Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Jefferson County. At 11 a.m., he’ll tour the ReEnergy Coal Plant in Fort Drum, which the administration describes as a “key North Country Regional Economic Development Council project.”
At 10 a.m., Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle will hold a press conference to announce her endorsement by the Veterans Party. The event will take place in front of the 9/11 Memorial at the DeWitt Town Hall.
Yesterday shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin came less than a month after the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and – yet -again – spurred an effort by Mayor Bloomberg and others to jump-start the national discussion on gun control.
Sen. Mike Gianaris is crafting a package of bills that would further tighten New York’s gun control laws – including a measure to limit handgun purchases to one per person, per month.
Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group is airing a new national TV ad that features two victims wounded in the 2011 Tucson, AZ shooting that nearly killed former Rep. Gabby Giffords. The spot calls on President Obama and Mitt Romney to lay out specific gun control plans.
Cuomo and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are reportedly reviewing proposals for a “super control board” that could take over the finances of counties, cities and towns on the verge of bankruptcy, and – in extreme circumstances – would have the power to break union contracts.
Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous has ownership stakes in four Florida investment properties, one of which he co-owns with a campaign contributor, but refuses to disclose the addresses of the homes – an apparent violation of the new ethics disclosure law.
The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government.
According to the TU’s Fred LeBrun, top state officials are briefing selected environmental groups on a hydrofracking plan.
The Cuomo administration hopes the $49.8 million acquisition of 69,000 acres of Adirondack land will boost tourism.
The Poughkeepsie Journal praises Cuomo for rejecting a request by the insurance industry to raise workers’ compensation premiums by up to 11.5 percent – “an accomplishment many would have thought near-impossible in New York state’s current business climate.”
Running for office (unsuccessfully) in 2010 was “just the beginning” for Carl Paladino, who is now on a quest to oust key Senate Republicans – including Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
A federal judge has scheduled a February trial in Florida for a defamation lawsuit filed against Albany County DA David Soares by the operators of a former Orlando pharmacy implicated in a drug distribution network.
The check-cashing industry is trying to burnish its image while pushing a bill in Albany to loosen restrictions on short-term loans, which typically last three to six months.
Jamestown, Lucille Ball’s Western NY hometown, wants to become the “Cooperstown of comedy.”
Without fanfare, Cuomo signed a bill sought by small brewers in the state that will let them buy their way out of contracts with distributors.
PR maven Ken Sunshine, a longtime ally of the Cuomo family, says there are no skeletons hanging in the political clan’s closet, insisting they’re “as clean and honest as any public servants in the country.”
The state’s Department of Financial Services in mid-July sent letters to about 80 life insurers, including large companies like MetLife Inc., seeking details about their financial arrangements with affiliated entities known as captive insurance companies
Supports of a bill mandating paid sick leave are turning up the heat on NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn with hundreds of thousands of targeted emails and a door-knocking campaign.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer is targeting laser pointers.
Rep. Brian Higgins’ new district is smaller than the one he’s currently representing, but it has a wider range of haves and have-notes.
NYC Comptroller John Liu’s assistant comptroller for labor law, Jeffrey Elmer (a holdover from Bill Thompson’s tenure), has been shown the door. Sources insist he’s a fall guy for bad press.
The troubled NYC Housing Authority may be drowning in debt and unable to repair crumbling apartments, but it spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a two-day staff rally and a Web image consultant.
A freelance photographer for The New York Times was arrested on Saturday night while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx. He was charged with obstructing government administration and resisting arrest.
Robocalls are well underway in NY-25, where Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is trying to unseat Rep. Louise Slaughter.
Romney raised $101.3 million in July – slightly less than the $103 million he netted in June. Obama’s campaign hasn’t yet released its July numbers.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is hosting a fund-raiser for Obama at his Connecticut estate tonight. Anne Hathaway and Aaron Sorkin are expected to attend.
First Elmira, now Binghamton? The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado touchdown in the Southern Tier last night.
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