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Jun 24th - 5:19 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to upstate today, delivering a version of “where do we go from here” speech in Albany and a campaign stop in Syracuse with NY-24 candidate Eric Kingson.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will travel to Indianapolis to attend the 84th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he will receive an award at the Mayors Climate Protection Awards Luncheon and chair a Cities of Opportunity Task Force Meeting with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
At 9 a.m., CUNY Chancellor James Milliken receives Education Update’s Distinguished Leader in Education Award presented by Luis Miranda, Jr., Harvard Club. 35 W. 44th St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will speak at a Special Executive Forum at the Long Island Association at the organization’s headquarters in Melville, Long Island.
Also at 10 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will preside over promotions, 1 Police Plaza, auditorium, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul highlights Cuomo’s commitment to New York/Cuba relations during a Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival Announcement, Sylvia’s Also, 318 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan. (Rep. Charlie Rangel and others are also scheduled to attend).
At 11 a.m., advocates for people with developmental disabilities, including #bFair2DirectCare members, and elected officials hold a press conference to highlight the “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign and call for funding increase in the state budget for wages for underpaid staff, Nassau County Supreme Court Building, 100 Supreme Court Dr., Mineola.
Also at 11 a.m., during Pollinator Awareness Week, the DEC and Agriculture and Markets announce the formal recommendations of the New York State Pollinator Task Force to protect and grow the declining pollinator population, Cornell University’s Dyce Lab, 209 Freese Rd., Ithaca.
At noon, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds a ceremony to wrap Brooklyn Borough Hall in a rainbow ribbon, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.
Also at noon, de Blasio receives an award at the Mayors Climate Protection Awards Luncheon, JW Marriott, Ballroom 5/6 – 3rd Floor, 10 South West St., Indianapolis, IN.
At 1 p.m., Sanders delivers a speech, Lewis A. Swyer Theatre, Empire State Plaza, Albany.
At 2:30 p.m., de Blasio chairs a Cities of Opportunity Task Force Meeting, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom 7 – 3rd Floor, 10 South West St., Indianapolis, IN.
At 3:30 p.m., Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, a GOP candidate in NY-22, will host a press conference at her Broome County campaign HQ to announce an endorsement and address the “million dollar smear campaign being run against her,” 115 Upper Front St., Binghamton.
At 7 p.m., Sanders headlines a rally for Eric Kingson, one of three Democrats competing in next week’s NY-24 primary for the right to take on freshmen GOP Rep. John Katko in November, Oncenter Convention Center Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
Cameron, who had urged the country to vote to remain in the EU, said he would attempt to “steady the ship” over the coming weeks and months, but that “fresh leadership” was needed after the vote. He’ll likely leave by October, though he set no certain date for his departure.
World financial markets were rocked by the “Brexit” vote, with stock markets and oil prices crashing and the pound hitting its lowest level in three decades.
Arriving at a golf course he owns in Scotland one day after the vote, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hailed the Brexit decision, saying voters “took back their country; it’s a great thing.”
An ongoing dispute over public space at Trump Tower took another turn yesterday when New York City officials fined the candidate $10,000 after his representatives failed to show up at a hearing to explain why a bench remained missing.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is emerging as the leading candidate atop Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential short list, according to Democratic allies and operatives close to the campaign. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and HUD Secretary Julian Castro are also top prospects for the Democratic ticket.
Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed during a speech in New York City to continue his fight to transform the Democratic Party and the nation, saying political campaigns come and go, but “political and social revolutions continue.”
The nation’s highest court left in place a lower court ruling halting President Obama’s executive action, which would have affected as many as 4 million illegal immigrants, many of whom are parents of legal citizens, granting them work permits and deferred deportation.
More than 220,000 immigrant New Yorkers will remain unable to benefit from Obama’s immigration executive order, which would have protected millions of parents of U.S. citizens across the country from deportation and granted them work permits under a program known as as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA.
The acquittal of a Baltimore police officer charged with murder and six other crimes in the death of Freddie Gray has dealt a devastating blow to the prosecution, legal experts say, and raises questions about whether the state should press ahead with the trials of four other officers.
Despite a 25-hour sit-in by House Democrats, lawmakers in the chamber remain deeply divided over gun control, and no votes on the issue were taken.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure designed to put more pressure on banks that neglect either so-called “zombie” homes, or vacant homes they hold the mortgage on.
The new law requires banks to take responsibility for abandoned homes. If banks do not maintain the property, they face a $500 fine each day the property is not maintained.
