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Feb 26th - 6:22 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. At 11 a.m., he’ll make an announcement at GMA Studio, 44th Street West of Broadway, Manhattan.
The Senate returns to work after its mid-winter break, rejoining the Assembly at the Capitol.
At 8:30 a.m., an examination of the relationship between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo, by moderator Andrew White with panelists Sen. Liz Krueger, former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, NYT reporter Thomas Kaplan and DN columnist Bill Hammond, Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St., Manhattan.
Starting at 9 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission auctions 168 wheelchair-accessible taxicab medallions, Tribeca Performing Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network holds a press conference on the “cancer burden” in New York, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
Also at 10 a.m., the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and a variety of progressive groups sponsor a forum on income inequality in New York, Hearing Room C, LOB, Albany.
At 11 a.m., the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency holds a press conference advocating services for elderly and youth, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Terry Gipson and Assemblyman Kieran Lalor announce a bipartisan initiative that would give judges the discretion to allow the sentencing for two or more crimes through a single act to run consecutively when one of the crimes results in a homicide, bottom of the Million Dollar Staircase, Capitol, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer announces the findings of an audit of the Department of Education, Board Room, 5th Floor, New York City Comptroller’s Office, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.
At noon, NYSUT holds a press conference advocating for more higher-education funding in the state budget, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., the pre-stated meeting for the NYC Council will be held in the Red Room at City Hall, Manhattan. The Council is expected to formally pass the amended version of the paid-sick legislation and a resolution supporting de Blasio’s pre-K tax plan today.
At 1 p.m., the Developers Brownfields Alliance holds a press conference on New York’s brownfields, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, will chair a subcommittee hearing to examine the impact of military sexual assault, Room SR-222, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Also at 1 p.m., AARP members lobby lawmakers for funds to support family caregivers, Richmondtown Public Library, 200 Clarke Ave., Staten Island.
At 2 p.m., 150 tenants from New York City and its suburbs rally to announce the formation of the Alliance for Tenant Power Coalition, a group created to address the affordable housing crisis in New York, LCA Room (130) Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 5:30 p.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will deliver his second State of the County address, Mason O. Damon Auditorium, County Public library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo.
At 6 p.m., Chelsea Clinton speaks at the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program Spring Forum, 115th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. delivers the keynote address at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, Marina del Rey, 1 Marina Dr., Bronx.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., advocates and environmentalists hold a free open house and public forum about a campaign to encourage managers of NYC government pension funds to stop investing in companies that distribute and process fossil fuels, Social Hall, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St., Manhattan.
At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio hosts an event at Gracie Mansion for New Yorkers in support of universal pre-K and after school programs, 181 East End Ave., Manhattan. (This event is closed to the press).
Kerry Kennedy is expected to take the stand today in her drugged driving trial.
Queens Sen. Tony Avella is departing the “regular” Democratic conference to join the IDC, bumping the renegade Democrats’ ranks back up to five and further complicating the chamber’s calculus.
Cuomo today will unveil a new “No Excuses” campaign for his proposed property-tax freeze that includes a website, video and email drive to build support among lawmakers.
Cuomo and Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Igor will announce this morning that four different live-action series featuring Marvel comic superheroes will film in New York in the coming years and be streamed on Netflix.
The NYC Department of Education has received proposals to create 29,000 new pre-K seats since it began soliciting responses for de Blasio’s universal pre-K plan. That is 8,000 more seats than required to meet the mayor’s goal of providing 53,604 full-day pre-K seats by September.
The Daily News remains skeptical of de Blasio’s ability to deliver on his pre-K promise.
Cuomo’s med mar plan, which DOH Commissioner Nirav Shah says would be run like a clinical research program, doesn’t have any money behind it in the budget.
Feb 25th - 6:08 pm
The NY Observer, owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, published a scathing story on AG Eric Schneiderman, that focuses in part on the AG’s dealings with the Trump family.
The original reporter on the story was “spooked” by a conversation with an AG spokesman. “Given his plans to attend law school someday, this reporter resigned from this assignment.”
