Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Utica to make an announcement at the Matt Brewing Company. (11 a.m.) After that, he’ll return to New York City, where he’s been for the past several days).
Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission meets at PS 99 Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“Women for Paid Sick Days” launches at City Hall in NYC at noon. More than 200 women are expected to attend, including Gloria Steinem, who is leading a campaign to pressure Council Speaker Christine Quinn to bring the measure up for a vote, Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Marjorie Hill (Gay Men’s Health Crisis), Maria Castaneda (SEIU 1199 secretary treasurer).
The Senate Democrats are holding a public forum (because they don’t have the power to host a full fledged hearing) on hydrofracking, 250 Broadway, Manhattan. 10:30 a.m. “Gasland” director Josh Fox is expected to attend.
The Erie and Niagara county GOP chairs unveil a new national campaign to highlight Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul’s “steadfast support for President Obama and his policies which have destroyed our economy.” (11 a.m., Erie County GOP HQ, 715 Main Street, Buffalo).
It’s Nelson Mandela Day, with people around the globe celebrating his 94th birthday. People are asked to give 67 minutes of public service to honor the 67 years Mandela served.
After pleading not guilty to a drugged driving charge, Kerry Kennedy said she has “never had any history of drugs or alcohol abuse” and blamed her erratic behavior on a possible partial seizure.
“I want to apologize to the driver of the truck who I apparently hit and to all those I endangered,” Kennedy said.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who knows a little something about recovering from public scandal, doesn’t think ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has let enough time pass since his Twitter debacle to mount a political comeback.
“I can’t say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I’m very happy in my present life. I’m not doing anything to plan a campaign,” Weiner told People Magazine.
Weiner is not only on baby duty, but he’s also doing all the laundry, according to his wife, Huma Abedin, who says: “It took a lot of work to get to where are are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family…I’m proud to be married to him.”
The NYC Board of Elections approved a new process of reporting election-night vote totals that it said would provide the public with faster and more accurate results. The process sounds almost as confusing and circuitous as the existing practice.
Following a pledge to meet with people affected by the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, Cuomo announced two meetings for next week – one in Westchester and another in Rockland.
Opinions on the bridge replacement plan have evolved as the project itself has changed.
Test results for third- through eighth-graders across New York state improved this year even amid concerns about the length of the standardized exams and reports of erroneous questions, according to data released by the state Education Department.
Mayor Bloomberg said he was pleased by the progress shown by NYC students, but the change in the system since he took it over has been incremental and not transformational.
New York’s nine racinos saw their highest-ever win-per-machine totals during the recent July 4 holiday week on the more than 17,000 video lottery terminals operating in the state.
A single sentence in this year’s state budget intended to help fund member items was also responsible for holding up roughly $20 million in federal aid to the state Conservation Fund, letters from the Cuomo administration’s legal counsel show.
Mitt Romney’s advisors fear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is too unpredictable and too contentious to be the candidate’s VP pick.
Christie is reportedly scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the GOP National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28.
Cuomo signed legislation to extend New York’s Iran Divestment Act to keep companies that invest in Iran’s energy sector from contracting with state or local public authorities, as well as the state and city universities.
Former LG Richard Ravitch believes a fiscal crisis is coming for states in the US that may be severe enough to threaten the “social order.”
ConEd asked the PSC to deny its union’s request to end a lockout of 8,500 workers, saying it has no basis in law.
Since the lockout, some 5,000 ConEd managers – a number of whom have never done anything but desk work – have been deployed to maintain and repair NYC’s electrical grid.
Eight New York races made Hotline’s first-of-the-season list of the nation’s most competitive House contests. NY-24 (the Dan Maffei-Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle re-match) is first up at No. 6.
New York City and the National Park Service formalized a partnership to jointly manage more than 10,000 acres of parkland in and around Jamaica Bay, which stretches across south Brooklyn to Queens.
Among six big states, New York cut fewer government jobs proportionately than New Jersey, California, Texas and Illinois over the last three years, with only Virginia adding jobs, a new report found.
The state’s highest court will likely hear arguments from former AIG chief Hank Greenberg after a Manhattan appeals court today ruled to allow the case to move on.
Estelle Cooper, a prominent Queens Republican and top official at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was indicted on charges she stole $50,000 from Unisphere Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded in 2003 – ostensibly to continue her work protecting the park.
The state lags in inspecting oil and gas wells, and is not ready to handle what could be a deluge of wells if it allows natural gas hydraulic fracturing, according to a report issued by a group that is opposed to fracking.
Newsday praises retiring Sen. Owen Johnson’s 40-year career in public service and says Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Shaffer’s loyalty to the GOP lawmaker – something the paper has criticized in the past – “has a certain logic.”
More than 500 votes in the controversial NY-13 Democratic primary contest between Rep. Charlie Rangel and Sen. Adriano Espaillat were never counted for any of the candidates, the DN found.
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