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

Mayor Bloomberg, who has used the Aurora, Colo. shooting as a platform to renew his call for gun control, will be on Morning Joe at 8:15 a.m.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union and Queens elected officials hold a rally at the Q76 bus stop on the NW corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Hillside Avenue to welcome bus service restorations. 10:30 a.m.

Closing arguments will be heard this morning in NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook’s second trial on corruption charges.

Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey will announce the party’s candidate for the Assembly 128th district (currently held by Democrat Sam Roberts). GOP Headquarters, 321 West Onondaga St., Syracuse. 11:30 a.m.

A first-ever report from the American Cancer Society detailing the toll cancer takes on the residents of New York State, county by county, will be released at 11:30 a.m. in the LCA Press Room, LOB.

Residents will deliver 5,000+ signatures to the Nassau County Clerk’s office in Hempstead at 1 p.m., seeking the dissolution of a local special tax district. If successful, advocates say this would be the largest effort undertaken under the Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act pushed by Cuomo when he was AG.

Democratic members of Nassau’s Temporary Districting Advisory Commission are holding a hearing at 6 p.m., Kennedy Park, 335 Greenwich St., Hempstead.

Today and tomorrow, the 11-member NYC Board of Health is scheduled to hear public comments on two controversial topics: The mayor’s soda ban and an obscure ultra-Orthodox circumcision ritual.


Top Cuomo aides pre-screened his AG papers at the state Archives and pulled documents before the Times Union was allowed – thanks to a FOIL request – to view the files.

Said Cuomo’s communications director, Rich Bamberger: “Sending records to the Archives is about preservation for future generations, not access for today.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is offering his Rensselaer County home on the summer rental market for $3,900 a month. An ad promises “country charm” and “mega vistas.”

Cuomo reportedly might roll back or completely eliminate the planned 45 percent Thruway toll hike for trucks, but is worried the authority’s bonds will be downgraded without an alternate source of revenue.

The clock is ticking for Cuomo to decide on a controversial special education bill that would require a student’s “home environment and family background” be considered in school placement. It was sent to his office late Friday.

The co-founder & “TeaEO” of Honest Tea challenges Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of sugary drinks that are 16 ounces or larger, noting his company’s best seller – Honey Green Tea – is 10 calories over the 8 ounce limit.

The death of a 4-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet was enough to cause Assemblyman Eric Stevenson to support the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

Former President Clinton was in Athens and called for support to the ailing Greek economy.

The worst U.S. drought in a half century is putting pressure on natural-gas drillers to conserve the millions of gallons of water used in hydraulic fracturing to free trapped gas and oil from underground rock.

The Bloomberg administration has received final regulatory approval for its plan to build a garbage transfer station on the East River at East 91st Street. But Assemblyman Micah Kellner is suing in hopes of blocking the project.

State Sens. Michael Nozzolio, Joseph Robach and Patrick Gallivan, and Assemblymen Brian Kolb, Bill Reilich, Joseph Morelle and Stephen Hawley all have active campaign coffers – and are raising political cash – despite a lack of opposition.

The GOP majority in the state Senate is again using an ad firm with deep Tea Party ties. It already paid The Strategy Group for Media $25,000 to work on TV advertisements geared toward the fall election.

On the one-year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, the law’s impacts are noticeable, but hard to measure.

In preparation for the GOP convention, Tampa is restricting protests.

Howie Carr notes the ignominious history behind the namesake of the leadership award recently given to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Under pressure from two Brooklynites – NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Sen. Daniel Squadron – Macy’s is considering a return of its famed Fourth of July fireworks to the East River.

A state-ordered audit to determine whether National Grid charged customers for inappropriate expenses has been delayed at least eight months, in part because the utility was slow to provide information to the auditors.

Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are teaming up again to throw a fund-raiser for President Obama. This time in Greenwich, Conn. on Aug. 6.

Despite what happened in Aurora, don’t hold your breath for more gun control.

Today’s kicker, compliments of veteran Albany lobbyist “Feathers”, on the ubiquitous summer golf fundraisers: “If you really want to investigate ethical problems in this business, go to these tournaments and examine the handicaps.”