Here And Now
At 8:15 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg is delivering a speech on shaping NYC’s future after Hurricane Sandy. New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street between Albany and Carlisle Streets, Manhattan.
At 8:30 a.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will speak at a BALCONY breakfast about the impact of Wall Street, Sandy and the impending fiscal cliff (absent a D.C. deal) on the New York economy. (I accidentally advanced this event yesterday). Ballroom at 4 W. 43rd St., Manhattan.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is in NYC. He’ll be visiting the Rockaways to tour Sandy damage with Rep. Greg Meeks at 10:30 a.m.
MTA Chief Joe Lhota is scheduled to testify today before a US Senate committee hearing on Sandy’s on transit.
Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission investigating the utility companies’ response to Sandy is holding a public hearing. Lighthouse International, Benay Venuta Hall, 2nd Floor, 111 East 59th St., Manhattan. 6 p.m. (This is the commission’s first public meeting since its creation).
At 11:30 a.m., Sen. David Valesky – a founding member of the IDC – will host an on-line chat about the new Senate coalition with Syracuse.com readers.
At 7 p.m., former VP Dick Cheney accepts an award presented by the senior VP of the Hudson Institute (and Cheney’s former chief of staff) Lewis “Scooter” Libby, during the institute’s “2012 Herman Kahn Award” dinner; The Pierre hotel, 2 E. 61st St., Manhattan.
A new Q poll finds American voters give President Obama a 53-40 percent job approval rating – his best score in three years – and by a wider 53-36 percent they trust the president and Democrats more than Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Political observers expect MTA Chief Joe Lhota to resign his post and run for NYC mayor next fall, even though he hasn’t said anything about making up his mind to do so.
Cuomo declined to either encourage or discourage Lhota to run, saying: “I would like to see Mr. Lhota do what Mr. Lhota wants to do.” (The governor is expecting to stay out of the mayor’s race altogether).
Lhota, a registered Republican, might be the business community’s last best hope for 2013.
The Post wants Lhota to run, saying his “entry could do nothing other than to class it up a notch or two. Or four.”
On Sept. 18, someone anonymously snatched four domain names — Lhota2013.com, LhotaforNY.com, LhotaforNYC.com, and JoeLhotaSucks.com.
Sandy has changed the NYC mayor’s race, forcing the candidates to bone up on topics like rebuilding and disaster aid.
The hit to New York if there’s no fiscal cliff deal would be $43 billion, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
New York elected officials condemned reports that the Obama administration will seek $50 billion in disaster aid from Congress – far less than the combined $80 billion the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are seeking.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan insisted the administration does not have a specific disaster relief number yet.
Officially speaking, Cuomo is reserving judgement on the new IDC-GOP coalition in the Senate, but he issued a 10-point litmus test by which he’ll judge its ability to pass “progressive” legislation.
Cuomo said his fellow Democrats had “squandered” their opportunity to lead when they briefly controlled the state Senate.
Jimmy Vielkind writes: “Given the close divides in the chamber, Cuomo is essentially dictating terms for the legislative session that will start in January.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton says it would be “extremely troubling” for any state leader (ahem, governor) to let the “miscarriage of justice” that is the new IDC-GOP Senate coalition go forward.
Sens. Eric Adams of Brooklyn, Bill Perkins of Harlem, and Ruth Hassell-Thompson of The Bronx — are expected to join Sharpton Saturday in a campaign to empower 15 black and Hispanic Democrats with key committee chairmanships and more influence.
Said Perkins: “I believe that the governor has the wherewithal to help, and I hope that he will and I urge that he does. We’ll see.”
Sen. Jeff Klein’s hometown paper calls on him to use his newfound power to foster more transparency in the Senate.
The Post picks up the Politicker’s story about NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s wife’s lesbian past, and an anonymous consultant says the news “doesn’t help” the Democrat’s 2013 mayoral run.
The Watervliet school district may be among the first in the state to become educationally and financially insolvent.
Failed Southern Tier congressional candidate Dan Lamb says his loss should not be read as a mandate for fracking. (He’s opposed to the controversial drilling technique).
The state could break ground on a much-needed replacement for the aging Tappan Zee Bridge as soon as early next year.
A state advisory board favors a $3.14 billion plan, the least costly of three options, to replace the Tappan Zee. A final decision will be made by the state Thruway Authority on Dec. 17.
The pay-to-play state pension fund scandal came to an end when Saul Meyer was sentenced yesterday. He was the eighth and final person to be sentenced under criminal charges brought during the probe started by then-AG Cuomo in 2007.
Cuomo told Southern Tier leaders he has taken inspiration from their response to last year’s devastating storms.
The mayor of Ithaca is calling on Albany lawmakers to legalize marijuana for medical use – at the very least.
State Board of Elections co-chairman Doug Kellner says the NYC Board of Elections broke state rules by forcing voters to stand in hours-long lines for the chaotic Nov. 6. elections.
North County legislators disagree on how to fix the state’s education aid formulas.
Federal prosecutors are worried that former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi will skip town before starting her six-year prison sentence and want her grounded.
Thirty-nine people, most from Central New York, were arrested and more than $1 million of cocaine was seized after an investigation into three large-scale drug distribution networks, AG Eric Schneiderman’s office announced.
Bill Clinton insists he doesn’t know if his wife will run for president again in 2016, but adds: “If I did know, I wouldn’t tell you.”
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