The reporter who ultimately wrote the story said he was “not discouraged or encouraged” by his employer to write anything in particular about Schneiderman.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio released an analysis that he says proves the city is ready to rapidly expand the number of full-day pre-K seats by September, – assuming it can pay for the program.
De Blasio vowed to shutter pre-K programs run by community-based organizations that have been slapped with violations posing health hazards to children.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his new girlfriend, Lis Smith, engaged in some PDA at a Knicks game.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced two administration appointments.
Despite Cuomo’s big IBM announcement yesterday, the company may still be poised to shed more jobs in New York.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the NYC Council “as an institution” will not participate in next month’s St. Patrick Day’s Parade.
Former Racing & Wagering Board Chair John Sabini on the rapidly escalating casino battle: “As it moves forward, there’ll be no shortage of bad blood, sniping and hired guns.”
The state is “not in a rush to judgment” on fracking, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens reiterated.
De Blasio said he and his wife are “deeply obsessed” with ”The Good Wife” and very excited about his upcoming cameo on the show.
Happy 95th birthday to the gas tax.
The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus have submitted a resolution opposing Cuomo’s proposal to use tax dollars to fund college educations for prison inmates.
Investigators are examining the personal and business relationships of a Long Island developer and political fundraiser to find the person who shot him outside of the ornate castle he calls home.
VP Joe Biden insists his decision about whether to run for president in 2016 won’t hinge on what Hillary Clinton does or doesn’t do.
Honeywell is still on the hook for the cleanup of Onondaga Lake and its shoreline even if Onondaga County – with state assistance – builds an amphitheater on the west shore.
To address federal SNAP cuts, Cuomo plans to use heating funds to shore up food assistance programs for some 300,000 families.
Cuomo is remaining mum as his top man at the Port Authority of NY-NJ, Pat Foye, questioned authority chairman David Samson’s fitness to run the embattled bi-state agency.
Feb 25th - 6:27 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. The state Assembly is back to work today after lawmakers’ mid-winter break. The Senate returns tomorrow.
At 7:30 a.m., the Siena College Research Institute hosts the 2nd-annual “State of the Region” breakfast, featuring keynote speakers from local chambers of commerce, Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd., Latham.
At 10 a.m., UAlbany Business School leaders and area chambers of commerce release a report on the local business climate, Standish Living Room, School of Business building, UAlbany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany.
From 10 a.m. to noon, top officials from the state Tax Department will meet with representatives from more than one dozen local non-profit, community and government groups, Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, UCCC Campus, 1 Development Court, Kingston.
At 11:30 a.m., Assemblyman Mike Cusick and Sen. Phil Boyle discuss “Robin’s Law,” which would require the state to develop guidelines to protect victims of sexual abuse from finding themselves in outpatient substance abuse programs with convicted abusers, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
Also at 11:30 a.m., Democratic congressional candidate Martha Robertson calls on her GOP opponent, Rep. Tom Reed, to release all correspondence related to House ethics inquiries, Guthrie Corning Hospital, 176 Denison Parkway East, Corning.
At 12:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio makes an announcement before visiting a pre-kindergarten class, at P.S. 130, 143 Baxter St., Brooklyn. (Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina will also be present).
At 1:05 p.m., de Blasio visits a pre-K class at the same school.
At 2 p.m., Homeland Security Commissioner Jerome Hauer speaks during roundtable discussion on emergency preparedness hosted by Sen. Greg Ball, Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility, 39 Seminary Hill Rd., Carmel.
At 3 p.m., education-funding advocates hold a press conference following their statewide tour of school districts, Board of Education room, District Administration Building, 11 Liberty St., Amsterdam.
At 6:30 p.m., Sen. Terry Gipson holds a town-hall meeting on tax relief, Fishkill Village Hall, 1095 Main St., Fishkill.
At 6:45 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at the Tracey Towers Resident Association meeting, at Tracey Towers, 40 West Mosholu Parkway, South Bronx.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli assessed Cuomo’s 2014-15 budget, and said the governor’s assumptions of the state’s future fiscal picture might be too rosy.
