Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
Cuomo administration commissioners will be at disaster centers located in communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy to assist New Yorkers with insurance, housing, and other rebuilding and recovery needs. Here’s the list of who’s going where.
Members of a statewide coalition of activists and labor and religious officials introduce a campaign calling for state lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage, during a news conference/Thanksgiving meal; Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Ave, Manhattan. Noon.
A similar event – plus a march to the Capitol for a rally and prayer vigil at the state Senate – will take place in Albany, starting at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street, 11 a.m.
The NYC Charter School Center, Urban Assembly and Manhattan Media are hosting a mayoral candidate forum on the future of education in the city. James McNally Theatre, Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
When Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took aim at ConEd for its Sandy response, they were indirectly criticizing a longtime friend and adviser, Michael DelGiudice, who is the highest-paid member of the utility’s board.
The NYT says a “dispassionate” review of LIPA by the Moreland Act Commission and/or AG Eric Schneiderman’s office will reveal the authority’s troubles begin and end in the governor’s own office.
Dan Janison examines the politics of blackouts. (Subscription).
Visiting storm-ravaged Seaside Heights, NJ, VP Joe Biden said rebuilding after Sandy is a “national responsibility.”
The Buffalo News says it’s Congress’ responsibility to increase FEMA’s budget and help New York.
During last week’s aerial tour of Sandy-damaged areas in NY, President Obama urged Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to incorporate as many states as possible into their disaster-relief funding ask to improve its chances of getting through the GOP-controlled House.
The destruction caused by Sandy is a boon for immigrant day laborers on Long Island. (Subscription).
Evan Thies takes New York elected officials to task for shying away from global warming as they call for renewed vigilance on climate change and the extreme weather it causes.
In this post-Sandy world, Sen. Chuck Schumer is asking the Federal Communication Commission to require that cellphone service providers have emergency power sources.
Consultant Bruce Gyory says Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s departure from the 2013 Democratic mayoral field “clearly helps (NYC Public Advocate Bill) de Blasio, by opening up the vote-rich West Side” in the short run. The long-run outcome remains to be seen.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Democratic mayoral frontrunner, is poised to approve a redistricting change that will boost the Council hopes of scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez, though she insists he “wouldn’t get three votes” in the race.
The new district lines, redrawn to reflect population shifts identified in the 2010 Census will be taken up by the City Council, which must approve or reject the plan in three weeks.
When Queens Sen. Malcolm Smith asked Bloomberg to send the National Guard to patrol the Rockaways a day after Sandy hit, Hizzoner reportedly replied: “F–k you.” A spokesman doesn’t deny the two pols disagreed over the issue, but insists the mayor didn’t drop the f-bomb.
Obama is the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar, where he traveled to “extend the hand of friendship” to a budding democracy.
Obama is also visiting Cambodia, which is hosting the East Asia Summit. Again, he’s the first US president to do so.
Republican governors are torn between staying the course in the wake of Mitt Romney’s loss and a more proactive strategy aimed at radically shaking up their party in an effort to reach out to young and minority voters.
Back on Capitol Hill after his failed VP bid, Rep. Paul Ryan, (who won re-election to his congressional seat while also running for the national post), has emerged as a key figure in the fiscal cliff talks.
New York kept the owner of Hudson River Rafting Co. on its list of 2,500 licensed outdoor guides, despite two charges against him of reckless endangerment and a dozen other tickets citing his guides with unlicensed whitewater trips over the past five years.
The state-owned Whiteface Mountain ski center near Lake Placid has opened for the season six days ahead of schedule.
Time is running out for the lame-duck Congress to re-up the Farm Bill.
Rep. Nita Lowey is widely seen in the House Democratic caucus as likely to win her quest to become the ranking member of the powerful Appropriations Committee — but Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur is nowhere near giving up the prize.
Add a new name to the growing list of Senate Democrats interested in deposing John Sampson as leader: Sen. Kevin Parker.
Indian Point’s relicensing hearing is taking longer than similar proceedings in other states, thanks in large part to the emphatic opposition presented by Schneiderman’s office.
Schuyler County legislators voted 6-2 to exceed the 2 percent property tax cap in 2013.
NJ Gov. Chris Christine made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” in his infamous Sandy fleece. (He’s says he plans to die in it).
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