Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Public Policy Institute of New York State and the Committee for Economic Development host a discussion forum on opportunities for businesses to partner with schools, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, 5 Computer Dr. South, Albany.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives of department store chain Macy’s Inc. preview the 38th annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks” display today and Saturday, as about 60 fireworks technicians from Pyro Spectaculars by Souza Inc. wire mortars and shells on three barges.

At 9:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the funeral for sanitation worker Steven Frosch, St. Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church, 990 Holzheimer St., Franklin Square.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy speaks at the Guthrie Corning Hospital Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 176 Denison Parkway E., Corning.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC officials, including the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, New York Water Taxi Chief Operating Officer Brian McCabe, business advocates and executives mark the seasonal resumption of free weekend ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, ferry dock, Fairway Market grocery store, 480-500 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., NAACP and elected officials, and faith-based groups call on Cuomo, AG Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to instruct the SUNY Board to suspend its deal with Fortis Property Group until justification for bypassing minority-owned business developers for the sale of LICH can be provided, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC officials, including Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Sen. Gustavo Rivera and children publicize the seasonal opening of 55 outdoor city swimming pools, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Crotona Park pool’s $1.6 million spray shower; Fulton Avenue and 173rd Street, the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., advocates, NYC and state officials and others discuss the city’s tentative $40 million settlement with five men who were wrongly convicted in a Wednesday, April 19, 1989, attack and rape of a jogger in Central Park; steps, City Hall.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella joins Hollis residents to announce new legislation he introduced to provide stricter oversight of federally-chartered banks by the State Department of Financial Services, in front of the former Capital One Bank, 204-12 Hillside Ave., Queens.

Also at 11 a.m., Democrats in the Westchester County Board of Legislators, community leaders and elected officials – excluding County Executive Rob Astorino – hold a press conference calling for the County’s continuing participation in Federal Community Development Block Grant, Ossining Aqueduct Park entrance, 165 Main St., Ossining

At 1:30 p.m. OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno will walk out of HQ for the last time, 165 Cadman Plaza East, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Etsy Inc. CEO Chad Dickerson, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, immigration and minority advocates and union officials call for passage of federal legislation to overhaul immigration laws; path behind the Battery Gardens restaurant, Battery Park, near State Street between Pearl and Whitehall streets, Manhattan.

At 2:45 p.m., de Blasio makes an announcement at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYC Pride holds official an rally to kick off the NYC Pride parade, Pier 26, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and IDC Leader Jeff Klein host the annual “New York Salutes America” boardwalk festival and fireworks extravaganza at Orchard Beach, the Bronx.

At 7:45 p.m., de Blasio speaks at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Annual Shabbat Service, The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.

Headlines…

The IDC’s abandonment of the Republicans to re-join the regular Democrats in a power-sharing deal is either an unmitigated disaster or a bonanza for liberal causes – depending on who you ask.

Sen. Tom Libous: “It’s basically Mayor de Blasio just doesn’t want to run New York City, he wants to run upstate New York and New York City, and some of things he represents is not what we represent in upstate.”

Senate Republicans are preparing to run against “ultra-liberal New York City radicals” who are working to empower “illegal immigrants” and stifle business, according to a set of talking points distributed to Republican senators.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos is relentlessly on message.

Despite their conceptual deal, leaders of both Democratic conferences have so far refused to call for an end to a half-dozen primary challenges to incumbent senators that were put in motion in recent months as the rival factions geared up for electoral war.

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Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to become the “de facto governor” if the Senate flips into the hands of downstate Democrats.

Business groups are wary of seeing the Senate return to Democrat control, and many say they fear their four-year streak of pro-business legislation will soon come to an end.

The New York Court of Appeals decided not to reinstate the ban on super-sized soft drinks that then-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported two years ago.

Sen. John DeFrancisco doesn’t think the GOP should challenge IDC member Dave Valesky, but the party is definitely seeking a candidate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today to add another 25 family-court judges in New York.

The NYC Council voted 43-3 to create municipal ID cards, giving the city’s half a million undocumented immigrants a way to prove their identity.

De Blasio in recent years has raised the rent for one apartment in the two-family house he owns in Park Slope, while freezing the rent for the other.

The conviction of former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook may be in jeopardy after a federal appeals court launched a probe to see whether spectators were improperly excluded from his trial.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito sported a T-shirt bearing a cartoon version of herself at today’s Council meeting.