After state legislators overwhelmingly passed a bill to decriminalize small folding knives, Cuomo is debating whether or not to sign the legislation. “It’s a bill that we’re reviewing, but there are two sides to the story,” the governor said.
One of Western New York’s two medical marijuana dispensaries is cutting its hours in half, the latest sign of serious problems with the program described as the most restrictive in the nation.
Jun 23rd - 5:32 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized today’s U.S. Supreme Court deadlock on President Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the country illegally from deportation, effectively killing it for the rest of his presidency.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called the deadlock “heartbreaking,” while Obama expressed his disappointment and said that “leaving the broken system the way it is…that’s not a solution.”
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted that the ruling “kept us safe from exec amnesty — for now,” but he also faulted Clinton for pledging “to expand it, taking jobs from Hispanic & African-American workers.”
The ruling also will have a profound local health impact, blocking hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from a chance at health insurance.
The Supreme Court also rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory.
Days after he was fired as Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was hired by CNN.
Nearly a year after he held an extraordinary press conference in City Hall to denounce his one-time boss Cuomo as “vindictive,” de Blasio said he had no regrets about his public criticisms of the state’s top Democrat.
De Blasio railed against the high-ranking NYPD officers busted for being “cops on call” for two deep-pocketed mayoral donors, but also made it clear that none of their shenanigans started under his watch, or under Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Bratton vowed to keep a this weekend’s Pride celebrations safe, but said the NYPD didn’t owe the LGBT community an apology for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn that spurred the modern gay rights movement.
After more than 24 hours of sitting on the House floor, Democratic lawmakers ended their sit-in without managing to force a vote on gun control measures.
Eighteen of the 20 uniformed and civilian employees whose laziness, incompetence and dereliction who were cited in the state IG’s report for enabling two convicted killers to escape from Clinton Correctional Facility last summer are still on the job and won’t be criminally prosecuted.
Just days before three Republicans face off in a primary for his seat, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna said that Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells is the best chance Republicans have to hold onto his seat in Congress when he departs.
Wegmans has reversed a decision by a store in Virginia to refuse service to a group of former Muslims.
Jun 23rd - 5:32 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Onondaga and Suffolk Counties and New York City.
Voters in Britain today decide whether the country should exit the EU, (AKA “Brexit”).
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers a “where do we go from here” speech in NYC today. He’ll be in New York tomorrow, too, headlining a rally for NY-24 candidate Eric Kingson.
At 8:30 a.m., the board of the New York City Office of School Support Services holds a public meeting, 255 Greenwich St., 8th Floor, Room 8-S1S2, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Cuomo signs legislation to combat so-called “zombie properties” in New York, 208 Hazard St., Solvay.
Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear live on WNYC’s the Brian Lehrer Show, and will take calls from listeners.
At 11 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul convenes a meeting of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Monroe Community College, Flynn Campus Center, 1000 East Henrietta Rd., Rochester.
Also at 11 a.m., World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein joins over 500 union construction workers and ublic officials, business leaders and representatives from the local community at a topping out ceremony for the 1,079-foot tall 3 World Trade Center tower, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. James Sanders Jr., Cuomo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Vivian Cook sponsor an “Are You Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy?” Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, Brooks Senior Center, 143-22 109th Ave., Queens.
At 11:15 a.m., de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will host a press conference to discuss the upcoming NYC Pride March and public safety, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Room 101, 208 West 13th St., Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., Hochul highlights Cuomo’s economic development progress during an address to the Rochester Rotary, Rochester Convention Center, Highland Ballroom, 123 East Main St., Rochester.
At 1:15 p.m., Cuomo holds another ceremonial bill signing for the zombie property legislation, Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Hochul makes an announcement with SiGNa Chemistry, Eastman Business Park, Building 218, Entrance Gate 206, near 933 West Ridge Rd., Rochester.
At 3 p.m., Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky hosts a press legislative roundtable discussion at her district office, 142-29 37th Ave., Flushing., Queens.
At 3:50 p.m., Cuomo holds a third bill signing ceremony for the zombie property legislation, IBEW Local 25,370 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge, Long Island.
At 6 p.m., Sen. Michael Gianaris joins members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to call for passage of the HALT Solitary Act and urge Cuomo to end the torture of solitary confinement, 30th Avenue and 30th Street, Queens.
Also at 6 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James hosts the first of two New York screenings of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and NRA,” as part of a series of hundreds of screenings taking place across the United States, Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St., Brooklyn.
At 6:45 p.m., Hochul delivers the JFK Senior High School commencement address, 305 Cayuga Creek Rd., Cheektowaga.
