Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The New York Times reports – and NY1 has confirmed – he’ll be meeting with members of the state’s congressional delegation to discuss his request for federal disaster aid to pay for Sandy recovery.
There have been reports that delegation members were annoyed with Cuomo for announcing without giving them a heads-up that he would seek at least $30 billion in federal funding.
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who are expected to attend today’s meeting, have already requested up to $1 billion to repair and fortify at least 120 miles of coast from Montauk Point to Rockaway Beach hit by Sandy.
Cuomo has reportedly rejected the idea of raising taxes and/or fees in his 2013-2014 budget to help pay cover storm recovery costs, even though he says the damage doubled the deficit to at least $2 billion.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said over the weekend that storm recovery would cost his state $29.4 billion.
President Obama reportedly told Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg during his pre-Thanksgiving tour of New York’s Sandy damage that they should include as many states as possible in their federal disaster request to increase the chance that Congress would pass it.
The storm and Cuomo’s response to it has raised the governor’s national profile still higher. There have been missteps along the way, and his long-term approach to recovery could make or break his career.
The response in small towns on Long Island was not as well-coorindated as elsewhere in the state. Residents tell of chaotic and often frightening days in the storm’s immediate aftermath. (Subscription).
Christie’s storm response has bumped up his public approval rating to 77 percent. Even Democrats approve of the job the Republican governor has been doing since Sandy struck.
Cuomo announced New York has received $27 million in federal National Emergency Grant funds to hire more than 5,000 unemployed workers to assist with Sandy relief.
Hiring will focus on young people and the long-term unemployed, Cuomo said.
FEMA has already approved $664 million worth of aid for New York residents impacted by Sandy.
Also today, LG Bob Duffy will be in Buffalo to make an announcement at the Rich Products Corporation Atrium. One Robert Rich Way, 11:30 a.m.
Paper ballot counting starts today in Ulster County – the fifth and final county in the 46th SD to undertake this tally since Election Day. The results could decide the balance of power in the Senate.
It’s Cyber Monday, and retailers are counting on big on-line sales to boost their holiday bottom lines.
At 6 p.m., Yonkers City Council president Chuck Lesnick will host a fund-raiser with state Senator-elect George Latimer. Nawab Restaurant Grand Roosevelt Ballroom, 2 Hudson St., Yonkers.
AFT President Randi Weingarten and NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi will discuss current educational issues and the role of unions in addressing those issues during a town hall meeting tonight at Mohawk Valley Community College. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Michael Schafer Auditorium.
In other news…
Proponents of pot medical marijuana have renewed their push for legalization in New York, arguing that licensing fees and taxes could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new revenues for the cash-strapped state.
Says the DN: “Yo, dude, let’s get real. Let’s not pretend we’re talking about medicine. This is all about eventually legalizing pot completely.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and two of his top aides testified before JCOPE investigators about their roles in Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal.
Despite the Republicans’ best efforts to tar Democratic candidates – and Silver himself – with the Lopez scandal during the election, the speaker grew his majority by six seats.
Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s decision to run for NYC comptroller and not mayor in 2013 means there will be no Jewish candidate for mayor for the first time in years.
Once powerful political consultant Hank Morris, still doing time for his role in a massive state pension fund pay-to-play scandal, promotes campaign finance reform from behind bars.
A NYC Council panel is scheduled to address a perceived glut of parking in downtown Brooklyn.
It snowed for the first time in 276 days in Buffalo, and out-of-practice drivers caused some bender benders.
DJ Afrika Bambaataa, a pioneer in the world of hip-hop for more than 30 years, comes to Ithaca in a new role this week: visiting scholar. He’s got a three-year teaching gig at Cornell.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has announced his resignation, saying he will quit politics in January to spend more time with his family.
IOGA Executive Director Brad Gill calls the Cuomo administration’s latest delay on a fracking decision “ridiculous.”
Obama is preparing to shuffle his cabinet.
Billionaire Warren Buffett continues to advocate for higher taxes for rich people like himself.
As they return to Washington this week, lawmakers from both parties are talking compromise to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff,” showing a willingness to put once inviolable positions on the negotiating table.
The Syracuse Post-Standard calls for Cortland County DA Mark Suben to resign, saying his “self-serving” pre-election lie about his porn star past makes him unfit to serve.
Congressman-elect Dan Maffei remembers his mentor, John Mahoney, a spiritual patriarch of the CNY Democratic Party, who died at the age of 74.
New York’s civil commitment program, designed to house and treat mentally unbalanced sex offenders, is taking in a smaller percentage of criminals than in past years, records show.
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