Good morning, it’s the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and officials are marking the day with a variety of events.

The schedule of events occurring today is rather lengthy, and so – with the exception of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans – it appears at the end of this post, rather than the beginning. (This may continue in future “Here and Now” roundups, so be prepared).

Cuomo is in New York City and Suffolk County.

He’ll be joined at the following four events throughout the day by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast, and other officials to visit storm-impacted sites and discuss improvements in storm resiliency:

– At 10 a.m., Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan.

– At 11:15 a.m., South Ferry Subway Station, Manhattan.

– At noon, World Trade Center Memorial.

– At 1 p.m., LaGuardia Airport, Queens.

At 2 p.m., Cuomo will make an announcement at a Hess Station, 1445 Route 112, Port Jefferson.


While remaining neutral on the actual question of casino gambling, two good-government groups offered up criticisms of how supporters have promoted the constitutional amendment that will go before voters on Nov. 5.

Sen. John DeFrancisco has introduced a bill that would give the state Legislature the power to write the language for ballot measures, up to and including tweaks to the state constitution.

CapTon’s own Nick Reisman has launched a series on Prop. 1 and gambling in NY that is airing on YNN. You can view the first two stories here.

A majority of NYC voters support a ballot measure to allow as many as seven casinos in the state, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, even though they don’t want any of those in the five boroughs and probably won’t travel upstate to visit those that are built.

The NY Post editorializes against Prop. 1.

The state Republican Party wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission to investigate LG Bob Duffy’s brief attempt to seek a job in the private sector.

Cuomo and Duffy had nothing but praise for one another when they appeared at an event yesterday in Albany.

Representatives from the state Board of Elections were subjected to a three-hour grilling by members of the commission at a hearing in NYC.

AG Eric Schneiderman has launched a probe into Barneys and Macy’s after four complaints about alleged racial profiling at the New York City shopping havens surfaced in the past week.

Democratic NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio, who has pledged to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, has collected more than 40 percent of his campaign contributions from big-ticket donors.

BerlinRosen Public Affairs, the eight-year-old consulting firm founded by two former state Senate staffers, Valerie Berlin and Jonathan Rosen, has been quietly shepherding de Blasio’s career for years.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has hit the campaign trail hard for a number of candidates in recent weeks, but not his former deputy, GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.

Lhota may be best known for his Giuliani days, but he spent a greater part of his career in the employ of another polarizing chief executive known to be demanding: James L. Dolan, the billionaire cable TV and sports tycoon.

The consequences of Sandy will be felt for years in the NYC subways – most acutely in the form of persistent service disruptions that will dog riders across the system.

The anniversary of Sandy is bringing last-minute lawsuits to beat the statute of limitations. Dozens of storm-related actions have been filed around New York City and Long Island in recent days, lawyers say.

The NYT praises Cuomo’s “promising program” to buy out homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy, but also notes it is “proceeding slowly.”

Sen. Liz Krueger: “I’m not opposed to raising the price of a pack of cigarettes. But someone just decided to buy themselves a bill.”

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo is ignoring Democratic Party leaders’ demands that Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes be shunned for running as a Republican — by donating to his campaign.

Cuomo may be cracking down on texting while driving, but New York doesn’t have the highest fine in the nation, or even close.

A Lockport man who found himself at the center of controversy two weeks ago when he was charged under an unpopular section of the SAFE Act, limiting ammunition in a magazine, has been ordered by a Niagara County judge to hand over his pistol permit and all his handguns.

Constitutional activist Bob Schulz squared off with a lawyer for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a fight over taxpayer cash spent to settle ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal and the state constitution.

After months of uncertainty, the Buffalo Zoo now is convinced it will be able to come up with the money to construct a new polar bear exhibit.

Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano raised twice as much money as Democratic rival Thomas Suozzi over the past three weeks, giving him a financial advantage as they head into the final week of their hard-fought campaign.

The two challengers to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner debated the state of city finances, crime and poverty without the incumbent mayor to fight back last night at Onondaga Community College.

Some 100 parents and residents came out for the chance to tell the Wappingers Central School District Board of Education what they thought about the new Common Core learning standards.

Several hundred people packed an auditorium at Port Chester Middle School last night in a continuation of the wave of criticism and concern about the state’s new Common Core learning standards and the pace at which they’ve been implemented.

