Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany and New York City.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have lunch with bicameral tax conferees, after which, the president will participate in the swearing-in of Judge Gregory Katsas to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Later in the afternoon, Trump gives remarks on tax reform.

At 10 a.m., the Assembly holds a public hearing on immigrant access to health care, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission holds a public meeting, 33 Beaver St., 19th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a Hanukkah celebration and menorah-lighting ceremony, 5625 Arlington Ave., the Bronx.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo will announce the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council Awards, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany. (LG Kathy Hochul will also attend).

Also at 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli visits Ridgewood Savings Bank, 1035 Fulton St., Brooklyn.

At 12:30 p.m., the Correctional Association of New York releases a new report about Southport Prison, alongside state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, advocates, survivors and family members, 250 Broadway, 22nd floor, Room 2225, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., DiNapoli visits Spring Bank, 69 E. 167th St., the Bronx.

At 2:30 p.m., the NYC Franchise and Concession Review Committee holds a public meeting, 2 Lafayette St., 14th floor conference room, Manhattan.

At 4:45 p.m., Workmen’s Circle and five other Jewish organizations gather at the #NotTheWhiteHouseChanukahParty to recommit to fighting for justice in the year ahead, Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave., fifth floor, Manhattan.

At 5:30 p.m., the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds its annual meeting, 100 Church St., 12th floor, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Hochul attends the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Holiday reception, The Downtown Association, 60 Pine St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the NYC Panel for Educational Policy holds a public meeting, High School for Fashion Industries, 225 W 24th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul delivers remarks at a Manhattan Chamber of Commerce event, TD Bank, 125 Park Ave., Manhattan.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has three holiday parties closed to the press today, all at Gracie Mansion. The first is for city leaders, the second is the annual Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City celebration, and the third will be for members of the NYPD Intelligence Division.

Headlines…

Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic U.S. Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance in Alabama, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican.

The upset delivered a significant victory for Democrats and reduced Republicans’ unstable Senate majority to a single seat, which could snarl Republicans’ legislative agenda in Washington and open, for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate next year.

After the race was called by the AP, Moore declined to concede defeat, saying he believed that the margin of victory could narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount. “Realize that when the vote is this close that it’s not over,” he said. “We also know that God is always in control.”

The Alabama Republican Party said it would not support Moore’s push for a recount, and the state’s Secretary of State expressed doubt on Twitter that such an undertaking would change the outcome of the race.

President Donald Trump congratulated Jones in a tweet on his “hard fought victory” and said Republicans will “have another shot at the seat in a very short period of time.”

“Tonight, Alabama voters elected a senator who’ll make them proud,” Hillary Clinton tweeted. “And if Democrats can win in Alabama, we can – and must – compete everywhere. Onward!”

Steve Bannon, an adviser to a top pro-Trump super PAC and ex-top White House aide, says the results of the Alabama special election are going to make Republicans and Trump supporters “start panicking.”

Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scrambling to reach agreement on a final tax bill that they hope to pass next week, are coalescing around a plan that would slightly raise the proposed corporate tax rate, lower the top rate on the richest Americans and scale back the existing mortgage interest deduction.

Following Trump’s example, many of the world’s autocrats and dictators are taking a shine to the term “fake news,” employing it as a tool for attacking their critics and, in some cases, deliberately undermining the institutions of democracy.

Trump put himself once more at the center of the sexual harassment debate, repeating his contention that the women who have accused him of misconduct fabricated the allegations and describing U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of his leading critics, as a “lightweight” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

Trump’s attack on Gillibrand sparked a fierce backlash, as critics said the president made an outlandish and sexually suggestive accusation against the Senate’s foremost fighter against sexual harassment.

Two FBI agents assigned to the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text messages referring to the future president as an “idiot,” according to copies of messages turned over to Congress last night by the Justice Department.

A federal judge in Chicago ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker’s conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students.

A federal judge rejected attempts by four of the Buffalo Billion defendants to move next year’s corruption trial to Buffalo, keeping the high-profile case in lower Manhattan instead.

Ten female employees say they were sexually harassed by Ken Friedman, the owner of the Spotted Pig in New York City. Dozens described it as a toxic workplace fueled by fame and fear.