At 7 p.m., Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers a speech, The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St., Manhattan.
Also at 7 p.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer attends de Blaso and First Lady Chirlane McCray’s LGBT Pride Month celebration, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Meridian Road, Queens.
House Democrats demanded but didn’t get a vote on gun control legislation despite an hours-long sit-in on the House floor.
Republicans adjourned the House at 3:15 a.m. until after July 4th after Speaker Paul Ryan took the remarkable step of calling a vote on a major appropriations bill in the wee hours and without any debate., but Democrats were still at it well after 4 a.m.
With the cameras it uses to cover Congress shut off by the Republicans, C-SPAN turned to social media feeds to beam live coverage of the House Democrats’ protest to the public.
The DCCC employed the sit-in as a fundraising tool.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unleashed a series of blistering attacks on Democrat Hillary Clinton on as he sought to regain his footing in the race, calling her “the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.” She returned fire, saying his personal attacks demonstrate he has no real policy proposals.
Trump’s New York co-chair, Carl Paladino, slammed Ryan, calling him a “screwball” for criticizing some of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s controversial statements.
Senate Republicans not only stuck it to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on mayoral control of the public schools, but also handed a victory to his nemesis, Success Academy charter school network founder Eva Moskowitz by allowing charters to hire more uncertified teachers.
The de Blasio administration, eager to learn how other global cities are confronting the regulatory challenges posed by so-called “sharing economy” stalwarts like Uber and Airbnb, is planning to host a global gathering on the topic next May.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t believe that holding a special legislative session later this year to close a notorious campaign finance loophole or restrict lawmakers’ outside income would be productive.
Cuomo appears to have given up on the state Legislature taking action to close the notorious LLC loophole, which allows wealthy donors to subvert campaign finance laws by creating multiple limited liability corporations that can each give more than $60,000 to a candidate’s campaign.
Even as it sets ambitious goals for renewable energy, Cuomo’s administration still views natural gas as an essential part of the state’s energy mix, according to recent filings with the Public Service Commission.
The governor said he “can’t see anything but good” in Tesla purchasing SolarCity, which officials say won’t impact the Riverbend project in Buffalo.
In the final hours of their annual session, the Assembly and Senate last week quietly passed a handful of spending measures that steered $56 million to 1,675 pet projects across the state, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy.
Jun 22nd - 5:05 pm
Led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, veteran civikl rights advocate, Dozens of House Democrats staged a “sit-in” on the House floor today in protest of GOP leadership’s refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre. When the Republicans killed the cameras in the chamber, Democrats responded by streaming their effort live on their own cell phones.
Donald Trump moderated his tone even as he doubled down on the substance of his attacks on Hillary Clinton, accusing the former Secretary of State of outright corruption, suggesting she could be blackmailed as president and quoting a supporter who said she should go to prison.
As both parties head into their conventions with an eye towards the general election, it appears that unless the presumptive Republican nominee is willing to sell his most valuable holdings, he has nowhere near enough cash to fully self fund his campaign.
LG Kathy Hochul, who has criss-crossed the state since joining with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, has added another level to her portfolio: pitching New York to foreign companies.
In what is believed to be a first for the Buffalo Common Council, lawmakers are preparing to subpoena a New York City investor they say ignored their past invitations to discuss the run-down church building he owns.
State lawmakers passed a bill last week allowing funeral homes to serve non-alcoholic beverages and small food items like sandwiches, baked goods and platters. If signed by Cuomo, the measure would put an end to a decades-long ban, which has long been part of state Department of Health regulations.
Taxi medallion owners, who in 2013 were part of an industry that gave NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations, say he is betraying them by capitulating to Uber on wheelchair accessibility.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s in which the company will stop including non-compete agreements in hiring packets it sends to franchisees.
The MTA has backed away from its plan to deploy eight of its own officers in the subway system to combat a spike in sex crimes – one day after Cuomo released a stern letter directing the agency to beef up patrol on subways.
U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey (of Pennsylvania) plan to introduce legislation requiring the federal government to notify Americans before their 65th birthday of their need to enroll in Medicare or face fines that last their lifetimes.
Ticketmaster is giving away free concert tickets to music fans after settling a $400 million class action lawsuit for ripping off users – but not to any shows in Syracuse.
Union officials and county lawmakers called on Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to get personally involved in negotiations with deputy sheriffs and probation officers, who have been without contracts for six years.
Jun 22nd - 5:29 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Erie, Suffolk and Richmond Counties and New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public schedule.