Mark-Viverito insisted her endorsement of Sen. Adriano Espaillat was “helpful,” despite his failure to unseat Rep. Charles Rangel.

Support for Common Core among Americans with school-age children has fallen dramatically, a new Rasmussen poll found.

Thanks to Cuomo, state employees got an extra hour for lunch today “to cheer on Team USA in their match against Germany.”

…EJ McMahon did not approve.

Rep. Louise Slaughter watched the match, too.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino continues to slam Cuomo for the property tax flap over the home he shares with Sandra Lee.

Three Brooklyn councilmen once tied to disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez designated more than $440,000 in the NYC budget for the controversial non-profit Lopez founded.

The US Supreme Court today narrowed the president’s power to steer clear of Congress by making “recess appointments” to fill key federal positions.

Reaction was mixed to the state Environmental Facilities Corp.’s approval of a $511 million loan to finance projects associated with the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

“I’m in it to win it, my name is Action Jackson.”

 

Dawn of a New Era

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

-Abraham Lincoln

The rise of the tea party on the right has had a chilling effect on the national Republican Party. It’s led to fracturing between what are now called “mainstream Republicans,” and those who identify with the stricter interpretation of what it means to be a “real Republican.” When it came time for tea partiers to actually primary Congressional candidates however, the results were mixed. Eric Cantor’s loss, while shocking, appears to be a bit of an anomaly. But the fact that people like Thad Cochran and Lindsey Graham even had challenges in the first place tells you something about the civil war within the party.

What’s happening in New York, is a test case for the national Democratic Party. There is a clear split among the more progressive Democrats — emboldened by the Occupy Wall Street movement — and let’s call them the Clinton Democrats, pragmatic and more centrist. Our Governor fits into the latter category, Mayor de Blasio the former. But unlike with the national GOP, de Blasio and Cuomo were able to successfully avoid a major split here in New York State. Only it came at a price. When Cuomo took his video message to the Working Families Party convention last month and asked for their support, he promised to trash the current bi-partisan arrangement in the Senate that he has relied on to govern. Say what you will about Governor Cuomo, there is a fair argument to be made that on time budgets, capping the growth of public spending and reining in costs to state taxpayers through policies like the new Tier 6 pension plan have put New York on more solid fiscal footing. Many believe that none of this would have been possible without a partnership from the GOP in the Senate. don’t get me wrong…we still don’t exactly live within our means, but lots of New Yorkers don’t do so in their personal lives either.

So, while Cuomo and de Blasio prevented a damaging party fracture much like you see in the national GOP, they may have also set the stage for bumpier ride when it comes to passing legislation. One Party rule works perfectly in theory, but our system is designed with checks and balances for a reason. And sometimes having everyone agree about what party they belong to can also mean they disagree when it comes to just about everything else, including who is actually calling the shots. On the New IDC deal with mainline Democrats, GOP political consultant O’Brien Murray says,

Really what this is is politics at its worst. You had a situation here where Republicans were working with Democrats, reaching across the aisle in a non-partisan fashion, doing what is best for all New Yo5rkers. Now you have a situation where the extremists, Bill de Blasio and the Working families Party want to try to take over New York, and make it their vision of New York.

Insiders say the deal was solid for Cuomo, because now the base is more motivated to come out this fall. They have a mission, which is restore the Senate to Democratic control. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, we return to the status quo which benefits both Klein and Cuomo ( Although if Klein asks for Skelos’ hand again, Skelos may be even less willing to play ball then he was the last time around ). De Blasio meantime, secures his place in this progressive movement swelling up within the ranks of the Democratic party. If he can successfully control it by fusing it to the the more centrist elements, it puts him on solid footing when 2016 rolls around. Not so much as a candidate, but as a kingmaker. Someone who the progressive wing of the party will stand down for, albeit with concessions

 

 

 

 

NYSUT Pledges to Defend Teacher Tenure Against ‘Celebrity Dilettantes’

NYSUT is pledging to defend New York’s teacher tenure system in the face of a legal challenge backed by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s education reform organization.

In a lengthy statement, NYSUT President Karen Magee said the more than 100-year-old teacher tenure system in New York is “wildly misunderstood,” insisting that it is neither negotiated by teachers as part of their contract nor a promise of a job for life – even with poor performance or a history of mistreatment of students.

“Earning tenure in New York simply means that, if a teacher is accused of incompetence or wrongdoing, she is entitled to a fair hearing before she can be fired,” Magee said. “In the United States, we call that due process of law.”

“Well-off schools with the highest student test scores come under the same tenure law as struggling schools in high-poverty areas. Tenure is not a cause of low student achievement.”

Brown’s organization, the Partnership for Educational Justice, is assisting the families of six students in their plan to challenge New York’s tenure and seniority laws, arguing that it is too expensive, time-consuming and burdensome to get rid of bad teachers, which prevents kids from receiving their constitutionally mandated sound, basic education.

The move by Brown & Co. follows a ruling in California that struck down that state’s laws on tenure, dismissal and seniority on the basis that they disproportionately impact students in low-income and minority communities.

Magee said Brown “has got it all wrong” on teacher tenure, arguing that it protects students and teachers alike.

“While tenure is a necessary safeguard for a teacher wrongly accused of misconduct or incompetence, it also protects children’s right to a good education,” the NYSUT president said.

“Because tenure exists, teachers in New York state can — and do — challenge the state’s obsession with over-testing and how it hurts our students. Because tenure exists, teachers in New York state can — and do — stand up for decent class sizes, for art and music, and for the books and technology all students need.”

“Because of tenure, a teacher can stand up for his students in special education, for English language learners and for students who live in poverty. It means a teacher can’t be arbitrarily fired for challenging the status quo. While they may bill themselves as ‘reformers,’ the wealthy elite don’t want to address the real reason why some students in some of our schools are struggling — and that’s poverty.”

“If hedge fund millionaires and celebrity dilettantes were truly interested in guaranteeing students a quality education, they would join parents and unions in fighting for fair funding for all children, not just the affluent.”

The real problem, in Magee’s eyes, is that wealthy New Yorkers are trying to dismantle the publicly funded school system – complete with the powerful teachers unions – because they don’t want to pay their “fair share” in taxes to support the education of all children, not just the “elite.”

“NYSUT will mount an aggressive and vigorous challenge to any attempt to strip New York’s teachers of this essential and fundamental right,” Magee promised.

Espaillat Concedes to Rangel; Will Run for Re-election in Senate (Updated)

In a statement sent out this afternoon, Sen. Adriano Espaillat conceded the primary for the 13th congressional district to incumbent Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel. He also declared his candidacy for re-election to the state Senate.

Espaillat had held off on conceding to Rangel, saying he’d wait until “every single vote” was counted before admitting defeat. This comes after the senator’s last attempt to knock off Rangel in 2012 ended in an extremely tight race. As affadavit and absentee ballots continued to be counted in that election, the race grew tighter, eventually ending in a victory for Rangel of less than 1,000 votes.

But it seems Espaillat’s camp realized the vote deficit was too much to overcome this time around. Earlier today, the senator called Rangel to congratulate him on his victory and his long career in the House of Representatives.

Because of quirks in the scheduling of federal and statewide elections, this concession allows Espaillat to move on to a re-election bid. He has represented the 31st Senate District in Manhattan since 2011 after serving more than a decade in the state Assembly.

Espaillat’s concession statement:

“I want to express my deepest appreciation for all of the efforts of my supporters and volunteers on my campaign for Congress. My sincerest thanks goes out to the unwavering endorsements provided to me from all of the labor unions, newspapers, advocacy groups, elected officials, and community leaders.”

“Even though I will not be representing the 13th District in Congress, I will continue to fight for Opportunity for All. While much has been written about the politics of race and ethnicity within this District, there is no question that our campaign focused on bringing the community together around our shared needs and struggles.”

“Today, I am announcing my re-election campaign for the New York Senate from where I will continue to work to find new ways to bring jobs, affordable housing and immigration reform to our community, so that middle and working class families can thrive here.”

UPDATE: Espaillat’s decision to seek re-election comes on the same day former NYC Councilman Robert Jackson formally launched his campaign for the seat the senator would be vacating had he succeeded in his second attempt at ousting Rangel. So, it appears Espaillat has a primary battle on his hands this September.

Also, the DN notes that Espaillat told its editorial board back in June that he did not intend to try to hang on to his seat in the Senate chamber, saying: “This is not my plan right now, to go back to Albany I want to go to Washington, I want to make a difference, I want to bring about change to the district.”

Espaillat also switched gears and sought re-election back in 2012 after his first primary loss to Rangel. That was the first year that the state and federal primaries did not fall on the same day, thanks to the inability of legislative leaders to agree on a date.

Klein: To Be Clear, IDC Isn’t Rejoining Regular Dems

IDC Leader Jeff Klein this morning was adamant that the agreement he announced yesterday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo should not be interpreted as a return by his breakaway conference to the regular Democratic fold.

The five IDC members – assuming they all survive this campaign cycle – will be retaining their identity as members of their own conference, Klein told Susan Arbetter during an interview on The Capitol Pressroom, adding: “We were threated to come back to the Democratic fold or face primary challenges; we’re not saying that we’re rejoining the Democratic conference.”

“The proposed coalition is about getting a legislative agenda done, and we have to sit down and talk about how we can achieve that,” Klein said.

Klein said the IDC had served as a “strong, stabilizing force” during its partnership with the Senate Republicans, but the time has come to reassess that relationship in light of the fact that top progressive priorities like the DREAM Act, a statewide public campaign finance system and the Women’s Equality Act aren’t being allowed to the floor of the Senate for a vote due to the opposition of GOP Leader Dean Skelos.

The Bronx Democrat said he was moved to form the IDC back when the Senate was “dysfunctional,” but he is now optimistic that things have changed.

He did not, however, rule out the possibility of supporting candidates in the fall elections who might be interested in joining the IDC, explaining that there would be a “litmus test” of supporting the progressive agenda. He said the time to discuss the November elections and challenges to GOP candidates will come when the “dust settles” on the September primaries.

“While I agree and support bipartisan governing, I’m a Democrat; I want to elect Democrats,” Klein explained. “But I think now, we have to elect Democrats that actually support the issues the IDC has championed.”

IDC-Dem Deal Could Bring Valesky A GOP Challenger (Updated)

Perhaps they traded one problem for another?

The announcement yesterday of a post-election IDC-Democrat reunification in the Senate may result in fewer – or perhaps merely less strenuous – primary challenges against IDC members, but the deal could result in a GOP opponent for one member where none previously existed.

Onondaga County Chairman Tom Dadey issued a statement this morning raising “serious concerns” about the IDC-regular Democrat deal, and saying it will “will hand over the keys of state government to the New York City Democrats and the radical Working Families Party.”

“Putting liberal New York City interests back in charge of our entire state government would be a disaster for hardworking Upstate taxpayers, who would surely see their taxes go up and their state aid go down,” Dadey continued.”

As a result of this new development, Dadey said he is now exploring all options – including recruiting a Republican candidate to challenge Syracuse IDC member Dave Valesky.

Two years ago, the Onondaga County GOP gave Valesky a pass, declining to field a candidate against him.

That was a significant change from 2010, when Valesky was a top GOP target. And back in 2004, Dadey himself ran against Valesky on the Conservative and Independence Party lines.

Dadey’s presence that year on the ballot against the Republican incumbent, then-Sen. Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (a former Democrat), to whom he lost the GOP primary, split the vote on the right and created a narrow path to victory for Valesky.

The GOP was not at all happy about losing Hoffmann’s seat, and Dadey was persona non grata with former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno for some time.

Dadey went out of his way in his statement today to say that he personally likes Valesky, but just isn’t a fan of his politics at the moment.

Valesky had been facing a primary challenge from Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner, but upon learning the news of the IDC-Democrat deal yesterday Kessner sounded prepared to end her campaign.

UPDATE: A Democratic consultant emails a good point, writing:

“The Republicans made Valesky’s district much more Democratic (in the last round of redistricting). The county chair’s threat is empty – especially since Valesky has won in his former district, which was much worse. Same for (Sen. David) Carlucci.”

In other words, the threat of primary battles was actually more potent, and if that has, in fact, been neutralized, then the IDC members have a heck of a lot less to worry about this fall.

1st Tier 6 Rollback On Tap

Among a handful of so-called “pension sweeteners” passed in the final days of the 2014 session by both houses of the Legislature was a bill that would be the first rollback of Tier 6 – a pension reform championed and touted by the Cuomo administration.

In a CapTon interview that will air this evening at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the Empire Center’s EJ McMahon flagged the bill and sounded a note of caution for the governor.

According to McMahon, one of the key reforms of Tier 6 was to end early retirement for public employees, in which workers could retire as young as 55 after 30 years on the job and not see a reduction in their pensions.

But this bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Marty Golden, of Brooklyn, would restore the 55/30 standard for all unionized members of the unified court system, and also reduce the retirement age from 63 to 62.

This was a favor for the state’s 4,000 unionized court officers, who argued that they need early retirement because their job is uniquely stressful.

“That’s something everyone in every occupation would claim on a bad day,” McMahon noted, adding that if the governor signs this bill into law, it will set a bad precedent and endanger the modest reforms represented by Tier 6.

