Here And Now (Updated)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
UPDATE: Cuomo will participate in a conference call to discuss an announcement about the Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project at 10 a.m.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are in New York City today.
They will deliver dueling speeches on foreign policy at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. (Romney, 9 a.m.; Obama, noon).
At 10 a.m., Obama scheduled to give a major speech at the United Nations General Assembly. He plans to “send a clear message that the United States will never retreat from the world, will bring justice to those who harm Americans and will stand strongly for our democratic values abroad,” according to a National Security Council spokesman.
At 9 a.m., Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Gov. David Paterson discuss recidivism and prisoner re-entry programs as part of law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s “Government Leadership” forum series. 180 Maiden Lane.
The Erie County Board of Elections will begin its full count of ballots in the undecided 63rd Senate District Democratic primary race between Betty Jean Grant and Sen. Tim Kennedy today.
At 1:15 p.m., Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione will deliver “victory remarks” at her campaign HQ, 1707 US 9, Clifton Park (town of Halfmoon).
Obama held 13 bilateral meetings with heads of state at last year’s UN General Assembly. This year, he has none scheduled, but did make time to tape an appearance with his wife on “The View.”
Same-sex marriage advocates and opponents both claim to be satisfied with the outcome of the Sept. 13 primaries, in which two Republicans who voted “yes” won – albeit not by much in Sen. Steve Saland’s case – and one, Sen. Roy McDonald, appears to have lost the GOP line.
Even though a win is mathematically impossible for McDonald, he refused to concede to Marchione, saying through his spokesman that he’s “considering all available options at this time.”
Saland declared victory, but his challenger, Neil Di Carlo, did too, and also pledged to press on in the general election on the Conservative Party line.
The Assembly has reprimanded a male employee who used a female pseudonym while posting comments on-line defending Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal. He did some posting on state time.
The Lopez scandal has spurred Sen. Joe Griffo and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef to revisit a bill that would cap at 12 years the time one could serve as Assembly speaker, Senate majority leader or a minority leader.
Former lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who was busted in ex-Sen. Carl Kruger’s corruption scandal, is talking to prosecutors about “numerous other persons” in a bid for leniency, according to court papers.
Lipsky’s attorney is seeking a “nonjail” sentence for his client. The details of Lipsky’s assistance to prosectors are being kept secret to preserve the “integrity” of ongoing investigations.
Mayor Bloomberg recently held private meetings with two Democratic mayoral hopefuls – Manhattan BP Scott Stringer and ex-NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson – raising questions about the viability of their candidacies and signaling he’s likely to back NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn in 2013.
Sen. George Maziarz has invited Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to join him in a meeting with New York state officials over the ongoing casino cash stalemate with the Seneca Nation.
Michael Powell finds Bloomberg’s claim that NYC has been “at the epicenter of the national economic recovery” is far from the reality lived by many average New Yorkers.
The DN highlights new scientific evidence that bolsters Bloomberg’s soda ban.
In one of his latest health campaigns, Bloomberg is aiming to ban sugary and fatty foods from both public and private hospitals.
The ban on sweet drinks and vending machine treats will extend to city-run day camps next summer.
AG Eric Schneiderman is pushing back against two Republican congressmen who challenged his investigation into nonprofits that funnel “dark money” into political campaigns and private equity firms that use accounting tricks to avoid millions of dollars in taxes.
There was no sign of forced entry into Grimm’s HQ, which the campaign says used to be a car dealership, suggesting many keys might be “floating around.”
Cuomo declined to put a timetable on the Department of Health’s review of the potential public health impact of fracking in the Marcellus, but said it might ultimately speed up the drilling process by inoculating the state against lawsuits.
Bill and Hill dropped by a Bushwick, Brooklyn pizza place for a snack, causing its closure for much of yesterday.
The presidential election could well be decided in the first televised debate next week, according to CNN senior political analyst David Gergen.
Cuomo said there has been “good progress” during lease negotiations with the Buffalo Bills, but cautioned that an agreement has still not been reached.
The first charge of NYRA’s newly formed (and state controlled) board of directors to run horse racing in the state will be to determine whether its three racetracks should be bid out to private gambling companies, Cuomo said.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has proposed using an early warning monitoring system to identify local governments that are in danger of fiscal stress. The New York Conference of Mayors says mere warnings won’t help fix the problems local officials face.
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