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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Monroe County and New York City.

At 7:30 a.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James speaks at the “Wall Street Project Economic Summit” Healthcare press conference, at Interfaith Medical Center, 1545 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. (The Rev. Jesse Jackson was also scheduled to speak, but he has the flu).

At 8:30 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams Adams, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura and government officials attend a keynote speech by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, as part of the business organization’s “Newsmakers” series; Pfizer Auditorium, Bern Dibner Building, NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, Jay Street and Johnson Street/Tech Place, Brooklyn.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Antonio Reynoso and other supporters of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition call for the mayor to intervene in a Brooklyn residential zoning dispute; steps, City Hall.

Also at 10 a.m., community and legal advocates, state lawmakers and substance abuse treatment professionals hold a news conference to promote a state legislative proposal intended to repeal criminal charges for possession of syringes; Assembly hearing room, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announces new funding to revitalize city parks, second floor community room, 200 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Wegmans Conference Center, 200 Market St., Rochester.

At noon, elected officials, community members and airport workers march on MLK’s birthday in support of LaGuardia Airport subcontractor employees who want health benefit and the right to form a union, 9501 Ditmars Blvd., Queens. (Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Charlie Rangel, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and others are scheduled to attend).

At 1 p.m., public school parents announce more than 75,000 signatures on a petition calling for “real change” to fix the NYC failing school crisis, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1:45 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement, 45 North Elliott Pl., Brooklyn.

At 3:30 p.m., during a candlelight vigil and rally organized by public defenders from the Staten Island office of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys Union Local 2325, attorneys and residents wearing black will criticize treatment of minority residents by law enforcement professionals; 120th Precinct, 78 Richmond Terrace, and the Richmond County DA’s office, 130 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island.

Also at 3:30 p.m., Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich will make a “major announcement” about a candidate in the 2015 elections, GOP HQ, 460 State St., Suite 100B, Rochester.

At 4 p.m., Rep. Kathleen Rice will hold a press conference with local Long Beach officials to oppose the proposed construction of Port Ambrose, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that would be located 17 nautical miles off the coast of Jones Beach, Long Beach Boardwalk, (National Boulevard).

At 5:45 p.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attends the Real Estate Board of New York’s 119th Annual Banquet, Trianon Ballroom, New York Hilton, 1335 Ave. of Americas, Manhattan. (Many other elected officials will be in attendance).

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Rochester today to detail a plan to provide struggling cities in New York with $1.5 billion from legal settlements with financial firms. Local governments outside Buffalo and New York City will be among those to receive cash from the Upstate Revitalization Fund.

Cuomo unveiled a $1.66 billion plan to provide relief to homeowners and renters impacted by high property tax bills. The plan, which will be included as part of his state budget proposal next week, would provide credits to homeowners whose property tax bills exceed 6 percent of their total income.

The program would be phased in over four years and provide credits to more than 1 million middle-class homeowners and more than 1 million renters. Homeowners would be eligible if they earn less than $250,000 a year in adjusted gross income and if their communities stay under the property-tax cap.

Cuomo administration officials said they could not yet provide county-by-county breakdowns for the benefits outside of Long Island. (The governor made the announcement in Suffolk County, which he lost in the November 2014 election).

A state official said the taxes from any school or municipal district whose proposed budget feel within the state’s tax cap would be combined and measured against income. The credit will be paid for using future surpluses, which the state’s budget division projects will be $2 billion by 2016.

Taxes in New York may be the highest in the country, but at least they are reasonably equitable, according to the latest Who Pays study from the liberal Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

NYSUT today will begin a six-day, $1 million ad campaign calling on Cuomo to better fund schools. The ad buy, which will run on broadcast and cable TV in the New York City region and Albany, is timed to lead up to Cuomo’s combined State of State and budget address next week that is expected to call for major education reforms opposed by the teacher unions.

Today is the deadline for Cuomo to make another nomination for the state’s highest court, even as his most recent Court of Appeals pick, state Appellate Division Justice Leslie Stein, awaits approval by the state Senate.

NYC has overhauled 50 major streets and intersections over the last year as part of its Vision Zero push to cut traffic deaths, and now plans to tackle the “Boulevard of Death” (AKA Queens Boulevard).

“It’s totally dead, unthinkable, to advocate city control of rent regulations after the November election,” said Michael McKee, treasurer of the city-based Tenants Political Action Committee.

