Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, doing two pre-holiday events in Sandy-damaged areas.
At 11 a.m. he’ll distribute Thanksgiving dinners with members of the National Guard at the Five Towns Community Center, 270 Lawrence Ave, Lawrence. (Nassau County).
At noon, there will be another distribution at the Rockaway Point Fire Department, 204-26 Rockaway Pt. Blvd., Breezy Point.
At 4:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg will host a Thanksgiving dinner service for families impacted by Sandy with Staten Island BP Jim Molinaro. The Vanderbilt at South Beach, 300 Father Capodanno Blvd.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer is in Syracuse at 11 a.m. to talk about federal funding for development at the Inner Harbor. He’ll also be in East Greenbush for a 1:15 p.m. event. (He’s working on finishing up his announce 62-county tour before Dec. 31).
Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, Sens. Toby Ann Stavisky and Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie will join Air Serv and Global Elite security officers and supporters to picket at JFK Airport over a security gap fight. 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. JFK Airport Terminal 4 Arrivals level (Passenger Pick-up A).
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed his one-time deputy, now-MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, for mayor in 2013 – if he even runs.
Giuliani advisor Jake Menges says “everybody in ‘Giuliani Land’ would love for Joe Lhota to get into the race,” and are hoping the NYC GOP chairs don’t rush to endorse a candidate before he decides whether to run.
Today’s Q poll finds that if Lhota runs as a Republican, (the party in which he is currently registered), he would lose to an unnamed Democratic candidate 60-9 percent.
Former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion, who wants to run on the GOP line as an independent, also loses 62-11. NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn remains the frontrunner with 32 percent of the vote.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio demanded his 2013 rival Quinn reject an “insider political deal” to help embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez in his potential bid for a council seat by moving him into a new district.
Stringer’s decision to drop from the 2013 mayor’s race and run for comptroller reportedly has NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia “privately seething” and likely to run for Brooklyn BP.
New York State’s ethics commission will require political-advocacy and other groups to make public the names of donors who give them more than $5,000, under a regulation tentatively approved yesterday.
Dave Lombardo makes an (only slightly tortured) Star Wars analogy when discussing the importance of Ulster County to Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in the ongoing 46th SD ballot count.
Assemblyman George Amedore finished Tuesday more than 100 votes ahead Tkaczyk – the third time since Friday the lead has shifted in the closely watched contest.
Sen. Jeff Klein, head of the IDC, tipped his hand (slightly) in regards to the Senate leadership battle, writing in a Journal News OpEd: “(C)oalition government may be the model whose time has finally come.”
Democrat Terry Gipson has increased his unofficial ballot lead by another 76 votes to 1,679 over incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Saland in the prolonged electoral contest for the 41st state Senate District.
The NY Post thinks the “fix is in” to prevent fracking in the Marcellus, and pans the panel chosen by the DOH to review its public health impact study.
This comes after Cuomo made it clear a fracking decision won’t likely come before 2013.
Rep. Nan Hayworth’s stilettos and Rep. Gary Ackerman’s ubiquitous carnation (usually white) get cameos in a NYT story about the quirks of departing 112th Congress members.
Sandy exposed the depth and difficulty of NYC’s housing problem for the homeless.
Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi said arrogance and a sense of entitlement led him to break the law, and it took “verbal beatings” from his kids for him to see the error of his ways.
A survey of New York school superintendents shows that 41 percent anticipate being unable to balance their budgets within four years and 51 percent say they won’t be able to keep up with student instruction and service mandates.
Oil giant Chevron accused state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of violating ethics laws by pressing the company to settle a massive environmental lawsuit that was brought by donors to his campaign.
DiNapoli’s office called Chevron’s complaint, filed by former Lobbying Commission Executive Director David Grandeau, “baseless.”
Cuomo more or less put the kibosh on a post-election special session, which means legislators and top administration officials will go another two years without a pay raise.
A WNY native is being blamed for a failed get-out-the-vote Web app called “Project ORCA” that Mitt Romney’s supporters believe contributed to his big loss.
The Bloomberg 2016 buzz is well underway.
A state nomination commission has taken up the task of filling the vacancy on New York’s top court following the death of Judge Theodore Jones Jr. It now has two seats on the high court to deal with instead of just one, created by Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick’s retirement.
The NYT proposes some fixes for the country’s broken election system.
Did you know wild turkey hunting is legal – for a very short period of time – on Long Island? Apparently, these birds aren’t so stupid after all.
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