Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 2:30 p.m., the oral argument will take place in U.S. v. Xing Wu Pan & Jia Hou. The defendants are charged with funneling large, illegal campaign contributions to NYC Comptroller John Liu’s committee.
Representatives of the state Department of Financial Services will be in Yonkers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer help to homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Sandy. Yonkers River Front Library, 1 Larkin Plaza.
Today is the anniversary of the Flight 587 crash. The American Airlines flight bound for Santo Domingo crashed in Belle Harbor on Nov. 12, 2001, killing all 260 people on board and 5 people on the ground.
High-level FBI and Justice Department officials knew late this summer that evidence had been uncovered of David Petraeus’ extramarital affair, but didn’t tell anyone outside those agencies until last week.
But an FBI whistleblower told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about the affair in late October, and his chief of staff alerted the agency about his boss’ knowledge on Oct. 31.
Cuomo plans to ask the federal government for $30 billion in Sandy-related disaster aid.
The breakdown of needs: $3.5 billion for bridges, tunnels and subway and commuter rail lines; $1.65 billion to rebuild homes and apartment buildings; $1 billion to reimburse local governments for overtime costs of police, fire and other emergency personnel; and several billion dollars in federal loans and grants to affected businesses.
The $30 billion exceeds the roughly $12 billion in FEMA disaster aid currently available in Washington without action from Congress, where there is likely to be strong opposition to additional spending.
The governor’s move comes as President Obama is scheduled to tour NYC storm damage Thursday in his first post-election trip.
With his outer-borough taxi plan and the $600 million it would generate still in doubt, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed slashing funds to libraries and after-school programs and increasing fees for school lunches and parking meters.
Ex-Gov. David Paterson says Cuomo wins no matter who controls the state Senate – as long as dysfunction loses. (And as the guy in power during the Senate coup, he should know).
Former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who met with GOP officials about a possible 2013 run for NYC mayor on their ballot line, is now “open” to helping the Republicans retain control of the Senate.
Sen. Jeff Klein, head of the four-member IDC, met quietly with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos last Thursday. He has not yet met with his former Democratic colleagues.
There’s talk of making Sen. Adriano Espaillat majority leader if the Democrats re-take the majority to end his rivalry with Assemblyman/state Democratic Party co-chair Keith Wright over Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat. (See above link).
The DN chides Skelos and his fellow Republicans for cleaving so closely to Cuomo, writing: “For voters in a heavily Democratic state, the natural long-term question becomes: Why vote for a Republican to do what the Democrats are doing?”
Based on how the leadership battle shakes out, there’s already speculation both Skelos and Senate Minority Leader John Sampson will be ousted by their colleagues.
NY magazine’s Chris Smith says Sandy exposed “the rot from third term complacency” in the Bloomberg administration, and explains why the storm will play a big role in the mayor’s legacy.
By last night, ConEd had restored power to all but 2,500 customers in NYC and fewer than 1,300 customers in Westchester County. Those figures did not include about 22,000 homes that were badly damaged in the storm.
It appears New York’s problem with its utilities pre-dates Sandy.
The LIRR is returning to 83 percent service in time for this morning’s commute, but officials warn it could be some time – perhaps even next year – before full service is restored.
The White House plans an aggressive public campaign to build support for reducing the deficit through tax increases and spending cuts – a sharp contrast to its failed private talks with Republicans last year. Obama starts meeting with labor leaders tomorrow.
Disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi will appear before a state parole board this week, as early as tomorrow, to make his second annual bid for release, state corrections officials said.
Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is pleased to have Democrat Al Stirpe back in the Assembly, saying his predecessor, Republican Don Miller, “won’t return my calls.”
After wins outside New York, Big Marijuana has tapped politically connected Albany lobbyists — including powerhouse Patricia Lynch Associates – to push the issue of legalizing pot for medical use.
But Cuomo’s opinion on the matter – that it’s merely worth studying at this point – hasn’t changed.
The NY Post cheers MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and TWU President John Samuelsen for performing a “miracle” and getting the subway back on track after Sandy.
The NYT says Sandy proved the MTA needs more financial support.
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