The de Blasio administration’s new municipal ID program was slowed due to programs with its website. The mayor insisted the situation could not be compared to the federal government’s problems with HealthCare.gov.

In a review of 153 applications of people the Correction Department recently hired, NYC investigators found that more than one-third had problems that either should have disqualified them or needed further scrutiny.

The leaders of NYC’s five police unions are no longer on the same page regarding the rift between the NYPD and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. PBA President Patrick Lynch has found himself beating back an emerging insurgent campaign against his leadership, which erupted into a shouting match at a union luncheon in Queens on Tuesday.

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LG Kathy Hochul is “very excited” about new Buffalo Bills’ coach Rex Ryan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo met today with PBA President Patrick Lynch and a group of New York City police union officials amid a tense period in relations between the NYPD and City Hall.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has his doubts about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s prospects if the two-time Republican presidential candidate runs again in 2016.

Phil Reisman: “Bill Mulrow is a seasoned political operative, but he also is the “un-Schwartz.” (As in Larry Schwartz, the man he’s replacing as Cuomo’s top aide).

Deer are invading New York City, and there’s no clear plan to stop them.

Cuomo’s announcement that he had appointed the Rev. Floyd Flake to serve on the PSC made no mention of the former congressman’s service on the first Moreland Commission.

The president will unveil a new plan to cut methane from the booming oil and gas industry ahead of the State of the Union address, aiming to cement his climate legacy during his remaining two years in office.

The state Conservative Party supports Cuomo education reform push.

Tom Hanks, who attended community college way back when, supports the president’s plan to make community college free for everyone.

Former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman and Erin King Sweeney, the daughter of  Rep. Peter King, were appointed to the Hempstead Town Board despite calls for a special election.

The US Justice Department agreed to reduce and ultimately end more than two decades of government oversight of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

With their options now limited and ex-Rep. Mike McMahon apparently no longer interested, Democrats are focused on Assemblyman Michael Cusick to run in NY-11.

Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned in May 2013, has spent $177,724 in campaign funds on attorneys since August.

Outgoing REBNY President Steve Spinola’s secret to success: “I have never gone in (to the Capitol or City Hall) and threatened anyone in 30 years.”

The NYISO is undergoing a series of staffing changes, starting with the retirement of its president and CEO Steve Whitley.

Rudy Giuliani heaped praise on Bill Bratton, the current and former NYPD police commissioner who the ex-mayor hired and then pushed out of the job in the ’90s.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind is more than optimistic about Education Investment Tax Credits becoming a reality this year, because he expects the governor to champion the issue.

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin said Cuomo’s second-term agenda is “politically driven” and “lacks direction and economic reform.”

Marcos Vigil, an attorney who served as deputy secretary of state under Cuomo, is joining Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s administration as a deputy mayor.

With his latest trip to New Hampshire, Sen. Rand Paul is now tied with Sen. Ted Cruz for conducting the most travel to early presidential nominating states over the past two years.

Rosenthal: Assembly Woman Will Drive Dem Approach to WEA

Also from the Morning Memo:

In the wake of the Senate’s passage this week of eight of the 10 planks in Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (minus, yet again, the controversial abortion-rights piece), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused the Republicans of approving “watered down” versions of the bills.

He refused to respond to GOP calls for the Democrat-led Assembly to follow the Senate’s lead, passing those parts of the WEA on which the two houses can agree and leaving the abortion battle to be fought another day.

Silver said it would be up to his conference to decide whether to go the piecemeal route or to continue to insist on an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to this particular package of bills.

But ultimately, it will be the women of the conference who will drive the decision, according to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.

“It’s a brand-new year, it’s a brand-new session; this is a subject that the women of the Assembly – including at least five new ones – will be meeting to discuss with the speaker to see what our options are,” Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, said during a CapTon interview last night.

“But we’re certainly not bound by anything the Republican Senate has done.”

“I think we’re going to approach this systematically,” the assemblywoman continued. “…and we’re going to develop, as a women’s caucus, a position on how we’re going to proceed this session. The women have gotten together. We’re acting in concert much more than ever in the past.”

The problem here is that the women in the Democratic conference aren’t necessarily of one mind on this issue.

Though they initially stuck together on the push for all 10 WEA planks – providing crucial cover in the process for the speaker, who was under fire for his handling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case – a few members struck out on their own last year, saying the time had come to pass those WEA bills on which the Senate and Assembly could agree.

That’s a position NOW NYC Chapter President Sonia Ossorio also supports.

Cuomo made the WEA a top campaign issue during his successful bid for a second four-year term last fall, even going so far as to create a new party solely for the purpose of focusing on women’s rights (and galvanizing a very important voting bloc).

Cuomo mentioned the WEA during his election night victory speech, and is expected to do so again during his State of the State/budget address on Jan. 21.

Tracey Brooks of Family Planning Advocates of NYS appeared on CapTon Tuesday night following the Senate vote and expressed disappointment that the chamber had again left out the abortion-rights plank.

Brooks left the door open to possibly changing the wording of the abortion bill (yet again) in order to make it more amenable to Republican lawmakers.

She also declined to speak in absolute terms about the all-or-nothing approach, noting there’s a long time between now and the scheduled end of the 2015 session in June.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Nassau County and New York City.

At 10 a.m., Sen. Adriano Espaillat and NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez unveil a report detailing the problems facing NY-Presbyterian Hospital’s Emergency Room, 168th Street near the southwest corner of Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul tours the IBEW Local 43 Training Center, 4568 Waterhouse Rd., Clay.

Also at 10 a.m., DEC Commissioner Joe Martens will recognize six organizations at the 11th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony, Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, NanoFab South Rotunda and Auditorium, 257 Fuller Rd., Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., Cuomo makes an announcement, Hofstra University, Sondra & David Mack Student Center, Multipurpose Room, 1000 Fulton Ave., Uniondale, Long Island.

Also at 10:30 a.m., the New York Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer will present an over-sized prize check worth $1 million to a lucky Lottery winner, Pit Stop, 1021 State Route 34, Genoa.

At 11 a.m., Hochul tours the Hotel Syracuse, 500 S. Warren St., Syracuse.

At 11:06 a.m. Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a press conference to make a Vision Zero-related announcement, DOT – Bronx Bureau of Traffic Operations/Bureau of Highway Operations, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1400 Williamsbridge Rd., the Bronx.

At 2 p.m., the State Court of Appeals hears arguments in three cases, 20 Eagle St., Albany.

Also at 2 p.m., Hochul attends the Central NY Regional Economic Development Council meeting, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Sq., Syracuse.

At 5:30 p.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivers her State of the City address, Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

At 6 p.m., the NYC Bar hosts forum on gang violence and interventions that work, moderated by Richard Aborn and featuring a panel of experts including David Kennedy, Elizabeth Glaser, Laurie Korenbaum, Christopher Ryan and Juan Ramos, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., the Coalition of Nassau Civics Association holds a hearing on extreme weather, South Side High School Auditorium, 140 Shepherd St., Rockville Centre, Long Island.

Also at 6:30 p.m., members of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board hold a monthly public board meeting, discussing ongoing initiatives, reviewing statistics for last year and receiving public comments; east dining room, Music Building, CUNY’s Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, the Bronx.

Headlines…

The state’s casino siting board will again consider allowing a Las Vegas-style resort in the struggling Southern Tier region, heeding a request by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reopen the application process.

Gaming Facility Location Board Chairman Kevin Law said that he saw “no harm” in soliciting new proposals solely for the Southern Tier, as the governor suggested.

The board made it clear that plans already submitted and rejected – like Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural’s – are very unlikely to make the cut. Law said he was “not open-minded” about simply approving the applications already submitted.

NAACP-NY President Hazel Dukes claimed the Gaming Commission engaged in discrimination by entertaining bids to open a fourth casino in the hard-pressed, mostly white upstate Southern Tier region but not in the struggling Newburgh area populated by mostly Blacks and Hispanics.

For the third consecutive day, Cuomo announced a big round of appointments to state jobs and committee posts.

Sources tell Zack Fink Assemblyman Karim Camara of Brooklyn is leaving the Legislature for a job with the Cuomo administration related to interfaith services.

Kevin Wisely, a former director of Onondaga County’s emergency management department, has a new job with New York’s Homeland Security agency.

Cuomo’s selection of Bill Mulrow to replace Larry Schwartz as his top aide is being interpreted by some as a signal that the governor’s two-speed approach (“get along and kill,” according to former chief of staff Steve Cohen) may be changing.

Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo real estate executive who this week was appointed Cuomo’s economic development czar, said he understood some of the challenges facing Long Island, having grown up here in the 1960s and ’70s.

