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Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson tours UPS’ Kingston operations, UPS Customer Center, 300 Memorial Dr., Kingston.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council members hand out fliers encouraging parents to sign up their kids for pre-K, (the deadline for enrollment is 4/23), 116th Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joins a rally announcing Sen. Daniel Squadron’s fair wage bill, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., EPA regional administrator Judith Enck leads a discussion about women in environmental politics, Bush Memorial Center, Sage College, Troy.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will hold an economic development roundtable, SUNY Adirondack, Scoville Learning Center, Bishop Conference Room, Room 305, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña delivers keynote speech at St. John’s University Carol Gresser Forum. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Capital Gaming LLC holds a public meeting to discuss a proposed casino, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St., Albany.

At 8 p.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks at the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s April general meeting, Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse, 202-12 Willets Point Blvd., Queens.

At 8:45 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at 2014 Carwash Assembly, Guttman Community College – Auditorium, 50 West 40th St., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots gun control network to rival the NRA.

Bloomberg: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

The Pine Bush schools chief told state officials that fundraising for her district’s summer enrichment program is down $30-$40,000 over last year — because of negative publicity over a still unproven lawsuit charging the district tolerated anti-Semitism.

Former LG Richard Ravitch’s memoir paints a picture of Albany that includes political back-stabbing that undermined the Paterson administration and then-AG Cuomo working behind the scenes on his way to becoming governor.

Cuomo nearly doubled his income in 2013 after receiving a $188,333 book advance, according to tax returns his office made available to reporters. The book, for which the governor has no ghost writer, is due out in August.

The publication date of the unauthorized biography of Cuomo that Vanity Fair scribe Michael Shnayerson is writing for the Hachette Book Group has been pushed back several months until after the November election. The tome also now has a new title.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made $165,047 last year, including $52,200 in rental income from property he owns in Brooklyn, according to his 2013 tax filings.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, gave over $5,500 to charity last year.

The de Blasios’ income is set to go up: Mr. de Blasio will be paid a $225,000 salary as mayor.

Cuomo signed legislation to enter New York in an interstate agreement to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Juan Gonzalez: “Legendary Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel is nearing the end of his political career.” Also, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is expected to join the Democrats abandoning Rangel for his primary opponent, Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

The $1 million sale of the Yonkers City Jail to a NYC couple well known in the art world is part of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s ambitious plans to develop the waterfront and make it a place where young people want to live.

The NYPD has abandoned its controversial and secretive surveillance program that sent plainclothes police officers into Muslim neighborhoods for the purposes of gathering information on possible terrorist plots. More here.

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Bill Samuels says the governor has lost many liberal supporters “permanently,” adding: “I don’t have one friend who is a Cuomo supporter.”

The New York Observer says Cuomo “clearly over promised” when he created the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

Oliver Koppell is still not quite ready to decide whether he’ll challenge IDC Leader Jeff Klein, but he says he’ll know for sure after Easter Sunday.

Former Gov. David Paterson will be director of community at iFunding – a real estate crowdfunding platform.

State Conservative Chairman Michael Long says his party is prepared to run its own candidate for state comptroller against incumbent Tom DiNapoli if the Republicans can’t find someone.

The NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct released its 2014 annual report.

Another Hillary Clinton book is in the works.

James Carville says the GOP will be “extinct” if it loses the 2016 presidential election against “presumptive” Democratic nominee Clinton.

Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy reported earnig $262,180 in 2013, including his $70,000 police pension.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, reported $52,000 in rental income.

Campaign finance filings show Rep. Charlie Rangel holds a slight edge over his Democratic primary challengers.

Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny says aspects of the Paul Ryan budget plan are “concerning.”

New Census figures show a population decline in the Southern Tier region.

New York collected $3.9 billion from tax scofflaws in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says $6.7 million in funding is needed to restore the Troy seawall.

Here and Now

It’s Tax Day AND the deadline for registering firearms classified as “assault” weapons under the SAFE Act.

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

At 8:30 a.m., Westchester County executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attends a meet-and-greet, Bangor Fire Department, 2637 State Route 11, North Bangor.

At 10 a.m., Sens. Joe Robach, Phil Boyle and Dave Valesky host task force on heroin and opioid addiction, Monroe County Office Building, 39 West Main St., Rochester.

Also at 10 a.m., Astorino tours Alice Hyde Medical Center, 133 Park St., Malone.

At 11:30 p.m., Albany residents will don “hazmat” suits in the state Capitol to “protest Big Oil’s plans to turn New York into a global crude oil transport hub,” third floor (by the LCA offices), Albany.

