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Mayor Miner Steps Down From Democratic Party Post (Updated)

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who has made headlines by publicly opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a number of high-profile policy issues, today submitted her resignation from the position of state Democratic Party co-chair – a post for which Cuomo hand-selected her two years ago.

It has been speculated for some time that Cuomo would force Miner out of her political position, thanks to her criticisms of key elements of his agenda – especially where financially ailing upstate cities are concerned. But Miner insisted during a brief phone interview this afternoon that she was not pressured to depart.

“It’s time,” the mayor said. “I want to give them a chance to put somebody in there who can help them with a full slate of elections moving forward. It was my decision.”

But a Democratic source insisted that had Miner not resigned, she would not have received sufficient votes at the state party convention in Melville next month to be re-elected along with her fellow co-chair, Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright. UPDATE: Miner told Gannett’s Joe Spector that she won’t be attending the convention at all. Instead, she’ll attend a conference on cities in Boston.

UPDATE2: Miner spoke briefly with TWC’s Bill Carey, who told her about the Democratic source’s comment. Her response: “That’s laughable.”

Miner tendered her letter of resignation (which appears below) to Cuomo and members of the state Democratic Committee this afternoon. In it, she pledged to “do all I can to ensure Democrats continue to get elected to office this year and going forward.”

Miner and Wright were tapped by Cuomo to co-chair the party in May 2012. They replaced Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, who was a holdover from the era of former Gov. David Paterson. (Incidentally, Jacobs also insisted that he wasn’t forced to give up his state post, but rather had decided that the time was right after three years on the job for him to move on).

Miner was elected mayor of Syracuse – the first woman to hold the position – in 2009. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2013, and is barred by term limits from running again.

Last spring, Miner made headlines when she publicly questioned Cuomo’s plan – or lack thereof – to address the fiscal problems faced by cities like hers. She also penned an OpEd criticizing the governor’s proposal to let municipalities borrow to offset ballooning pension costs, calling that idea ”an acconuting gimmick.” A modified version of the plan did end up in the 2013-14 budget.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s resigns from NYS Democratic Party co-chairmanship. by liz_benjamin6490

Maloney Raises Off Ryan Contribution to Hayworth

The DCCC is using Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, passed last week by the GOP-controlled House, as political fodder against incumbent Republicans seeking re-election and GOP challengers trying to unseat incumbent Democrats.

It’s a bit of a stretch to tie candidates who didn’t actually cast a vote on the budget to the document, especially if – like Sen. Lee Zeldin, who is running in NY-1 – they side step the issue by refusing to endorse anything they haven’t yet read.

But Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has something concrete to link his GOP opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, to Ryan: A $5,000 contribution from the former VP candidate’s political action committee, “Prosperity PAC.”

Maloney today sent a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line “Paul Ryan’s gift to Nan Hayworth,” noting that the former congresswoman “spent years actively supporting Ryan’s budget, disastrous cuts to Medicare and all.”

“Then just last week she goes so far as to DELETE Facebook messages from New Yorkers demanding she drop her support,” Maloney wrote. “And now her reward: campaign cash from Ryan – and I’m sure more to come from the special interests that support his policies.”

“It’s pretty simple from here – we either match them dollar for dollar, or we lose this seat to the Tea Party. So I need your help….When the attacks start (and it will happen soon), they can’t go unanswered. That’s a recipe for disaster. Thanks for helping me fight back against bad policy and the billionaires who back it.”

Over the next 24 hours, Maloney is trying to match the $5,000 Ryan gave to Hayworth.

The congressman has continued to out-fundraise Hayworth, who is launching a re-match against the Democrat after he ousted her from power two years ago.

According to the latest FEC filings, Maloney raised a little more than $472,000 this past quarter. After expenses, Maloney was left with about $1.5 million in the bank. Hayworth raised nearly $282,000. She has about $663,000 cash on hand.

Of note: Trying to generate a sense of urgency, Maloney’s email claims the State of Politics report on Ryan’s contribution to Hayworth “just” came out, which is technically not true. Michael Scotto filed that report several days ago.

Here and Now

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

At 8:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears on HOT 97.

At 9 a.m., SUNY hosts a green infrastructure summit, with representatives from the EPA and the DEC, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg and others make a traffic safety announcement at East 183rd Street and Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray reads to children at Kings County Hospital Pediatric Center, Kings County Hospital Center, Building E, 541 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Deputy Commissioner Tom Alworth and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan host “#NatureSelfie” photo project demonstration, by tulip beds along Madison Avenue, Washington Park, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella hosts press conference to announce a tax relief program for homeowners, renters, co-op and condo owners in the 2014-15 state budget, Glen Oaks Co-Op, 70-33 260th St., Queens.

At noon, Enck delivers a keynote address at SUNY’s green infrastructure summit, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

Also at noon, black clergy members call on de Blasio to appoint more members of color in his administration, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:45 p.m., de Blasio holds a press conference to make an announcement, Build It Back Center
1976 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

At 1 p.m., Assemblyman Karim Camara, foster care and workforce development agencies and foster youth hold a roundtable at The Children’s Aid Society, Next Generation Center, 1522 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on the John Gomez Show, Long Island News Radio 103.9.

At 3 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo unveil legislation to put the brakes on “boozy and out of control underage party buses,” Villa Barone Manor, 737 Throggs Neck Expressway, the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio speaks at Speakers on the Square, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Astorino will address the NYU College Republicans, Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman’s office and Assemblyman Brian Curran host a public forum on consumer protection from fraud, Malverne Public Library, 61 St. Thomas Place, Malverne.

At 7:30 p.m., Astorino will attend a fundraiser hosted by New York County GOP Chairman Dan Isaacs, Dorrian’s, 1616 Second Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 p.m., Astorino will attend another fundraiser hosted by Isaacs, Ricardo Steak House, 2145 Second Ave., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Basil Paterson, New York’s first black state secretary of state, a former senator, “Gang of Four” member and father of ex-Gov. David Paterson, has died at the age of 87 – 11 days shy of his 88th birthday.

The Paterson family released this statement shortly after midnight:

“Basil was well known throughout the community as a man of action, as someone who set his mind to accomplishment and always met those goals. He was a selfless leader and he dedicated his life to making sure others lives were better.”

“Throughout his life, he was known as a pillar of strength by so many throughout New York. For that, we know he was grateful.”

“While he dedicated his life to public service, his great love was his family. We will remember him most of all as a man of conviction, a man of courage and a man of integrity. He will be greatly missed.”

TWU Local 100 wants Cuomo to “personally intervene” in its contract negotiations with the MTA where “significant stumbling blocks remain.”

The NYT reports the TWU and MTA appear close to a contract deal two years after the last contract expired. Workers are expected to receive a sizable wage to avoid an election-year strike.

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee wants Cuomo to intervene in the East Ramapo School District dispute. She has been trying for years to get the state to take over the school board, which is mainly controlled by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, despite the fact that their children predominantly attend private, religious schools.

The Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson finds Cuomo insufficiently liberal for New York’s Democrats, and asks “why on earth” they would want to re-elect him.

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NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and First Lady Chirlane McCray appear in a PSA encourging parents to sign up for pre-K. (Deadline: April 23).

The DCCC raised $10.3 million in March – a sizable haul due in part to President Obama’s help.

Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg on his $50 million battle with the NRA: “This is not a battle of dollars. This is a battle for the hearts and minds of  America so that we can protect our children, protect innocent people.”

A potential problem for Hillary Clinton in 2016: Much of what she labored on as secretary of state is either unfinished or has gone awry since she left.

The Syracuse Teachers Association sued the state Education Department over its teacher evaluation system, arguing that the system unfairly penalizes teachers of disadvantaged students.

Cheektowaga area Republicans have chosen Councilwoman Angela Wozniak to run this fall for former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak’s seat.

Former NYC Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, who has avoided the public eye since leaving office last year, will appear on Bill Maher’s show on April 25.

Republicans in Buffalo’s North and Niagara districts have unanimously backed Sen. Mark J. Grisanti for re-election.

Sen. Daniel Squadron, Manhattan BP Gale Brewer and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic unveiled a new “fair wage” bill that would require large employers to pay far more than minimum wage.

State Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky will attend a White House meeting tomorrow to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

AG Eric Schneiderman had to pay $9,620 to the federal government and $2,585 to the state in taxes, according to his 2013 returns.

The Green Party’s Ursula Rozum will not be a candidate in the NY-24 election again, and the party has no plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei in November.

Judging from his contributions, Denver software entrepreneur Tim Gill would like to see Clinton occupying the Oval Office.

The NYC Department of Education has wasted no time shedding a slew of top Bloomberg-era officials, offering signs of the school system’s new priorities under Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has terminated his federal campaign account.

Weiner doesn’t think Rep. Charlie Rangel will survive the June primary.

The campaign manager for Rich Funke, Republican candidate for the state Senate’s 55th District, posted potentially offensive tweets on his personal Twitter account.

GOP state Senate candidate Jim Coughlan has suspended a personal Twitter account because some of his retweets were considered inappropriate.

Activist, comedian and gubernatorial contender Randy Credico engaged in a little performance art at the Capitol today.

Cicero’s loss is Buffalo’s gain with Albany Molecular.

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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