Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy participates in the NYC Regional Economic Development Council assessment presentations. Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Ave., Brooklyn.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Michael Grimm and Carolyn McCarthy Commissioner will join Robert Walsh of the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services to press their request to FEMA that aid applications be extended for small business owners suffering Sandy losses. 11 a.m., City Hall, Lower Manhattan.
The Assembly will hold a public hearing to explore the state Medicaid program’s transition of long-term care patients from fee-for-service to mandatory care management. 10:30 a.m., Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, Manhattan.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., state Education Commissioner John King will attend a Board of Regents educational conference. New York State Museum, Carole F. Huxley Theater, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.
At 7 p.m., the Log Cabin Republicans host a New York City holiday party with Rep. Nan Hayworth and 2013 mayoral candidate George McDonald, Metropolitan Republican Club, 122 E. 83rd St., Manhattan.
Black and Latino lawmakers and leaders are growing increasingly vocal in their opposition to the IDC-GOP Senate coalition, which has just one black member: Sen. Malcolm Smith.
Cuomo responded to these concerns by going on Gov. David Paterson’s radio show and saying: “It’s not my place to get involved in internal legislative affairs.”
IDC member Sen. Dave Valesky said the relationship between his conference and the Senate GOP is based on “trust.”
The involvement of MTA Chairman Joe Lhota’s wife, Tamara, a GOP fundraising powerhouse, has increased speculation that he will run for NYC mayor next year.
Friends of Rudy Giuliani are launching a campaign to draft Lhota, a one-time top deputy to the former NYC mayor, to run for mayor himself.
It will cost more than $7 billion to repair the damage Sandy did to metropolitan area transit systems, and billions more to protect against future storms, according to Lhota and other officials who testified in D.C. yesterday.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie got face time with President Obama during his Sandy disaster aid lobbying trip to D.C. yesterday. (Cuomo spoke by phone to the president).
Bloomberg called US immigration policy “our national suicide.”
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Bart Stone, who oversaw the massive state pension fund pay-to-play scandal criminal cases, is retiring amid an investigation into his own conduct on the bench following a complaint filed by ex-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s attorney.
The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New York state’s policies and procedures governing the use of solitary confinement.
A top political operative says the story about NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s wife’s lesbian past was leaked to stop the “buzz” developing around his mayoral campaign.
Obama and Congressional leaders remain at a stalemate on avoiding the fiscal cliff, going over it would cost New Yorkers $43 billion in tax hikes, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned.
The NYT urges Democrats and Republicans considering caps on federal income-tax deductions as part of a fiscal cliff deal to look elsewhere.
The 2013 race for NYC comptroller could be over before it even starts, as Manhattan BP Scott Stringer wracks up endorsements. His latest nod comes from NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn.
Hillary Clinton 2016, etc.
While in Ireland, Clinton demurred on questions about whether her husband might be tapped as the next ambassador to the country.
New Jersey’s first – and so far only – medical marijuana dispensary opened in Montclair.
AG Eric Schneiderman is ramping up the pressure on StubHub to make clear how the proceeds of a Sandy benefit concert will be used.
The state Thruway Authority board has set a meeting for Dec. 17 but still won’t say when it plans to consider a longstanding proposal for a “modest” 45-percent increase in tolls for truckers.
Yes, the 41st SD ballot count is still ongoing. And Democrat Terry Gipson remains in the lead.
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