Bill Hammond on this year’s education reform battle: “What lawmakers should be focused on is not merely shoveling more cash toward schools, but better spending the billions already in the system.”

New York City officials agreed to a plan that would eliminate the use of solitary confinement for all inmates 21 and younger, a move that would place the long-troubled Rikers Island complex at the forefront of national jail reform efforts.

In a major step towards patching up his relationship with the NYPD, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would veto a bill that would make chokeholds illegal if the NYC Council passes the legislation.

De Blasio has swatted down suggestions he apologize as a way to mend his conflict with New York City’s police force, but the calls for a mayoral mea culpa keep coming.

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said progress is being made in healing the rift between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and officers, even as the head of a police union said he had mostly “given up” on dealing with the mayor.

Attendees at a pro-NYPD rally accused de Blasio and the police reform movement of denigrating cops and sewing discord in the city.

Shouting and shoving erupted among cops at a tense Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association meeting in Queens today.

In a major first step towards patching up his relationship with the NYPD, de Blasio announced he’ll veto a proposed bill that would make chokeholds illegal if it passes the Council.

The “Stop Common Core” ballot line that received enough votes in the Nov. 4 elections for permanent ballot status is changing its name to the Reform Party and will broaden its focus to include an array of issues.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says Bill Clinton’s personal life would be “fair game” if Hillary Clinton makes her widely predicted run for the presidency.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro fueled rumors during a forum in Washington that he is on the shortlist to be the vice presidential nominee for Democrats in 2016.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed January Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and unveiled a new poster that lists possible trafficking red flags and a free, confidential hotline.

The TwinX (a deep-fried Twix bar stuffed in a Twinkie and wrapped in bacon, served at the NYS Fair) is under attack by Mars Inc.

State Sen. Tom O’Mara apologized for his outburst at a man who had been peppering him with questions about the lawmaker’s support for the proposed liquified petroleum gas storage facility near Seneca Lake.

Staten Island DA and congressional candidate Dan Donovan continued to defend the state’s secretive grand jury process, calling it the “greatest system in the world.”

NYC has rolled out a trio of clips mixing celebrities and “everyday New Yorkers” lending their support to de Blasio’s bid to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn.

Democrats in NY-11 seem to have a long way to go before settling on their candidate to run for former Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat.

John Podesta, a top White House adviser, will take on a senior advisory role in Hillary Clinton’s emerging presidential bid after he leaves the administration in February.

The Dart Center is offering a two-day workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence, April 17-18, in Phoenix, AZ, funded by former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

Sen. John Bonacic says Cuomo opened “Pandora’s Box” by directing the Gaming Facility Location Board to reconsider the S. Tier for a casino license.

The NYS Court of Appeals is (finally) on Twitter.

Pop artist Peter Max painted Mario Cuomo in the 1970s and 80s; he plans to return to the studio to paint more as a tribute to the late governor.

Members of the state Assembly dedicated their session today to former governor, who died of heart failure earlier this month.

The American Rock Salt, the largest salt mine in the country, will invest $4 million into its Livingston County facility to extend its current rail sliding and relocate its ice melting packaging company, Vaporizer.

The state Education Department agreed to improve its enforcement of school safety after a state audit found seven schools in New York failed to report cases of violence, sexual offenses and bullying.

The son of a former Buffalo public school leader was charged with stealing anti-poverty funds while working for the schools.

Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is also in the city with no public schedule.

At 8 a.m., Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. speaks at the Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum series; The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 8 a.m., the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s “Wall Street Project” and the coalition’s Citizenship Education Fund open an 18th annual “Wall Street Project Economic Summit,” scheduled to continue through Thursday, Jan. 15; Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 8:15 a.m., before a 9 a.m. meeting where city Board of Correction members are scheduled to vote on rules for proposed higher security “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units,” supporters of the New York City Jails Action Coalition hold a rally; 455 First Ave., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb calls for the individual passage of the Women’s Equality Act, back of the Assembly Chamber, Albany.

At 10 a.m., the Assembly Health Committee holds a hearing on single payer health coverage, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany. (Before the hearing, local officials, health care providers, patients, labor leaders, and advocates will offer personal stories detailing how the current healthcare system is increasingly too expensive for the average family and many employers).