“Here’s the pattern of undoing previous so-called pension reforms going back 30 years,” McMahon said.

“One union starts the landslide. They get it undone – like the loose thread on a sweater. And then everybody comes up and says, ‘Well, they got this, we should have it, too. If the governor signs this, the other pieces will fall off in due order.”

McMahon also noted with distaste that this bill passed – as these things tend to do – “like greased lightning” on the session’s final scheduled day (June 19th) with no debate whatsoever.

An Uneasy Peace

From today’s Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senate Democratic leaders, labor union officials and even liberal activists are hailing the IDC’s announcement that it will rejoin the “regular” Senate Dems after the November elections.

But if this new relationship had a Facebook status, it would definitely be: “It’s complicated.”

First of all, this won’t be a straight reunification, but rather a new version of the power-sharing deal IDC Leader Jeff Klein struck with Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos back in 2013.

Klein has repeatedly said in interviews since the big announcement yesterday afternoon (made, by the way, via press release and without much fanfare) that the IDC will “live on” and “remain in tact.”

In other words, both Klein and whoever is leading the Senate Dems in 2015 – presumably the current leader, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins – will have to jointly agree on everything that comes to the Senate floor for a vote.

Also, as Capitol Confidential so neatly pointed out, the numbers in the Senate chamber at the moment mean that no one – not the Democrats OR the Republicans – has a clean majority without the IDC.

And no one really knows how those numbers will change after the November elections, which is why this deal won’t official go through until then – assuming it holds.

Also, keep in mind that there’s no guarantee a true Democrat-controlled majority would be able to pass all this progressive legislation everyone keeps talking about.

For example, neither Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. nor Sen. Simcha Felder (assuming he returns to the Democratic fold, too) will support a taxpayer-funded campaign finance system or strengthening abortion rights.

So, that’s two votes right there that the Senate Dems would have to find elsewhere if they want to pass two top priorities for both Cuomo and the liberal activist members of the WFP.

Klein was reportedly motivated to cut this deal now to avoid bruising primary challenges against himself and his fellow IDC members this September – though he is denying that.

But it’s not 100 percent clear if the primary challengers who have already announced their intentions to run – most notably Klein’s opponent, former NYC Councilman Oliver Koppell; and Sen. Tony Avella’s opponent, former NYC Comptroller John Liu – will stand down.

So far, Koppell is saying he’ll proceed as planned with his primary campaign against Klein, in part because he’s “skeptical” that the IDC leader will actually go through with his pledge to share power with his fellow Democrats.

It’s likely that if Koppell insists on soldiering on, the unions (which are already divided between him and Klein) and the WFP will slowly back away from him, leaving him without much support in his quest.

It could be a different story with Liu, who is hard-charging and ambitious and trying to work his way back into an elected post after coming in fourth in the 2013 NYC mayoral Democratic primary.

Unlike Koppell, Liu has the support of his home borough’s Democratic organization – in fact, Queens party leaders recruited him to challenge Avella as a punishment for the senator’s recent defection to the IDC.

And several unions that were key in negotiating the WFP endorsement deal of Cuomo that started the Senate reunification ball rolling – SEIU 1199 and HTC – will likely stick with Liu regardless of the IDC’s new power-sharing agreement, according to a labor source.

As for the other IDC members, their primary challengers were less far along in the process, and so their nascent campaigns are easier to kill in the cradle. But their departure from the field is not yet set in stone.

For example, MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli hasn’t yet agreed to terminate his nascent campaign to topple IDC member Diane Savino, a Staten Island senator.

And in Syracuse, Common Councilor Jean Kessner, who just picked up some key support from Assemblyman Sam Roberts in her fledgling challenge to Sen. Dave Valesky, also hasn’t yet formally ended her run.

She did, however, welcome the news of the IDC-Dem reunification and told the Syracuse Post-Standard that she’s likely to back down, saying: “(U)nless some really crazy glitch comes up, then we’re all set.”

Sen. David Carlucci, the IDC’s youngest member, reportedly has been the most anxious to see his conference strike a deal with the regular Democrats so he can potentially avoid a primary challenge from Clarkstown Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner.

According to a source familiar with these talks, Carlucci informed the Rockland County Democratic Party’s executive committee members two days ago that he would leave the IDC if a reunification deal failed to materialize.

The party had declined to endorse Carlucci this fall, and was flirting with backing Hausner.