On the $2 billion surplus Cuomo insists will materialize, the governor’s spokeswoman said: “All budgets make assumptions,” and the administration chooses to assume the state will continue to keep spending under 2 percent.
Cuomo took what some interpreted as a shot at AG Eric Schneiderman while pitching a group of rich Republicans on his re-election bid.
A third Senate Republican – Joe Robach of Rochester – has announced support for a medical marijuana bill.
Gary Melius, a major political fundraiser and owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, was shot in the head yesterday on the grounds of his Gold Coast estate-turned-wedding-venue by a masked gunman who drove off, Suffolk police said.
Police are still looking for the shooter, whom former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato said made an assassination attempt on Melius’ life.
Cuomo wants to consolidate the operations of the Wadsworth Center public health labs, which the administration says are “functionally obsolete and deteriorating,” at the Harriman Campus.
City landlords are fighting back against Cuomo’s marquee tenant-rights initiative – the state’s Tenant Protection Unit – along with a set of new rent regulations that favors renters, filing a lawsuit challenging the new regulations.
Assembly members Patricia Fahy and Phil Steck – both Democrats – came out against key elements of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion tax-cut proposal, including two years’ worth of property tax hike rebates to homeowners.
With two empty seats in the Senate, how many votes does it take to pass a bill? (In other words: What constitutes a majority?) The Senate Democrats did the research and think it’s “likely” 32, but the question remains unsettled. The Republicans (naturally) disagree, saying 32 is the final word.
Feb 24th - 5:19 pm
Nearly a dozen detectives are protecting ex-NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly since he left office Dec. 31 at a cost of up to $1.5 million a year to the taxpayers.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio finally took questions from the press about his speeding motorcade, saying he won’t tell his security detail how to do its job.
“I don’t tell the NYPD how to do their work when it comes to protecting me – they’re the experts,” de Blasio said. “I respect that. So, in any given moment, they may see something I don’t see.”
Former Gov. David Paterson has a new job.
New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan takes the paper’s Sunday magazine to task.
Cuomo’s office claims to have no record of written communications with the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the George Washington Bridge traffic jam.
Family Planning Advocates of New York has a new blog called (what else?) “The Pink Press.”
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg will spend millions to combat overfishing.
Officials of inBloom, the Atlanta-based technology company at the center of a New York controversy over its student data portal, will testify Friday at an Assembly hearing in Manhattan.
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has hired de Blasio’s 2013 campaign manager, Bill Hyers, who is an Illinois native.
De Blasio and Al Roker buried the hatchet.
The Club for Growth released its 2103 scorecard. The highest-ranking New York House member is Rep. Chris Collins with 57 percent.
Reps. Michael Grimm and Chris Gibson tied for last among Republicans by the Club’s metric, voting with the group just 37 percent of the time.
It was a full house at Day One of Kerry Kennedy’s drugged driving trial.
De Blasio had a private breakfast meeting with GOP Sen. Marty Golden, which would have remained undisclosed, had it not been for Golden’s Tweet.
Voting for “America’s Coolest Small Town” ends at midnight, and Cuomo Tweeted his support for Cazenovia.
Save the date for the Second Annual Women’s Concealed Carry Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at Birch Hill Catering in Schodack.
Feb 24th - 8:09 am
From today’s Morning Memo:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to let inmates get college degrees is the gift that keeps on giving to New York Republicans, who are having a fabulous time using the proposal to whip their base into a frenzy.
On-line petitions have been launched, scathing press releases have been dispatched, angry sound bites have been delivered with aplomb.
Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy kept the flame alive this morning by releasing a web video featuring indignant college kids asking the governor why he’s more interested in helping cons get a college education that he is in assisting law abiding citizens with their often crushing tuition bills and debt.
“Governor Cuomo’s recent scheme to provide free college tuition for New York State prison inmates shows how out of touch that the governor is with the people of Western New York,” Langworthy said in the press release that accompanied his video.
