Dec 3rd - 7:02 am
ICYMI: One of the 25 Moreland Commission members, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, said during a CapTon interview last night that the corruption-busting body is unlikely to train its sites on the executive branch, despite multiple calls (largely from legislators) to do so.
“I think we’re making a mockery of this whole process if we try to pretend that a group of us that’s been appointed by the attorney general and the governor is investigating the attorney general or the governor,” Mahoney told me.
“So, I never subscribed to that notion to start with, and there has been no conversations inside the Moreland Commission to do anything other than address public corruption and these instances that are outlined in this report, which are all legislative.”
Mahoney, a Republican who crossed party lines in 2010 to endorse Cuomo’s first gubernatorial run, went so far as to say it would be a conflict of interest for the commission to investigate the executive branch.
She said it would only be appropriate for an “independent” commission – in other words, one whose members are not appointed by the governor – to undertake that sort of probe.
Cuomo, as you’ll recall, stressed the Moreland Commission’s independence when he first announced its creation over the summer, saying its members would be free to consider any aspect of the state’s loophole-riddled campaign system they saw fit – including his own massive fund-raising operation.
“It’s an independent commission that is free to investigate whatever they feel needs to be investigated on the merits,” the governor said at the time.
But then came reports of the Cuomo administration’s micromanagement of the commission, including directing some subpoenas and blocking others from being issued.
Amid those reports, AG Eric Schneiderman, whose office was used by Cuomo to beef up the commission’s investigatory powers, reiterated that the body could not succeed unless it was truly independent, saying:
“It has to be to follow the money wherever it goes. I am opposed to anything that stands in the way of those goals.”
Mahoney also spoke about the tremendous pressure – from both inside and outside the commission – to include public campaign financing among the reform recommendations in the report released yesterday, though she shied away from saying the administration itself pushed for that outcome.
Mahoney was one of seven commissioners to sign onto a dissenting opinion about public financing, and told me last night she remains unconvinced that using taxpayer dollars – especially at a time when so many upstate cities are facing financial peril – to fund political campaigns is an idea that will sell to New York voters.
You can see my entire interview with Mahoney (which was conducted on the phone, as she was traveling back to Central New York from White Plains) here.
Dec 3rd - 6:41 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Tonight, he’ll attend his 56th birthday fundraiser at the Roseland Ballroom, with entertainment provided by Billy Joel.
At 11 a.m., the New Day New York Coalition will host a conference call to release a report showing the annual revenue and economic stimulus that the New York City government can generate by using its financial market power.
At noon, the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee will hold a public hearing on the impact of the equine industry on the state economy, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany.
From noon to 1:15 p.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter is sponsoring an event, hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology, to focus attention on critical importance of remote sensing to national security, Capitol Visitor’s Center, HVC 201, Washington, D.C.
At 12:30 p.m., Sen. Charles Schumer, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer andothers celebrate the grand opening of New York City’s first outdoor stage, Kaufman Astoria Studios’ Stage K, 36th Street between 34th and 35th avenues, Queens.
At 1 p.m., Sen. John DeFrancisco speaks at the opening ceremony of the New York Farm Bureau’s 2013 State Annual Meeting, Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool.
Also at 1 p.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. and Dr. Ruth Westheimer host the borough’s annual Chanukah celebration, Veterans Memorial Hall, Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.
At 2 p.m., NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio visits the Northside Center for Child Development, 302 East 111th St., Manhattan.
At 3:30 p.m., NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel and NYCEDC announce two initiatives to transform the city’s life sciences sector, Abby Dining Room, Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave., Manhattan.
Also at 3:30 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein hosts a Chanukah celebration at Bronx House Senior Center, 990 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., LaborPress honors NYC Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer at a holiday labor party and meet-and-greet with the New York City legislative delegation, NYC District Council of Carpenters, 10th Floor, 395 Hudson St., Manhattan.
At 7:30 p.m., de Blasio attends the New York Communities for Change end of the year gala, TWU Local 100, 195 Montague St., Brooklyn.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s corruption-busting Moreland Commission said in its first report that it had uncovered “deplorable conduct, some of it perfectly legal yet profoundly wrong; some of it potentially illegal,” and made recommendations for reform, but did not name names – yet.
The report focused entirely on the Legislature, ignoring the offices of governor, comptroller and attorney general despite scandals in recent years involving the first two. It also comes a day before Cuomo is set to host a fundraiser with a maximum ticket price of $50,000.
