
Cuomo and Consul General Peter Helder Bernard, Esq. of the Consulate General of Haiti, announced food, water, medical supplies and other donations from New Yorkers will be delivered to assist those devastated by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
George Marlin gets a jump on his annual winners and losers list for Nassau County in 2016.
President Barack Obama’s Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, a Buffalo native, is “looking seriously” at running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying the party could use someone who could help unify it.
Buffalo began last year with 25 schools – nearly half the district – on a state watch list that threatened them with takeover if their academic performance didn’t improve in a hurry. A year later, that picture doesn’t look nearly as dire.
RIP, John Glenn, former astronaut and Ohio senator.
Dec 8th - 4:58 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany.
At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights the Enough is Enough Initiative at the State Police Campus Sexual Assault Seminar, New York State Police Academy, 1220 Washington Ave., Building 24, Albany.
At 11 a.m., Cuomo announces the 2016 Regional Economic Development Council Awards, Hart Theatre, Egg Center for Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany. (Hochul and many other state and local elected officials will also attend).
At 10 a.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation holds a public hearing on the impact of the 2016-2017 enacted state budget on upstate public transit systems, Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd floor, Albany.
Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission hold its monthly public meeting, 33 Beaver St., 19th floor, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m. – NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, state Sen. Michael Gianaris, and others break ground on the reconstruction of Astoria Heights Playground, Astoria Heights Playground, 45th Street and 30th Road, Queens.
At noon, NYC Council members Steven Matteo, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Eric Ulrich, Debi Rose and Joe Borelli, along with veterans, veteran organizations and other supporters, hold rally for veterans property tax exemption, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 12:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit residents of the Clearview Senior Center to discuss the $183 water bill credit the Water Board approved in April, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, Queens.
At 12:30 p.m., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board holds a public meeting, 2 Montgomery St., Jersey City, N.J.
At 3:30 p.m., de Blasio appears on WCBS 880.
At 4 p.m., fe Blasio’s office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises and the Department of Small Business Services host an M/WBE open house, Lehman College, Music Building, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx.
At 5:20 p.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray celebrates the holidays with children from across the five boroughs, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts the borough’s annual Bronx Christmas tree lighting and holiday celebration, The Bronx County Building, East 161st Street and Grand Concourse, the Bronx.
At 6 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal holds post-election community forum, John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., advocates hold rally to call on Cuomo to include the nation’s most aggressive climate legislation in his upcoming state budget proposal, Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan.
Also at 6:30 p.m., NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick hosts “A Call to Action: Advancing New York Values from Your House to the White House,” for attendees to learn “how over the next four years we can advance and preserve the values that make New York City great,” High School of Art & Design, 245 E. 56th St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., the Lambda Independent Democrats their annual post-election holiday party, to “celebrate shared progressive values and to renew commitment to fighting for them in the new year,” Excelsior Bar, 563 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn.
Donald Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the EPA, signaling the president-elect’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the agency itself
Trump is considering formally turning over the operational responsibility for his real estate company to his two adult sons, but intends to keep a stake in the business and resist calls to divest. His daughter, Ivanka, is also planning to take a leave fro the Trump Organization.
After two days of ballot counting, conflicting court decisions and legal wranglings between frustrated lawyers, a federal judge halted the hand recount of 4.8 million ballots cast for president in Michigan, concluding there’s no real evidence of foul play and there’s no valid reason to continue the recount.
Trump has reportedly met with “Apprentice” director Mark Burnett to discuss a reality-TV- style inauguration, complete with a grand entrance on a helicopter.
Trump named former professional-wrestling executive Linda McMahon as his pick for the cabinet-level post of head of the Small Business Administration- a reflection of his penchant for reaching outside traditional political, government and business circles in staffing his administration.
Via Twitter, Trump slammed a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico.
Hillary Clinton’s first major political event since her defeat last month – a thank-you party at The Plaza on Dec. 15 for really, really big donors – has some upset that they didn’t make the cut.
Asked if his call for Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to step aside due to the ongoing fight over control for the chamber was encouraged or is supported by the governor, his longtime ally, Charlie King said Cuomo is “probably very pleased” that he’s “setting the record straight.”
King told a reporter he doesn’t really know IDC Leader Jeff Klein, and the only time the Bronx Democrat has spoken to him is in the Capitol men’s room.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has set aside a campaign pledge to spur manufacturing in favor of a much broader and more ambitious plan favored by an influential hotel union, HTC.
The city received only $7 million of the $35 million it requested to cover Trump’s security bill because de Blasio’s pitch to Congress came in late as a “back of the envelope” estimate, according to congressional sources.
Elected officials and advocates are calling on de Blasio and Cuomo to uphold their post-election promises to protect at-risk New Yorkers by committing to phase in a $2 billion, five-year plan to cover the tuition costs of enrollees at CUNY.
