Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Albany today with no public schedule.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attends a breakfast fundraiser to assist congressional candidate/Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. Radisson Hotel. Rochester. 7:30 a.m. (VIP). 8 a.m. (general admission).
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is releasing his annual report on Wall Street earnings and employment. 3:30 p.m. on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with host Maria Bartiromo.
At noon, Assemblyman Sean Hanna and Monroe County Legislator Ted O’Brien square off in their first 55th Senate District debate before the local Rotary Club. Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St.
Ben Lawsky, New York’s first superintendent of financial services, delivers an address on “Financial Regulation in a Post-Financial Crisis Era.” Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany. 3 p.m.
Cuomo’s New York Works Task Force members are meeting in Albany. Blue Room. State Capitol. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NYC Districting Commission members continue public hearings on new NYC Council lines. New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island. 5:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorses/hosts a fundraiser for NYC Councilman/congressional hopeful Dan Halloran. Terrace on the Park. Queens.
Cuomo’s first general election endorsement went to a fellow Democrat – Sen. Joe Addabbo – whom the governor called a “man of courage” for switching his “no” vote on same-sex marriage to a “yes”.
The endorsement was a “departure” for the governor, who has forged a close relationship with the Senate Republicans.
Thanks to four recent Siena polls and a big cash advantage, the Senate Republicans remain confident in their ability to retain the majority – no matter who Cuomo backs.
“The odds are certainly in the GOP’s favor at the moment,” said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg. But the Senate Democrats believe momentum is on their side.
Common Sense Principles is a shadowy Virginia-based PAC spending big to keep the Republicans in control of the NYS Senate.
Kerry Kennedy, Cuomo’s ex-wife, insists she’s not a regular Ambien user. “I’m not taking those pills to help get to sleep at night. I take them because I travel a lot.” (She’s due back in court on driving-while-impaired charge on Nov. 20).
Since he took office in January 2011, Cuomo has yet to visit Niagara Falls. Officials wonder if this has something to do with his contentious relationship with the Seneca Nation.
Cuomo is restructuring the state’s Division of Tourism to get more people from the city and overseas to visit upstate.
After gaining widespread attention for her “diva” campaign against Sen. Kevin Parker, Mindy Meyer hasn’t raised a dime and is $840 in debt.
“It’s going to be very difficult for a guy like Cuomo to go into Ohio with his record and say, ‘I’m pro gas.’”
Mayor Bloomberg opposes a NYC Council bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD, saying it would “politicize” the department and “bring crime back.”
Federal prosecutors are contending that Rep. Michael Grimm’s former business partner has ties to a member of the Gambino organized crime family.
Former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook spent $4,004 in taxpayer money on three new computers as he was facing trial on corruption charges.
For the third year in a row, sales tax revenues in 2012 are expected to rise in the Capital Region, pointing to improving consumer confidence and an increasingly more vigorous economic climate.
Billionaire Bloomberg, whose would-be successors all have expressed interest in raising taxes on the rich, says to do so would be “dumb.”
Bloomberg is quietly keeping up his crusade for centrism and against Tea Party extremists.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says campaign finance reform should be the “top priority” of any post-election special sessions.
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