Many but not all of the commission’s recommendations resemble legislative proposals put forward by Cuomo near the end of the most recent legislative session, which was interrupted by multiple corruption scandals involving state lawmakers.
The commission proposed using public funds to pay for political campaigns, but the 25 commissioners were not unanimous on that issue – seven filed a dissenting opinion included in the final report.
The commission is using surveillance and analytic tools originally designed for counter-terrorism efforts in its ongoing investigations of state lawmakers.
Bill Hammond: “(S)ince the report offers little in the way of explosive new revelations, it’s hard to see how or why it will change minds in the public — or in the Assembly and Senate.”
IDC Leader Jeff Klein: “Now, six months after the Moreland Commission first convened, we find ourselves back at square one – negotiating a comprehensive ethics reform bill with the governor and members of the Legislature.”
Mayor Bloomberg on why he wasn’t at the MetroNorth train derailment scene: “What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or a police officer. There’s nothing I can do.”
De Blasio: “I’ll let the current mayor speak for himself about his choice. For me it would be, generally speaking, important to be there.”
Bloomberg refused to confirm reports that he stayed in Bermuda playing golf hours after the derailment, insisting his private schedule is off limits.
Dec 2nd - 5:17 pm
The NTSB says the MetroNorth train that derailed in the Bronx Sunday was traveling at 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie was “stunned” to read reports indicating he was ready to back Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014.
Happy Cyber Monday! The US Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over New York state’s taxes on purchases on websites like Amazon.com.
Mayor Bloomberg was golfing in Bermuda at the time of the deadly MetroNorth derailment, and did not stop his game after the accident occurred.
…the outgoing mayor showed up at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx Sunday night to check on victims of the derailment.
“For me, it would be, generally speaking, important to be there,” said Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Some crash victims are expected to be discharged from the hospital soon.
De Blasio says his plan to tax rich NYers to fund universal pre-K was “warmly received” by the Assembly Democrats.
The de Blasio family is reportedly warming to the idea of trading Park Slope for Gracie Mansion.
Mike Tackett, the Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News, has joined the New York Times as deputy political editor.
A federal judge has scheduled a new fraud trial in May for former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.
How the late activist Jon Kest helped pave the way for the de Blasio administration in NYC.
All the 2016 talk could put a strain on the relationship between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Cuomo has never evinced any concern at all about his state’s mass transit system. Indeed, he has sometimes seemed actively hostile to the idea of adequately funding, let alone expanding it.”
How might anticoagulants (if she’s taking one) impact Hillary Clinton’s health and longevity vis-a-vis 2016?
Perhaps the incoming NYC mayor doesn’t want a Council speaker whose politics are to the left of his own?
A new book looks at Bloomberg’s “hidden” environmental legacy.
The Assembly Ethics Committee is meeting Wednesday.
How do you think Cuomo, a WNY expert these days, would score on this Buffalo trivia quiz?
Dec 2nd - 3:07 pm
A reader with some time on his hands over the extended Thanksgiving weekend went to see “That Hopey Changey Thing,” an off-Broadway play about Democratic politics that currently on stage at the Public Theater. And he was so struck by the experience, that he flagged the production in an email to SoP.
The main character in the play, Richard, works in the New York attorney general’s office, and apparently lived through both the Spitzer and Cuomo administrations there.
The story seems to take place right around the time when former AG Andrew Cuomo is ascending to the governor’s office and handing things over to his replacement, former Sen. Eric Schneiderman, about whom Richard says: “He’s an Albany politician….the politicians like him because he’s a politician.”
I haven’t been able to locate any personal link between Spitzer and the playwright, Richard Nelson. But Nelson has a definite soft spot for the former AG, and he doesn’t seem to think much of his successor or of Albany, writ large.
That much is clear from the brief clip of dialogue that appears on the New York Times website, in which the main character, Richard, says:
“When Eliot resigned – that was a God-awful week – I’d almost gone to the governor’s office with him. I went up two, three times in the transition. You can’t imagine the jokers who are up in Albany. You can’t believe the incompetence, greed, the stupidity.”
“Eliot maybe came on a little too strong, sure, true. But all of us, we’d have walked off a cliff for him. It was harder for those who went to Albany, of course, But it was bad for the rest of us, too. We were crushed. Betrayed? I don’t know.”
“And then Andrew. You see with Andrew, everything is about politics. Celebrity politics. What gets noticed, what makes the impression. And so, he couldn’t forgo the opportunity, and he denigrated Eliot. He just sat on his carcass and ate. And I will never forgive him for that.”
