Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
In Washington, former CIA Director David Petraeus is testifying this morning before the House Intelligence Committee on the Benghazi attacks. (Closed press).
Also, President Obama welcomes congressional leaders from both parties to the White House for initial discussions as to how they might avert the looming “fiscal cliff.”
At 10 a.m. a funeral service will be held for Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones Jr. Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 212 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn.
At 11 a.m., Sens. Gustavo Rivera and Jose Serrano join union leaders, New York Communities for Change, and Make the Road New York to support striking car wash workers, Sunny Day Care Wash, 169 Lincoln Ave., Bronx.
“I’m very proud of you, New York,” Obama said after walking through a Staten Island neighborhood that was devastated by Sandy. “You guys are tough. You bounce back.”
Politically speaking, the storm and its aftermath was better was better for Cuomo than his potential 2016 rival, NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie made his first out-of-state post-Sandy trip to Las Vegas to attend a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, where early 2016 aspirations were on display.
At the RGA meeting, Republicans backed away from Mitt Romney’s “gifts” comment, with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calling it “dumb.” And former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour saying the GOP needs to “give our political organization a very serious proctology exam.”
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson: “The people in this city didn’t elect Mike Bloomberg three times to give him a hug. His focus is helping people restore their lives. That’s what he believes government is there to do.” (Full story here).
Odd-even gas rationing will end at midnight tonight on Long Island.
Among the conditions of former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s parole: A curfew, no out-of-state without permission, and no association with other figures in the pension corruption scandal, including his former political adviser Hank Morris, who is still behind bars.
Hevesi will come home to Queens from his upstate jail cell to enjoy the $166,000 a year he collects from two public pensions.
For the moment, Hevesi will be living with his son, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, where he will be busy watching his three-year-old granddaughter.
The Democrats are accusing the Republicans of stalling the paper ballot count in the 41st and 46th SD races.
A schedule set by a Montgomery County judge allows for voting machine audits in the 46th SD this week and the opening of absentee and affidavit ballots the following two weeks. Lawyers from both sides are set to appear before the judge Nov. 28.
Sen. Patrick Gallivan suggests a committee chairmanship for his newest GOP conference colleague, Senator-elect Simcha Felder.
One day after saying they could not “speculate” on when a key health review on hydrofracking in New York would commence, the DOH has now announced three university experts have been chosen and will review the data, which is “nearing completion.”
A gas company’s effort to extend drilling leases in Broom and Tioga counties due to the state’s inaction on fracking was rejected by a judge. (Subscription).
SUNY is working to prepare new teachers for state standards and performance evaluations. (Subscription).
Christiana M. Fisher, former director of the network of social service agencies that was controlled by Assemblyman Vito Lopez pleaded guilty to a federal criminal contempt charge stemming from inaccurate documents that appeared to justify an outsize raise she received.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is indignant that its hometown isn’t getting its fair share of state aid.
New York’s unemployment rate dropped statewide from 8.9 percent to 8.7 percent in October as 5,900 new private sector jobs were added to the economy.
Median family income in New York dropped nearly 6 percent between 2008 and 2011, while the income share of the wealthy has rebounded, according to a report from the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute.
An audit by the Office of the State Comptroller said NYRA took improper commissions during 15 months ending in December 2011 — but the sum is $1.1 million less than the state Racing and Wagering Board had previously said was overcharged.
State Operations Director Howard Glaser blasted Republicans criticizing the DMV’s contract with a Canadian company for the next generation of driver’s licenses, saying the new licenses will cost more because they’re tamper-proof.
Today’s kicker quote come compliments of Congressman-elect Chris Collins, who is having a bit of trouble finding his way around on Capitol Hill: “When I saw Nancy Pelosi come in and get her standing ovation, it was apparent I was in the wrong room.”
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