Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City with no public schedule.
Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi is scheduled to be released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility Oneida County at 8 a.m.
The New York State Assembly will hold a public hearing to examine the impact that increasing college costs, at both public and private colleges, are having on students and their families. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is scheduled to testify. LOB, Hearing Room B, Albany. 10 a.m.
Also at 10 a.m. in the LCA Room at the LOB, retiring Assemblyman Bob Reilly will announce the charities to which he’ll be donating his final legislative paycheck.
At 3 p.m., Members of NYRA’s Reorganization Board of Directors hold their first public meeting; conference room, 37th floor, Empire State Development Corp., 633 Third Ave. (This will also be webcast here).
Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who perform and others during at the “12-12-12″ concert at Madison Square Garden to benefit Sandy recovery efforts. 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg will host former Mayor Ed Koch’s 88th birthday party at Gracie Mansion; East End Avenue and 88th Street, Manhattan.
Also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Paul Kolaj, the Co-founder, President and CEO of Famiglia Pizzeria, is hosting a fund-raiser for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino at his Armonk home. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000 per person.
The state GOP is holding a fund-raiser for WNY Sen. Patrick Gallivan from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Club of New York, One West 54th St. Tickets range from $500 to $2,500 per person.
The new 30-day public comment period on the DEC’s revised fracking regulations starts today, and lasts through Jan. 11, 2013.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds 53 percent of New Yorkers believe the new Senate coalition will be effective, while 30 percent think it’s a power grab. Cuomo gets a new high score in the job approval department with 74-13. (More here).
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, unanimously re-elected to head the GOP conference, was cagey about the “progressive” agenda the IDC is promising the new coalition will pass. He refused to be pinned down on campaign finance reform or a minimum wage hike.
Skelos would only say he wants “transparency” in any campaign finance reform legislation, and expressed skepticism of a publicly funded system based on New York City’s model, which he views as too expensive.
AG Eric Schneiderman issued a far-reaching draft regulation that would force broad public disclosure of millions of dollars – and the donors of that cash – in loosely regulated spending on elections and ballot measures in New York.
Two Cuomo administration officials confirmed to the AP the appointment of Lawrence Waldman as the new LIPA chairman.
Bloomberg accused his supposed preferred candidate in 2013, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, of trying to let money rule the mayor’s race, calling her new campaign finance bill a “terrible idea” and “really not good for democracy.”
After Bloomberg’s comments, Quinn delayed action on the bill, which would loosen regulations on spending by unions and advocacy groups in New York City elections.
Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon compared former Sen. Hiram Monserrate to Richard Nixon while sentencing him to two years behind bars for spending $100,000 in taxpayer cash directed to a nonprofit on his failed 2006 Senate campaign.
McMahon told Monserrate: “Using other people’s money for your own purposes is way down in the lowest circle of hell…You succumbed to the temptation, as so many have before.”
The NYT’s Jim Dwyer notes the similarities between the 2009 Senate coup and the IDC-GOP alliance, and compares the Senate Democrats to The Jets’ Mark Sanchez, who managed to “bang into the backside of his own lineman instead of handing off the ball to a running back.”
The race for the 46th state Senate District will move to an appeals court after the attorney for Assemblyman George Amedore filed an appeal.
A year after it was first announced, a panel tasked with brainstorming long-term fixes for New York’s tax code is beginning to take shape.
Cuomo tapped a bipartisan group of bankers, investors and a former state Republican chairman to sit on the commission that will ultimately rewrite the tax code.
New York and six other Northeastern states are threatening to sue the Obama administration for allegedly violating its own air pollution rules by ignoring methane emissions from oil and gas production, including the hydrofracking drilling method being reviewed in this state.
Labor unions, stung by an unexpected setback in Michigan, where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a right-to-work law yesterday limiting their ability to collect dues, are eyeing a large-scale counteroffensive against the conservative state leaders.
As NYC officials prepared to send teachers copies of a controversial part of their evaluations that judges them on how their students did on standardized tests, some discovered their scores were already posted on the Education Department’s internal computer system for everyone to see.
The AG’s office has launched an ethics inquiry concerning votes by Southern Tier town board members related to natural gas drilling.
Is the mystery of former Gov. David Paterson’s presence at a party in Syracuse last weekend solved? He was reportedly there to see his a (and so far anonymous) “lady friend” with whom his is “steady” and “exclusive.”
Chris Fahey, who left the office of Rep. Brian Higgins to unsuccessfully compete in a special election for the Assembly, has returned to the congressman’s staff.
Final election results in the 24th Congressional District show the count of absentee and paper ballots favored Democratic Congressman-elect Dan Maffei, giving him a nearly 16,000-vote victory over GOP Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.
Security guards at John F. Kennedy Airport are threatening to walk off the job this month. A strike authorization vote will be held tomorrow or Friday.
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