At 8 a.m., presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a breakfast fundraiser, Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., seniors are invited to join Sen. Terrence Murphy and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell at a free senior health fair, William Koehler Memorial Senior Center, 180 U.S. 6, Mahopac.
At 10 a.m., Cuomo signs legislation intended to combat heroin and opioid abuse into law, Evergreen Commons, 262 Georgia St., Buffalo. (LG Kathy Hochul will also attend).
Also at 10 a.m., Chief Judge Janet DiFiore joins local leaders, community advocates and volunteers in welcoming area residents to Brownsville’s new Legal Hand Center, 519 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn.
At 10:30 a.m., Trump delivers a speech about the presidential election, Trump Soho, 246 Spring St., Manhattan.
Also at 10:30 a.m., the Department of State holds a public meeting on the profession of dispensing hearing aids, with meeting taking place via video-conference at 123 William St., Manhattan; 99 Washington Ave., Albany; and 65 Court St., Buffalo.
At 11 a.m., advocates for people with developmental disabilities hold a press conference to highlight the “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign calling for a funding increase in the New York state budget for wages for underpaid staff, upstate Cerebral Palsy, 1601 Armory Dr., Utica.
At noon, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, Goodard Riverside Law Project, local elected officials, affordable housing advocates and tenants holds a press conference to announce the filing of a temporary restraining order against illegal hotel operator Michael Edelstein, owner of the Imperial Court, a single room occupancy building on the Upper West Side, 230 West 72nd St., Manhattan.
At noon, advocates rally to call on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council to require all for-hire vehicle operators, including Uber and Lyft, to meet the same 50 percent wheelchair-accessible mandate yellow taxis must meet by 2020, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 12:45 p.m., Cuomo holds another bill signing ceremony for the same legislation, Farmingdale State College, Campus Center Ballroom, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale.
At 3 p.m., Cuomo holds a third bill signing ceremony for the same legislation, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Rd., Staten Island.
At 4:30 p.m., the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development holds the “DYCD Heroes Project” comic book showcase with hip-hop legend and Darryl Makes Comics Publisher and Founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Hudson Guild Beacon Center, NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies, 333 W. 17th St., Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer attends Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s new Community Board member swearing-in ceremony, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens.
At 7 p.m., Sen. Marty Golden hosts a town hall meeting to address continuing issues still facing residents rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, P.S. 277, 2529.
New York delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders erupted in protest at a Democratic Party meeting yesterday, saying they were denied a voice in the selection of the state chairman for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month.
“We are not recognizing (Gov.) Andrew Cuomo as the chair,” said Kate Brezler, a Sanders delegate from White Plains. “We wanted to have a democratic vote.”
Basil Smikle, the party’s executive director, said in a statement that members of the Sanders delegation “were informed weeks ago of our nominating slate, which was voted upon today in an open meeting per the process laid out on the state committee’s bylaws.”
Cuomo said the rising number of sexual-offense reports on the New York City subway was “completely unacceptable” in a letter sent yesterday to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The governor called for an investigation into the closing of a Lincoln Tunnel lane, allegedly at the behest of Jeremy Reichberg, a donor to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Private investigator Bart Schwartz’s probe into potential wrongdoing in upstate development projects is Cuomo’s fourth investigation to be empowered under Section 6 of state Executive Law, otherwise known as the Moreland Act.
Tesla Motors is making a bid to buy SolarCity in a deal valued at more than $2.6 billion that would bring the solar panel factory now being built in South Buffalo under the control of entrepreneur Elon Musk and his vision for sustainable energy and electric cars.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton devoted another speech to portraying her likely GOP general election opponent, Donald Trump, as unfit for office, and Trump fired right back, even as he spent a good part of his day to trying to win over Christian conservatives.
Trump, whose campaign has just $1.3 million cash on hand, paid at least $1.1 million to his businesses and family members in May for expenses associated with events and travel costs. The total represents nearly a fifth of the $6 million that his campaign spent in the month.
The New York businessman’s single largest expense in May – for about $900,000 – was on campaign merchandise, a category that also includes hats, mugs and stickers. His second-largest expense, for about $840,000, was on air travel, about 40 percent of which was paid to an airline that Trump himself owns.
The situation has grown so dire for Trump, who is working with a skeleton staff of relatives and business associates based out of Trump Towers in Manhattan, that he suggested he might tap his personal fortune to keep the campaign afloat.
