Here And Now (Updatedx2)
Just three full days of campaigning (including today) remain until the Sept. 13 state legislative primaries Thursday. Things are heating up in races all over the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. UPDATE: Cuomo will be a guest on Fred Dicker’s radio show at about 10:32 a.m.
JCOPE has another special meeting this morning. (10:30 a.m., 540 Broadway, Albany). The meeting will be webcast. UPDATE2: The meeting has been moved back to 11:15 a.m.
At 1 p.m., former NYC Comptroller/2009 Democratic mayoral contender Bill Thompson will endorse Sen. Adriano Espaillat in his primary battle against Assemblyman Guillermo Linares. (NYC, City Hall steps).
After receiving Cuomo’s endorsement (via press release) over the weekend, Sen. Neil Breslin will get the support of “elected and faith-based leaders” from the Capital Region’s African-American community. 10:30 a.m., East Capitol steps.
LG Bob Duffy will appear at Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s campaign HQ in Buffalo (430 Delaware Ave.) at 2:15 p.m. to make what the campaign called a “major” announcement.
President Obama is campaigning in Las Vegas, Nevada and Golden, Colorado today.
ADDED: NFIB and the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership will endorse Sen. Mark Grisanti in advance of Thursday’s primary. 1 p.m., 665 Main St., Suite 200.
ADDED: Democratic House candidate Dan Maffei will join students to call for college to be made more affordable for middle class families. 2 p.m. at the corner of of Oakland Street and Stadium Place, near the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
AG Eric Schneiderman says the Assembly has the power under state law to boot Assemblyman Vito Lopez over allegations of sexual harassment without a criminal conviction by convening a committee to investigate him – much the way the Senate did, with Schneiderman at the lead, before expelling ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate.
Aides to Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said top lawyers in their respective officials who were sent drafts of the Lopez harassment settlement by the Assembly “either did not open them, did not fully read them or referred them to subordinates.”
If Cuomo convenes a Moreland Act Commission to investigate JCOPE, insiders expect it will be led by his top counsel, Linda Lacewell, whom ex-NYS Police Superintendent Preston Felton described as “abrasive, pushy – obviously with some sort of chip on her shoulder.”
Cuomo’s Adirondack rafting trip was actually a “hush-hush” meeting with top aides on a number of troubles on the horizon – including the Lopez scandal that has weakened Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a legislative pay raise, ethics reform, a post-election special session and possible lawsuits over the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement and fracking.
State Senate hopeful Monica Arias Miranda said she was harassed while working for the Assembly and the Lopez scandal is “a smoke screen and coverup for something much bigger. She called JCOPE ineffective and wants an outside investigation of Silver.
The contest between Sen. Roy McDonald and Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione has cost more than three-quarters of a million dollars — the most expensive state Senate primary in the state this year.
Marchione has filed for retirement from her position as the elected Saratoga County clerk to prevent Cuomo from appointing her replacement if she wins Thursday’s primary. McDonald’s camp called her a double-dipper.
Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steven Pigeon are working behind the scenes on the 60th Senatorial District primaries.
A review of the first 75 teacher evaluation approved plans approved by the state Education Department shows a hodgepodge of methods for determining which teachers deserve to stay and which don’t.
Bad news for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: His public school teachers are going on strike.
Where does Cuomo go next to continue building his “progressive” bonda fides?
The former chief judge of New York’s unemployment compensation appeals board has filed a federal false claims and civil rights lawsuit against a Brooklyn law firm and government officials.
Workers at a carwash in Queens have overwhelmingly voted to join a union, organizers said Sunday, in the first major victory in a six-month effort in New York City to unionize workers in an industry the organizers say is rife with labor law violations.
After picking up Cuomo’s endorsement, Assemblyman David Gantt was backed by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Obama got a modest post-convention bounce, according to a new Gallup poll. He’s now leading Mitt Romney by 5 percentage points (49-44) – his largest margin since early July.
Obama just barely out-raised Romney in August for the first time in three months. Both campaigns had $100+ million dollar months.
Romney said there are “a number of things I like” in health care reform, and pledged to keep them if he’s elected.
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