Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The nor’easter brought rain and wet snow to downstate NY and the NJ shore, threatening progress made since Sandy.
The storm could slow power restoration efforts.
That will no doubt frustrate Cuomo, since the Westchester County home he shares with Food Network star Sandra Lee, has been without electricity for well over a week.
Also still without power are residents of Queens communities hard hit by the storm. At 1 p.m., Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, Rep. Greg Meeks and Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. will hold a press conference St. Frances De Sales Church in Belle Harbor to call on Mayor Bloomberg, LIPA and ConEd to coordinate and take immediate action to provide relief to struggling residents.
Representatives of the state Department of Financial Services will be on Staten Island from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) to help to homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Sandy. Miller Field, 600 New Dorp Lane.
At 8 a.m., the MTA holds a hearing on its fare and toll proposals. 180 Livingston St., 4th Floor, Brooklyn.
Syracuse Common Councilor Helen Hudson joins Citizen Action of New York to say “bon voyage” to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, (who hasn’t yet conceded to Democrat Dan Maffei). 11 a.m., Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse.
At noon, Rep. Paul Tonko joins advocates and labor leaders to call for a fair deal (essentially taxing the rich) on the “fiscal cliff” and an end to the Bush tax cuts, LCA press room, LOB, Albany.
Mayor Bloomberg will give his latest Sandy response update at 2:30 p.m. in the Blue Room, City Hall, Lower Manhattan.
State Director of Emergency Management Steven Kuhr was fired after the governor was told that Kuhr called a Suffolk County crew to remove a fallen tree from his driveway following the storm.
On Tuesday, Democrats clearly won 31 seats and Republicans 30 in a chamber that will grow to 63 seats next year because of redistricting.
And the Democrats have leads in the two undecided races: Terry Gipson vs. Sen. Steve Saland vs. Neil DiCarlo, and Assemblyman George Amedore vs. Cecilia Tkaczyk. But the Republicans aren’t giving up in either case.
The Tkaczyk-Amedore race in the newly created 46th SD could take at least two weeks to resolve because the absentee ballot return deadline isn’t until Nov. 19 – it was extended due to Sandy.
So far, 8,571 absentee ballots have been received by boards of elections in Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties.
The Senate Republicans’ best hope at retaining control of the chamber is to convince five renegade Democrats (the IDC plus newly-minted Senator-elect Simcha Felder) to join their conference – or at least support Dean Skelos as majority leader.
How Team Obama clawed its way back to victory from the president’s bad performance in his first debate.
Obama returns to the Oval Office with a lot of challenges facing him, not the least of which is trying to forge a deal with Congress before Jan. 1 that prevents the country from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff.
The president must also re-tool his cabinet, finding a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is emerging as the leading candidate.
The day after winning re-election to his Assembly seat, Vito Lopez hinted he might not run again in 2014, furthering speculation that he’s eyeing a 2013 NYC Council bid.
Bloomberg, various NYC Council members and good government advocates are calling (again) for a complete overhaul of the NYC Board of Elections after a problem-plagued Election Day.
In the past thirty years just 53 to 56 incumbents have been voted out of office, according to a NYPIRG analysis.
As part of a continuing probe into post-Sandy price gouging, AG Eric Schneiderman’s office has subpoenaed Craigslist to identify the advertisers of items including 12 gallons of gas for $300.
Chris Matthews opened “Hardball” last night with a lengthy apology to viewers about the Sandy comments he made election night. “I said something terrible. I said something not just stupid, but wrong.”
UAlbany students encountered a lot of voting problems on Election Day.
After an election night error turned up 2,000 additional votes for Maffei, Buerkle’s task of unseating him seems almost mathematically impossible.
The Auburn Citizen says Maffei needs to be become “acquainted” with Cayuga County, which is not his power base in NY-24.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her team celebrated her election to a full six-year US Senate term and Obama’s later victory at Midtown Manhattan’s Three Monkeys bar.
Anti-fracking candidates did not do well at the polls Tuesday.
A federal judge in Manhattan upheld the convictions of former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and a political operative who had said he gave her gifts out of love and not for corrupt reasons, as the government had charged.
Barry Earl Snyder Sr., a 72-year-old battle-scarred political veteran who already has served four terms as Seneca Nation president, was returned to office after a bitter election. (Subscription).
Rep. Bill Owens won re-election in NY-21, even though he lost eight of the 12 counties in the district.
Rep. Richard Hanna isn’t taking time off after his re-election in the new NY-22. He wants to set up a district office in Binghamton.
Marathons around the country are opening new slots and waiving fees (or at least reducing them) for runners who couldn’t compete in the NYC race last weekend.
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