Con Edison’s president said that the company is not on the hook financially for a power failure that shut down a Metro-North commuter rail line for 12 days.

The new Syracuse land bank is in line for $3 million in settlement money from big banks involved in the foreclosure crisis, Schneiderman is expected to announce today in Buffalo.

Elected officials from Philadelphia have joined New York, San Francisco and London in calling for smartphone makers to come up with a quick and easy way to dismantle their devices, Schneiderman said.

Cuomo, a Queens native, is endorsing Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President in the November general election.

Today’s events…

At 7:10 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will be a guest on the John Gambling Show, WOR 710 AM.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., SUNY hosts a “Critical Issues in Higher Education” conference on big data and innovation, Conrad New York, 102 North End Ave., Manhattan.

At 8 a.m., GOP Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Democratic challenger, Tom Suozzi, debate at a Long Island Association and Long Island Builders Institute breakfast, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Tnpke., Woodbury.

At 8:30 a.m., Lhota will attend the City Parks Foundation Board Meeting, 667 Madison Ave., Manhattan.

From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah discusses Hurricane Sandy’s anniversary while speaking to health care professionals at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Stern Auditorium, 17 E. 98th St., Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., the Senate’s Standing Committee on Education hear testimony about school assessment tests during a hearing titled “The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing’ Our Progress.”

Also at 9:15 a.m., education advocates and professionals, families and government officials criticize school testing programs as excessive during a news conference before the hearing; outside 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., the Rev. Al Sharpton and community leaders meet with Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York; National Action Network, 106 West 145th St., at Lenox Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 10 a.m., Lhota will attend the Breezy Point “Day of Service”, Stehn Promenade and Reid Avenue, Breezy Point, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., JCOPE meets, 540 Broadway, Albany.

At 11 a.m., NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman and staff attorney Samantha Pownall, joined by parents whose children were arrested and suspended in city public schools, discuss a new report titled “A, B, C, D, STPP: How School Discipline Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline”; 19th floor, 125 Broad St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Sen. David Carlucci and elected officials announce new measures to prepare for the next disaster, Phillips Hill and Woodland roads, New City.

Also at 11 a.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Assemblyman Mike Bendetto celebrate the re-opening of Tony’s Pier a year after Sandy, Tony’s Pier, One City Island Ave., Bronx.

At 11:30 a.m., Monroe County Democratic Committee Chair Joseph Morelle and party leaders will deliver a strong message of support for Lovely Warren, winner of the Democratic primary for mayor of Rochester, committee HQ, 1150 University Ave., Building 5, Rochester.

At 1 p.m., attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights hold press conference following Court of Appeals argument on the Bloomberg administration’s request to further delay court-ordered remedies in the stop-and-frisk lawsuit; 40 Centre Street, 40 Foley Square, Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., the Indian American Council of Westchester will endorse Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s re-election bid, Royal Palace Restaurant, 77 Knollwood Rd., White Plains.

At 2:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement regarding an initiative to address the local effects of the foreclosure crisis, City Hall Atrium, Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St.

At 4 p.m., Lhota will attend the Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization’s Walk Along the Boardwalk and Community Supper, Sand Lane and Fr. Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island.

At 6 p.m., Schneiderman addresses the Office of the Attorney General’s Monroe County Community Forum, Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, 433 East Main St., Rochester.

Also at 6 p.m., Sen. Tom Libous, the deputy majority coalition leader, holds his Annual Deputy Leader’s New York City Reception, The Penn Club, 30 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

At 6:15 p.m., Democratic NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio speaks at the Red Hook Initiative’s Sandy Anniversary Appreciation & Reflection, 767 Hicks St., Brooklyn.

At 7 p.m., Lhota attends a candlelight vigil on the beach, Beach 92nd Street, Rockaway.

At 7:15 p.m., de Blasio speaks at the the Staten Island Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Superstorm Sandy and attends the “Light the Shore” Vigil, Boardwalk at Midland and Lincoln Avenues, Staten Island.

At 8:30 p.m., Lhota will attend the One Year Commemoration and Healing Mass, St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1920 New Haven Ave., Far Rockaway.

Hillary Clinton will be the featured attraction tonight at a Goldman Sachs conference, in a question-and-answer session with chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein.