Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Yogurt Summit kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Egg’s Hart Lounge in Albany. (Apparently, the press office is expecting a crowd, because media credentials were issued and reporter check-in starts at 9 a.m.)
Summit attendees will be greeted by anti-fracking protestors on the Empire State Plaza Concourse. They fear allowing drilling in the Marcellus will harm the dairy industry.
At 8 a.m., MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota is scheduled to speak at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly contact breakfast in Poughkeepsie. (Grand Hotel).
GOP US Senate candidate Wendy Long is having a “meet and greet” with Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. at Westchester Square Hospital (2475 Saint Raymond Ave., the Bronx) at 3 p.m. (The senator recently underwent knee replacement surgery and is still recovering). UPDATE: This meeting will take place at Rebekah Rehab and Extended Care. Apparently, the senator has been discharged from the hospital.
Day II of Albany Law School’s annual summit on racing and gaming is being held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs. (Schedule here).
Sen. Adriano Espaillat is holding a noon press conference at 5030 Broadway, Suite 701 to “denounce” the Dominican Republic’s new policy of cracking down on second-hand clothing donations.
Also at noon, Sen. Mike Gianaris will be joined on the steps of City Hall in NYC by supporters of his new gun control legislation.
Mayor Bloomberg is hosting a fund-raiser at his East Side townhouse for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. UnitedNY advocates and others plan to protest the “1 percenters” attending the $1,000 to $5,000-a-head event. (5:30 p.m.)
An overwhelming number of New Yorkers think elected officials should keep their beaks out of Chick-fil-A’s business, a new Q poll found.
Also in today’s poll: NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn continues to lead the pack of would-be 2013 NYC mayoral candidates with 29 percent. (Sen. Malcolm Smith wasn’t included).
Former Queens Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, who’s facing bribery charges, has hired Abbe Lowell – a powerhouse Washington attorney who has represented many scandal-scarred pols, from John Edwards to Joe Bruno.
The House Majority PAC has raised $1 million to spend on congressional races in New York, where one third of the contests are competitive, and hopes to have $6 million by Election Day.
Bloomberg is on a nationwide mission to force both presidential candidates to give specifics on how they would deal with immigration reform – an issue he says it would be economic suicide to ignore.
Rudy Giuliani said there’s a “real fear” that VP Joe Biden lacks the “mental capacity” to handle being president.
And Giuliani didn’t stop there, saying: “I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. People think well, he just talks a little too much. Actually, he’s just not very smart.”
The 2012 NYC Ironman might be the only race of its kind – ever.
Organizers suspended registration for the 2013 race, insisting they did so due to unexpected cost increases – not the sewage leak that almost cancelled this year’s competition or the death of an athlete in the swim portion.
A private eye was sent to check petition signatures in an increasingly ugly battle between Assemblyman David Gantt and his challengers.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance has slapped Democratic operative/NYC Comptroller John Liu advisor Chung Seto with a warrant for $25,924 in back taxes.
Linda E. McMahon, a former wrestling executive, easily captured Connecticut’s Republican Senate primary last night, clinching a second chance to run for a position she failed to win two years ago.
The Bronx Democratic County Committee will support fundraising frontrunner Andy King in the crowded contest for former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook’s seat.
Wendy Long criticized the “punitive approach” to banking regulations adopted by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Mayor Byron W. Brown said as recently as late July that a developer for the Webster Block would be chosen by today, but two proposals for the site – from the Sabres and Carl Paladino – are still under review.
As the NFTA prepares to hire a lobbyist to represent its interests in the Capitol, its board of commissioners heard from a parade of top political figures and Albany insiders about their new ability to get things done on the lobbying level.
With just a month to go before the six-way Democratic primary for retiring Assemblyman Jack McEneny’s seat, Albany Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. out-raised his opponents by nearly threefold in the last month and now sits on the biggest pile of cash.
A Nanuet head shop was permanently banned Tuesday from selling dangerous substances like synthetic marijuana and bath salts and ordered to pay $15,000 in fines and costs, AG Eric Schneiderman’s office said.
Schneiderman, on behalf of 14 states, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold racial preferences in college admissions.
The governor defended the need to raise truck tolls on the Thruway to keep the authority fiscally sound, even as he has asked for a reduction in the proposed 45 percent hike.
Rep. Bill Owens and his GOP challenger, Matt Doheny, are united in their opposition to a proposed federal minimum wage increase.
A Union College student was one of the first to know Mitt Romney had picked Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Curt Myers, Beth Myers, who oversaw the VP search process, was Ryan’s driver on that historic day.
With less than a month to go before the Democratic primary, Albany County DA David Soares has $2,000 more in campaign funds than challenger Lee Kindlon — the incumbent’s first lead in the race.
Cuomo signed a new law that aims to further reduce annoying telemarketing calls.
Cuomo had a “bit of an awakening” this summer when one of his teenage daughters wanted to talk to him about a boyfriend.
Author and conservative political pundit Ann Coulter is raising money for Monroe County Republicans on Sept. 5 in Rochester.
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