“This proposal is an insult to law abiding New Yorker’s who struggle to pay tuition and take out enormous student loans in order to finance their college education.”
“…The fact that the Governor would forward this misguided proposal at a time when college graduates are drowning in debt and local school districts are suffering cuts in state aid, is slap in the face to hard working middle class families across New York State. Taxpayers can’t afford another four years of Andrew Cuomo as Governor.”
The governor has insisted that the idea will not merely cut down on recidivism, but also is “conservative” from a fiscal perspective because it costs less to educate a person than to incarcerate them, so keeping people from returning to prison is cost effective in the long term.
The Republicans – and even some Democrats – aren’t buying it.
There’s still the question of exactly how much this plan is going to cost, and how the governor plans to pay for it. He has said it’s about $5,000 per prisoner per year for college education, compared to $60,000 a year just to house a person in prison.
Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments did not include any money for the college-for-prisoners proposal, which he unveiled at caucus weekend hosted in Albany by black and Latino lawmakers.
A Democratic state lawmaker said Cuomo broached the subject late last week of possibly putting this plan into the budget, or even making it a stand-alone bill.
Both those ideas would give the governor some political cover, but all but certainly would not pass muster with the Senate Republicans – and even some conservative upstate Democrats. (Remember: Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer at first tried going it along on his ill-fated driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants proposal, but saw his plan shot down in the Senate).
A Cuomo administration official insisted the governor never had any such conversation, adding: “The initial phase of the program will be largely funded through federal grants – including college access grants – and the initiative does not require legislative approval.”
The Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized against the idea this past weekend, saying that if the state has cash to spare, it should spend it on the education of kids who aren’t behind bars.
Feb 24th - 6:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, Erie County and Albany. At 1:45 p.m., he’ll deliver a regional version of his 2014-15 budget address, Classics V Banquet Facility, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
At 8 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears on the “Today” Show for a Rockefeller Plaza ribbon cutting (and also to face off against Al Roker), 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Transportation and Public Safety hold a joint hearing to examine NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero report released last week, City Hall, council chambers, Manhattan. (NYC Public Advocate Tish James will attend).
At 11 a.m., Sandy survivors urge de Blasio and other city officials to take immediate action on rebuilding and recovery in hard-hit areas, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., during a news conference and rally, community and government officials call for continued state funding to maintain health care services at Interfaith Medical Center, which filed for bankruptcy in December 2012; 1545 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
At 11:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces a “major” jobs initiative, InspiriaMedia Corp. located at 10 Mitchell Place, 2nd Floor, White Plains.
At noon, de Blasio attends a meeting on Sandy recovery, hosting by Staten Island BP Jimmy Oddo, Borough President’s Conference Room, Staten Island Borough Hall, Staten Island.
Also at noon, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush delivers the keynote address at the Long Island Association’s annual luncheon, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.
Also at noon, the Empire Center holds a press conference to release a report on the estate tax, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.
At 1:15 p.m., de Blasio holds a press availability following his Staten Island event.
At 2:15 p.m., education-funding advocates hold a press conference following a stop in their week-long, statewide school funding tour, Cohoes Middle School, 7 Bevan St., Cohoes.
At 6 p.m., Sen. Greg Ball hosts a public forum on the Common Core, Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie.
Kerry Kennedy’s drugged driving trial starts today at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino reportedly has decided to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo next fall, but won’t announce for another week. He made the decision after getting commitments for at least $15 million in campaign cash – half of what Cuomo has on hand now.
The Public Campaign Action Fund, a national group that seeks to lessen the influence of big campaign donors plans today to unveil a $1 million advertising campaign aimed at promoting the public financing plan Cuomo included in his budget.
…here’s the ad in question.
The Moreland Commission has issued more than 20 subpoenas over the last month to lawmakers, their campaign committees and vendors in an investigation of the use of campaign cash to cover personal expenses.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will spend another $300,000 of public money to assist several law firms—including the one that employs him—as they fight subpoenas from a state anti-corruption panel.