Writes the reader:
“Ironically, despite the professed hatred here, in a later play (it is a series of four) the character is eventually lured to work in the Cuomo administration. Clearly the playwright had a good source (or two or three).”
Dec 2nd - 10:12 am
The Moreland Commission is holding a meeting via conference call from locations all throughout the state. Sources say the preliminary report is expected to go to Governor Cuomo this morning. He will then make a determination about the timing of it’s release. Technically speaking, it was due yesterday, December 1. But with the long holiday weekend, many of the Commissioners were away. The train derailment in the Bronx may also be a factor is dictating when the report is made public. Governor Cuomo has been taking the lead in managing the derailment crisis, and while establishing cause is now in the hands of the NTSB, the story will no doubt dominate the news cycle for at least a coupla more days.
Insiders had been saying Monday for the report’s release at the earliest, but others had been saying Tuesday all along. The much-anticipated report is expected to focus on mitigating public corruption, and may include a recommendation for publicly financed campaigns. New York City currently employs a system of public financing, and many participants hold it up as a model for success. However, critics counter that Citizens United has rendered common sense limits moot, and implementing the New York City system statewide would cost taxpayers nearly $300 million per year.
On Wednesday, advocates for clean elections plan to hold a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall. Their hope is that the report is public by then, and it includes the public financing component as one of it’s recommendations.
Dec 2nd - 6:27 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City today.
Bob Costas revealed at halftime during last night’s Giants-Redskins game that the governor would be appearing this morning on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer. (This interview will take place at 7 a.m.)
One of the victims of the MetroNorth derailment, Jim Lovell, 58, was an audio technician who frequently worked on TODAY and other NBC programs.
Lovell was reportedly headed to Rockefeller Center to prepare for the annual tree lighting at the time of the accident.
The TODAY show appearance is one of three live TV interviews the normally TV-shy governor will be sitting for this morning. (This is much the same approach he used after Superstorm Sandy).
Cuomo will also be on Good Day New York on Fox at 7:15 a.m. and New Day on CNN – the show co-hosted by his brother, Chris Cuomo, at 7:30 a.m.
Also widely expected today: Release of the preliminary report from Cuomo’s Moreland Commission, which was scheduled to make its first recommendations to the governor on Dec. 1 (yesterday).
NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is reportedly due to attend Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s annual holiday luncheon for Democratic conference members at 12:15 p.m., 250 Broadway. (Note: This is taking place in Manhattan, not Albany as originally reported).
It’s the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day.
At 8:30 a.m., LG Bob Duffy will make remarks at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Cross Border Huddle and Business Symposium, Real Sports Bar & Grill, 15 York St., Toronto, Ontario.
At 10 a.m., the NYC Council Committee on Finance holds a hearing on the creation of a database to track the expenditure of funds in connection with Sandy recovery efforts, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., Sen. Terry Gipson, Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander and others highlight legislation to designate the Wappinger Creek as an inland waterway, East Main Street in front of the Walgreens Pharmacy at Route 9, Wappingers Falls.
At 3 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg signs 11 bills, including one requiring that all the city’s official public meetings be either webcast or recorded on video.
Also at 3 p.m., Sens. Brad Hoylman and Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and others call for steps to end AIDS on World AIDS Day, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Attorney General Eric Schneiderman holds a community forum on environmental protection, labor rights, civil rights, health care and consumer fraud and protection, LaGuardia Community College, Little Theater, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Queens.
Also at 6 p.m., Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos attends a fundraiser for state Sen. Greg Ball, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains.
At 6:30 p.m., contenders for NYC Council speaker, including Daniel Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mark Weprin, speak at a panel on the council at New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.
This was the second time in less than five months that a train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
That particular curve in the tracks has a deadly history dating back years. But Cuomo insisted the cause of this derailment can’t just be the curve, noting trains regularly pass by there every day without incident.
Dec 1st - 1:35 pm
The Moreland Commission is poised to report recommendations this week, setting the stage for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to try to use the findings to push lawmakers to agree to change campaign-finance and other laws.
The Auburn Citizen would like the Moreland Commission to take a “hard look” at executive agencies, especially (in light of recent headlines) DOCCS.
The TU says Cuomo “needs to fight for campaign reform at least as hard as he campaigned on it.”
As of today, Cars with E-ZPass tags will now pay 75 cents more when they cross the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, or go through the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.
Semi-First Lady Sandra Lee had a busy Thanksgiving.
Greg David explains to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino why challenging Cuomo in 2014 would be a losing proposition.