Here and Now

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

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Boston, at 9 a.m. he’ll deliver remarks at UNITE HERE Constitutional Convention 2014, Hynes Convention Center – Ballroom A, B, C, 900 Boylston St.

At 9:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will hold a telephone town hall focused on issues and programs important to Hudson Valley seniors; call 202-225-5441 or click here to sign up.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks the Rochester Arc & Flame Center Commencement Ceremony, Rochester Arc & Flame Center, 125 Fedex Way, Rochester.

At 10:15 a.m., “irate” Westchester homeowners will announce a strike against opening their homes to tax assessors until Cuomo does the same, New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Ave., Chappaqua.

At 11 a.m., the Environmental Facilities Corporation holds a press conference on a plan to use clean water funds for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, 625 Broadway, Albany.

At 11:15 a.m., Rep. Charlie Rangel will be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony, Borinquen Health Center, 2265 3rd Ave., Harlem.

At noon, former NYC Councilman Robert Jackson formally announces his campaign for Sen. Adriano Espaillat’s seat, even though the senator lost his primary challenge to Rangel, 349 Cabrini Blvd., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Sens. Malcolm Smith, Toby Ann Stavisky and Martin Dilan join union officials, airport workers and advocates to rally for higher wages and better working conditions for airport workers at LaGuardia Airport, 94th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, Queens.

At 1:30 p.m., SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher joins Richard Buery, New York City deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives, for a convention on “cradle-to-career” partnerships, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th St., Manhattan.

Also at 1:30 p.m., NYPA and other groups make announcement about the New York Power Proceeds program, Diversified Manufacturing Factory Floor, 410 Ohio St., Lockport.

At 2 p.m., state Senate candidate Oliver Koppell argues that state Sen. Jeff Klein and his Independent Democratic Conference have harmed Bronx voters, 2016 Williamsbridge Rd., the Bronx.

At 2:30 p.m., Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill holds a media availability after meeting with Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar, 4000 Main St., Troy.

At 4 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Tish James hosts the 29th Annual Interfaith Convocation and City Hall Witness for Housing Justice, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio and NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray speak at an LGBT Pride Reception at Gracie Mansion, Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers a keynote address the state Republican Party’s annual dinner; Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan. (GOP LG candidate and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss will attend and speak).

At 6:30 p.m., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and executives from HHC Marketing’s TheMenEvent division and department store chain Macy’s Inc. present awards honoring contributions to the local gay community; ninth floor, 151 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino hosts a cocktail party, The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, 555 South Barry Ave., Mamaroneck.

Headlines…

IDC Leader Jeff Klein’s power-sharing deal with the regular Senate Democrats will “mirror” what he has now with the Senate GOP, which means he and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (presumably) will be co-leaders.

“You take a step back, and you have to reassess what you accomplished,” Klein said, explaining his reunifaction decision. “I think you celebrate your victories, but then at the same time, you have to think, ‘What can we get done in the future?’”

The arrangement is contingent on the outcome of the legislative elections this fall, though it is unlikely that Senate Republicans, with 29 members in the 63-member chamber, could pick up enough seats to ensure a majority in January.

Cuomo, who has spent the past three days at public events boasting of his bipartisan working relationship with Senate Republicans – including at a gathering Tuesday in Buffalo – praised the move by Klein, a Bronx Democrat.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos expressed confidence that the IDC-Democratic deal was born purely of political need and won’t hold, insisting that “cooler heads will prevail” after primary season is over.

Asked if he’ll stand by his pledge to re-join his fellow Democrats if the Republicans win an outright majority this fall, Klein replied: “We have to see what happens in the November elections.”

The E.F.C. is scheduled to vote today on a $511 million low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund to the New York State Thruway Authority for the bridge project, but the EPA is warning the move does not yet have federal approval.

NYC Council members approved a $75 billion fiscal 2015 city budget that was peppered with expanded services and new initiatives.

Cuomo’s campaign ad that claims he delivered on his promises to Sandy victims is getting a strong reaction from those who are still not back in their homes.

In some of his most extensive comments on the topic, Cuomo said that federal regulations designed to prevent fraud were one reason Sandy aid hasn’t reached thousands of people who need it.

Hillary Clinton has a “secret deal” with her top aide Huma Abedin to keep her troublesome husband Anthony Weiner out of the spotlight, sources tell Page Six.

AG Eric Schneiderman accused Barclays of falsely representing the concentration of high-frequency traders in its private trading platform, known as a dark pool.

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