Not on Cuomo’s official schedule: Home Depot founder Ken Langone is hosting a “Republicans for Cuomo” event at the Harvard Club at 8:30 a.m. this morning. The governor will pitch potential GOP backers of his re-election campaign.
Cuomo and IBM are set to announce a major economic-development agreement today that would preserve jobs in Dutchess County and expand the company’s high-tech footprint in New York.
Observers – and even some former rivals – say they don’t believe de Blasio’s early missteps will impact his ability to deliver on big-ticket items in the long term.
Bobby Kennedy Jr. called Andrea Peyser to plead the case of his sister, Kerry Kennedy, saying her future as a lawyer and professional human-rights activist could be negatively impacted if she’s convicted on a misdemeanor drugged driving charge.
The Alliance for Quality Education and Campaign for Fiscal Equity are gathering evidence from school districts around the state in preparation for a possible lawsuit over education funding.
Feb 23rd - 6:28 pm
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will face off against TV “Today” show weatherman Al Roker tomorrow, more than a week after de Blasio kept the city’s schools open during a paralyzing snow storm and Roker ripped him on Twitter for it.
Rep. Tom Reed’s Corning law office continued to operate under his name while he has been serving as a member of Congress, despite House ethics and American Bar Association rules that appear to bar that practice.
The Nets signed Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making him the first openly gay player in the four major American professional sports.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley sidestepped a question on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about whether he will pursue the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton gets in the race.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri didn’t rule out running for president in 2016 if Clinton does not, stressing the importance of a “voice” for the “heartland” of the country.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch says Cuomo is “way off base” with his college-for-convicts plan, and should spent extra money – if the state indeed has it – on education for law-abiding kids.
Even though he caused their demise in 2002, the Liberal Party would like to run Gov. Andrew Cuomo on its line this year. (There have been no official discussions with the Cuomo campaign as of yet).
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says state tax collections for the first 10 months of the fiscal year total $58.3 billion, up 4.2 percent from the same period a year earlier.
An upstate New York pharmaceutical sales representative was among three whistle-blowers to supply information to federal prosecutors leading to a $193 million settlement with makers of the Lidoderm Patch for marketing the pain reliever for unapproved uses.
New York City’s schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, met with more than 100 representatives from the city’s charter schools on Saturday morning, the first meeting between the group and the de Blasio administration since the mayor took office in January.
Former Republican NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s wife, Tamra, suffered a “sudden trauma to her lower spinal cord” and is recovering at the Rusk Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Fellow Republican governors said they’d welcome embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to their states to campaign this year, dismissing the idea that the scandal over bridge lane closings last year would keep him off the campaign trail.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew OpEds in favor of “truly universal” pre-K.
Mulgrew and SEIU 1199 President George Gresham met Friday with selected state legislators to urge them to support de Blasio’s pre-K plan.
The Deskovic Foundation, since its creation in 2012, has collected a small, tightknit brotherhood of exonerated inmates, a society of the wronged whose members have been forced to come together and assist one another in the absence of assistance from anyone else.
Former prosecutor Robert DeMarco announced he would seek the Republican party’s nomination to run for the state Assembly seat currently occupied by Al Stirpe.
Assemblyman Dan Stec volunteered to take on the concerns of the neighboring 113th Assembly District while the candidates eyeing the seat await Cuomo’s decision on whether to schedule a special election.
Who’s running for what in Western New York – Bob McCarthy compiles a list.
Cuomo is utilizing John Mack, a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley who the governor recently brought on to be an adviser on global trade, to help him navigate the titans of Wall Street.
Feb 21st - 4:45 pm
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s response to a reporter’s inquiry about his law-breaking DUV driver: “I gotta go to the gym.”
When former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was caught speeding, he called the reporter who nailed him a liar.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton watched the video of the mayor’s detail speeding and blowing through stop signs, and said he wasn’t “overly concerned by what I saw.”
First speeding, then jaywalking…which law will de Blasio flout next?