Michael Caputo was driving 80 miles-per-hour between Cleveland and Buffalo when he sent the now infamous tweet applauding the removal of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. But little did the WNY political operative know that the content of the tweet would turn out to be more dangerous than the act of typing while driving.
Liberal champion and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among those being vetted to be the running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Clinton, a person familiar with the process said, raising the possibility of a historic ticket of two women.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez is calling on the feds to monitor next week’s congressional primary in her Brooklyn district because she doesn’t trust the problem-plagued NYC Board of Elections to do the job.
Michael Goodwin says the details and scope of the NYPD corruption case are making it one of the most remarkable municipal scandals “ever.”
Jun 21st - 5:10 pm
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders booed and jeered when Gov. Andrew Cuomo was picked to lead the New York delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Three people driving to New York from Pennsylvania with a cache of weapons including seven guns, some loaded, were arrested this morning as they were entering the Holland Tunnel. (They were on a mission to help a heroin addict).
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton disparaged the economic record and policy acumen of her presumed Republican opponent, Donald Trump, in a speech delivered in Ohio today, suggesting his ideas were ill-considered and scrutinizing his own checkered business history.
Any move to stop Trump at the convention will encounter a firewall from New York Republicans – especially Western New Yorkers assigned to key committees. Carl Paladino warned of a “war” if delegates try to defect.
Michael Caputo, who left the Trump campaign yesterday after a celebratory tweet about former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s firing, says Lewandowski caused him to go months without pay.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio characterized the state Legislature’s one year extension of mayoral control as “unfair” in an interview with POLITICO New York – his first public comments about the end of the legislative session.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast calling the increase in sexual assaults on the NYC subway system “completely unacceptable,” and ordering the immediate increase of patrols.
Cuomo’s former hand-picked advisor on racing matters John Hendrickson: “I really don’t think the governor was ever serious about reprivatizing NYRA. This was a money grab from the very beginning.”
Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg warned against a “Brexit,” saying it would lead to job losses in Britain (where he maintains a residence, in London) and isn’t worth the risk.
Some people are calling 2016 the “year of the tampon”, according to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.
Now that Cleveland has finally won a title, the mantle of most cursed sports city must be passed on. The New York Times awards it to Buffalo.
Cash-strapped cities are contending with aging, leak-prone water systems that waste trillions of gallons a year and result in damaging breaks.
There are a lot of juicy tidbits in this Observer story about the “barnburner” primaries going on in NY-19.
A WNYC analysis found Hispanic voters were disproportionately purged from the rolls by the NYC Board of Elections in advance of the April presidential primary when compared to all other groups.
The sale of Cablevision Systems Corp. to Netherlands-based cable and telecommunications company Altice N.V. was completed today.
A bear was on the loose in Rochester’s suburbs.
Jun 21st - 5:28 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The second and final day of the NYT Higher Ed Leaders Forum takes place, with speakers including U.S. Education Secretary John King and Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, The TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St., Manhattan. (NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is scheduled to attend).
LG Kathy Hochul is still in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Select USA Summit.
At 9:15 a.m., the state Democratic Party, after which, New York delegates to the Democratic National Convention will meet, Hotel and Motel Trades Council auditorium, 305 West 44th St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, the Women’s Caucus and advocates celebrate the passage of the nation’s first menstrual equity policy to make pads and tampons free and readily available at public schools, homeless shelters and Department of Correction jails, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., dozens of advocates will gather in front of Cuomo’s NYC office to demand he keep his promise to sign a MOU providing a full five-year funding commitment to construct 6,000 new units of supportive housing for the homeless, 3rd Avenue between 40th and 41st streets, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Louise M. Slaughter joins representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, the U.S. Coast Guard, and EssRoc Ready Mix to mark the completion of dredging at Rochester Harbor, United States Coast Guard Rochester Station, 5500 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester.
Also at 11 a.m., the 9/11 Tribute Center announces a “significant move” and expansion, and unveils details about its expanded mission, exhibits, and programs, 4 World Trade Center, Manhattan.
At noon, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo holds press conference on gun violence awareness, 240 E. 175th St., Bronx.
At 12:15 p.m., Democratic NY-11 candidate Richard Reichard recommends “common sense gun regulation” at a press conference, Richmond County Democratic Committee Headquarters, 35 New Dorp Plaza, Staten Island.
Also at 1 p.m., 1 p.m. – state Senate candidate S.J. Jung holds press conference to introduce his campaign team and outline themes of his campaign heading into the summer, S.J. Jung for state Senate Campaign HQ, 32-26 Union St., 1C, Queens.
