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

US Senate hopeful Wendy Long is in Rochester and Buffalo, where she will hold two events on support for fracking in the Utica Shale.

(Monroe County Victory Center, 1501 East Ave., Rochester, 11 a.m.;  Erie County GOP HQ, 715 Main St., Buffalo, 2:30 p.m. She’ll also speaker at the Erie County GOP dinner at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo at 7 p.m.)

Women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke continues her tour on behalf of New York Democratic congressional challengers and/or incumbents with a stop to benefit Rep. Louise Slaughter. Monroe County Democratic HQ, 1150 University Ave., Rochester.


Sayeth the New York Times on last night’s showdown between VP Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan: “It was the debate that President Obama and Mitt Romney did not have a week ago.”

Despite his aggressive performance, which stood in sharp contrast to Obama’s, Biden is being taken to task by some media outlets for smirking too much.

…But Ryan was smirking, too.

Martha Raddatz took a markedly different approach to moderating than Jim Lehrer.

CBS’s insta-poll of uncommitted voters found Biden won the debate.

There were some slips: Like Biden’s claim the administration didn’t get requests to increase security at the US Consulate in Libya, and Ryan’s dismissal of energy stimulus grants as “green pork.”

Remember: It was the vice presidential debate – an event highly unlikely to have any impact whatsoever on the Nov. 6 election. But, as Ron Fournier put it: “What a show!”

The DCCC seized on the debate as yet another opportunity to link its top GOP House targets to Ryan and his controversial budget plan. It launched the 5th TV ad attacking Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, accusing her of toeing the GOP “party line” by supporting the Ryan plan.

Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. is scheduled to plead guilty today to the remaining charges against him, signaling an end to a case that has stretched on for years.

Espada’s son, Pedro G., is expected to plead guilty, too.

Pedro Espada’s former Senate colleagues weren’t sorry to hear about his impending guilty plea.

Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t like questions about the 2013 NYC mayor’s race, in which he will not be running.

“I am not going to spend the next year answering ‘what do you think of every potential candidate’s ideas'” Bloomberg said. “…And if that’s not acceptable to any members of the press, I would suggest you just don’t bother to come to the press conferences, because I’m not going to call on you.”

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman shoots down a rumor that he’s considering a return to office in 2013.

On Monday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will open a hearing to determine whether opponents – including the governor – have valid arguments against a 20-year extension of operating licenses for the Westchester County site’s reactors.

Cuomo took a Hudson River boat ride from Kingston to Poughkeepsie as part of his ongoing tour of regional economic development projects.

More than 10 months after first announcing he would name a panel to tackle the state’s often-criticized tax structure, Cuomo’s office signaled its members will be announced later in October.

The Cuomo administration doesn’t take kindly to legislative candidates who aren’t in favor of the 2 percent tax cap – including Democratic 60th SD hopeful Mike Amodeo.

More bad news for Amodeo: NYSUT scuttled a planned $150,000 TV ad buy on his behalf after a Siena poll showed him trailing Sen. Mark Grisanti by double digits.

Democrats are hoping for an upset victory by Cecilia Tkaczyk over Assemblyman George Amedore in the newly created 46th SD.

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle has embraced her Green Party opponent, Ursala Rozum, whose presence in the race appears to make it more difficult for ex-Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei to win back his seat.

Cuomo is working to save the Maid of the Mist.

Rep. Chris Gibson is poised to release a poll that shows him leading his Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, 50-39.

The EU has won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

Several Jewish groups filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent New York City from enforcing a rule on circumcisions, arguing that the regulation would violate religious freedoms.

After announcing he won’t seek a sixth four-year term, Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef returned his attention to budgeting, leaving the succession talk to others.

Orange County Executive Ed Diana will seek a fourth term next year, despite the fact that he faces challenges from within his own party.

NYC Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., an avid Harley-Davidson rider, is pushing for legislation that would make motorcycle parking free throughout the five boroughs.

Sarah Palin called the AP “absolute jerks” for running an unflattering photo of Romney.