Also at 10 a.m., the Assembly session convenes, Assembly chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees meets, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy hosts “New York’s Cities: Confronting Income Inequality,” offering a panel discussion featuring a trio of mayors: Svante Myrick of Ithaca; Kathy Sheehan of Albany; and Lovely Warren of Rochester, Huxley Theater, State Museum, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Senate session convenes, Senate chamber, state Capitol, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking holds a news conference to announce a new awareness campaign, Guilderland Service Area on I-90, between Schenectady and Albany.

At noon, the national presiding minister of The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, and other members and supporters of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ministerial Alliance pray for de Blasio and his family during a vigil at City Hall in Manhattan.

Also at noon, disability and voting advocates from across the state will be joined by legislators and election commissioners at the capitol to call for greater and equal voting access for all New Yorkers and for an end to the use of lever voting machines in any elections in New York, LOB, Room 130, Albany.

At 7 p.m., the New York Gaming Facility Location Board meets, ESDC, 35th Floor Conference Room, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing a role as peacemaker in the conflict between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and some members of the NYPD – a move that political experts warned could weaken the mayor as he labors to mend the relationship on his own. The governor hasn’t yet decided whether to get involved.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton released data showing an increase in police activity after summonses and arrests had sharply fallen since the killings of the officers.

Still, police activity was well short of its levels during the same period last year. In total, officers made 4,690 arrests in the week ending on Sunday, the statistics showed. The number was down from 7,508 in the same week in 2014, but up from the 2,401 made from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

Bratton warned police officers to protect themselves, stay alert and to avoid “texting away” while sitting in their cars.

Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly declared that de Blasio should “apologize” for creating a tense environment between New York’s Finest and those in charge at City Hall.

Howard A. Zemsky, a prominent Buffalo developer, has spent the last four years advancing the governor’s Western New York economic-development policies. Now he’ll be doing it on a statewide basis after Cuomo nominated him Monday to be the state’s new economic-development czar, (pending Senate confirmation).

Other appointments: Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will chair the Thruway Authority, ESDC Chairman Ken Adams will head the state Tax Department.

“He’s always wanted to be in government and he’s always been on the periphery of government giving advice to different officials,” said political consultant George Arzt of Cuomo’s new top aide, Bill Mulrow.

Invoking both Jesus Christ and Mario Cuomo, hundreds of advocates for more school spending and desegregating New York’s schools held a “Moral Monday” rally aimed at Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo announced that his State of the State address and executive budget presentation will be combined into one address at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

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The White House admitted it should have sent a higher-ranking administration official than the US ambassador to France to represent the country at a unity march in Paris.

The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest will lose its federal accreditation at the end of the month

NJ Gov. Chris Christie isn’t attending inaugural events in Ohio and Illinois today as he had planned to. He cancelled his travel plans due to the weather.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis won’t challenge Staten Island DA Dan Donovan for the GOP nod in the yet-to-be-called NY-11 special election.

Matt Coleman, an aide to Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino and spokesman for Bruce Blakeman’s recent House bid, was recognized for saving a 7-year-old boy from the water.

A Brooklyn man who spent over two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit died less than a year after he was exonerated by the Kings County District Attorney.

The aptly named Harold Diamond, an 80-year-old retired elementary school principal from Sullivan County, was introduced as the winner of the $326 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot drawing on Nov. 4.

…that’s the largest Lottery payout in the state’s history.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’ll support the Democratic candidate in NY-11, but believes Donovan “would certainly be an improvement” over ex-Rep. Michael Grimm.

There’s an argument to be made for the Democrats to sit out the special election to replace Grimm, though some local leaders insist they believe they’ve got a shot at winning the seat.

The average age the possible 2016 Democratic contenders would be at inauguration in 2017 is 68.6. That’s a full decade older than average inauguration age of the much-bigger, much-younger possible Republican field.

Monica Lewinsky won’t say whether she would vote for Clinton in 2016 if the former secretary of State decides to run for president.

Cuomo’s new top aide Bill Mulrow once impersonated an Occupy protestor in a skit at a gathering of Kappa Beta Phi, an exclusive Wall Street fraternity.

There’s an anti-Clinton coloring book.

So far, no one has given a dime to Dick Morris’ anti-Clinton Super PAC.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, said he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

Members of the 114th Congress are 66 times as likely to be lawyers. (For Senate Democrats, the figure is 112 times.)

Hendrik Hertzberg doesn’t think Mario Cuomo wanted to be president, but does believe he wanted to be a US Supreme Court justice.