Alarmed by what they said is Cuomo’s bid to politicize CUNY, a key bloc of NYC Council members pushed back against his assertions that the university’s administration has been financially irresponsible.
Facing a continued surge in the homeless population, New York City officials are aggressively expanding the costly and highly criticized practice of using hotels to plug gaps in the city’s strained shelter system.
Two young sisters – Ibanez Ambrose, 2, and Scylee Vayoh Ambrose, 1 – who were living in temporary housing for homeless people in the South Bronx, died yesterday after being severely burned, apparently by steam from a radiator in their apartment, the authorities said.
In an effort to protect undocumented immigrants, the mayor’s office and NYC Council announced personal documents submitted to get IDNYCs will not be retained as of January. Two Republican state lawmakers have sued the de Blasio administration in an attempt to force the retention of this information.
For four years, motorists stopping at gas plazas along the Thruway have been purchasing a postcard depicting the historic Capitol building in Albany, which, as it turns out, is actually the Capitol of Indiana, in Indianapolis, 785 miles away.
Dec 7th - 5:03 pm
Donald Trump is TIME magazine’s person of the year – yet another title for which he beat out Hillary Clinton.
Actor Danny Glover said he’s “appalled” and “angry” about the magazine’s decision.
A bill released last night to fund the federal government through April contains $7 million to reimburse New York for the cost of protecting Trump – that’s just one fifth of the $35 million NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio requested.
Trump is planning to pick Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, putting one of the agency’s most hostile critics and a skeptic of climate change science at its helm.
Trump also has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, whose last command included oversight of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, to run the Department of Homeland Security, people close to the transition team said.
And yet another Trump administration nomination: WWE co-founder and onetime U.S. Senate contender Linda McMahon to serve as the administrator of the Small Business Administration, a cabinet-level position.
Trump’s interview style as he seeks to fill cabinet posts is (unlike his reality TV approach) direct but conversational, according to people who have sat opposite him.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming minority leader for his chamber, said Republicans will have to “own” the situation if they ditch the healthcare law but don’t immediately come up with a way to replace it, because Democrats won’t help them come up with a new plan.
Democrats already planning to block Trump’s Supreme Court picks in the same manner Republicans blocked Obama nominee Merrick Garland will be doing so at their own political peril, Rep. Chris Collins warned.
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said she encouraged top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway to take a job in the president-elect’s administration.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand makes CNBC’s list of 12 women who could break the glass ceiling in the future where Clinton failed.
The mayor of Middleburgh filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn New York’s taser ban, saying he wants to purchase one for his personal protection and feels it should be classified as a firearm – and therefore legal.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at the University at Albany, headlining the spring semester speaker series on April 4.
Hofstra University officials have asked Nassau County police to investigate allegations reported in the student newspaper that a fraternity had hazed its pledges.
Protestors opposed to taxpayer funded subsidies for upstate nuclear plants demonstrated outside Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser in Manhattan last night.
A Chinese company that is the world’s largest rail transportation equipment provider reportedly plans to set up operations at a 32-acre parcel within the Fort Edward Industrial Park.
In the coming days, the EPA will finalize a 2015 report that found no link between fracking and “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.”
Brace yourselves, New Yorkers, here comes the Snowpocalypse!
Dec 7th - 4:51 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany with no public schedule.
At 7:45 a.m., Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams appears on “Democracy Now” to discuss Ben Carson’s nomination as HUD Secretary.
At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights state investment in a design and hardware tech incubator, NYDesigns, LaGuardia Community College, 29-10 Thomson Ave., 7th Floor, Long Island City, Queens.
Also at 9 a.m., homeless New Yorkers, community groups and advocates from the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing rally to call on Cuomo and legislative leaders to sign a MOU to release $1.9 billion allocated the state’s budget to supportive and affordable housing, Cuomo’s New York City office, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Hochul tours a re-entry workforce and development program, The Fortune Society, 29-76 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens.
Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and will take questions from listeners.
Also at 10 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Veterans’ Services Agency Director David J. Shenk and representatives of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park host a ceremony remembering the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo.
At 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveils more than $6 million in fiscal year 2017 funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to advance economic development initiatives across the borough, BioBAT, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Building A, 140 58th St., Brooklyn.
At 10:45 a.m., Win, NYC’s largest homeless shelter and service provider for women and families, hosts an event for new and expecting mothers living in their 11 citywide shelters, Harlem Win facility, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci is joined by seniors to announce a newly-enacted law that gives seniors and consumers tools to fight aggressive telemarketers, Nanuet Library, 149 Church St., Nanuet.
