Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The state Thruway Authority Board of Directors is holding a special meeting late this afternoon in Suffern, Rockland County, but has provided no agenda.
Unshackle Upstate’s Brian Sampson and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco warn the 45 percent Thruway toll hike for trucks could be approved.
The governor insisted he’ll stay out of the Senate leadership battle.
A Cuomo aide told the DN the administration will “win either way,” regardless of whether the Democrats or Republicans control the chamber.
Perhaps a coalition government is in the offing?
If the Senate Democrats do return to power, Cuomo predicted they will avoid a return to dysfunction because they “learned the hard way” they’ll pay a price at the voting booth if they do.
Sandy’s cost to New York will be a “staggering” $33 billion, Cuomo estimated.
The governor also said the storm would add an additional $1 billion to the state’s budget deficit, which was already projected to be $1 billion in 2013-2014.
“Some of what they’re doing borders on the edge of magic,” Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, (a frequent critic of the MTA), said of the surprisingly rapid restoration of subway service after the storm.
Reps. Pete King and Nita Lowey are organizing a working group of lawmakers to push for post-Sandy aid to New York during the lame-duck session. The effort could be complicated by the fiscal cliff negotiations.
Many residents who only just got their power restored days after Sandy saw it knocked out again by the nor’easter.
Eleven public housing developments in Queens and Brooklyn are still without power, and it’s unclear when the lights will go back on.
Eleven of the lawmakers included in CREW’s “Most Corrupt” report over the last two years, out of a total 31 featured, have been defeated or are retiring. But not Rep. Michael Grimm, who easily won re-election Tuesday.
US Attorney General Eric Holder is assessing whether he’ll stick around for Obama, part II.
How long will 72-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remain in her leadership post now that the “Drive to 25″ has failed?
Of seven candidates supported by Mayor Bloomberg’s new PAC, four won. He also gave $2.5 million in personal contributions to various candidates, including $1 million to the state Senate Republicans, who appear poised to lose control of the chamber.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he’ll make a decision next summer about whether to seek re-election again, and hints he may retire from politics altogether.
The new chairman of the New York Racing Association intends to conduct open board meetings and hold public hearings for the first time in the 157-year history of the business. The first will likely be in Manhattan next month.
ESDC paid actor Robert DiNiro nothing to appear in its new TV ad campaign.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle is still refusing to concede the NY-24 race to Dan Maffei, even as observers in her own party admit it’s highly unlikely she’ll overcome his lead when absentee ballots are counted.
AG Eric Schneiderman has secured a judge’s consent order and judgment demanding that substances his office has deemed “designer drugs” be permanently removed from shelves of an Albany head shop.
Essex County lawmakers voted 14 to 3 this week to override the state’s 2 percent tax cap for the 2013 county budget.
Bloomberg made a joke about the popularity of his sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, at a charity dinner.
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