US Attorney Loretta Lynch, who is expected to face Senate confirmation hearings in the coming weeks to become the next US attorney general, is easy to misread.

Cuomo’s call to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier has other cities in New York asking: What about us?

Audits of special education providers across New York uncovered a pattern of mismanagement that cost taxpayers nearly $42 million in the last decade, according to a report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the NY Jets to keep their training camp at SUNY Cortland.

Following the fracking ban, Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan suggests four top priorities for Cuomo’s environmental agenda.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will debut Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. The Senate (3 p.m.) and Assembly (2 p.m.) are both in session in Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees meets, State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

At 9 a.m., the state Board of Regents, first floor Regents room, state Education Building, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 10:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a press conference to announce the launch of IDNYC, Queens Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Queens.

At 11 a.m., US Sen. Chuck Schumer will launch his push to establish a crop insurance program for Capital Region farmers who grow malt barley, Albany Distilling Company, Inc., 78 Montgomery St., Albany.

At 11:30 a.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control Assistant Commissioner Demetre Daskalakis, and Montefiore Medical Center’s clinical director for infectious diseases and medical director for the hospital’s AIDS Center, Barry S. Zingman, introduce an outreach campaign about pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis medications, the Oval Center at Montefiore, 3230 Bainbridge Ave., the Bronx.

At noon, the commissioners of the state Board of Elections hold their monthly meeting, 40 North Pearl St., Albany.

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate hosts a presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York, LOB, Room 409, 172 State St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., leaders from teacher and equity groups, including AFT President Randi Weingarten, UFT President Michael Mulgrew, NYSUT VP Andy Pallotta and NYS NAACP President Hazel Dukes, hold a Moral Monday event calling for education policies and a budget that addresses equity and protects public schools, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol. (Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will also speak).

Headlines…

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio plans today to propose a major overhaul of corporate taxes, targeting tax relief for small businesses and local manufacturers while broadening the city’s overall tax base in a way that would result in tax increases for some companies.

There’s a revival of interest in all things Cuomo as political memorabilia collectors dust off their merchandise of New York’s first Italian-American chief executive and father of the current governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Bruce Gyory on Cuomo’s new top aide, Bill Mulrow: “(He) has a more diplomatic approach and likes to involve everyone. He complements the governor’s approach with an instinct for building bridges.”

Cuomo’s reshuffling of top administration aides includes changes in his press shop.

New York today is expected to introduce the country’s largest municipal-ID program, issuing cards intended as a boon for undocumented immigrants, the homeless and others who strain to navigate the bureaucracy of city services and institutions without government-issued ID.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will release statistics today that confirm the police work slowdown involving summonses and minor crimes has ended.

Feuding between the NYPD and the de Blasio administration has already cost the city more than $46 million in lost parking-ticket revenue — staggering losses that could take a bite out of critical programs and services.

“Eager to show respect for officers, the mayor instead unwittingly antagonized them, committing gaffes whose consequences his team was slow to grasp.”

The NYP: “(T)he longer the mayor resists making peace with a police force in a de facto work slowdown, the greater the threat the governor will do it for him.”

Only 850 NYPD officers have asked de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito not to come to their last rites if they die on the job, police sources told the DN.

Thousands of NYPD officers are wearing outdated bulletproof vests that should have been replaced years ago.

An investigation into the NYPD’s use of chokeholds concludes the agency and an independent review board disagree on what defines the potentially deadly restraint and when officers should face discipline for using it.

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The Weekend That Was

Staten Island Republicans tapped DA Dan Donovan to run in a yet-to-be-called special election for the seat vacated by disgraced ex-Rep. Michael Grimm.

Donovan defended the grand jury that chose not to indict a cop in the death of Eric Garner in his first remarks since landing the borough GOP’s nod for Congress.

Grimm was spotted Friday night at a bar called 120 Bay Cafe, where he spent some time playing pool.

Michael Shnayerson, author of a forthcoming unauthorized biography of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, says the governor is both enormously saddened and “liberated in a sense” by his father’s death.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña plan to undo the school governance system put in place by the Bloomberg administration and shift power from principals to district superintendents.

In the opening salvo of what promises to be a heated battle this year over education reform, a new report says funding inequities between poor and rich school districts across the state has reached record levels under Cuomo.