At 1 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James will join Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor to announce enhancements that will improve how homeless families with children receive services, NYC Department of Homeless Services, 33 Beaver St., 17th Floor Commissioner’s Conference Room, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Carol Dankert-Maurer will detail a package of 19 legislative reforms designed to improve the provision of Child Protective Services to children and families across New York, 16th floor conference room, Edward A. Rath county office building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 3 p.m., Astorino tours the Olympic Training Center, 196 Old Military Rd., Lake Placid.

At 3:30 p.m., Astorino tours the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena & Olympic Museum, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid.

At 4 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signs a bill to protect interns from discrimination in the workplace, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., Rep. Dan Maffei holds a meeting with the members of the NY-24 small business advisory council at his district office, 100 North Salina St., 1 Clinton Square, Syracuse.

At 6 p.m., Astorino attends a meet-and-greet, Davidson Bros. Brewery, 184 Glen St., Glens Falls.

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., a public hearing will be held on expanding pre-K in Rochester, Council Chambers, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester.

Headlines…

The Moreland Commission members wanted an independent writer for what would be their one and only report. Instead, they got a Cuomo staffer after their selections were rejected by the second floor.

“There were no subpoena decisions made without our approval and in making those decisions we were allowed to use our own independent professional judgment based on our collective experience, and we did,” wrote Moreland co-chair Bill Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County DA.

Bill Hammond says Cuomo’s use of the Moreland Commission to force legislators to pass ethics reforms was “a degree of hardball deal-making excessive even for Albany.”

The NY2A Grassroots Coalition estimates less than 10 percent compliance with the SAFE Act requirement that assault weapons be registered with the state.

New Yorkers may never know how many gun owners actually comply with the SAFE Act and register because the State Police aren’t releasing those numbers.

New York State has reached a final agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on an $8 billion Medicaid waiver, designed to support the state’s struggling hospitals over a five-year period.

As expected, Cuomo picked Andy Spano, a formal rival of his GOP opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, to serve on the state Board of Elections.

Cuomo will headline an education retreat next month in Lake Placid hosted by hedge-fund managers who support the Common Core standards, charter schools, mayoral control of schools, testing and student-data collection.

The nation’s largest Fourth of July fireworks celebration will return to the East River this year, after being displayed over the Hudson River since 2009, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

Donald Trump insists he’s committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in Western New York. Multiple sources confirmed he already has spoken to Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon twice.

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President Obama will be the featured speaker May 28 at this year’s United States Military Academy graduation ceremony at West Point.

What’s Chelsea Clinton’s next move? She has gone from “no way” to “maybe” on the “will you run” question.

The “very busy” mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner, did not stick around to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak when he visited her city today.

Onondaga County DA Bill Fitzpatrick defends the Moreland Commission he co-chaired, but also admits its flaws.

No one in New York politics can recall a governor refusing to call special elections with this many legislative vacancies in Albany.

The New York State Master Teacher program has added 215 teachers during a statewide expansion.

Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins made a trip to Buffalo to campaign with Sen. Tim Kennedy in black communities.

Broome County DA Gerald Mollen, a Moreland Commission member, said he considers its abrupt disbanding unwise.

Anthony Sartor, a longtime commissioner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resigned today.

The Teamsters Local 237 has launched radio ads to pressure NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor a campaign promise that he would quickly settle a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the city.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito blasted the “irresponsible” budget deal struck by legislative leaders and Cuomo.

Former Gov. David Paterson is fund-raising for Marybeth Melendez, a Democrat taking on Republican  Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

There’s a lot of talk about keeping the Bills in Buffalo, but Sen. Chuck Schumer says it’s too early to discuss who might buy the team.

As he runs for Onondaga County sheriff, Toby Shelley is not shying away from his son’s problems with the law.

Hillary Clinton likely won’t hit the trail for Democratic candidates until the heat of election  season this fall.

This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced.

The Rec. Michael Walrond took to Twitter to debunk a rumor that he’s dropping out of the NY-13 primary.

Schumer called on the federal government to boost funding for school anti-violence measures.

The College of Saint Rose named its new president.

Fourth Time’s a Charm For Indys And Hanna

Rep. Richard Hanna, who is facing primary challenges from two fellow Republicans this June, announced today he has been endorsed by the state Independence Party for the fourth consecutive election season.

The Independence Party previous backed Hanna in 2008 – his first run for Congress in which he narrowly lost to then-Democratic Rep. Mike Arcuri – and in 2010, when he challenged Arcuri a second time and won. (That year, there was a bit of a controversy over the Indy nod, but Hanna did end up getting to keep the coveted third party line).