An after-hours space on the third floor of the tony Village hot spot is reportedly known among workers and industry insiders as “the rape room” — where public sex is on display.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he’s gone to the Capitol Police about a bogus sexual-harassment complaint that has been circulated to the media in an apparent attempt to smear him.

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In an early-morning tweet, Trump took aim at U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who called for him to resign sue to sexual harassment allegations, deeming her a “lightweight” who once begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” to get them.

The president also called New York’s junior senator a “total flunky” who blindly follows Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Gillibrand called the president’s comments a “sexist smear attempting to silence my voice,” adding: “I will not be silenced on this issue, neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “There’s no way this is exist at all; this is simply taking about a system that we have that is broken.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has herself been a frequent target of Trump’s criticism, slammed the president on Twitter for “trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame” Gillibrand.

Schumer said Trump’s tweet was “nasty” and “unbecoming” of his office, suggesting that the president “ought to stop tweeting and start leading.”

Trump’s Twitter attack on Gillibrand is fueling Democratic calls for congressional hearings on the president’s own alleged past sexual misconduct, with some even joining the call for him to resign.

When asked for the first word that pops into their heads when they think of the commander-in-chief, U.S. voters gave such glowing descriptors as “idiot,” “liar” and “a**hole,” according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Actress Meryl Streep said she thinks that if more women were in positions of power in Hollywood then the industry would not have tolerated or enabled the behavior of influential alleged predators like Harvey Weinstein.

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore rode a horse up to his polling place on horseback this morning to cast his vote in a special election that has improbably electrified the nation.

Gillibrand and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio unveiled a bipartisan bill to change truck safety standards and help prevent the kind of truck-car crashes that killed four people this summer on Interstate 81 in Oswego County.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to spend nearly $25,000 on a privacy booth for his office.

The Justice Department lawsuit to block the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger has an unexpected fan: former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Authorities in Bangladesh said that alleged Port Authority bomber Akayed Ullah was not on the country’s terror list, and they are not sure when he left his homeland.

Prosecutors filed federal terrorism charges against Ullah. The five charges include use of weapons of mass destruction, provision of material support to the Islamic State and bombing a place of public use.

Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden tried to pull over a bicyclist by impersonating a cop — and then his wheelman ran a red light and drove into oncoming traffic to get away when the cyclist snapped the pol’s picture, according to the cyclist.

For the second consecutive week, the first two hours of the “Today” show – minus Matt Lauer – surged ahead of the show’s main rival, “Good Morning America” — not only capturing its usual lead among people between 25 and 54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers — but among overall audiences as well.

Republicans are more forgiving than Democrats when it comes to the personal issues of a candidate who’s running for public office, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll that shows GOP voters care more about policy positions.

The tax reform bill is highly unpopular among the American people, a new Marist poll finds. In fact, a majority of U.S. residents (52 percent), including more than one in five Republicans (22 percent) and one in five Trump supporters (20 percent), think it will mostly hurt their personal family finances.

First Lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump’s 2017 New York mayoral election votes did not count after the two reportedly failed to follow absentee ballot instructions.

Judith Clark, the getaway driver in a deadly 1981 heist of a Brink’s truck, sued the state Board of Parole, saying it had unfairly denied her bid to be released by treating her “as a symbol of crime rather than as an individual.”

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick visited a Rikers Island jail for a surprise visit with inmates, drawing immediate rebuke from the union representing New York City correction officers, which promptly yanked its sponsorship of a Christmas tree lighting celebration.

Five New York City Ballet dancers — one of whom still works with the company — have accused Peter Martins, the ballet master in chief who has since been put on leave while allegations are investigation, of threatening or physically abusing them and others in the company.

The Empire Center: New York laws encourage a proliferation of civil suits seeking damages for various kinds of alleged wrongful actions, known in legal terms as “torts.” The resulting liability costs have been estimated at $20 billion a year – or more than $2,700 per household.

Edwin M. Lee, an affordable housing advocate and technocrat who became the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of San Francisco, died early today of undisclosed causes after reportedly collapsing at a supermarket. He was 65.

Gillibrand: Trump’s Response A ‘Sexist Smear’

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pushed back against a tweet by President Donald Trump on Tuesday in which he suggested she would “do anything” for the political support of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The tweet from Trump was in response to Gillibrand’s call for the president to resign after women who accused him of sexual assault and harassment re-told their allegations on Monday.