Also at 1 p.m., New Yorkers Against Gun Violence announces its 2016 rankings for members of the state Legislature based on their votes on gun bills since January 2013, City Hall steps, Manhattan. (NYC Public Advocate Tish James to attend).
At 1:30 p.m., the NYC Council holds a stated meeting, council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin joins animal rights and advocacy groups at a press conference to urge the Chinese Government to stop the slaughter of over 10,000 dogs during the start of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which beings this week in Asia, U.S. Capitol Building (east front “House triangle), Washington, D.C.
At 3:30 p.m., evangelical leaders hold a press conference after meeting with presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 4 p.m., “Hedge Clippers” activists and allies protest outside a Trump fundraiser, accusing him of “hypocrisy over gun control, LGBT community, and Puerto Rico,” 725 5th Ave., Manhattan.
At 4:30 p.m., the Public Service Commission holds a public statement hearing regarding the proposed increase for ConEd’s electric and gas service rates, 90 Church St., 4th floor, Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., the New York City Rent Guidelines Board holds a public hearing, Oberia D. Dempsey Multi Service Center Auditorium, 127 W. 127th St., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a fundraiser for his re-election campaign next year, 301 South End Ave., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, and NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo attend a Community Board 2 Transportation Committee town hall meeting, Cadman Memorial Church, 350 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn.
Also at 6 p.m., Farina attends the NYC DOE Pride celebration, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivers the keynote speech at the League of Women Voters of Central Nassau Dinner, Pompei Restaurant, 401 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead, Long Island.
At 7 p.m., Queens GOP Councilman Eric Ulrich, who is exploring a run for NYC mayor next year, holds a fundraiser, 6 Murray St., Manhattan.
Also at 7 p.m., TWC News hosts a debate between the three Republicans vying to take the place of retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna in NY-22.
At 8:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver remarks at the photographic exhibition commemorating World Refugee Day, “Where the Children Sleep,” New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan.
de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will host an Iftar dinner in recognition of Ramadan at a yet-to-be-announced time and location.
Federal officials unsealed corruption charges against four NYPD officers and two businessmen linked to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, popping the lid off an explosive scandal in which top cops allegedly got payoffs and prostitutes to provide help ranging from gun licenses and police escorts to closing a Lincoln Tunnel lane.
A divided U.S. Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns yesterday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a Connecticut law banning many semiautomatic rifles, and also declined to take on New York’s SAFE Act – a decision hailed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state AG Eric Schneiderman.
Yesterday morning, Michael Caputo was preparing for the lofty role of coordinating all media communications at the GOP convention for Donald Trump’s campaign. By the afternoon, the veteran political consultant was headed home to East Aurora after resigning due to a tweet that mocked the firing of Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
A man arrested at a Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer’s gun so he could kill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Hillary Clinton massively out-fundraised Trump last month as the two kicked off the general election campaign. Together, Trump and the RNC brought in about $18.6 million in May, including another loan from the candidate. Clinton and the DNC raised more than double that.
Clinton plans to give a speech in Columbus, OH today excoriating Trump’s proposals for the economy and his business record, continuing a series of targeted speeches this month aiming to define the real estate mogul before the general election campaign begins in full swing.
Clinton’s search for a running mate is moving into a more intense phase, according to several Democrats, as aides contact a pared-down pool of candidates to ask for reams of personal information and set up interviews with the presumptive Democratic nominee’s vetting team.
In a blow to de Blasio, a state court halted his plan to give certain homeowners a $183 credit on their water and sewer bill.
The New York Farm Bureau filed court papers to defend a law that exempts agricultural workers from collective-bargaining protections. NYCLU has challenged the law, and the governor is refusing to defend it.
Daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel beat one key deadline last week when state lawmakers approved a bill paving their way to restart operations in New York. But another key date looms: Sept. 8, opening day for the 2016 National Football League season.
Newsday: “(A) bill to strip public pensions from officials convicted of corruption was approved, and that’s worth applauding — while recognizing this is step one in a process that must be kept on track.”
The New York Times: “After a lackluster legislative season, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared on Sunday that he and state lawmakers had managed to finish ‘probably the most successful session in modern history.’ That is not only wrong, but ridiculous.”
Jun 20th - 5:08 pm
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is leaving the campaign, following a tumultuous stretch marked by missteps and infighting.
Lewandowski’s dismissal has been in the works for weeks, and it marks the culmination of an intense lobbying campaign by Trump’s three oldest children — Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr. — as well as allies of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Broad support from women and minority voters has helped presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton open an early lead over Trump nationally, according to a new poll released today.