In 2012, the Indys again backed Hanna, who easily fended off a primary challenge from Michael Kicinski. Kicinski is running again this year, as is Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, creating a three-way primary for the GOP line. No Democrats filed petitions to get onto the November general election ballot.

During this year’s petition process, Hanna submitted nearly 1,750 signatures for the Independence line (Row E) – more than 550 signatures more than the minimum 1,187 requirement, according to his campaign.

“It is a privilege to once again run on the Independence line,” Hanna said. “Since 2008, I have proudly been endorsed by the Independence Party, and I look forward to again being its candidate this November.”

The Republican Party leaders in NY-22 have backed Hanna, who is so far the only one of the three candidates to have landed a third party line, ensuring himself a spot on the general election ballot even if he loses the June 24 primary.

Tenney was endorsed by the Conservatives, but didn’t submit a sufficient number of signatures to get onto the line. Both she and Kicinski still could create their own independent lines by circulating petitions yet again. Tenney will also have the option of seeking re-election to her Assembly seat if she loses the primary, thanks to the fact that legislative leaders in Albany couldn’t agree on a primary date that would merge the congressional and state-level contests.

Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will kick-off the 6th annual Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day, Powder Horn Lodge inside Powder Mills Park, Pittsford.

From 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will tour Slack Chemical Inc, 465 South Clinton St., Carthage.

At 10:00 a.m., DCCC Chairman and Rep. Steve Israel will appear on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show to discuss the impact of the Republicans’ “Ryan Budget” on New Yorkers, and the 2014 landscape for Democrats, WNYC 93.9FM.

From 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Astorino will tour Knowlton Technologies, 213 Factory St., Watertown. (The candidate will hold a media availability immediately following the tour).

At 11 a.m., Rep. Dan Maffei holds an event to recognize the success of CORE Federal Credit Union’s nationally acclaimed financial literacy program for students, East Syracuse-Minoa High School; 6400 Fremont Rd., East Syracuse.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Adriano Espaillat makes a “major” campaign announcement, Bronx Borough Hall Steps, (E 161st and Grand Concourse), the Bronx.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra’s Funeral, St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 120 Beach 84th St., Queens.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Astorino will tour Fort Drum. (This event is closed to the press).

Also at 12:30 p.m., Maffei; Fair Haven Mayor Bill McVea, Representatives from Cayuga County and Wayne County Water Authorities, Former U.S. Representative Jim Walsh attend a Cayuga County Sewer District #2 recognition ceremony, 14447 Fair Haven Rd., Fair Haven.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio makes an announcement, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Columbia Heights and Orange Street, Brooklyn.

Also at 2 p.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney and gay advocacy groups discuss tax laws affecting gay couples; 110 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Maffei attends a Wayne County Farm Bureau meeting, 10529 Ridge Rd., Wolcott.

At 3 p.m., the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, World Room, third floor, Broadway at 116th Street, Manhattan.

At 4:45 p.m., Astorino will tour Curran Renewable Energy, 20 Commerce Dr., Massena

At 6 p.m., Astorino will attend a meet-and-greet, Sergi’s Italian Restaurant, 38 Market St., Potsdam.

Also at 6 p.m., Espaillat hosts a volunteer appreciation party at his campaign HQ at 210 Sherman Avenue along with other elected officials who will be announcing their support, Manhattan.

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission revealed – once again – his control freak side, which has started to generate resentments among some, Ken Lovett reports.

Blake Zeff: “The unique problem posed by (US Attorney Preet) Bharara is that few of the tools Cuomo typically uses to beat back problems (and opponents) will be at his disposal when it comes to dealing with the federal prosecutor.”

Former NYC Public Advocate and one-time Cuomo AG opponent Mark Green served on Cuomo’s first Moreland Commission, focused on the utilities’ response to Sandy. He says commissioners “endured repeated interference” from the governors’ aides that stopped only after he threatened to resign.

The governor reportedly held a tense, hush-hush, meeting with Working Families Party leaders Dan Cantor and Bob Masters at his campaign HQ in Manhattan last Thursday in an effort to head off the growing possibility that the WFP will field its own candidate for governor in November.

The NY Post asks: “(W)hy should New Yorkers take the governor’s pieties about public financing seriously when he clearly doesn’t himself?”

Some members of the Orthodox Jewish community are trying to raise as much as $3.1 million for former Met Council president William Rapfogel put toward restitution in hopes of lowering any potential prison sentence.