Opposition to the Common Core standards has united parents that never were active before.
The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Starting tomorrow, state officials will begin reviewing 58 applications from people who want to be the next director of the New York State Fair.
Cuomo’s administration said it is open to reforming the state’s tax-credit system for redeveloping contaminated sites after a pair of reports criticized the effectiveness of the incentive.
The Journal News likes the idea of a circuit breaker, but also wants to see long promised mandate relief.
The NYT says de Blasio should not abandon stop-and-frisk entirely, but “he needs to make sure that police officers know to conduct stops only when they have legitimate probable cause, in a manner that complies with the Constitution.”
What courts in New York collect the most fines? You’ve probably driven through the jurisdictions of a number of them.
Chronicling the difficulty of working for minimum wage.
Nov 29th - 3:18 pm
…in case you’re in need of some postprandial distractions (hopefully, you’re well into the leftovers by now, and done braving the Black Friday crowds). Try to get outside, too. It’s beautiful – though admittedly a bit chilly – out there.
Happy shoppers seeking holiday deals today instead found violence in several stores across the country. Some crimes even occurred on Thanksgiving, as many retailers opened early.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage and has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”
An IG investigation found the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, “without justification and contrary to state policy,” gave permission to 64 correctional facility superintendents and 16 other staffers to use vehicles to commute to and from their jobs.
The federal government has approved funding to start a $50 million flood-mitigation project along the Queens waterfront to better protect Howard Beach against rising sea levels and storm surges similar to those that caused extensive damage during Sandy.
The balloons flew after all during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but they were closer to the ground than usual, due to high winds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his three daughters were at the Empire State Plaza’s Concourse Cafeteria Thursday to join the volunteers at the annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day community dinner.
Mayor Bloomberg spent his last Thanksgiving in office at the venerable Bowery Mission. The soup kitchen has been serving hot meals to hungry New Yorkers for more than a century.
NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will start making appointment announcements next week.
Sasha Obama, now 12 years old, will have a big say in where her family goes after her father’s stint at the White House is over.
The de Blasios are trying to decide whether to leave Park Slope for the Upper East Side – it’s a tough choice.
In a new campaign timed for Thanksgiving, the NRA says Bloomberg is “full of stuffing”
The NYT gives outgoing Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz a send off.
A plan to introduce a vote of “no confidence” in Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner at the Tuesday meeting of the Democratic Town Chairs Association never materialized. Instead, there was an 18 to 0 vote in support of his chairmanship.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who both hired and fired former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, thinks Bratton should get his old job back.
Giuliani campaigned against de Blasio, but likes all his potential picks for NYPD commissioner.
ObamaCare is going to push 300,000 additional New Yorkers onto the Medicaid rolls by next year — a hefty 7.3 percent increase, Cuomo’s budget office predicts.
New York’s air quality is benefiting from a fracking-fueled drilling boom in next-door Pennsylvania.
A number of New York House members – including Reps. Joe Crowley and Paul Tonko – have members of their respective staffs edit their Wikipedia pages.
Bangladeshi immigrants, who represent less than 1 percent of NYC’s population, now make up between 10 percent and 15 percent of its 3,000 traffic agents.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new poll of voters in swing-state Pennsylvania.
SUNY officials have ordered a business with $22.4 million in contracts with Upstate Medical University to stop paying current and former employees of the Syracuse school. The payments are questionable arrangements that are being probed by at least two teams of state investigators.
Unlike his fellow NYC Council speaker candidates, Mark Weprin is making his pitch on the airwaves.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing plans to hold surprise inspections on New York dairy farms after it found that the industry had a high number of accidents and fatalities.
Nov 27th - 4:55 pm
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A holiday blog note: The CapTon team will be taking tomorrow off (as, hopefully, will you, dear readers). There will be minimal posting on Friday, too. Expect the weekend round-up on Sunday afternoon.
Of course, all this assumes there is no major breaking news, for which we will push ourselves away from the turkey and re-join you all here.
CapTon viewers take note: There is no show tomorrow. We will return at the regularly scheduled time of 8 p.m. (and 11:30 p.m. for the re-air) on Monday, Dec. 2 – hopefully with news of the Moreland Commission’s preliminary report, which is technically due out on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Enjoy your time with family and friends. And now, the headlines…
A top NYPD official is optimistic that large balloons will be featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, despite the weather.
WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor won’t be taking a job with the de Blasio administration.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says a report that claims he’s been tapped by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to return to his old job as the city’s top cop is untrue.