According to a DMV spokeswoman, both de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray ”have full and valid NYS driver licenses, with no tickets or other violations on their record.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced a budget amendment to provide for speed cameras in Nassau and Suffolk County school zones.
De Blasio and Cuomo celebrated the $8 billion federal Medicaid waiver at a private party at The Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan.
Michael Caputo, who worked on the “Draft Trump” movement, now says running for governor isn’t worth The Donald’s time.
The mayor of Lockport, recently under fire for the city’s poor financial condition and a controversy over use of his city credit card to pay for a money-losing golf tournament, has resigned.
The RNC outraised the DNC in January and continues to have a sizeable financial advantage heading into the 2014 election.
The Fix’s Chris Cillizza ranks Cuomo No. 8 on his list of the country’s 10 most popular governors.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito laid off 10 staffers today. She probably didn’t deliver the bad news personally, since she’s on vacation in Puerto Rico.
Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the award celebration for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting on March 24 in Washington, D.C.
De Blasio’s criminal record from his civil disobedience arrest last summer was officially sealed this week.
Cuomo did an about-face on a previously vetoed bill that allows the Long Island city of Long Beach to borrow up to $12 million to deal with budget deficits. (This is couched as a response to Sandy).
A potential LIRR workers strike has been postponed from its proposed March 21 date, but slow negotiations with MTA officials may cause the strike to resume in full force this July.
Geddes Town Supervisor Manny Falcone is tentatively scheduled to meet with Cuomo next week to discuss the SAFE Act.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won’t dine at the White House on his swing through Washington this weekend.
The number of farms in New York dropped 2.2 percent and farmland increased slightly between 2007 through 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Conservative congresswoman and one-time presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says America isn’t ready for a woman president.
EJ McMahon says one of Cuomo’s 30-day amendments (on PLAs) makes an “apparent concession to construction trade unions.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is counting on former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg “to work for humanity” in his new job as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
“What Upstate New York Can Teach the Rest of the Country About Living Well.”
Feb 21st - 6:24 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 9:30 a.m., the New York State Museum holds the “New York in Bloom” fund-raiser for children’s educational programs, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.
At 10 a.m., The Geraldo Rivera radio show includes an interview with Rep. Peter King, WABC.
Also at 10 a.m., The Brian Lehrer Show includes interviews with Personal Democracy Media’s Andrew Rasiej on broadband internet in New York and New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Vision Zero and potholes, WNYC.
At 10:10 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci hosts The Albany Report, WRCR AM 1300.
At 11 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblyman Karim Camara, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and MTA officials meet to discuss disputes in ongoing contract negotiations, and a threatened strike potentially scheduled to begin Friday, March 21; TWU Local 100, third floor, 195 Montague St., Brooklyn.
Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko joins local stakeholders call on House leadership to pass immigration reform, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala will deliver a regional version of Cuomo’s budget address, Hornell City Hall, City Council Chambers, 82 Main St., Hornell.
At 1:30 p.m., Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Binghamton Mayor Richard David to make an announcement about his efforts to help struggling homeowners statewide, Metro Interfaith Housing Management Corporation, 21 New St., Binghamton.
At 3:45 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, and advocates hold a press conference to discuss the LICH agreement, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., Local 372 hosts “Holding It Together with Unity, Strength and Power,” a Black History Month event, DC37 headquarters, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., Sen. Ruben Diaz, Assemblymen Luis Sepulveda and Marcos Crespo, and New York City Councilwoman Annabel Palma host “The African-American Abrazo,” Maestro’s Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.
Citing the “slow pace” of his appeal of Assembly sanctions that resulted from sexual harassment allegations against him, East Side Democratic Assemblyman Micah Kellner announced he won’t seek re-election.
The governor quietly released his 30-day budget amendments last last night. They include additional money for emergency preparedness and response and $19 million for capital projects at SUNY Stony Brook, but nothing more for pre-K.
Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall issued a joint statement celebrating what they called a “win-win agreement” to end all related litigation, including the pending lawsuit that has prevented SUNY Downstate Medical Center from selling LICH.
The settlement makes it seem unlikely that community groups and unions will see one of their crucial goals fulfilled: a full hospital with inpatient beds and an emergency room that can admit patients.
The De Blasio administration’s referred questions about his speeding and stop sign-blowing police-driven SUV to the NYPD, which said officers assigned to the mayor’s security detail get “specialized training in driving based on maintaining security as well as safety.”
The bad driving incident comes just two days after de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to address traffic deaths in NYC.
The violations racked up by de Blasio’s driver would have cost anyone else their license on the DMV’s point-penalty system.
In the face of New York’s mounting homeless crisis, de Blasio will announce today that his administration is removing more than 400 children from two city-owned homeless shelters that inspectors have repeatedly cited for deplorable conditions over the last decade
Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly will be unpaid for his advisory role at the governor’s proposed College of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Cuomo administration officials said.
Cuomo compared himself to a parent protesting the implementation of the Common Core, seeking to distance himself from the highly criticized roll out.
Facing a group of mostly Republican critics, Cuomo made an economic argument for allowing prison inmates to work toward college degrees, insisting it’s a “conservative” proposal – from a fiscal point of view.
A new decision from New York’s highest court makes it less likely that out-of-state residents who own houses or apartments in New York will be forced to pay city and state income taxes.
In a potentially landmark ruling, the court unanimously overturned the murder conviction of Adrian Thomas, who was convicted in 2009 of killing his 4-month-old son in Troy, and blocked his statements from any retrial.
The PSC voted 5-0 to freeze ConEd’s electricity and gas rates for millions of people. The plan will hold electric charges steady for two years and natural gas charges for three years.
Sen. Greg Ball’s office said the employee responsible for cribbing uncredited writing from an array of sources for use in his legislation has been fired. The senator would not identify the staffer who was terminated after a TU story exposed the plagiarism.
Feb 20th - 5:39 pm
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NYC and state officials have agreed on how to transition LICH to more of a community-based service for Brookyn, promoting outpatient care over more expensive emergency room treatment.
Jury selection began today in the trial of Kerry Kennedy, who was charged in 2012 after swerving her car into a tractor trailer and driving away.
One day after he entered the NY-21 race, Matt Doheny was endorsed by the state Independence Party.
Ohio Rep. Michael Turner says Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is only pushing her proposal to remove the investigation of sexual assaults from the military chain of command because she wants “attention.”
The DCCC raised $6.8 million in January – about half a million more than the $6.1 million its Republican counterpart brought in last month.
NYC has filled a record number of potholes in the first seven weeks of the year – including a really big one in Queens that Mayor de Blasio filled himself earlier today.
Just days after he announced an initiative to cut down on dangerous driving, de Blasio’s official car was caught on camera speeding and running stop signs.
Cuomo’s name won’t be on the ballot until November, but his re-election campaign is looking for phone bank help today.
The governor has all but won the pre-K battle, but can he deliver on his funding promises? Experts say no.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held his first town hall meeting since the George Washington Bridge scandal. (The focus was Sandy).
State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky is the first Cuomo administration member to participate in an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. The topic: Bitcoin.
The Leader-Herald thinks Cuomo’s lifetime adventure licenses are “too pricey” and should be cheaper – especially for New York residents.
George Marlin predicts NYC residents will flee to Long Island to escape de Blasio’s “progressive policies.”
Sen. Greg Ball will be paying more attention to bill memo language after Whalegate, and has also fired the staffer responsible.
…The memo mess led to a lengthy Twitter exchange between several reporters and Ball, who posted (gratuitous?) photos of his puppy.
The PSC approved a deal hammered out between Cuomo and ConEd in which the utility will abandon a proposed $420 million rate hike in favor of a three-year rate freeze.
First Lady Michelle Obama was in NYC today, trying to make drinking water “cool.”
VP Joe Biden is headed back to NYC Monday to tape interviews for “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “The View.”