The state Board of Elections will be back up to its full complement of commissioners when former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano becomes the newest Democratic representative on the four-member panel. GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino defeated Spano in 2009.

NYS Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King is taking a hear no evil, see no evil approach to whether members meet tomorrow’s assault weapons registration deadline under the SAFE Act.

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New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly still part of a Toronto-based team with an interest in the Bills.

Speaking at the NAN convention, President Obama gave a shout-out to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for pre-K.

Potential GOP AG candidate John Cahill: “(I)f we had an aggressive attorney general doing his job…we probably wouldn’t have a need for a Moreland Commission.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is trying to raise money off of editorials slamming Cuomo for shuttering the commission.

President Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House budget director, to replace embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The 5,700 employees of the state Unified Court System who are represented by CSEA have reached agreement on a contract proposal that would run through March 2017.

De Blasio, who promised to ban horse-drawn carriages from Central Park as one of his first acts in office, is now saying he expects to get it done sometime “this year.”

New NYSUT President Karen Magee and state Education Commissioner John King met for the first time and did a lot of listening.

De Blasio’s Google hangout ended up being a back-patting session with supporters.

Michael Kicinski has filed petitions to challenge fellow Republican Rep. Richard Hanna a second time, setting up a three-way primary (also including Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney).

The New York Gaming Commission is moving ahead with a plan to enter a new multi-state lottery game that promises jackpots of up to $1,000 a day for life.

Despite a report to the contrary, the state Democratic Party insists neither the location nor dates of its convention have been set.

Actor Ashton Kutcher will be at Colgate University this weekend.

Rep. Louise Slaughter tweeted a smiley selfie of herself and her opponent in the bitter 2012 race, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

The Journal News urges Cuomo to intervene on behalf of the East Ramapo school district.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks de Blasio should work on his tardiness problem.

Conservatives Back Stefanik In NY-21 (Updated)

The state Conservative Party has given its nod to Elise Stefanik, one of two Republicans contenders (as of today) vying for the North Country House seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, ensuring her a ballot line in the November general election regardless of the outcome of the June GOP primary.

In a statement released by Stefanik’s campaign, state Conservative Chairman Mike Long praised her “energy” and “enthusiasm” and said she has “the principles to bring about the changes necessary in the halls of Congress.”

“She will fight for what is right for the citizens of New York’s 21st, the military at Fort Drum, stand firm for our Constitutional rights and protect our natural resources for future farmers and generations to come,” Long continued. “Elise Stefanik will be your strong voice when she gets to Congress and will represent you with honor and integrity.”

Stefanik has now been officially endorsed by officials in both the Conservative and Republican parties – a blog to her primary opponent, Matt Doheny, who ran on both lines two years ago in his second failed attempt to unseat Owens. Doheny did not have the Conservative line for his 2010 run. The party instead endorsed Doug Hoffman, who lost to Doheny in the GOP primary that year and dropped out the race, but too late to have his name removed from the general election ballot.

Because neither Stefanik nor Doheny is a registered Republican Conservative, they both needed formal permission – known as a Wilson Pakula – from the Conservative Party in order to run on its line. Stefanik’s press release announcing today’s endorsement makes clear that as a result of this decision, there will be no primary battle for Row C.

Also today, Tea Partier Joe Gilbert confirmed to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that he is dropping out of the GOP primary, due to “family reasons.” Gilbert said he may still seek independent petitions to run on the Constitution Party line. The minor party does not have official party status and, according to the ADE, has had problems with ballot access in the past.

Gilbert’s departure from the race leaves just Stefanik and Doheny duking it out for the GOP line.

On the Democratic side, Steven Burke, a town councilman in Macomb and former St. Lawrence Democratic Party chairman, and Brooklyn filmmaker Aaron Woolf have both filed petitions to run on Row A. The Democratic county chairs have endorsed Woolf. UPDATE: I’m told by Woolf’s campaign that he hasn’t lived in the borough of Brooklyn for some time, but he does reportedly split his time between “New York City” and Elizabethtown, and says he considers the latter his primary residence.

UPDATE: Doheny released a statement in response to Stefanik’s endorsement by the Conservatives, calling it a “shocking” move by party officials that ignores the will of rank-and-file members who signed his nominating petitions and backed him two years ago.

“In denying conservative voters in the 21st Congressional district a choice, the party insiders and their Washington based power brokers have subverted the clear will of the people,” Doheny said. “Our campaign received the support of five county committees and incredibly almost 1 out of every 5 conservatives signed our petition. In 2012, as the Conservative Party nominee I garnered 12,000 votes on the line and I’m no less a conservative today. The sad fact is the Executive Committee of the State Conservative Party is just another Big Brother.”

