Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. (Looks like the vacation in the “New York City area” is over).

Mitt Romney, who was raising campaign cash in the Hamptons this weekend (and drawing protestors in the process), is scheduled to attend a breakfast fundraiser at Morgan Stanley’s Manhattan HQ at 8 a.m.

Handling the anti-Romney Democratic pushback at 9 a.m. on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan are NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and former NYC Comptroller (and 2009/2013 NYC mayoral candidate) Bill Thompson.

From 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., a “Million Big Gulp March” will take place in Lower Manhattan (starting at City Hall Park) to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

This afternoon, President Obama will participate in (talkback) interviews with local TV anchors the following states: Louisiana, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

Congress is back to work. The Republicans will make their 31st attempt to pass the “Repeal of Obamacare ACt” this week.

Major party nominating petitions for state candidates are due Thursday.

Candidates are scrambling to round up those final checks. The state Board of Elections’ July 15 campaign finance report deadline is right around the corner…


Sen. Adriano Espaillat is reportedly prepared to conceded for a second time to Rep. Charles Rangel and announce his intention to seek re-election to his Senate seat.

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo was off message at a recent executive mansion get-together honoring his 80th birthday, daring to muse aloud about a possible White House run for his son in 2016.

Gov. Cuomo has tapped his chief of staff Larry Schwartz, who has longstanding ties to Westchester County, to personally run the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

An early campaign finance leak: Senate Republicans have nearly $5.4 million in their campaign accounts ahead of the upcoming election cycle and have spent more than $1 million already in several competitive districts.

For the second year in a row, New York businesses are being hit with a surcharge to help the state pay back a federal loan for unemployment costs. They’re being charged up to $12.75 for each person they employ to cover a $102 million interest payment due Sept. 30.

The newest set of financial disclosure forms from lawmakers, which became public this month, show that several Assembly and Senate members have sources of income about which they may never have to reveal details despite the reforms that take effect in January.

Bloomberg explained the spate of violence over the weekend by saying that the “week when the Fourth of July falls has been bloody every single year.”

Obama is expected to call for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, seeking to spare the economy the impact of taxes going up on January 1.

NYC Public Adocate Bill de Blasio has a new list of the Big Apple’s worst landlords.

Dianne Renwick, one of the judges who tossed the stop-and-frisk conviction of a 14-year-old boy found with a gun in Harlem, is the wife of Bronx DA Robert Johnson.

Sen. Steve Saland is calling for the creation of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority Restructuring Board to reorganize the agency.

Aaron Ziegelman, and 84-year-old onetime real estate mogul and major benefactor of the Reconstructionist movement of American Judaism, is facing multiple lawsuits and soliciting cash from friends and acquaintances.

Parts of Brooklyn are untouched by and/or resisting gentrification.

Central New York is struggling with a bath salts epidemic and trying to learn how to manage it from Louisiana.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox and Sen. Chuck Schumer rubbed elbows in the Hamptons at Washington Post doyenne Lally Weymouth’s Independence Day party.

The 2013 NYC mayoral contenders are using social media, but are wary of the Twitter-induced fall of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, once the leading candidate to replace Bloomberg.

Four of this year’s competitive House races in New York are rematches.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is kicking off the next phase of its “Is there a FIRE in you?” statewide advertising campaign, designed to help recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Cuomo is not open to revisiting his executive order to create a health care exchange.

Cornell University has hired its first professor for its new technology campus in New York City, bringing with her accolades as one of the 10 most powerful women in tech as ranked by CNN.

“Glamping” exists.