Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 8:30 a.m., Sen. Chuck Schumer discusses federal efforts to increase business at the New York Building Congress forum. The Pierre hotel, 2 E. 61st St., Manhattan.
LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.
At 10:30 a.m., Duffy will deliver remarks at the Kapoor Hall ribbon cutting ceremony at the University at Buffalo South Campus.
At noon, racing industry experts and Cuomo administration officials announce new horse saftey measures for the NYRA tracks. Blue Room, state Capitol.
Disgraced ex-lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who was caught up in the corruption scandal of former Sen. Carl Kruger and is now frightening Albany and NYC pols by cooperating with the feds, will be sentenced today. (He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison).
At 8 p.m., rapper Jay-Z performs the first concert to mark the public opening of the Barclays Center arena. This is the first in a series of eight performances scheduled through Saturday, Oct. 6. 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
The Senate GOP kicks off its second annual, two-day Unidad Latina conference today at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.
A hearing to decide whether billionaire Tom Golisano overpaid property taxes on a 20-room mansion he once owned in Victor continues at 9 a.m. in Ontario County Court. (A decision could come as early as today).
Sen. Mike Gianaris says “Republican extremists” drove Sen. Roy McDonald out of his job.
McDonald held a fundraiser in Saratoga Springs Wednesday – one day before announcing he would not actively campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election.
“Rogue Republicans are being held accountable,” said the Revered Jason McGuire in response to the news of McDonald’s decision.
Bloomberg does not think the fact that Manhattan’s income gap rivals that of third world countries is something to be ashamed of.
Fracking fears have depressed second home sales in the Catskills.
At a hearing held by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, AG Eric Schneiderman said New York needs a dedicated stream of funding to help fill the “catastrophic lack” of legal services for the poor.
Bronx DA Robert Johnson convicts only 42.8 percent of those arrested for violent felonies compared with 53.7 percent across the rest of the city, the NY Post reports.
Bloomberg blasted Johnson’s refusal to prosecute some trespassers busted in NYC housing projects, saying his approach will drive the city’s crime rate back up.
Bloomberg agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for a “red line” against Iranian nukes.
Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. has a new legal problem — the lawyer who signed on to defend him in a new federal trial wants off the case.
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota called a member of his own board a liar and challenged him to “be a man” during an unusually heated exchange.
The Buffalo News says a House Majority PAC ad that tries to use Chris Collins’ Erie County executive record against him is misleading.
Friends and supporters of Mitt Romney have come to realize the candidate’s biggest problem is…himself.
Former President Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Obama again. He’ll be in New Hampshire next Wednesday – the date of the first presidential debate.
Bruce Gyory is wary of “likely” voter polls that show Obama leading Romney – especially in key swing states.
Thruway head Tom Madison says the proposed 45 percent toll hike for trucks will move forward in “some form.” (Subscription required).
The New York State Association of Counties is urging the governor and state Legislators to increase funding for programs that help reimburse counties and local governments for road work.
Two Long Island races – one for the House, the other for the state Senate – could impact the balance of power in D.C. and Albany.
Bloomberg ate popcorn and drank diet soda (so he didn’t have to worry about the size) during an impromptu ride on the Staten Island ferry.
The NYT urges Bloomberg to add to his “considerable environmental legacy” and make the “correct” choices for redeveloping Governors Island before he leaves office.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik is not excited about the prospect of testifying for the prosecution against two brothers who allegedly remodeled his home in exchange for assistance with regulators.
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