Trump’s presidency would “significantly” weaken the country, driving the U.S. into a “lengthy recession” with nearly 3.5 million job losses and a 7 percent unemployment rate, according to a Moody’s Analytics analysis.
Trump will pay back the amount of a middle-class property tax exemption (STAR) he had been receiving on his Trump Tower penthouse. (It’s about $350).
Republicans assailed the Justice Department’s decision to redact the Orlando shooter’s declaration of allegiance to the Islamic State in transcripts of 911 calls from the June 12 shooting as another example “of not focusing on the evil here,” as Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
Three NYPD commanders, including a deputy chief, were arrested early today, along with a Brooklyn businessman, on federal corruption charges stemming from one of several continuing investigations into NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer today became the highest-ranking state Democrat to call for federal hearings into the Hoosick Falls water contamination crisis.
Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik expressed support for a block grant program of federal funding proposed by her Green Party opponent, Matt Funiciello.
With no discussion and in less than two minutes, the state’s Smart Schools Review Board approved the second round of funding allocations to 36 districts from the $2 billion Smart Schools bond act approved by voters in 2014.
The Buffalo Sabres will continue to have their games carried on the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) for more than a decade in a wide-ranging deal announced today that will include carrying additional Sabres and Buffalo Bills programming.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is joining the investigation into gunfire – including at least one shot by a Syracuse police officer – Sunday night at Skiddy Park.
Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern has won the endorsement of the powerful SEIU Local 1199 United Health Care Workers East in his bid for retiring Rep. Steve Israel’s NY-3 seat.
In a victory for transgender New Yorkers, all single-occupant restrooms in New York City will have to be gender-neutral starting Jan. 1, thanks to a bill the New York City Council is expected to pass tomorrow.
Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc, with some proud grandparents in tow, took their new baby, Aidan, home from the hospital.
A federal judge opened the door to allowing Western New York Dr. Eugene Gosy to return to his pain management practice with the ability to recommend controlled substances for his patients
Jun 20th - 5:23 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City “area” with no public schedule.
The state Legislature is, officially speaking, done with work in Albany for the year, marking the start of a relatively quiet time at the Capitol – and an uptick of political activity back home in lawmakers’ districts as they seek re-election.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.
LG Kathy Hochul is in Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 Select USA Summit and promote foreign direct investment in New York.
At 8 a.m., sustainable CUNY’s 10th annual NY Solar Summit kicks off, John Jay College, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., DNY Uniformed Fire Officers Association President Jake Lemonda and Uniformed Firefighters President Steve Cassidy will be joined by dozens of firefighters and officers to rally and endorse Rep. Carolyn Maloney for re-election, in front of Rescue Engine Company 44 – “The Fighting 44″ – 221 E. 75th St., Manhattan.
At 9:15 a.m., the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and Mental Health Association of NYC hold the third annual “Healing the Hurt” conference, to bring professionals together to gain a greater understanding of trauma, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., CUNY’s Board of Trustees holds a public hearing on items related to the upcoming 27 Jun monthly board meeting, Hostos Community College, 120 East 149th St., the Bronx.
At 7 p.m., NY1 will host a debate between the Democratic candidates vying to replace retiring Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel in NY-13, “Inside City Hall” host Errol Louis will moderate, Hostos Community College, the Bronx.
Also at 7 p.m., TWC News will host a debate between the Democratic candidates vying for the right to run against freshman Republic Rep. John Katko in NY-24, Syracuse.
The security company that employed Omar Mateen said it made a “clerical error” in documents submitted to the state of Florida in 2007 regarding the mental health of Mateen, the gunman whom authorities have named as the person who killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub last week.
With Senate votes on several gun control measures set for today, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Americans around the country must press their reps to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.
Donald Trump suggested the U.S. should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool – the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting increasingly backing positions that could single out a group based on their religion.
Trump railed against efforts by some frustrated Republicans planning a last-ditch effort to try to thwart him from becoming the party’s nominee, threatening at one point to stop fundraising if Republicans don’t rally around him.
Trump is bringing aboard a senior campaign aide, Kevin Kellems, who advised Newt Gingrich during his 2012 presidential campaign and also worked for VP Dick Cheney, to oversee the surrogates who defend him, in an effort to provide order and breadth to the ecosystem of supporters.
Even for a place that has presented New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with plenty of political setbacks, the message from Albany in the final hours of the state legislative session this weekend was a harsh one.
