Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, where he’ll host the first ever New York State beer, wine and spirits summit at the Hart Lounge in the Egg Center for Performing Arts, 10 a.m.
Representatives from Eminence Road Farm Winery, Brewery Ommegang, Keegan Ales and others will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on the Empire State Plaza Concourse outside the Egg to discuss fracking’s impact on the beer and wine industry.
At 11 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will deliver a speech at the New York State Youth Bureau’s 42nd Annual Conference. Holiday Inn Courtyard, Wolf Road, Albany
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Sen. Daniel Squadron hold a public forum on GENDA, state Senate hearing room, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
US Senate candidate Wendy Long has two radio interviews today: She’ll do “Live From the State Capitol with Fred Dicker” on TALK1300 AM at 10:15 a.m., and The John Spencer Show on WVOX Radio 1460 at 3:05 p.m. In between, she meets with the Poughkeepsie Journal editorial board.
US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is in Syracuse. She’ll tour the Center of Excellence at 3:30 p.m. (727 East Washington St.), and then be joined by local officials to announce federal legislation to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in Central New York and across the country.
President Obama is scheduled to make an appearance with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” with just two weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election.
Obama has launched a furious two-week blitz in hopes of beating back Mitt Romney’s late surge and retain his own edge in battleground states. The Romney campaign called this “desperate.”
This year’s “October surprise” could come from either Gloria Allred or Donald Trump.
Clint Eastwood is back, appearing in a pro-Romney TV ad for the Super PAC American Crossroads. This time he has a script and a time limit.
Michael Goodwin: “How do you like a president who shows utter contempt for his opponent?”
Cuomo still has not been deployed as a surrogate by Team Obama.
The NY-27 race is closer than expected, despite a big GOP enrollment edge, because of Rep. Kathy Hochul’s exceptionally strong skills as a retail politician, Chris Collins and other Republicans admit.
Without explanation, the state’s top court declined to hear a case brought by an evangelical group that claimed the Senate GOP majority broke the law when it discussed the same-sex marriage bill behind closed doors before its passage last June.
Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which brought the lawsuit, said the group’s efforts now will focus on other approaches to challenging the law.
“I think the issue now begins to turn to other things,” McGuire told the NY Times. “The people will have another chance to vote in two weeks on legislators who I think went rogue.”
The court also ruled that stripping is not an art, and therefore should be taxed.
(The dissenting opinion, written by the father of BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, is really worth a read in this case).
Tom Precious explains why Cuomo might prefer to keep the state Senate in GOP hands.
Sen. Mark Grisanti has so far refused to participate in a Buffalo News debate.
New York’s Medicaid program is either a poster child for reform or exhibit A in waste, fraud and abuse, depending on who you ask.
A casino that opened a year ago at the fading Aqueduct horse racing track in Queens has emerged as the country’s highest-grossing slot parlor, drawing patrons from higher-priced, glitzier casinos.
A photographer shares the frustrations of a photo shot with Bloomberg.
The New York Observer’s editorial page approves of Bloomberg’s new Super PAC, and hopes cities – especially New York – are the beneficiaries.
The NYO also endorsed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, calling her “tireless,” but also warning she needs to “step up her game” if she has ambitions beyond the Senate.
Bloomberg left open the possibility that he would use his PAC to influence the 2013 race to replace him.
Maximino Rivera believes the candidate he tried to topple on primary day, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, committed “rampant and aggressive electioneering” in and around polling places in the Bronx and has asked an appeals court panel to grant his request for a new vote.
Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan says he will challenge Republican County Executive Rob Astorino in next year’s election, citing “questionable budgetary practices” and budget cuts that Ryan said could cripple some county services.
In less than a month, about 4,000 state employees will report to a new boss as part of Cuomo’s ongoing effort to streamline state government.
Six candidates are vying for the seat former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook vacated when he was convicted on fraud charges.
Moody’s downgraded Nassau County’s credit rating for the second time since COunty Executive Ed Mangano took office nearly three years ago.
Property taxes will rise by 5.9 percent — down from 7.49 percent — under a 2013 spending plan adopted Tuesday by Schenectady County lawmakers that breaks the state’s 2 percent tax cap. (Expect to see more of this).
The nonprofit Tax Foundation says New Yorkers once again paid a higher share of their income in state and local taxes than their counterparts in any other state.
A recent poll of 2,094 Americans conducted by fast casual chain Smashburger found 59 percent of voters would pick Obama over Romney as a dining partner.
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