The incoming mayor says a substantial, organized campaign will soon be launched to get the Legislature to pass his plan to tax the rich and use the proceeds to fund universal pre-K and after school programs.
Secretary of State John Kerry has a new puppy.
The Cuomo administration posted photos of the governor helping the NY Guard deliver Thanksgiving meals today.
At least four Republicans are considering a run against Democrat Sen. Terry Gipson next year in a district that includes parts of Dutchess and Putnam counties.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a report previewing the state budget cycle in all 50 states, and puts New York somewhere in the middle of most metrics.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders explains why he’s considering a run for president in 2016.
Ben Fried explains NYC’s “fundamentally regressive” tolling system.
PEF has gone to court to block a new state rule that requires health care workers to wear face masks if they don’t get flu shots.
Peter G. Pollack on why New York needs third parties, politically speaking.
The Putnam County DA rape case leak scandal caught the attention of the National Enquirer.
New York City is considering banning the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.
Actor Aleb Baldwin might be ready to give up on NYC.
LIPA has agreed to take on $263.5 million in new charges as trustees approved settlement of a decade-old pension dispute with National Grid.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye has been subpoenaed to explain why two inbound lanes of the GW Bridge from Fort Lee were shut without notice, causing massive traffic tie-ups.
Popcorn the turkey won the presidential pardon sweepstakes.
Um, what happened to that rule of thumb about avoiding the topic of politics at the Thanksgiving table?
Nov 27th - 6:40 am
Happy day before Thanksgiving! The wintery weather (which, by the way, forecasters insist is NOT a Nor’easter), could make traveling difficult. Be careful out there, and allow extra time to get to your destination.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose travel plans were scuttled by Mother Nature yesterday, is hitting the road again.
He’s scheduled to be in Westchester, Bronx, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and he’s getting into the holiday spirit by delivering donations all around the state.
At 9 a.m., he’ll drop off his offerings at the Nepperhan Community Center, 342 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.
At 10 a.m., he’ll be at Part of the Solution, 2759 Webster Ave., the Bronx.
At 11:15 a.m., Cuomo will stop at the Kennedy Memorial Park Community Room, 335 Greenwich St., Hempstead.
At 12:30 p.m., he’ll be at Long Island Cares, Inc., 10 Davids Dr., Hauppauge.
Other happenings today…
At 8:30 a.m., Port Authority officials hold media availability about holiday travel and customer service initiatives; LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building, on the departure level near the food court, Manhattan.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., about 50 clergy and members of NYC faith communities will hold a mock Thanksgiving meal outside Rep. Michael Grimm’s Brooklyn office with empty chairs representing detained or deported immigrant family members; 7308 13th Ave., Brooklyn.
At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Chuck Schumer will visit St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse to promote a plan by the hospital to coordinate care at home for elderly Onondaga County patients through the use of telemonitoring and other strategies.
At 11 a.m., the New York City Coalition Against Hunger discusses its annual survey on demand at soup kitchens and food pantries and findings on food insecurity in New York, Part of the Solution, 2759 Webster Ave., Bronx.
At 11:06 a.m., Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.
At noon, Rep. Chris Gibson will speak at the Kingston Rotary All Service Luncheon, Frank Guido’s Little Italy, 14 Thomas St., Kingston.
At 12:45 p.m., NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio volunteers with his wife, Chirlane McCray, at Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, 2004 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
At 2:30 p.m., Rep. Hakeem Jefferies and Public Advocate-elect Letitia James join the New York City Coalition Against Hunger to discuss an annual survey on demand at soup kitchens and food pantries and findings on food insecurity in New York, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, 2004 Fulton St., Brooklyn.
At 4:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will serve a pre-Thanksgiving dinner to families at New York Common Food Pantry, 8 East 109th St., Manhattan.
At 5:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg attends the Inflating of the Parade Balloons on 77th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., Gibson will speak at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Ceremony, Stuyvesant Reformed Church, Stuvesant.
Also at 7 p.m. (and 10 p.m.), NY1′s “Road to City Hall” features Queens Councilman and Speaker candidate Mark Weprin.
Today’s Q poll finds 63 percent of New York voters support Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich and use the proceeds to pay for universal pre-K and after-school programs. Also, 37 percent believe creating jobs should be Cuomo’s top priority in 2014.
Cuomo vowed to aggressively push for state tax cuts next year — casting further doubt on NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise city income taxes on the wealthy.
The governor said his intention to once again hold the growth in state spending to 2 percent in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins in April, would help offset any drop in revenues from tax reductions.