De Blasio last week managed to kill a deal by state leaders that would have reformed day-care oversight in the city — highlighting the tensions between him and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It’s a situation that again left the Assembly Democrats having to delicately navigate between the feuding Democratic power brokers.
One of the last acts of the New York legislature before its 2016 session ended June 18 was to send a message to one of its neighbors: New York is poised to act if New Jersey moves to build casinos near the New York border.
Though many considered this end of session a letdown, with a lack of high-profile deals, Cuomo suggested in an interview with the New York Times that no governor in New York had accomplished as much as he had. “Tell me what has been a more productive legislative session. Please,” he said, adding, “Tell me what session did more.”
A political action committee created by an upstate investor and child sex abuse survivor has its first target – state Sen. Kemp Hannon. Gary Greenberg said his Fighting for Children PAC is endorsing Democrat Ryan Cronin’s challenge to the Republican Long Island lawmaker.
Bronx Democrat Ritchie Torres, a gay Councilman who believes NYC isn’t doing enough to combat disproportionately high rates of depression, poverty and suicide in the LGBT community, is introducing a bill that would force officials to act.
A number of Queens Democrats are gearing up to fight a bid by disgraced former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate to run for Democratic district leader.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s organization the One Brooklyn Fund, which has raised as much as $964,000 over the past two years, has taken money from entities whose activities are under review by law enforcement or that have business interests before the government.
There’s more trouble for the NYC Board of Elections. A new investigation has found that a clerk, William Allen, failed to recuse himself from ballot preparations in the same Harlem Assembly district where he was running for office.
Jun 17th - 5:12 pm
Here we stand, like birds in the wilderness, waiting to be fed the news of a deal that will finally brings this session – which is really on its last gasps, and has been for a while – to a close. In the meantime, some headlines for you to peruse….
Vice President Joe Biden is calling for banning civilian ownership of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines following the mass shooting in Orlando.
A poll conducted by Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy’s firm finds NY-22 GOP candidates Claudia Tenney and Steve Wells in a dead heat – 32-31 – with George Phillips at 13 and “not sure” at 24.
Political consultant Bradley Tusk, who helped Uber beat NC Mayor Bill de Blasio and is now working for FanDuel, honestly believed his former boss, ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, was going to run for president, and was disappointed when he didn’t.
The Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, which proponents believe will attract more music production jobs across New York, passed in both the Assembly and Senate. It would provide a 25 percent tax credit for eligible production costs downstate, and a 35 percent break for upstate music businesses.
The state Legislature has approved a measure that paves the road for the Capital Region’s mass transit authority, the CDTA, to bring uniformity to the area’s patchwork of taxis.
Ten pension sweeteners have passed both houses of the state Legislature and are headed to the governor’s desk for consideration, and more are likely before the session is officially over.
The state’s frantic effort to save Upstate nuclear plants is drawing cheers from Oswego County. But it’s also raising alarms from critics who worry that key decisions about state energy policy are being rushed without enough public debate.
After successfully funding a campaign to pass a soda tax in Philadelphia, billionaire former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is preparing to fund similar efforts in several other cities, giving new momentum to measures seeking to limit soft drink consumption.
Had he still been in his leadership post today, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would have tied Oswald Heck’s longest-serving-speaker record.
Hillary Clinton wasted no time in fundraising off Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy’s gun control filibuster.
Thomas E. Perez, a Buffalo native who serves as labor secretary in the Obama administration, has made Clinton’s short list for vice president.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is also on Clinton’s VP short list, dropped by the candidate’s campaign HQ in Brooklyn today.
Condoleezza Rice, who served George W. Bush as national security adviser and then secretary of state, has zero interest in being Donald Trump’s running mate, her chief of staff said.
Federal and state corruption investigators are studying documents, emails and financial records related to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign donations. Their subpoena reportedly targets specific donors, and the list includes landlord David Bistricer and his firm Clipper Equity.
The new NYC budget gave the city’s five district attorneys $22 million in funding to support new programs and improve their functionality. More than half the funding, almost $11.6 million, is going to the Bronx.
Ken Girardin: “Some of New York State’s major transportation infrastructure projects are now benefiting from expanded use of the design-build process—but a costly pro-union rider has been attached to proposed legislation extending design-build authorization to public works financed by New York City, and could set a troubling precedent.”
Not everyone is supportive of the plan to have a more significant police presence at the Pride Parade in NYC in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
A Brooklyn development firm wants to convert the top of Penn Station into the world’s tallest giant free fall tower ride as part of a broader plan to repair the dilapidated transit hub.