Here And Now
Today’s joint legislative budget hearing topic: Health/Medicaid. That ought to be illuminating. Otherwise, it’s a getaway day for the Legislature, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering his budget address on Staten Island this afternoon.
In the war over LIFO, a Cuomo spokesman accused Mayor Bloomberg of supporting anti-union efforts along the lines of what’s happening in Wisconsin.
Bloomberg said Cuomo’s plan will “kick some of our best teachers to the curb.”
The Post, a major booster of repealing LIFO, deems Cuomo’s bill a “good-faith” effort and thinks the mayor should cooperate.
The DN begs to differ, calling Cuomo’s plan “the functional equivalent of a fraud” and demanding that he “reverse course.”
Michael Daly says he might enjoy this fight between two political heavyweights – if only the fate of some 1 million public school kids wasn’t at stake.
Fred Dicker calls Bloomberg’s miscalculation on LIFO “breathtaking,” and wonders why he’s pushing the issue so hard.
Josh Robin notes Bloomberg used an experience argument in favor of his successful push to extend term limits, but doesn’t seem to think that applies to teachers.
The mayor is still hoping the governor puts a LIFO repeal into his budget amendments. (Not likely).
The Senate says it will do just that if Cuomo doesn’t.
Teachers wonder: Why do they hate us?
After a particularly turbulent week in Albany, Jacob Gershman writes, some are wondering if Cuomo’s honeymoon period is finally coming to an end.
Eliot Spitzer’s old nemesis, Dick Grasso, reportedly says he’ll challenge the former governor-turned-CNN-host if he runs for NYC mayor in 2013.
The Cuomo administration will begin contract negotiations with state worker unions next week, but is already preparing for 9,800 layoffs – just in case those talks don’t go as planned.
The med-mal changes in the Medicaid Redesign Team’s plan could end up saving hospitals about as much cash in the long term as they’re being cut in the short term.
The UB2020 bill approved by the Senate faces an uncertain future in the Assembly despite efforts to temper the measure to protect low-income students.
More than a dozen protestors were arrested at the Capitol.
NYC Comptroller John Liu is taking aim at the EDC.
Cuomo and legislative leaders had a three-way meeting on ethics reform. The governor isn’t interested in two-way deals, according to a spokesman.
Lobbying fines dropped 93 percent in NYC. Good government advocates are worried enforcement is slacking.
The Buffalo schools superintendent, who earns $220,000 a year, says he would quit if Cuomo’s salary cap was imposed.
Sen. Eric Adams brandished a semiautomatic rifle at the Capitol to make a point about the need to ban high-capacity magazines.
President Obama signed a bill to keep the federal government running for another two weeks.
The EPA is struggling to regulate the natural gas industry.
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and David Bellavia are trying to out-conservative one another in NY-26.
PS 22′s choir director on Andy Cohen’s negative comments about his kids’ Oscars performance: “Shame on him. Shame on him.”
The Mandate Redesign Relief Team’s report is being widely panned.
“To say the 87-page report dropped late Tuesday by the New York State Mandate Relief Redesign Team was a disappointment would be like saying this year’s Oscars were a little boring,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy wrote in a Post OpEd.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has proposed trimming the judiciary budget by $100 million after being called out by Cuomo.
Some are still holding out hope for a circuit breaker.
AG Eric Schneiderman announced the largest heroin bust in Buffalo history.
Cuomo imposed a cut in personal service contracts even as he and legislative leaders agreed the state’s revenue picture has improved.
The NYC Council passed a bill that requires more transparency from crisis pregnancy centers.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie touted his decision to cancel the ARC tunnel project, calling it a “fleecing.”
Rep. Maurice Hinchey is calling for House hearings on hydrofracking.
The National Journal has ranked Rep. Bill Owens the eighth most conservative Democrat in Congress.
Assemblyman Alex Brook-Krasny has signed on with fundraiser Cindy Darrison and is eyeing a NYC Council run.
Former President Clinton was in Albany.
Former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley’s ethics disclosure form featured a telltale asterisk.
The media war between the NYT and Bloomberg News has escalated.
Bloomberg’s office set up a massive charity concert in Central Park on June 9 featuring the Black Eyed Peas.
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