At noon, the CUNY Rising Alliance and supporters call on de Blasio and Cuomo to fully fund the City University of New York, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at noon, Finger Lakes vineyard owners, business owners and supporters hold a rally to call on Cuomo to reject Crestwood LP’s gas storage proposal in the Finger Lakes, LCA Room, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 1 p.m., advocates from AQE, ALIGN-NY, Citizen Action of New York, Community Voices Heard, Make the Road Action, New York Communities for Change, Strong Economy for All, and VOCAL-NY rally to call on Cuomo to bring the state Senate under the control of a Democratic majority, Cuomo’s New York City office, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., NYC Council members Donovan Richards, I. Daneek Miller and Ruben Wills, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza provide an update on infrastructure projects in Southeast Queens, Birch Family Services, 145-02 Farmers Blvd., Queens.
At 7 p.m., Sen. Terrence Murphy will present 19-year-old hero Cullen Malzo with a New York State Liberty Medal, Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac.
In a national security speech delivered just weeks before he leaves the White House, President Barack Obama defended his strategy for combating terrorism, despite the emergence on his watch of the Islamic State group and the expansion of the conflict in Syria.
Vice president-elect Mike Pence claimed that President-elect Donald Trump has a “mandate” to lead the country, as he ticked through a long list of conservative priorities for the new administration in what he vowed would be a busy first few months in office.
Debra Wong Yang, a former Los Angeles U.S. attorney with close ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is under consideration for nomination by Trump as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, accuses the president-elect of lying about about the terms and size of the deal to prevent the company from moving some jobs from Indiana to Mexico.
Generally speaking, however, the Carrier deal is earning high marks from American voters, a Politico/Morning Consult poll shows.
Trump fired one of his transition team’s staff members, Michael G. Flynn, the son of the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, for using Twitter to spread a fake news story about Hillary Clinton that led to an armed confrontation in a pizza restaurant in Washington.
At a fund-raiser celebrating his 59th birthday last night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Trump did not win the presidential election, the Democrats lost it by ignoring the middle class.
AG Eric Schneiderman said flawed election procedures and laws led to what he called an unprecedented number of voting complaints during the state’s April presidential primary.
Schneiderman proposed a host of reforms to overhaul the state’s voting system.
The state intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a plan to set up a new dredging disposal site in the Long Island Sound.
The state comptroller has rejected a non-bid contract by the state police to buy a $12.5 million helicopter that could also be used to ferry Cuomo around New York.
A U.S. Coast Guard plan to allow floating barges full of crude oil to anchor for long periods of time on the lower Hudson River is not “an acceptable solution,” a top state official wrote.
Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, is behind the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public, otherwise abbreviated as the TRUMP act, which would require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in New York.
The count of paper ballots in the 8th State Senate District on Long Island inched forward yesterday with Democratic candidate John Brooks continuing to hold a narrow lead over incumbent GOP State Sen. Michael Venditto as the case moved back to the Nassau County Board of Elections.
The race for the 46th state Senate District, which which incumbent GOP Sen. George Amedore survived a challenge from Democrat Sara Niccoli, cost more than $1.25 million – about $13 a vote.
As the state launches an investigation into alleged bias in its prison system, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, a Bronx Democrat, says he will re-introduce in 2017 legislation that would require the state Parole Board to detail demographic information about those considered for parole in its annual report on its actions.
Former Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard, as a representative of the state’s Catholic churches, is among a broad coalition of groups with members of all political stripes who are pleading with Cuomo to sign legislation not yet on his desk that would phase-in a state takeover of funding for indigent legal services.
NYC lawmakers want to require employers to offer their workers more predictable schedules and opportunities for more hours. The six bills are aimed at helping nudge thousands of fast-food, retail and other service workers closer to earning a living wage.
Dec 6th - 5:03 pm
Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order with Boeing for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe.
Boeing issued a statement clarifying that it is currently under contract for $170 million to determine the capabilities of the new aircraft – not more than $4 billion as Trump erroneously claimed in a tweet.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli rejected the no-bid purchase of a $12.5 million helicopter intended for the State Police but also to ferry Cuomo around the state. Cuomo administration officials, however, insisted that the purchase effort for the Sikorsky S76-D is still underway.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara applauded a new Supreme Court decision on insider trading, after the court found that a trading tip “gift” can be used by a secondary person and still be considered an illegal use of that information for personal benefit.
Clinton ally and liberal Super PAC operator David Brock told reporters that he plans to create a new outlet designed to serve as a counterpoint to alt-right website Breitbart.
Trump sold all his shares in companies in June, his spokesman said, a move that could have created a cash windfall as he ramped up to begin a costly general election presidential campaign that at the time he claimed he would personally support with “major contributions.”
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly named Trump’s social media director as the reason she’s had to hire armed guards for herself and her family for months.
Cuomo today announced $6.7 million to create Empire Corps, a state-funded team of AmeriCorps volunteers to be deployed to city halls and public service agencies statewide.
A number of elected officials and/or their family members – including the governor’s brother, Chris, his late father, Mario, and mother, Matilda – have unclaimed funds, according to the state comptroller’s office.
In his sharpest critique yet of scofflaw landlords, Mayor Bill de Blasio said it’s “outrageous” that thousands of New York City property owners accepted tax benefits from the city in exchange for limiting rent increases but did not live up to their obligations.
In another twist in the Cuomo administration’s Competitive Power Ventures scandal, the pipeline company building a nearly eight-mile natural gas line to the proposed CPV plant is suing the state for what it claims is an unlawful delay of the project.
The 2017 Erie County budget earmarks more money than ever to crack down on property owners who repeatedly fail to pay their county taxes. And that money will enable the county to pursue foreclosure action against more delinquent property tax payers, overall, than it has in the past 15 years.
State officials say a retired New York trooper-turned-town judge shouldn’t have kept media from covering the arraignment of a suspect who’s a state police major’s daughter.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s poll numbers are historically bad.
Lydia Polgreen, a New York Times associate masthead editor and editorial director of NYT Global, has been named editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
Upstate New York’s second casino, Schenectady’s Rivers project, is getting its first shipment of slot machines with a Feb. 8 opening in mind.
Rep. John Katko delivered remarks on the floor of the House to honor the tremendous legacy of Ruth Colvin, a pioneer in the adult literacy movement, who is celebrating her 100th birthday this month.
A bill before the NYC Council that would put restrictions on the use of flushable wipes is drawing opposition from industry officials who say the legislation is misdirected.
The Nassau County attorney has informed the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency that it has until Monday to comply with subpoenas issued by the county comptroller for an audit into tax breaks for Green Acres Mall.
RIP Marv Cermak, veteran Times Union columnist and a one-of-a-kind, old-school newsman.
Dec 6th - 5:06 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 8 a.m., New York Nonprofit hosts TechCon, a conference on how nonprofits can better harness technology, Convene Conference Center, 32 Old Slip, 2nd floor, Manhattan.
At 8:15 a.m., HANYS holds the first in a series of breakfast forums with an event featuring guest speaker state Deputy for Health and Human Services Paul Francis, HANYS HQ, One Empire Dr., Rensselaer.
At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul keynotes the Asian American Federation Small Business Conference, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts the 14th annual Diva Spa to bring domestic violence awareness information to Bronx residents, Hostos Community College Savoy Room, 120 E. 149th St., 2nd floor, the Bronx.
Also at 10 a.m., NYC Council members Brad Lander, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Corey Johnson, fast food workers, community groups, 32BJ Secretary-Treasurer Kyle Bragg, and 32BJ members hold a press conference and rally on a set of bills that would improve jobs in the fast food industry and other retail jobs, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., county leaders, clergy, criminal justice advocates and others gather to support legislation to improve public defense, reducing disparities in criminal justice system and providing mandate relief for counties, LCA Press Room 130, LOB, Albany.
At 11 a.m., Hochul tours the New York Asian Women’s Center, 32 Broadway, 10th Floor, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., state AG Eric Schneiderman will release a report on voting rights, detailing the results of his inquiry into the unprecedented level of complaints regarding the April 2016 presidential primary, and outlining a set of reforms, AG’s office, 2nd Floor, state Capitol, Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito holds a press conference before the Council’s pre-stated meeting, Red Room, City Hall, Manhattan. (The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Council chambers).
Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visits PS 241 to make a Computer Science Education Week announcement
976 President St., Brooklyn.
At 1 p.m., the New York Farm Bureau kicks off its annual meeting, the Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.
At 3 p.m., Hochul leads a workforce development discussion during the annual convening of the Empire State STEM Learning Network, SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St., Manhattan.
At 4 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold public hearings for and sign 17 pieces of legislation, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 4:30 p.m., over 100 tenants and housing activists; The Black Institute, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Laborers Local 79, New York Communities for Change, and members of the campaign targeting the Real Gentrifiers of NYC rally to condemn BFC Partners’ Joseph Ferrara – chosen to develop the public site at the Crown Heights Bedford-Union Armory – due to his support for Trump, 1579 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Votes’ Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds its annual public hearing, Department of Youth and Community Development, 2 Lafayette St., 14th floor, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl participate in the Brooklyn borough-wide public workshop on the CreateNYC cultural plan, BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
At 6:30 p.m., Farina attends a town hall meeting of District 14’s Community Education Council, IS 71, 215 Heyward St., Brooklyn.
President-elect Donald Trump is moving to repudiate vast parts of President Obama’s domestic agenda as he fills his cabinet with conservatives who have long records opposing the current administration on social programs, wages, public lands, veterans and the environment.
House Republican leaders signaled that they would not support Trump’s threat to impose a heavy tax on companies that move jobs overseas, the first significant confrontation over the conservative economic orthodoxy that the president-elect relishes trampling.
House Democrats expanded their leadership team, promoting a handful of junior lawmakers – including Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries – to newly created positions in an effort to boost the influence of greener members.
Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, challenged climate change activist Al Gore to step up his efforts after the former vice president met yesterday with the president-elect and his daughter, Ivanka.
Dozens of Green Party supporters joined Stein outside Trump Towers yesterday as she vowed to force vote recounts in three key states. Her fight mainly focused on Pennsylvania, where on Monday the Green Party sought an emergency order for a ballot re-tally.
Voters are split on whether Trump, a born-and-raised New Yorker, will be good for the Empire State, a new Siena poll shows.
Trump’s controversial call to Trump Taiwan was organized by Bob Dole, a former Republican senator and one-time presidential nominee, who said the law firm he’s affiliated with does work with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.
In a rare bipartisan breakthrough, Congress moved close to passing legislation that includes sweeping changes to the U.S. mental health system, a boost in funds to battle opioid addiction, and billions for medical research.
Vice President Joe Biden was on hand for a touching moment as lawmakers voted to name a portion of the measure after his son, Beau, who died of cancer.
Biden, who recently turned 74, joked (?) that he’ll run for president in 2020. “I’m not committing not to run,” he said. “I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.” More here.
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are throwing a party at the Plaza hotel in Manhattan on Dec. 15 to thank those who donated millions to the campaign.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system after an investigation by The New York Times found that black inmates were punished at significantly higher rates than whites, sent to solitary confinement more often and held there longer.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said it “remains to be seen” whether lawmakers will reconvene at the Capitol before Jan. 1 – a necessity if they want to see a pay hike in 2017.
“I’m not sure if there’s going to be a special session,” the speaker told reporters after meeting behind closed doors with members of his conference for two hours.
“I’ve said it clearly that we’re not trading, we’re not doing something that’s going to be harmful to the members of the Assembly, things that we don’t like in exchange for a pay raise,” Heastie said. “That’s just not what we’re going to do.”
Heatie shot down the term limits proposal being pushed by the governor, saying putting a cap on the number of years elected officials can serve in Albany is “not something that the conference supports.”
Tom Precious isn’t buying it: “In the historic halls of the Capitol, governors and lawmakers have long insisted that words like ‘trade’ and ‘linked’ are not part of their vocabulary and that each policy matter stands on its own. Everyone, of course, knows better.”
As state Senate Democrats confront the likelihood of once again failing to control the chamber while holding a numerical majority, Cuomo’s former handpicked executive director of the state party, Charlie King, claimed it isn’t the governor’s job to make that happen.
Cuomo was elected policy chairman for the Democratic Governors Association, making good on his vow to be part of the national conversation fighting many of Trump’s policies.
Dec 5th - 4:53 pm
Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Trump have reportedly been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan.
The NYPD revealed that the city has witnessed a 115 percent increase in bias crimes since Trump triumphed over Clinton last month, and also paid tribute to one of the victims – a Muslim cop who became the victim of threats while off-duty in Brooklyn.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has written a letter to President Obama, formally seeking $35 million in reimbursement from the federal government for the NYPD’s costs related to providing security at Trump Tower.
Ben Carson, who took Trump on a tour of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit during the presidential campaign, including his boyhood home, has been chosen by the president-elect to oversee one of the government’s main efforts to lift American cities as HUD secretary.
De Blasio said he is keeping an open mind about Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to lead HUD, despite the fact that the famous surgeon and former Republican presidential candidate has no experience in housing policy.
Trump might not be relocating to Washington, D.C., but his daughter, Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children reportedly are looking to do so.
Trump’s proposed 35 percent tariff may hit close to home and could end up hurting daughter Ivanka’s business.
Former VP-turned-climate-change-activist Al Gore said he had an “extremely interesting” meeting with the president-elect, a climate change skeptic, at Trump tower that was a “sincere search for areas of common ground.” He also met beforehand with Ivanka Trump.
With Trump, three men have now been elected president who were born during a single 66-day period in mid-1946.
NYT reporter Maggie Haberman on covering Trump during the campaign: “(M)y kids were not sure of what the implications would be of a president who had personally attacked their mom.”
The growing “EmpireReportNewYork.com” website, which focuses on New York government and politics, is now available on free apps via iTunes store and Google Play.
The definition of a tree is at the heart of a lawsuit claiming new snowmobile trails being carved through the Adirondack forest violate the “forever wild” clause of New York’s constitution.
For many homeowners in New York state who count on a rebate to cover part of their school tax bills this fall – the popular program known as STAR – the check wasn’t in the mail.
Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle says Trump’s election results in Suffolk may give the local GOP a road map to winning back the county legislature next year.
Trump and Clinton are going head-to-head again, this time for the title of “TIME” magazine’s 2016 “Person Of The Year.”
Former veteran TV reporter Rachel Barnhart, who ran an unsuccessful Assembly campaign this past fall, is mulling a run for mayor of Rochester in 2017.
Three months after the 2016 New York State Fair ended, the state still hasn’t released records associated with music acts booked at Chevy Court and Lakeview Amphitheater.
The state will station 24 emergency response trailers at key locations along the state’s crude oil transportation corridor, including one in the City of Albany and four in the Capital Region, Cuomo’s office said.
Hempstead Town Board member Erin King Sweeney broke with her Republican colleagues twice in a row this month to vote against routine personnel resolutions on every town calendar — violating the GOP’s usual lockstep voting in an apparent slap at Republican Supervisor Anthony Santino.
Dec 5th - 5:02 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 8 a.m., Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley delivers speech on “The macroeconomic outlook and what it means for New York” at an Association for a Better New York breakfast, The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., Queens Library President Dennis Walcott, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland kick off the expansion of the East Elmhurst Community Library, 95-06 Astoria Blvd., Queens.
Also at 9 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli attends the NYSPEC convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours the Response to Love Center and donates pillows for needy families during the organization’s pillow drive, 130 Kosciuszko St., Buffalo.
At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Andy King and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visit Evander Childs High School campus, 800 East Gun Hill Rd., the Bronx.
Also at 10 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton along with national clergy and civil rights group leadership call for congressional Democrats to block Trump cabinet nominees they see as “anti-civil rights” and “anti-justice,” The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly hosts a public hearing on the academic success of English language learners, Legislative Office Building, Second Floor, Hearing Room C, Albany.
Also at 10 a.m., Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein hosts a rally and press conference outside Trump Tower about her ongoing effort to push for a recount of the election results in key states, Northeast corner of 5th Avenue and W. 56th Street, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez will call on Trump to move his transition headquarters out of New York City to ease traffic congestion in midtown Manhattan, 56th Street and 5th Avenue.
At 11 a.m., the Thruway Authority Board holds a public meeting, New NY Bridge Project office, fourth floor, suite 413, M1 conference room, 303 South Broadway, Tarrytown.
Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will host a press conference to discuss crime statistics, First Precinct, 16 Ericsson Pl., Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Brooklyn World War II veterans commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack and present Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with the first-ever “Greatest Generation Service Award,” for his efforts in the restoration of the Brooklyn War Memorial, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.
Also at 11 a.m., Hochul presents an Excellence in Teaching Award, Lewiston Porter Senior High School, 4061 Creek Rd., Youngstown.
At noon, Assemblymembers Ron Castorina and Nicole Malliotakis will host a press conference in front of Richmond County Supreme Court after filing their lawsuit against the NYC to preserve documents acquired during the IDNYC application process, Richmond County Supreme Court, 26 Central Ave., St. George, Staten Island.
At 2:30 p.m., Sen. Terrence Murphy will lead a contingency of state, county and local officials to call for the Coast Guard to scrap its proposal to park barges along the Hudson River, Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow. (Also participating: Sens. David Carlucci and Sue Serino and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino).
At 4 p.m., Bronx Youth Empowerment Program, in partnership with NYC Councilman King and the NYPD’s 47th Precinct, host a “Connections” forum to open the line of communications between youth and law enforcement, Richard R. Green Middle School Campus, 3710 Barnes Ave., Room 123, the Bronx.
At 5:30 p.m., the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations hosts event with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright discussing the “complex” U.S.-China relationship in the advent of a new presidential administration, 1 World Trade Center, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz hosts a public meeting on the County’s Broadband Internet Study, Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga.
Also at 6 p.m., the Suffolk County GOP holds a cigar and cocktail fundraiser, The Arden Kitchen and Bar, 201 Main St., Port Jefferson, Long Island.
At 6:30 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, The Legal Aid Society, and city Department of Consumer Affairs Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Labor Policy and Standards Liz Vladeck hold a “Know Your Rights” forum to address concerns under the Trump administration, P.S. 19, 98-02 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.
At 7 p.m., de Blasio appears on NY1 for “Mondays With the Mayor.”
At 7:45 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s annual dinner, Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St., Brooklyn.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River.
President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans. But the plan could drive up prices for U.S. businesses and consumers and risk setting off a trade war – if it’s even legal.
Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning.
Ivanka Trump, one of the president-elect’s daughters, was in the process of finalizing a business deal with a Japanese company when she sat in on her father’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Actor Alec Baldwin is offering to end his impersonation of Trump on “Saturday Night Live” if the president-elect releases his tax returns.
A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant yesterday injuring no one, police and news reports said.
Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden will headline a star-studded send-off for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday as the Nevada Democrat ends his 30-year run in the chamber.
The NYC Conflicts of Interest Board quietly approved a possible reality TV show that would shadow Republican Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich as he ponders whether to challenge Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio next year.
Moveon.org, a national progressive group, is using a potential presidential run by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2020 to pressure him into trying to unify the fractured state Senate Democrats so the party can take control of the chamber.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has privately raised the spectre of the Legislature end-running Cuomo by passing its own bill to enact its first pay raise since 1999. Doing so would force the governor to either grudgingly sign the bill or veto it.
Judy Rapfogel, who was the long-time chief of staff for disgraced former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is now working for a company run by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
NYC Public Advocate Tish James is reportedly retreating from the possibility of running for Brooklyn district attorney next year.
Is the state’s spending rising briskly, as the Cato Institute claims, or has it been restrained, as Cuomo claims? PolitifactNY says: “It’s true that Cuomo has enacted the lowest spending increases since state government started tracking that data.”
The state Conservative Party and liberal advocacy groups are united in calling for Cuomo to sign a bill that would gradually shift the funding of legal services for the poor from the localities on to the state.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, writing in the NY Daily News: “This city is blessed with an extraordinary water system and some of the purest water in the world. But today, the hardworking New Yorkers who pay the bills that send water through our taps are under attack from a small group of landlords. We need to defend the hardworking New Yorkers.”
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda of the Bronx endorsed de Blasio in his bid for re-election next year, becoming the first member of the Assembly, and first Bronx official, to offer a formal endorsement of the mayor’s campaign for a second term.
Bill Samuels, a reform advocate, this week will announce the creation of a political action committee called NY People’s Convention that will set the stage for more than a dozen agenda items that could be addressed by a convention.
Dec 4th - 2:23 pm
Vice President-elect Mike Pence defended President-elect Donald Trump’s recent tweet claiming without evidence that “millions” of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election, saying: “It’s his right to express his opinion as President-elect of the United States.”
Trump’s short list for secretary of state is getting longer. The president-elect, who teased that “almost all” of his remaining Cabinet choices will be named this week, will interview more secretary of state candidates, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said.
“There is not a finite list of finalists only because he will interview with additional candidates early this week,” Conway explained.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats could find common ground with Trump for some policy issues – but the party will draw the line when it comes to privatizing Medicare and the VA.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. President Gary Cohn was scheduled to meet with Trump’s transition team this weekend amid growing speculation the longtime banker is seeking to leave Wall Street for a government job.
Citing a major cost placed on voters due to a court ruling that says the voters requesting the recount must pay a $1 million bond, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is dropping her bid for a statewide election recount in Pennsylvania.
Stein tweeted that she will seek a Pennsylvania recount through the federal courts instead of dropping a statewide case that was deemed too “expensive.”
Stein also said she will be making a “major announcement” regarding her next steps in the recount process at a 10 a.m news conference tomorrow outside Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Various reports have estimated the daily price tag for security around Trump Tower at between $500,000 and $1 million — exceeding what other cities have spent on their favorite sons who won the White House.
Trump’s Friday telephone call with Taiwan’s president is plunging U.S.-China relations into uncertainty, potentially jeopardizing crucial cooperation on a range of issues, perhaps most ominously North Korea. The Chinese lodged an official protest with the U.S. on Saturday.
Not since President Richard M. Nixon met with Mao Zedong in 1972 — when the two issued the Shanghai Communiqué clarifying the status of Taiwan — has an American leader so shaken up the diplomatic status quo on the issue.
KT McFarland, Trump’s pick to be his deputy national security adviser, has taken down her website, Twitter account, and public Facebook account.
When the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19 to formally elect Trump president, he will have won more states but fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. Trump now trails by 2.5 million popular votes – the largest gap recorded when the same candidate didn’t also win the Electoral College.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.
Trump was a guest at a Long Island costume party Saturday — going as himself. He attended the event along with his adviser, “Superwoman” Kellyanne Conway, at the North Shore mansion of Rebekah Mercer, who ran a pro-Trump super PAC.
Trump tuned into the latest “Saturday Night Live” episode and was not pleased with actor Alec Baldwin depicting him as being too busy retweeting teenage boys to take on Commander-in-Chief duties.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said that city residents protesting the rhetoric and actions of Trump must “recognize that everything is going to be okay.”
The election of Trump as president turned Rep. Chris Collins from back-bencher to power broker.
Adam Parkhomenko, 31-year-old a staffer for both of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bids, is looking at running for office himself, seeking Virginia’s lieutenant governorship in 2017.
An ethics rule advanced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring all elected officials to disclose their personal incomes is meeting resistance outside the capital. Critics question why small-town leaders should pay for the sins of state officials.
Two of Nassau’s largest public-private partnerships, meant to provide the county with millions of dollars in savings and new revenues, also have generated more than $5 million in contracts for a White Plains law firm that is one of County Executive Edward Mangano’s top campaign contributors.
The NY Post: “State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s witch hunt against supposed ‘climate-science deniers’ became an even more embarrassing debacle late last month — and just might wind up ending his career.”
The de Blasio administration is continuing to add to its record-breaking number of city employees, budget records show. The headcount is projected to soar to 327,405 by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017 — up 4.5 percent from 313,0192 workers employed at the end of the last fiscal year.