Dohney has been endorsed by the state Independence Party, which means he also has an assured spot on the general election ballot should he lose the GOP primary.

Here and Now

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

At 8:15 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney is featured at a networking breakfast hosted by the Business and Labor Coalition of New York and Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Coffee House, 6th floor, 20 West 44th St., Manhattan.

Also at 8:15 a.m., NYC Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter will discuss his plans for the Law Department, 2nd floor Event Center, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks at a public forum where street vendors will kick off their campaign to be recognized by unions and policymakers in a new economy, Murphy Institute for Labor Studies, 25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., state Senate interns hold a model legislative session, Senate Chamber, Capitol, Albany

At 10 a.m., activists join NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Rep. Charles Rangel to demand more affordable housing and protest developers they say take advantage of public funds and produce substandard housing conditions, while “bullying” tenants who complain; steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

At 10:15 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, joined by her department heads and commissioners, will host a press conference to discuss her first 100 days in office, Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses his first 100 days in office and answers questions about the city’s future during a Google hangout, watch here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6fbl9o5s05h9v8f7s07gbrclpc.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical pavilion at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck.

At noon, AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement with Rep. Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Sen. David Valesky, Syracuse City Hall.

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At 12:30 p.m., LG Bob Duffy attends a groundbreaking ceremony for RIT’s Clinical Health Sciences Center, Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT, 111 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester.

At 1 p.m., the New York Crime Victims Task Force holds a memorial for crime victims, behind the Legislative Office Building, Albany.

At 4:15 p.m., President Obama is scheduled to speak at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, Manhattan.

Headlines…

In taking up where the Moreland Commission left off, US Attorney Preet Bharara didn’t rule out looking into reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo unduly influenced the commission’s work.

In a rare moment of public rebuke of the governor, Bharara said: “If you begin investigations and you begin them with great fanfare, you don’t, I think, unceremoniously take them off the table without causing questions to be asked.”

Cuomo defended his closing of the commission by saying it was always intended to be a short-term endeavor and he did not intend to create a “a perpetual bureaucracy” to investigate corruption in the Legislature.

Moreland Commission co-chairman Bill Fitzpatrick, Onondaga County district attorney: “Would I like to continue? Yeah, but it’s not my choice, it’s the governors choice. That’s his decision and I respect the governor.”

The New York Times accuses the governor of breaking his word to New Yorkers by pulling the plug on the commission, saying: “We’re still waiting for a government we can trust, but Mr. Cuomo has moved on.”

Seeking to recapture the energy that propelled him to victory last November, NYC Bill de Blasio marked his 100th day in office with a rhetoric-heavy speech that called on his supporters to help him create a “people-powered government.”

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Stephen Colbert will be taking over “The Late Show” when David Letterman departs.

Colbert currently films in New York, but it’s unclear if that will continue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo implied his health commissioner, Nirav Shah, is departing for a West Coast job because his New York gig didn’t pay enough.

Shah told DOH employees his last day will be May 4, though the DOH said he would be sticking around through June.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days speech touted his accomplishments and gave hints of what’s to come.

Members of a new Bills stadium task force have mentioned Niagara Falls as a possible location.

A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech.

De Blasio has offered public support to the Rev. Al Sharpton in the wake of the FBI informant uproar; Cuomo has not.

Following the governor’s second booze summit, the state Liquor Authority has moved to ease regulations for beverage producers.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says the FDA is going to crack down on honey laundering. (Yes, you read that right).

CSEA and Cuomo have a rare moment of agreement on the governor’s effort to cap the executive compensation paid to the heads of non profit  organizations funded by the state.

A new coalition of pro-Scaffold Law advocates say they want to not only maintain the provision but to enhance its worker protections.

The NYC CFB fined former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis $11,473 for not accurately reporting his mailers opposing City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

The consulting firm that Eliot Spitzer paid about $1 million during his failed NYC comptroller bid last year, is now spearheading Pastor Mike Walrond’s campaign against Rep. Charlie Rangel.

Cuomo’s campaign made a major ad buy with Jewish newspapers to wish readers a happy Passover.

Sen. Greg Ball reportedly will be challenging Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell in a primary. (Subscription required; Balls says he will make a decision on his next political move in mid-May).

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray would like to see her husband in City Hall for “ast least eight years.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Dan Maffei plan to tour a Manlius company tomorrow with Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani implied he was involved back in his US attorney days in wiring the Rev. Al Sharpton when he was an FBI informant.