At NYPD precincts across the city, top brass are cracking the whip on summons activity and even barring many cops from taking vacation and sick days.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he is expecting to receive statistics from his chief of department Monday that will show the recent slowdown among officers is ending.

The NYT grades de Blasio’s first year as mayor.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie has been interviewed by federal prosecutors investigating the Bridgegate scandal, a development that brought back a politically damaging episode for the possible 2016 presidential contender.

New York’s fracking ban could have implications for the Delaware River Basin Commission, a multi-state river compact that has held back gas development in Wayne and Pike counties since 2010.

New York had been considering a “phased rollout” of large-scale hydraulic fracturing in the months prior to deciding to ban it, with the proposal received well by public-health experts the state had asked for advice.

The ban isn’s a big loss for the industry, because scientists say New York’s available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Bloomberg’s ex-”data guy”, John Feinblatt, is now running the former mayor’s gun control campaign.

Lawmakers from both parties raised doubts over whether the Justice Department should file charges against former Gen. David Petraeus for mishandling classified information.

The family of a Lindenhurst man who died in May 2011 during a struggle with Suffolk police officers in a First Precinct cell has asked the state attorney general to launch a criminal investigation into the incident.

Hundreds of people holding pens aloft in support of free expression rallied in New York City on Saturday to mourn victims of a deadly terror attack targeting a French satirical publication.

Syracuse Post-Standard: “Governor, it’s time to hike the minimum wage for New York’s tipped workers, and for the rest of us to remember to tip the hardworking people who serve us.”

Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs and Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. are two WNY Republicans mentioned as potential challengers to Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

US Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Food and Drug Administration to implement a plan to address recent reports of rat-infested warehouses that supply food to restaurants.

The state’s Gaming Facility Location Board agreed to reopen a bidding process specifically for the Southern Tier that could result in a fourth casino license to be recommended.

Still-grieving Chris Cuomo was asked by CNN to fly to Paris to cover the terrorist attack the day after his father Mario Cuomo’s funeral. The news anchor accepted the assignment after an OK from his mom.

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s Real Time, comedian Jay Leno stated he thought Hillary Clinton seems “slow” while Elizabeth Warren has more a punch and “fire” than the former Secretary of State.

The Buffalo Bills have offered their head-coaching job to Rex Ryan, but the deal isn’t finalized.

US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he could be left blind in his right eye because of a bizarre recent exercise injury.

Suffolk OTB officials plan to meet Tuesday with Medford community leaders to discuss the planned $65 million gaming facility near Exit 64 of the Long Island Expressway.

A federally designated protection and advocacy group that watches out for the welfare of the disabled is suing the state Justice Center over what its says is the center’s refusal to hand over records.

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Politico’s Maggie Haberman is joining the New York Times, where she will “anchor” the “First Draft” morning newsletter as well as serve as a presidential campaign correspondent.

Former Gov. George Pataki supports Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to run for former Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat.

The Staten Island GOP executive committee will meet Saturday morning to take a non-binding vote on who the 31 members support to replace Grimm.

Defying a presidential veto threat, the House passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mark Dunlea, executive director of Hunger Action Network of New York State, is leaving the organization after 29 years of service to focus on climate change.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio got scooped on one of his most prized initiatives - the new municipal ID program - when a government staffer inadvertently tweeted out the details.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointee at the Port Authority resigned in advance of a restructuring plan that will eliminate her job. She’s headed to a job at NYU Law School.

“He can’t just put lipstick on his current proposal and expect us to approve it. That isn’t going to happen.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, told a meeting of donors that he is considering another White House bid in 2016.

NYC’s largest charter network has withdrawn plans to open four new charter schools this year, but remains on track to open them as part of its expansion in the 2016-17 school year.

Rep. Pete King argued that two dangerous hostage situations in France show why surveillance of Muslim communities in New York is necessary.

Zephyr Teachout is joining with Joh Fox, the director of the anti-fracking documentary Gasland, to tour dozens of New York towns to talk about climate change and the importance of renewable energy.

Weather-related road closures remain in effect in Western New York.

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin had to scramble to cover the one-two punch to the Southern Tier of no casino and no fracking.

Rep. Kathleen Rice was named vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She was elected in November to replace retired Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, one of the task force’s original vice chairs.

Michael Palladino, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said de Blasio won’t even acknowledge the rift between himself and the NYPD.

Apparently there’s a thriving professional cuddling business in New York.