Kerry Kennedy was scheduled to join activists, faith leaders and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers outside Gracie Mansion today evening to pressure NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to close the controversial jail complex.
The Cuomo administration has blackballed a dozen foreign companies for supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. OGS compiled the list after the governor issued an executive order in June barring New York State’s government from investing public funds in any firms that back the campaign.
More people suffer from heart attacks in the Buffalo Niagara region than in most other major metropolitan areas in the country. The region ranked 16th-worst among 190 communities for reported incidents of heart attacks, according to a recently released Gallup survey report.
New Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is cleaning house of jurists who slow down the wheels of justice. Four judges who had applied to continue working past the retirement age of 70 are leaving the bench, according to the Office of Court Administration.
A $38 million project to develop vaccines and train students for careers in biotechnology at Farmingdale State College on Long Island has fallen through because of a lack of money.
Airbnb threw in the towel in its battle with the Big Apple on Friday, agreeing not to contest the city’s new policy of imposing fines up to $7,500 on people who use the Web site to illegally rent out their apartments.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is apparently so broke that he had to cut short his rehabilitation for sexting addiction at a Tennessee ranch. “His family wanted him to stay 90 days, but he had to leave because he ran out of money,” a source told Page Six’s Richard Johnson.
Anonymous sources also tell the NY Post that Weiner is so desperate for work, he has been dialing up friends in the restaurant industry for advice and job leads.
New York utility regulators are launching a top-to-bottom review of the competitive residential energy market they created 17 years ago, which state officials say has become a jungle where consumers too often get hurt.
Juanita Perez Williams wants to know she has public support before deciding whether to run for mayor of Syracuse. She said she is humbled by the people who have shown support for her potential candidacy in 2017, and hinted at a run, but insisted she has not made a decision yet.
A former Glen Cove City School District board member had a “conflict of interest” because his sporting-goods company sold products to the district, according to a state comptroller’s office audit of the district.
Syracuse native David Muir hasn’t forgotten where he came from. In fact, he thinks about it every night. The “World News Tonight with David Muir” anchor is leading ABC News to its strongest ratings in years, and he credits his Central New York upbringing to that success.
Dec 2nd - 5:32 pm
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit to stop a recount of the state’s presidential election results requested by Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. This comes on the heels of two other legal challenges to the recount filed by Trump’s campaign and supporters in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
A federal judge denied an emergency halt to the recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, allowing the process to continue until a Dec. 9 court hearing at least.
Trump’s New York roots, role as a builder and promise to spend big money on transportation projects could bode well for the region’s commuters, including LIRR riders, experts said.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Dan Garodnick have launched a petition calling on President-elect Donald Trump to commit federal funds to reimburse the city’s cost to protect Trump Tower.
Trump’s election means that the federal government will not side with criminal justice reformers, according to Queens Councilman Rory Lancman, who has been pushing a bill to criminally ban police chokeholds.
The Scotch tape on Trump’s red tie caused an internet sensation.
Taxpayer funded incentives worth $7 million may have helped convince Carrier to keep some jobs in Indiana, but a much bigger package of $210 million offered in 2003 wasn’t enough to keep the company from closing its last two manufacturing plants in its former hometown of Syracuse.
Carl Paladino says he’s ready to move to Washington and hold an office – even serving in Trump’s West Wing, if he’s asked.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s refusal to support a bill banning police officers from using chokeholds has cost him the support of Gwen Carr, whose son, Eric Garner, died of a police chokehold months after de Blasio became mayor in 2014.
U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, one of de Blasio’s “agent of the city” advisors, is leaving the State Department to join the Open Society Foundation, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
A review of recent hearings after fatal crashes reveals no apparent rhyme or reason to the penalties for deadly driving meted out by DMV.
A judge dismissed a bid to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Gov. Chris Christie’s involvement in the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, leaving the case in the hands of an office led by one of Christie’s appointees.
Tim Wu tells us to brace ourselves for the next wave of advertising in an effort to reach some of the last remaining bastions of peace, quiet and individual focus — like schools, libraries, churches and even our homes. (Mother nature has already been breached).
Independent energy service companies charged residential customers $817 million more than utilities would have charged during the 30 months ending in June, according to a first-of-its-kind report.
A “well-connected” Republican insider tells City & State’s Gerson Borrero that Rudy Giuliani is a lock for secretary of state.
A citizens group has raised $10,000 to draft Juanita Perez Williams, currently working in the Cuomo administration at the state Labor Department, into the Syracuse mayor’s race next year.
Beer brewed in New York and bearing the iconic “I Love NY” logo will be distributed in China starting next year.
The new federal ban on smoking in public housing might inflame the already-sensitive relationship between cops and community, NYC Public Advocate Tish James said, explaining that she fears “aggressive enforcement.”