Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Cuomo took his same-sex marriage push national, saying not state truly has marriage equality until all of them do, adding: “We will not rest until it is a reality.”
“I don’t know that I’ll ever have an opportunity to accomplish something that touches people as directly and personally as this,” Cuomo said of his successful effort to legalize gay marriage here in New York.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there’s “no question” a budget shortfall has developed in the current fiscal year, but the Cuomo administration declined to comment and the Senate GOP disagrees.
Eleven people were busted in the $1 billion LIRR pension fund scam first reported in 2008 by the NYT.
About 100 NYPD officers showed up at midnight to provide support as 15 of their colleagues turned themselves in at the Bronx DA’s office in the ticket-fixing scandal. A sixteenth cop had been arrested earlier in the night.
Ten of the officers are officials in the PBA. Also among those facing charges are two sergeants and a lieutenant.
Said US Attorney Preet Bharara: “Employees, in many cases, after claiming to be too disabled to stand, sit, walk or climb steps, retired to lives of regular golf, tennis, biking and aerobics.”
The NYT wonders why no whistleblowers came forward, suggesting it might be due to something in Long Island’s water.
The DN calls NYC’s pension reform plan “astonishing,” although it’s still hoping for more.
The NYC labor unions are backing the plan, which consolidates five pension boards, and Cuomo expressed interest in it, too. (It requires Albany approval).
In agreeing to hand over his Bureau of Asset Management to the manager of the proposed consolidated fund, NYC Comptroller John Liu is ceding a tremendous amount of power.
The Post thinks any plan to curtails Liu’s power – even just a little bit – is a good plan.
As schools faced funding cuts and layoffs, NYSUT’s leaders got double-digit raises.
NY’s millionaire’s tax struggle is on NPR news this morning.
The first floor of NYC’s first casino, reachable by subway from Times Square, opens today. (The second floor, which includes fine dining, opens in December).
Bloomberg strongly supports a controversial natural gas pipeline that would connect NJ and NYC, ending in the West Village.
After engaging in a Twitter war with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos over the millionaire’s tax, actor Alec Baldwin showed off his wealth by dropping $75,000 at Elton John AIDS foundation gala auction.
A new study shows women have failed to make many leadership gains in NY’s top companies since 2006.
The Senate Democrats are “very confident” they’ll be able to oust GOP Sen. Marty Golden in 2012, but first they might have to get through a primary. (Third item).
The woman who was pepper sprayed at Occupy Wall Street came home to the Capital Region for a visit and stopped by Occupy Albany.
The Occupy Albany demonstrators protested at the Capitol, decrying “Governor 1 percent” even though he wasn’t in his upstate office.
NYC mayoral hopeful Tom Allon, the only 2013 contender to spend the night at Zuccotti Park to date, said a 300-pound man tried to “play footsie” with him as he slept.
Newt Gingrich suggested the Occupy Wall Streeters occupy the UFT HQ instead, “because that is a major cause of income inequality in America.”
Comedian Randy Credico and others played Occupy Wall Street for laughs at Occu-Palooza.
Details on how the Tappan Zee Bridge rebuild will be funded won’t be released by the DOT until January – at least.
The sponsor of Albany’s hydrofracking ban accused Mayor Jerry Jennings of “playing politics” and “pandering” to Cuomo by swiftly vetoing the measure – as promised.
Bill Clinton expressed fondness for Staten Island during a speech there last night, calling it “Arkansas on the Hudson.”
PEF’s “vote yes” billboard on I-787 cost $7,000.
Cuomo is really doling out those local endorsement statements in advance of the Nov. 8 elections. Here’s another one.
President Obama is getting around his pledge not to accept campaign cash from lobbyists by having lobbyists bundle contributions for him.
New York bucked a national trend by cutting Medicaid costs.
NYC Councilman Ruben Wills paid $5,000 in restitution and must avoid additional criminal problems for six months to get a misdemeanor criminal charge in Nassau County dismissed.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle urges voters to approve a mayoral succession plan and avoid a repeat of the “turmoil” generated when Bob Duffy departed to become Cuomo’s LG.
Former Gov. David Paterson almost ended up in the Bahamas with Anne Hearst.
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