“I think the president was using a sexist smear to try to silence my voice and silence the voice of the many survivors who came forward yesterday,” Gillibrand told reporters. “He’s not going to silence me and he’s not going to silence them.”

Gillibrand has pointedly distanced herself from former President Bill Clinton in recent weeks, saying that in this era of understanding sexual harassment, he would have had to resign.

Gillibrand denied her comments on the former president were spurred by political opportunism.

“This is not about any one president or any one person,” she said. “Sexual violence is a scourge, it’s across all industries.”

Schneiderman Blasts Acting Consumer Board Chief

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday said his office and a coalition of attorneys general around the country would continue to enforce consumer protection laws amid turmoil at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board.

Schneiderman, in a letter signed by the AGs, knocked the acting director, Mick Mulvaney, who took over the agency amid a leadership dispute with the departing, Democratic-nominated head.

The letter notes Mulvaney has been critical of the board’s functions and enforcement powers.

“Such statements about an agency that has helped millions of American consumers and achieved fundamental reform in a number of critically important areas of American commerce are categorically false, and should disqualify Mr. Mulvaney from leading the agency, even on an acting basis,” the letter states.

“As the top state law enforcement officials charged with investigating consumer complaints of fraudulent, deceptive and abusive financial practices in our respective states, we know from first-hand experience that the need for strong consumer financial protection is undiminished in the years since the financial crisis.”

Judge Won’t Move Buffalo Billion Case To Buffalo

A federal judge on Tuesday turned down a request from upstate developers and former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros to hold their upcoming trial in western New York, according to court filings.

Denying the change of venue from New York City to Buffalo was part of a slew of denials in pre-trial motions made by defense attorneys over the last several weeks. The filing was made public Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni.

Attorneys for the developers LP Ciminelli had argued that holding the trial in Buffalo would have made it easier for them to be closer to home. At the same time, their attorneys argued many of the alleged incidents that resulted in the fraud and bribery charges took place in western New York.

But Caproni was unconvinced.

“While the moving Defendants live with their families in Buffalo, and some witnesses reside in Buffalo, there are also important witnesses elsewhere. And while certain relevant events allegedly took place in Buffalo, other events relevant to the allegations against the moving Defendants took place outside of Buffalo,” she wrote.

Set to begin next year, the trials are expected to center on the web of influence used to secure contracts and other economic development projects as part of the state’s effort to create jobs. A former close aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco, will go on trial next month in connection with charges of fraud and receiving bribes.

Caproni also denied a series of motions that challenged pre-trial statements made by then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired in March by President Donald Trump. That motion had been made for attorneys representing developers at COR Development.

Caproni wrote in her ruling that she found the argument that the grand jury was unduly swayed by Bharara’s comments — including his catchphrase “stay tuned” — unpersuasive.

“The statements and actions highlighted by the Syracuse Defendants do not constitute evidence of prejudicial preindictment publicity,” she wrote. “The public statements from the then-U.S. Attorney were properly qualified as allegations the Government intended to prove, did not express opinions of guilt, and were couched in generalities.”

Caproni by Nick Reisman on Scribd

Kolb Doesn’t Rule Out Primary For Nomination

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on Tuesday became the first Republican candidate to officially enter the 2018 race for governor.

In an interview Tuesday morning, Kolb did not rule out a primary campaign if no preferred nominee emerges from the Republican convention later this year.

“I would hope that we would come out of the convention unified behind one candidate,” he said. “I think that’s best for everybody. But if that doesn’t work out and we have a primary, then we have a primary. We’ll see. That’s how democracy is.”

Kolb may have some company in the GOP field for governor, which may include businessman Harry Wilson, state Sen. John DeFrancisco and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra is also considering a campaign.

The last Republican primary, in 2010, was held between businessman Carl Paladino and former Rep. Rick Lazio, with Paladino ultimately emerging as the winner. He would lose to Democrat Andrew Cuomo that fall.

Wilson in particular is seen as a strong candidate by Republican chairman due to his personal wealth.

“If you look historically the wealthiest person doesn’t always win the race,” Kolb said. “Ultimately people don’t care about how much money you have. They care about whether you’re going to represent them.”

He added: “I don’t think the size of the bank account is going to determine the nominee.”

Kolb and Molinaro had previously hinted at a possible joint ticket. For now, Kolb says it’s up to Molinaro to enter the race.

“Marc has got to make his own announcement as far as what he wants to do,” he said. “We’ll have to wait for him to make that decision.”

Cuomo is seeking a third term next year. Kolb believes Cuomo is vulnerable, pointing to the upcoming corruption trial of the governor’s former aide, Joe Percoco.

“He’s not transparent in terms of our economic development policies,” Kolb said. “You have to pull teeth in terms of how these deals are constructed and who’s benefiting.”

Tenney Backs Bill Strengthening Hate Crimes Law

From the Morning Memo:

Rep. Claudia Tenney backed a bill Monday that would boost hate crimes provisions by increasing federal penalties for violent threats made against religious institutions.

The bill was approved Monday by the House of Representatives, classifying violent threats against institutions like churches, synagogues and other religious sites as hate crimes.

“Religious liberty is a founding principle of our nation and expressly granted to all citizens in the United States Constitution. Every American should have the ability to practice their faith without threat or fear of violence,” Tenney said.

Tenney pointed to threats made against Jewish Community Centers earlier this year in upstate New York, including facilities in Vestal, Dewitt and Albany.

“It was particularly disturbing that the threats targeted centers that serve such a large population, including children and seniors,” she said. “Any threat like this against a religiously affiliated institution is simply unacceptable, and the passage of today’s bill is a step in the right direction toward ending this violence and hate.”

Kaminsky Applauds Regents’ Diploma Decision

From the Morning Memo:

The decision by the state Board of Regents to provide a pathway for differently abled students to obtain a high school diploma was applauded this week by Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who had pushed for the issue.

Kaminsky had urged the Regents to take up the issue that offers an alternative from what he calls a “one-size-fits-all” path of securing a diploma through Regents exam scores.

Kaminsky has pushed the state Education Department for the last two years to consider different paths for earning a high school diploma that would boost students with developmental and learning disabilities.

The Regents had previously adopted the requirement that students pass five examinations in order to receive a high school diploma. There was a “safety net” option of earning a 55 or above on three of those exams.

But an alternative emerged: the CDOS Commencement Credential. But the credential isn’t recognized by the military and many employers.

“This major step will unlock a world of opportunity for kids whose potential has been stymied by an unyielding bureaucracy,” Kaminsky said. “I have met with far too many students who demonstrate a clear ability to succeed on the next level, but have been unfairly prevented from receiving a diploma. Some of these students may go on to change the world and I look forward to seeing what they will achieve.”

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Voters go to the polls today in a nationally watched U.S. Senate race in Alabama, where the GOP establishment is backing Roy Moore, despite the fact that he has been accused of pursuing and harassing underage girls years ago.

Both parties are pulling out all the stops in the campaign’s final hours, sending in all sorts of big guns to stump on behalf of their respective candidates.

The polling for the race between Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, is all over the map. So who will be winning today is really anyone’s guess.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

This afternoon, President Donald Trump will sign H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

Trump will then meet with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.

At 8:30 a.m., UFT President Michael Mulgrew hosts a public discussion with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie about the upcoming legislative session, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the grand opening of the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine, 955 Main St., Buffalo.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Council on Education meets, 600 E. Sixth St., Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a public hearing, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the Assembly holds a public hearing on the Excelsior Scholarship and the Enhanced Tuition Awards programs, Legislative Office Building, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the state Senate holds a public hearing to elicit comments on what measures the state can implement that will provide a direct economic impact to farmers by enhancing their bottom line, Legislative Office Building, Van Buren Hearing Room A, Albany.

Also at 10 a.m., the NYC Parks and Recreation Department and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection open Brookfield Park, completing its transition from landfill to park, Brookfield Park, Brookfield Avenue and Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will make an announcement regarding the City’s use of cluster housing, 1283 Westchester Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Department of Health holds the second meeting of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative – Long Term Care Need Methodologies and Innovative Models Workgroup, Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the state Board of Regents meets for an executive session, state Education Department, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At noon, the Police Athletic League luncheon features former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, 320 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Also at noon, Color Of Change, Voices of Community Activists and Leaders New York and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund deliver a petition and hold press a conference demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigate the bail bond industry in New York, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., the Assembly holds a public hearing on the adequacy of funding for prevention, treatment and recovery services, 250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin and a diverse coalition of affordable senior housing advocates announce their support of the senior housing plan for Mott and Elizabeth streets, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds a public hearing, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli participate in a town hall meeting, Jerome Parker Education Complex, 100 Essex Dr., Staten Island.

Headlines…

The White House claimed the Port Authority bombing could have been prevented if President Trump’s policies against “chain-migration” were in place.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will be increasing security as a precautionary measure after the Port Authority Terminal attack that led to the arrest of one disgruntled man who detonated a low-tech pipe bomb, injuring himself and three other people.

Cuomo, in a series of cable news appearances, noted that the suspect in the botched bombing, Akayed Ullah, likely downloaded bomb-making information from the web, and said internet service providers may need to start sounding the alarm when people frequent such sites.

The family of the alleged bomber said they were “heartbroken” by the attack and blasted law enforcement agencies for what they claimed were heavy-handed tactics by investigators.

The ISIS-inspired suspect was reportedly trying to exact revenge for Israeli actions in Gaza, and told investigators he picked the specific hallway to try to detonate his device because of Christmas posters.

As the authorities searched for clues, those who knew Ullah described an ordinary immigrant life in Brooklyn.

The alleged bomber fashioned his crude explosive device out of pipe, a battery, sugar and Christmas-tree lights, following instructions in an online Islamist propaganda publication.

The massive response to the attack exposed the limits of the antiterrorism force the city has built since the deadly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Several women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct during the campaign are coming forward again to demand an investigation, with one saying the commander-in-chief called her a c–t.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Trump to step down over the “credible” and “numerous” allegations of sexual harassment against him, joining a fellow Democratic senator – New Jersey’s Cory Booker – who made a similar plea on Sunday.

“These allegations are credible; they are numerous,” Gillibrand said. “I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking

Roy Moore’s friend and fellow Vietnam veteran defended him by saying the GIOP U.S. Senate candidate had refused to remain at a brothel staffer with underage sex workers during the war.

Moore’s wife says that she and her husband can’t be anti-Semitic because they have a Jewish lawyer.

Three NFL Network analysts have been suspended after Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the network, filed a complaint against NFL Enterprises alleging sexual harassment by several men while she was employed with the company.

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

The Pentagon said transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite Trump’s efforts to ban them from serving.

House Democrats have asked the Department of Justice to provide them with evidence showing the FBI had political bias against Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.

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DeFran And Miner Agree To Disagree

One is a Democrat with an independent streak. The other is an outspoken Republican.

But Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator John DeFrancisco set aside their political differences on Monday to speak in Albany to speak on the issues and what’s wrong with New York.

“We think that to have a vibrant, civic dialogue is important and the fact that it’s been missing, we’ve all suffered for that,” Miner said.

Standing next to her, DeFrancisco leaned in and said, “Ditto.”

In a discussion moderated by SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin, Miner and DeFrancisco weighed in on issues like marijuana legalization, changing state government and infrastructure investment. In large part, they found common ground.

“If you’ve got roads and bridges that are unsafe and you’ve got sewer lines that are bursting, it’s a matter of priorities,” DeFrancisco said.

Miner agrees, saying the billions of dollars the state won in financial settlements should not have gone to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs.

“Not only was that money was that money squandered,” she said, “but it was doubly squandered because there were historically low interest rates and it would have allowed us to bond as twice as much.”

And both agreed there needs to be more participation in government by citizens, especially those who live upstate.

“I used to think that was because we weren’t paying attention,” Miner said. “Now I’ve gotten much more cynical about it. I think it’s because we’re not paying attention.”

Both Miner and DeFrancisco are considering running for governor against Cuomo, who is seeking a third term. Neither were ready to declare their intentions on Monday.

“I’ll make a decision as soon as I possibly can,” DeFrancisco said. “I don’t want to go on a fool’s errand, but on the other hand if there’s support there and there’s a reasonable chance to raise money and be a viable candidate, I’m going to go for it.”

Miner, who leaves office at the end of the year, is also weighing a bid for the seat held by Rep. John Katko.

“Right now I’ve got so much on my plate that has a really hard deadline,” iner said.